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Queensland Election

Labor has been returned to Government at the Queensland election. Capital Monitor's 2020 Queensland Election pages will continue to be updated as results in each seat are confirmed. The content included is updated daily, with Electoral Commission of Queensland results to published as soon as they are available.

Victorian State Budget

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas handed down the Victorian State Budget on Tuesday 24 November. Capital Monitor's Victorian State Budget Page was updated live on the day and now includes all Budget-related material.

Western Australian Legislation and Gazettes

The Capital Monitor digital archive now includes more than 8,800 pieces of Western Australian Subsidiary Legislation, including all legislation from 1996 to present day. Our editorial team is currently in the process of auditing the WA Gazettes collection back to 1996 to ensure there are no gaps. Current Subsidiary Legislation and Gazettes continue to be published as they become available.

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Today's Events

Calendar

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Top Headlines

EU-Australia Leader's Meeting

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, "I will meet the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, for the first European Union (EU) . Australia Leader's Meeting. I will share perspectives on Australia's health and economic response to COVID-19, developments in the Indo-Pacific, and the development of new technologies to reduce global emissions as we practically confront the challenge of climate change. Australia and the EU share a vision for a stable, prosperous, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific. We are both supporting international efforts to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in the region, including by supporting the COVAX Facility."
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New WGEA data shows employer action on gender equality has stalled

Data released by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) shows a worrying decline in employer action on gender equality prior to the impact of COVID-19. Whilst the gender pay gap for total remuneration dropped just 0.7 percentage points (pp) to 20.1%, men still out-earn women on average by $25,534. Other than the small improvement in the gender pay gap, access to flexible work increased and over 50% of employers now offer paid primary carer's leave. The most troubling finding was a substantial 6.1pp decline in the number of employers taking action on pay equity and women continue to dominate the more insecure part-time and casual roles.
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An Apprenticeship Model for the modern economy

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a central component in how Australia develops and maintains a skilled workforce and part of the skills equation that is key to our COVID economic recovery. This Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) paper considers the questions: if apprenticeships are truly valued, how can they be made more attractive to young people? How can more companies be encouraged to offer opportunities, especially during a recession? And if apprenticeships will not meet Australia's skills needs, how else can they be met? Apprenticeships and traineeships create the tradespeople, care workers, IT support workers and technicians that form the basis of a developed economy but they are not perfect. They rely on the strength of the economy and the goodwill of employers to create opportunities. They struggle to attract candidates because of perceptions that university qualifications are more desirable. Their quality can vary according to individual employers and training providers, and they are too concentrated at Certificate III levels.
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Recent Acts

Federal
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Family Law Amendment (Risk Screening Protections) Act 2020 20/11 98
Biosecurity Amendment (Traveller Declarations and Other Measures) Act 2020 20/11 99
Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio and Other Measures) Act 2020 20/11 100
Education Legislation Amendment (Up-front Payments Tuition Protection) Act 2020 20/11 101
Higher Education (Up-front Payments Tuition Protection Levy) Act 2020 20/11 102
National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Strengthening Banning Orders) Act 2020 20/11 103
Services Australia Governance Amendment Act 2020 20/11 104

See Capital Monitor's Federal Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Australian Capital Territory
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Amendment Act 2020 03/09 45
Public Interest Disclosure Amendment Act 2020 04/09 46
Emergencies Amendment Act 2020 03/09 47
Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 (No 2) 03/09 48
Sexuality and Gender Identity Conversion Practices Act 2020 04/09 49
Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Act 2020 03/09 50
Electoral Amendment Act 2020 04/09 51

See Capital Monitor's Australian Capital Territory Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

New South Wales
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Sporting Venues Authorities Amendment (Venues NSW) Act 2020 27/10 29
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 27/10 30
Stronger Communities Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous) Act 2020 27/10 31
Health Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2020 27/10 32
Road Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2020 27/10 33
Work Health and Safety Amendment (Information Exchange) Act 2020 27/10 34

See Capital Monitor's New South Wales Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Northern Territory
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Liquor Further Amendment Act 2020 19/11 25
Statute Law Revision Act 2020 19/11 26

