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2002

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Workplace Relations (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) Bill 2002

 

 

(1)     Title, page 1 (line 1), after “ Act ”, insert “ to amend the Workplace Relations Act 1996 ”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(2)     Heading to Chapter 1, page 2 (line 1), omit the heading.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(3)     Heading to Part 1, page 2 (line 2), omit the heading.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(4)     Clause 1, page 2 (line 5), after “ Relations ”, insert “ Amendment ”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(5)     Clause 2, page 2 (table and note), omit the table and note, substitute:

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

 

2.  Schedule 1

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(6)     Clause 3, page 3 (lines 3 to 6), omit the clause, substitute:

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1 Amendment of the Workplace Relations Act 1996

   

1  After section 4

Insert:

4A   Schedule 1B

                   Schedule 1B has effect.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule ]

(7)     Schedule 1, page 3, after proposed item 1, insert:

2  After Schedule 1A

Insert:

Schedule 1B Registration and Accountability of Organisations

Note:       See section 4A

Chapter 1 Objects of Schedule and general provisions

   

   

1   Simplified outline of Chapter

This Chapter sets out the objects of the Schedule and contains other provisions that are relevant to the Schedule as a whole.

It includes definitions of terms that are used throughout the Schedule. However, not all definitions are in this Chapter. Definitions of terms that are used only in a particular area of the Schedule, or only in one section of the Schedule, are generally defined in that area or section.

[Schedule 1B—registration and accountability of organisations]

(8)     Heading to Part 2, page 4 (line 2), omit the heading.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(9)     Clause 4, page 4 (lines 4 to 10), omit the clause.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(10)   Clause 5, page 4 (lines 11 to 28), omit the clause, substitute:

5   Objects of Schedule

                   The principal objects of this Schedule are to:

                     (a)  ensure that employee and employer organisations registered under this Schedule are representative of and accountable to their members, and are able to operate effectively; and

                     (b)  encourage members to participate in the affairs of organisations to which they belong; and

                     (c)  encourage the efficient management of organisations and high standards of accountability of organisations to their members; and

                     (d)  provide for the democratic functioning and control of organisations.

Note:          The Workplace Relations Act contains many provisions that affect the operation of this Schedule. For example, provisions of the Workplace Relations Act deal with the powers and functions of the Commission and of Registrars. Decisions made under this Schedule may be subject to procedures and rules (for example about appeals) that are set out in the Workplace Relations Act.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(11)   Page 4 (after line 28), after clause 5, insert:

5A   Schedule binds Crown

             (1)  This Schedule binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

             (2)  However, this Schedule does not make the Crown liable to be prosecuted for an offence.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(12)   Clause 6, page 4 (line 30), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(13)   Clause 6, page 5 (lines 2 and 3), omit the definition of approved .

[d eclaration envelopes ]

(14)   Clause 6, page 8 (line 3), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(15)   Clause 6, page 9 (line 14), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(16)   Clause 6, page 11 (line 1), omit “subsection 190(1)”, substitute “section 190”.

[technical correction]

(17)   Clause 6, page 11 (line 21), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(18)   Clause 6, page 11 (line 23), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(19)   Clause 6, page 11 (line 24), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(20)   Clause 6, page 11 (line 24), after “ Relations ”, insert “ Legislation Amendment ”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(21)   Clause 6, page 12 (line 27), omit the definition of “ this Act ”, substitute:

this Schedule includes regulations made under this Schedule.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(22)   Clause 6, page 11 (line 28), omit “and a declaration envelope”, substitute “, a declaration envelope, and another envelope in the form prescribed by the regulations,”.

[outer envelopes for postal ballots]

(23)   Clause 6, page 12 (lines 28 and 29), omit the definition of “ Workplace Relations Act ”, substitute:

Workplace Relations Act means the Workplace Relations Act 1996 and regulations made under section 359 of that Act but does not include this Schedule or regulations made under section 359 of this Schedule.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(24)   Page 12 (after line 29), after clause 6, insert:

