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Trans-Tasman Proceedings Legislation Amendment Regulation 2012 (No.1) – AJD

The purpose of the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Legislation Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1) is to create a new category of filing fee for lodging an application to register a judgment under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010. This fee is low to reflect the simplified process for registering a judgment under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 and to closely align with the fee for registering an Australian judgment in New Zealand.

Amendments to federal courts’ regulations to implement court fee reforms announced in 2012–13 Budget – AJD

The government announced it would implement reforms to court fee arrangements as part of the 2012–13 Budget.  The changes were implemented in the High Court of Australia (Fees) Regulation 2012, Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court Regulation 2012, and Family Law (Fees) Regulation 2012.

Changes to the legal status and functions of the National Native Title Tribunal – SID

In early 2012, the Australian Government announced it would improve the efficiency of the native title system by implementing institutional reform. The reforms involved:

  • providing resourcing and staffing of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) by the Federal Court administration, and consolidating the agencies' corporate services functions
  • transferring responsibility and resourcing for native title claims mediation and
    claim-related ILUA negotiation assistance to the Federal Court
  • reviewing expenditure and cost recovery related to the NNTT's discretionary functions.

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012 – CLD

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012 amended the Classification (Films, Publications and Computer Games) Act 1995 to introduce an R 18+ category for computer games and made consequential amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) to recognise the R 18+ category.

Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 – CLD

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 has introduced a more comprehensive credit reporting system by allowing the reporting of additional categories of credit information.

Amendments to Regulation 4F and Schedule 6 of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 – CrJD

A number of amendments to the Regulations have been made to streamline their operation including in relation to the definitions of magazines, parts and firearms accessories.

AusCheck Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1); Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1) – CrJD

As part of changes to the Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) scheme in 2010, MSIC validity periods were reduced from five years to either two or four years.  Four-year MSIC cardholders must be subject to follow-up background checks at the two-year anniversary of the original eligibility decision.

Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 – ILHRD

The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 amended Commonwealth anti-discrimination law to protect Australians against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

Implementation of the Cybercrime Convention – NSLPD

The Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Act 2012 requires carriers and carriage service providers, on receipt of a valid preservation notice from an enforcement agency or ASIO, to preserve specified stored communications in their possession.  Agencies must still obtain a warrant to access the preserved communications.

Potential measures to reduce national security risks association with 11 precursors chemicals to homemade explosives

The Council of Australian Governments has established a Chemicals Security Management Framework for a national approach to managing 96 chemicals of security concern. The framework, set out in the intergovernmental Agreement on Australia’s National Arrangements for the Management of Security Risks Associated with Chemicals, is currently being applied to 11 chemicals that can be used in homemade explosives. The National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern was launched on 25 July 2013.  Consideration will be given to extending it to a further 84 chemicals of security concern, but not including security-sensitive ammonium nitrate, which is the subject of separate reforms.