See Capital Monitor's Northern Territory Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Queensland
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 14/09 32
Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa (Torres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing Practice) Act 2020 14/09 33
Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Act 2020 14/09 34
Public Service and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 14/09 35
Appropriation (Parliament) Act 2020 14/09 36
Appropriation Act 2020 14/09 37

See Capital Monitor's Queensland Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

South Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Health Care (Safe Access) Amendment Act 2020 19/11 39
Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 19/11 40

See Capital Monitor's South Australian Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Tasmania
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Act 2020 17/11 26
Justice Miscellaneous (Court Backlog and Related Matters) Act 2020 17/11 27
On-Demand Passenger Transport Services Industry (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2020 17/11 28
Neighbourhood Disputes About Plants Amendment Act 2020 17/11 29
Residential Tenancy Amendment (COVID-19) Act 2020 17/11 30
Building and Construction (Regulatory Reform Amendments) Act (No. 2) 2020 17/11 31
Architects Amendment Act 2020 17/11 32
Teachers Registration Amendment Act 2020 17/11 33
Vehicle and Traffic Amendment (Road Vehicle Standards) Act 2020 17/11 34
State Service Amendment (Validation) Act 2020 17/11 35
Anzac Day Trust Winding-Up Act 2020 17/11 36
Rail Safety National Law (Tasmania) Amendment Act 2020 17/11 37

See Capital Monitor's Tasmanian Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Victoria
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
Cladding Safety Victoria Act 2020 04/11 31
Consumer Legislation Amendment Act 2020 04/11 32
Education and Training Reform Amendment (Regulation of Student Accommodation) Act 2020 04/11 33
Worker Screening Act 2020 04/11 34
Justice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Act 2020 17/11 35
Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2020 17/11 36

See Capital Monitor's Victorian Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

Western Australia
Act Name Date of Assent Act No.
COVID-19 Response Legislation Amendment (Extension of Expiring Provisions) Act 2020 19/11 39
Environmental Protection Amendment Act 2020 19/11 40
Environmental Protection Amendment Act (No. 2) 2020 19/11 41

See Capital Monitor's Western Australian Bills Monitor and Acts Assented pages for detailed coverage.

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Political Calendar

Federal

The Federal Parliament will next sit from 30 November-3 December 2020.
The Budget was handed down on 6 October 2020.
Estimates hearings were held from 19-30 October 2020.
The next Federal election is scheduled for 2022.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory Parliament will next sit from 2-3 December 2020.
The next Budget will be handed down in 2021.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
An ACT/Greens coalition won the election held on 17 October 2020. The next ACT election is scheduled for 2024.

New South Wales

The New South Wales Legislative Council is sitting from 24-26 November 2020.
The Budget was handed down on 17 November 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 25 February-12 March 2021.
The next NSW election is scheduled for 25 March 2023.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Parliament will next sit on 11 December 2020.
The Budget was handed down on 10 November 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 7-10 December 2020.
NT Labor won the election held on 22 August 2020. The next NT election is scheduled for 2024.

Queensland

The Queensland Parliament is sitting from 24-26 November 2020.
The Budget has been delayed until 1 December 2020.
Estimates hearings are scheduled for 7-15 December 2020.
QLD Labor won the election held on 31 October 2020. The next QLD election is scheduled for 2024.

South Australia

The South Australian Parliament is sitting from 25-26 November 2020.
The Budget was handed down 10 November 2020.
Estimates hearings were held from 18-24 November 2020.
The next SA election is scheduled for 19 March 2022.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian Parliament will next sit from 1-3 December 2020.
The Budget was handed down on 12 November 2020. The 2021 State Budget will be handed down 26 August 2021.
Estimates hearings are being held from 23-26 November.
The next Tasmanian election is scheduled for 2022.

Victoria

The Victorian Parliament is sitting from 24-26 November 2020.
The Budget was handed down on 24 November 2020.
Estimates hearings have been delayed until a date to be advised.
The next Victorian election is scheduled for 26 November 2022.

Western Australia

The Western Australian Legislative Council is sitting from 24-26 November 2020. These are the final scheduled sitting dates for the 40th Parliament before the 2021 state election.
The Budget was handed down on 8 October 2020.
Estimates hearings were held from 20-22 October 2020.
The next Western Australian election is scheduled for 13 March 2021.

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