6A   References to provisions in this Schedule

                   In this Schedule, a reference to a provision is a reference to a provision of this Schedule, unless the contrary intention appears.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(25)   Clause 7, page 13 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(26)   Clause 7, page 14 (line 18), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(27)   Clause 8, page 14 (line 25), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(28)   Heading to subclause (2), page 15 (line 9), omit “ Act ”, substitute “ Schedule ”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(29)   Clause 8, page 15 (line 10), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(30)   Heading to subclause (4), page 15 (line 16), omit “ Act ”, substitute “ Schedule ”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(31)   Clause 8, page 15 (line 22), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(32)   Clause 9, page 16 (line 3), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(33)   Clause 9, page 17 (line 1), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(34)   Clause 10, page 17 (line 6), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(35)   Clause 10, page 17 (line 16), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(36)   Clause 10, page 17 (line 27), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(37)   Clause 11, page 18 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(38)   Clause 11, page 18 (line 8), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(39)   Clause 12, page 18 (line 13), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(40)   Clause 13, page 18 (line 24), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(41)   Clause 13, page 18 (line 27), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(42)   Clause 14, page 19 (line 4), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(43)   Clause 14, page 19 (line 17), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(44)   Clause 14, page 19 (line 21), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(45)   Clause 15, page 19 (lines 26 to 32), omit the clause, substitute:

15   Disapplication of Part 2.5 of Criminal Code

                   Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code does not apply to offences against this Schedule.

Note 1:       Section 6 of this Schedule defines this Schedule to include the regulations.

Note 2:       For the purposes of this Schedule (and the regulations), corporate responsibility is dealt with by section 344, rather than by Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code .

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(46)   Clause 16, page 20 (line 3), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(47)   Clause 16, page 20 (line 5), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(48)   Clause 18, page 22 (line 21), omit “Schedule 1”, substitute “subsection (3)”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(49)   Clause 18, page 22 (line 30), omit “Schedule 1”, substitute “subsection (3)”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(50)   Clause 18, page 23 (after line 7), at the end of the clause, add:

             (3)  The persons specified for the purpose of subparagraphs (1)(b)(ii) and (c)(ii) are persons (other than employees) who:

                     (a)  are, or are able to become, members of an industrial organisation of employees within the meaning of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 of New South Wales; or

                     (b)   are employees for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1999 of Queensland; or

                     (c)  are employees for the purposes of the Industrial Relations Act 1979 of Western Australia; or

                     (d)  are employees for the purposes of the Industrial and Employee Relations Act 1994 of South Australia.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(51)   Clause 19, page 24 (line 26), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(52)   Clause 19, page 24 (line 29), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(53)   Clause 19, page 25 (line 4), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(54)   Clause 19, page 25 (line 30), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(55)   Clause 20, page 26 (line 21), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(56)   Clause 20, page 26 (line 24), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(57)   Clause 20, page 27 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(58)   Clause 20, page 27 (line 3), after subclause (1), insert:

          (1A)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), if a person or body has an interest in the enterprise in question, the Commission may decide that, despite the interest, the association is free from control by, or improper influence from, the person or body.

Note:          The Commission could conclude that the association was free from control etc. by the person if, for example, the nature of the person’s interest was not such as to give the person a major say in the conduct of the enterprise or if the person did not have a significant management role in the association.

[registration]

(59)   Clause 21, page 28 (line 26), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(60)   Clause 22, page 29 (line 23), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(61)   Clause 25, page 32 (line 8), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(62)   Clause 25, page 32 (line 14), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(63)   Clause 25, page 32 (line 16), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(64)   Clause 26, page 33 (line 1), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(65)   Clause 26, page 33 (line 6), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(66)   Clause 26, page 33 (line 8), after “ Relations ”, insert “ Legislation Amendment ”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(67)   Clause 28, page 34 (line 21), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(68)   Clause 28, page 36 (line 12), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(69)   Clause 29, page 36 (line 32), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule, the Workplace Relations Act”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(70)   Clause 29, page 36 (line 33), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule, the Workplace Relations Act”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(71)   Clause 31, page 39 (line 26), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(72)   Clause 32, page 39 (line 31), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(73)   Clause 32, page 40 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(74)   Clause 36, page 47 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(75)   Clause 38, page 48 (line 24), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(76)   Clause 38, page 49 (lines 17 and 18), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(77)   Clause 55, page 63 (line 20), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(78)   Clause 55, page 63 (line 24), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(79)   Clause 57, page 66 (line 13), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule)]

(80)   Clause 60, page 71 (line 11), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(81)   Clause 62, page 74 (line 12), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(82)   Clause 65, page 77 (lines 4 to 7), omit subclause (6), substitute:

Conduct of ballot

             (6)  In a ballot conducted under this section, each completed ballot paper must be returned to the AEC as follows:

                     (a)  the ballot paper must be in the declaration envelope provided to the voter with the ballot paper;

                     (b)  the declaration envelope must be in another envelope that is in the form prescribed by the regulations.

