Lower, fairer and simpler taxes for all working Australians, stronger national security laws, improving drought support for Australian farmers and support for 300,000 apprenticeships through the new Skilling Australians Fund are just some of the features of the 43 pieces of legislation the Turnbull Government has steered through the Senate in the three sitting weeks since this year’s Budget.


Manager of Government Business in the Senate Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government was focused on creating a stronger economy to create more jobs and guarantee the essential services Australians rely on.


“We’re working closely with the Senate to deliver on our plan for Australians,” Senator Birmingham said.


“The depth of our plan is reflected in the volume and content of legislation the Senate has considered and passed in just three weeks, on top of Senate Estimates commitments.”


Senator Birmingham said the Government had also worked to secure passage of important legislation to provide transparency about foreign influence in Australia as well as the establishment of the National Redress Scheme for institutional child sexual abuse.


“This past sitting period has also highlighted the priority our plan puts on keeping Australians safe,” Senator Birmingham said.


“We’re grateful to the various Senators who have worked with us on so many important pieces of legislation, sometimes in the face of the Labor Party’s heckling and pig-headed opposition.

“In contrast to Labor’s risky, high taxing alternatives the Turnbull Government has demonstrated that it continues to get done the things required to keep our economy strong, create even more jobs, balance the budget, deliver the essential services Australia relies upon and keep Australians safe.”


Government Bills passed in the Senate since 8 May:

  • Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017
  • Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2018
  • Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Bill 2018
  • Home Affairs and Integrity Agencies Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
  • Interstate Road Transport Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2018
  • Crimes Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme—Worker Screening) Bill 2018
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (ASIC Governance) Bill 2018
  • Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Bill 2018
  • Protection of the Sea Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
  • Statute Update (Autumn 2018) Bill 2018
  • Investigation and Prosecution Measures Bill 2017
  • Communications Legislation Amendment (Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund) Bill 2017
  • Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017
  • Criminal Code Amendment (Impersonating a Commonwealth Body) Bill 2017
  • National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2018
    National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2018
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 2) Bill 2018
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan)
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2018-2019
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2018-2019
  • Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2018-2019
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 5) 2017-2018
  • Appropriation Bill (No. 6) 2017-2018
  • Water Amendment Bill 2018
  • Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2018
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2018
  • Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2018
  • Corporations (Fees) Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018
    National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018
    Superannuation Auditor Registration Imposition Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018
    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment (ASIC Fees) Bill 2018
  • Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transition) Bill 2018
  • Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2018
  • Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Amendment Bill 2018
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payments for Carers) Bill 2018
  • Corporations Amendment (Asia Region Funds Passport)
  • Corporations (Review Fees) Amendment Bill 2018
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Foreign Media Ownership and Community Radio) Bill 2017
  • National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017
    Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017
  • National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Bill 2018
  • National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (Consequential Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018
  • Interactive Gambling Amendment (Lottery Betting) Bill 2018