According to the above, Australia’s Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, has been passed by the legislature.
You can see it in the Federal Register of Legislation under the designation C2018B00180:
Or on the Australian Parliament’s sites here:
https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:“legislation/billhome/r6195” (the permalink)
Notably in the ABC article above it lists the new powers given to the government:
Technical Assistance Request (TAR) - voluntary
Technical Assistance Notice (TAN) - company is “required to give assistance if they can” under threat of fines
Technical Capability Notice (TCN) - requires creation of backdoors, “as long as it does not force encryption to be broken”
I’m still trying to figure out how this meshes with the wording used by its proponents:
“The lack of access to encrypted communications presents an increasingly significant barrier for national security and law enforcement agencies,” Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said when introducing the bill to parliament in mid-September.
which makes it clear that the goal is to break/access encryption.