[outer envelopes for postal ballots]

(83)   Clause 65, page 77 (line 8), omit subclause (7).

[d eclaration envelopes ]

(84)   Clause 65, page 76 (line 27), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(85)   Clause 73, page 83 (line 16), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(86)   Clause 73, page 83 (line 21), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(87)   Clause 80, page 86 (line 22), before “any”, insert “the Workplace Relations Act or”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(88)   Clause 87, page 90 (line 7), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule, the Workplace Relations Act”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(89)   Clause 92, page 95 (line 7), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(90)   Clause 94, page 99 (line 5), after “for a”, insert “secret postal”.

[secret postal ballots]

(91)   Clause 94, page 99 (lines 14 to 22), omit paragraphs (b) and (c), substitute:

                     (b)  the amalgamation occurred after 31 December 1996; and

                     (c)  the application is made at least 2 years, but no more than 5 years, after the amalgamation occurred.

[applications for ballots]

(92)   Clause 96, page 101 (line 6), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(93)   Clause 97, page 101 (line 17), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(94)   Clause 100, page 102 (line 7), after “secret”, insert “postal”.

[secret postal ballots]

(95)   Clause 102, page 103 (line 17), omit paragraph (d), substitute:

                     (d)  the declaration envelope and other envelope required for the purposes of the postal ballot.

[d eclaration envelopes; outer envelopes for postal ballots ]

(96)   Clause 102, page 103 (lines 18 to 20), omit subclause (3), substitute:

             (3)  In a ballot conducted under this section, each completed ballot paper must be returned to the AEC as follows:

                     (a)  the ballot paper must be in the declaration envelope provided to the voter with the ballot paper;

                     (b)  the declaration envelope must be in another envelope that is in the form prescribed by the regulations.

[outer envelopes for postal ballots]

(97)   Clause 117, page 116 (line 5), before “any”, insert “the Workplace Relations Act or”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(98)   Clause 133, page 129 (line 12), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule) ]

(99)   Clause 133, page 129 (line 17), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(100) Clause 133, page 129 (line 21), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(101) Clause 134, page 130 (line 16), at the end of subclause (2), add:

               ; or (c)  conduct of an organisation to which the order would relate, or conduct of an officer, member or employee of the organisation, that is likely to occur is likely to:

                              (i)  prevent, obstruct or restrict the performance of work; or

                             (ii)  harm the business of an employer.

[orders]

(102) Clause 135, page 130 (line 28), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(103) Clause 140, page 133 (line 6), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(104) Clause 140, page 133 (line 7), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(105) Clause 142, page 135 (line 9), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(106) Clause 142, page 135 (line 22), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(107) Clause 142, page 135 (line 24), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(108) Clause 144, page 138 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(109) Clause 146, page 140 (line 23), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(110) Clause 150, page 145 (line 4), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(111) Clause 150, page 145 (line 5), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(112) Clause 151, page 145 (line 28), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[ conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(113) Clause 151, page 146 (line 1), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(114) Clause 151, page 146 (line 12), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(115) Clause 152, page 148 (line 9), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(116) Clause 156, page 151 (line 5), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(117) Clause 156, page 151 (line 10), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(118) Clause 158, page 152 (line 31), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(119) Clause 158, page 153 (line 5), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(120) Clause 158, page 153 (line 23), omit “Part 3 of Schedule 2”, substitute “Division 4 of Part 7 of Chapter 11”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(121) Clause 159, page 153 (line 31), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(122) Clause 159, page 154 (line 17), omit “Part 3 of Schedule 2”, substitute “Division 4 of Part 7 of Chapter 11”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(123) Clause 160, page 154 (line 23), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(124) Clause 161, page 155 (line 2), omit “this Act”, substitute “this Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(125) Heading to Part 3, page 156 (line 2), omit the heading, substitute:

Part 3 Validity and performance of rules etc.

