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Schedule 8—Amendment of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979

Schedule 8 Amendment of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979

Part 1 Drug testing

Australian Federal Police Act 1979

1  Subsection 40LA(4)

Omit “if the screening test subject is an AFP employee or a special member”.

2  Section 40M (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

40M   Prescribed persons may require AFP appointees to undergo alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests or prohibited drug tests etc.

3  Subsection 40M(1)

Omit “AFP employee, or a special member,”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

4  Paragraph 40M(2)(a)

Omit “AFP employee or a special member”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

5  Subsection 40M(3)

Omit “AFP employee or a special member”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

6  Subsection 40N(1)

Omit “AFP employee or special member”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

7  Subsection 40N(1) (note)

Omit “the employee or special member”, substitute “the AFP appointee”.

8  Subsection 40N(2)

Omit “a member or a special member”, substitute “an AFP appointee”.

9  Subsection 40N(2)

Omit “the member or special member” (wherever occurring), substitute “the AFP appointee”.

10  Subsection 40N(3)

Omit “AFP employee or special member”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

11  Subsection 40N(4)

Omit “AFP employee or a special member”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

12  Subsection 40N(4)

Omit “the employee or special member”, substitute “the AFP appointee”.

13  Subsection 40N(5)

Omit “AFP employee or a special member”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

14  Section 40P

Before “For”, insert “(1)”.

15  At the end of section 40P

Add:

             (2)  Despite subsection 14(2) of the Legislation Act 2003 , regulations made for the purposes of section 40LA, 40M or 40N may make provision in relation to a matter by applying, adopting or incorporating any matter contained in a standard published by, or on behalf of, Standards Australia or published jointly by, or on behalf of, Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand:

                     (a)  as in force or existing at a particular time; or

                     (b)  as in force or existing from time to time.

             (3)  If the regulations make provision in relation to a matter by applying, adopting or incorporating a matter contained in a standard as referred to in subsection (2), the Commissioner must ensure that the text of the matter applied, adopted or incorporated is readily available, free of charge, to each AFP appointee.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if the text cannot be made so available without infringing copyright.

16  Paragraph 40Q(a)

Omit “AFP employee or a special member”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

17  Section 40Q

Omit “employee, special member or AFP appointee” (first occurring), substitute “AFP appointee”.

18  Paragraph 40Q(d)

Omit “to terminate the employment of the employee or the AFP appointee or to terminate the appointment of the special member or the AFP appointee”, substitute “to terminate the employment or appointment of the AFP appointee”.

19  Paragraph 40Q(f)

Omit “employee, special member or AFP appointee”, substitute “AFP appointee”.

Part 2 Other amendments

Australian Federal Police Act 1979

20  Subsections 30A(6) and (7)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (6)  If one or more notices under subsection (2) have been given to the AFP employee in relation to the notice of resignation, the Commissioner may, by written notice to the AFP employee, substitute a day as the day on which his or her resignation is to take effect.

             (7)  The Commissioner may give a maximum of 2 notices under subsection (6) to the AFP employee in relation to the notice of resignation.

             (8)  To be effective, the first notice given under subsection (6) in relation to the notice of resignation must:

                     (a)  specify a day no later than 30 days after the day specified in the most recent notice given under subsection (2) in relation to the notice of resignation; and

                     (b)  be given to the AFP employee before the day specified in the most recent notice given under subsection (2) in relation to the notice of resignation.

             (9)  To be effective, any second notice given under subsection (6) in relation to the notice of resignation must:

                     (a)  specify a day no later than 30 days after the day specified in the first notice given under subsection (6) in relation to the notice of resignation; and

                     (b)  be given to the AFP employee before the day specified in the first notice given under subsection (6) in relation to the notice of resignation.

Note:          The effect of subsections (2) to (9) is that the latest day that may be specified in a notice given under this section is the day 150 days after the day specified in the notice of resignation.

           (10)  On or before the day specified in the most recent notice given under this section in relation to the notice of resignation, the Commissioner must:

                     (a)  accept the AFP employee’s notice of resignation; or

                     (b)  terminate the AFP employee’s employment under section 28.

           (11)  If the Commissioner accepts the notice of resignation under paragraph (10)(a), the AFP employee’s resignation takes effect on the day on which the Commissioner communicates acceptance of the resignation to the employee.

           (12)  The Commissioner must:

                     (a)  cause a review of the operation of this section to be undertaken as soon as practicable after the fifth anniversary of the commencement of this subsection; and

                     (b)  give the Minister a report of the review.

21  Application of amendment

The amendment made by this Part applies in relation to notices of resignation given after the commencement of this item .