Parliamentary activity

Bills and legislation

Parliament is not sitting this week. The next sitting week begins on Tuesday 2 August 2022. Below are bills Parliament considered during the sitting week of 21 June.

New bills

Building, Planning and Heritage Legislation Amendment (Administration and Other Matters) Bill 2022

Makes a range of reforms to building related Acts, particularly focussing on consumer protection issues, and compliance arrangements.

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Creates a new statutory indictable offence in the Crimes Act 1958 of engaging in conduct that is grossly offensive to community standards of acceptable conduct and abolishes the common law offence of outraging public decency; and defers the decriminalisation of public drunkenness offences by 12 months.

Firearms Amendment Bill 2022

Makes changes to the Chief Commissioner of Police's powers to re-categorise certain firearms to a higher category.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill 2022

Establishes a new principal Act relating to the treatment of people with mental illness or in psychological distress; reforms the provision of mental health and wellbeing services; establishes the Mental Health Tribunal and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissioner, and a range of statutory bodies to deliver and regulate mental health care services.

Residential Tenancies, Housing and Social Services Regulation Amendment (Administration and Other Matters) Bill 2022

Makes a number of changes to governance and obligations of Homes Victoria in relation to public housing it manages under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, and makes further changes to other housing-related Acts.

Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Amendment Bill 2022

Expands the powers and functions of the Essential Services Commission under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007; extends the operation of the Victorian energy efficiency target scheme; sets out new accreditation and compliance arrangements under the Act; makes a number of other amendments to the Act; and updates the civil penalties regime under the Essential Services Commission Act 2001.