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(126) Clause 164, page 159 (lines 1 to 13), omit subclauses (6) to (8).

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(127) Heading to subclause (9), page 159 (line 14), omit the heading, substitute:

Definition

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(128) Clause 164, page 159 (line 16), omit the definition of election .

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(129) Page 159 (line 20), at the end of Part 3, add:

164A   Directions to compensate organisation

Application for order

             (1)  An organisation or a member of an organisation may apply to the Federal Court for an order under subsection (4) in relation to the organisation.

             (2)  Before making the order, the Court must give any person against whom the order is sought an opportunity of being heard.

Conditions for making order

             (3)  The Court may make an order under subsection (4) in relation to an organisation if the Court is satisfied that:

                     (a)  a person was under an obligation to perform or observe a rule or rules of the organisation; and

                     (b)  the person breached the rule or rules by:

                              (i)  spending funds, or using other resources, of the organisation; or

                             (ii)  authorising the spending of funds, or use of other resources, of the organisation; and

                     (c)  the person acted unreasonably in breaching the rule or rules.

Nature of order

             (4)  The Court may make an order directing the person to compensate the organisation (whether by payment of money or otherwise) for any loss or damage suffered by the organisation as a result of the breach.

Person need not be member or officer of organisation when order made

             (5)  The Court may make the order whether or not, at the time of making the order, the person is a member or officer of the organisation.

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(130) Page 159, at the end of Part 3 (after proposed section 164A), add:

164B   Directions to rectify breach of rule of organisation

Application for order

             (1)  A member of an organisation may apply to the Federal Court for an order under subsection (4) in relation to the organisation.

             (2)  Before making the order, the Court must give any person against whom the order is sought an opportunity of being heard.

Conditions for making order

             (3)  The Court may make an order under subsection (4) in relation to an organisation if the Court is satisfied that:

                     (a)  a person was under an obligation to perform or observe a rule or rules of the organisation; and

                     (b)  the person breached the rule or rules other than by:

                              (i)  spending funds, or using other resources, of the organisation; or

                             (ii)  authorising the spending of funds, or use of other resources, of the organisation.

Nature of order

             (4)  The Court may make an order directing one or more persons (who may be, or include, the person who breached the rule or rules) who are members or officers of the organisation to do specified things that:

                     (a)  constitute performance or observance of one or more rules of the organisation; and

                     (b)  will, in the opinion of the Court, as far as is reasonably practicable, place the organisation in the position in which it would have been if the breach of the rule or rules had not occurred.

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(131) Page 159, at the end of Part 3 (after proposed section 164B), add:

164C   Provisions applicable to sections 164, 164A and 164B

Order must not invalidate election etc.

             (1)  An order must not be made under section 164, 164A or 164B that would have the effect of treating as invalid an election to an office in an organisation or a step in relation to such an election.

Court may declare that rules contravene section 142

             (2)  Where the Court, in considering an application under section 164, 164A or 164B, finds that the whole or a part of a rule of the organisation concerned contravenes section 142 or that the rules of the organisation concerned contravene that section in a particular respect, the Court may, by order, make a declaration to that effect.

             (3)  Section 163 (other than subsections (1) to (5) (inclusive)) applies in relation to an order made under subsection (2) of this section as if the order had been made under section 163.

Definition

             (4)  In this section:

election includes a purported election that is a nullity.

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(132) Clause 170, page 166 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(133) Clause 175, page 170 (line 6), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(134) Clause 188, page 178 (lines 22 to 30), omit the clause, substitute:

188   Declaration envelopes etc. to be used for postal ballots

                   If the rules of an organisation provide for elections for office by postal ballot, a vote in the election cannot be counted unless the ballot paper on which it is recorded is returned as follows:

                     (a)  the ballot paper must be in the declaration envelope provided to the voter with the ballot paper;

                     (b)  the declaration envelope must be in another envelope that is in the form prescribed by the regulations.

[d eclaration envelopes and outer envelopes ]

(135) Clause 186, page 177 (line 15), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(136) Clause 186, page 177 (line 22), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(137) Clause 193, page 181 (line 20), at the end of paragraph (b), add:

                     ; or (iii)  to ensure the security of ballot papers and envelopes that are for use, or used, in the election.

