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ABSTAINED – Jobs and Skills Australia Amendment Bill 2023 - Consideration of Senate Message - Agree with amendments and pass bill

The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the Senate amendments. This means that the bill in its final form has now been agreed to in both the House and the Senate and so it will now become law.

What does this bill do?

According to the bills digest summary:

  • The Jobs and Skills Australia Amendment Bill 2023 (the Bill) amends the Jobs and Skills Australia Act 2022 (the JSA Act) to provide for governance arrangements and functions of Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA).
  • The JSA Act established JSA as a statutory body within the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) and set out its interim functions and staffing arrangements, including establishing a JSA Director to commence JSA’s work.
  • This Bill establishes the permanent arrangements for JSA, following consultation.
  • The Bill amends the JSA Act to establish the role of the JSA Commissioner and JSA Deputy Commissioners, establish a Ministerial Advisory Board, and expand the functions of JSA. It also sets out transparency measures in relation to JSA’s work plan and reporting and provides for a review of the operation of the JSA Act in 2 years.


Date and time: 6:30 PM on 2023-08-07
Allegra Spender's vote: Abstained
Total number of "aye" votes: 79
Total number of "no" votes: 50
Total number of abstentions: 22
Related bill: Jobs and Skills Australia Amendment Bill 2023

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