[security of ballot papers]

(138) Clause 193, page 181 (lines 21 to 23), omit the note.

[security of ballot papers]

(139) Clause 205, page 196 (line 16), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(140) Clause 210, page 199 (lines 7 to 10), omit all the words from and including “or on” to and including “(see Division 3)”.

[omission of Part 3 of Chapter 9]

(141) Division 3, clauses 221 to 228, page 206 (line 2) to page 210 (line 30), omit the Division.

[omission of Part 3 of Chapter 9]

(142) Clause 230, page 212 (line 30), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(143) Clause 239, page 219 (line 23), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(144) Clause 246, page 224 (line 8), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(145) Clause 249, page 225 (line 27), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(146) Clause 253, page 228 (line 29), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(147) Clause 256, page 233 (line 9), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(148) Clause 257, page 235 (line 3), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(149) Clause 261, page 238 (line 20), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(150) Clause 281, page 255 (line 10), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(151) Clause 281, page 255 (lines 14 to 16), omit all the words from and including “Part 3” to and including “Commission”.

[omission of Part 3 of Chapter 9]

(152) Clause 285, page 257 (line 33), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule]

(153) Clause 290, page 259 (line 23), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(154) Clause 293, page 261 (line 10), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(155) Part 3, clauses 294 to 303, page 262 (line 2) to page 266 (line 19), omit the Part.

[omission of Part 3 of Chapter 9]

(156) Clause 305, page 269 (lines 26 to 28), omit paragraph (zk).

[omission of Part 3 of Chapter 9]

(157) Clause 310, page 271 (lines 18 to 28), omit subclauses (1) and (2), substitute:

Application by Industrial Registrar

             (1)  The Industrial Registrar, or some other person authorised in writing by the Industrial Registrar under this subsection to make the application, may apply for an order under this Part.

[omission of Part 3 of Chapter 9]

(158) Clause 317, page 275 (lines 5 to 21), omit the clause, substitute:

317   Simplified outline

This Chapter deals with a variety of topics.

Part 2 contains provisions validating certain invalidities in relation to registered organisations.

Part 3 provides that if a person is a party to certain kinds of proceedings under the Schedule, the Commonwealth may, in some circumstances, give the person financial assistance. Division 2 of Part 3 contains a rule about the ordering of costs by a court.

Part 4 provides for a Registrar to make inquiries as to compliance with financial accountability requirements and civil penalty provisions. The Registrar may also conduct investigations.

Part 5 confers jurisdiction on the Federal Court in relation to matters arising under this Schedule.

Part 6 deals with various procedural and administrative matters. It also contains some offence provisions and provisions dealing with certain rights of members of organisations (sections 345, 346 and 347).

Part 7 deals with complementary registration systems.

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(159) Clause 324, page 285 (line 17), omit “or 164”, substitute “, 164, 164A or 164B”.

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(160) Clause 324, page 285 (line 20), omit “or 164”, substitute “, 164, 164A or 164B”.

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(161) Clause 324, page 285 (line 23), omit “or 164”, substitute “, 164, 164A or 164B”.

[rectifying etc. breaches of organisation rules]

(162) Heading to clause 326, page 287 (line 31), omit the heading, substitute:

326   Applications under sections 163, 164, 164A, 164B and 167

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(163) Clause 329, page 290 (line 5), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(164) Clause 338, page 297 (line 7), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(165) Clause 338, page 297 (line 8), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(166) Clause 338, page 297 (line 9), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(167) Clause 338, page 297 (line 10), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(168) Clause 338, page 297 (line 12), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(169) Clause 338, page 297 (line 13), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(170) Clause 338, page 297 (line 19), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(171) Clause 339, page 297 (line 26), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(172) Clause 339, page 297 (line 32), after “164”, insert “, 164A, 164B, 164C”.

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(173) Clause 340, page 298 (line 4), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(174) Clause 341, page 298 (line 28), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(175) Clause 343, page 300 (line 8), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(176) Clause 344, page 300 (line 10), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(177) Clause 344, page 300 (line 27), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(178) Clause 344, page 300 (line 33), omit the note, substitute:

Note:          Section 6 of this Schedule defines this Schedule to include the regulations.

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(179) Clause 351, page 303 (line 27), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(180) Clause 352, page 304 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(181) Clause 353, page 304 (line 12), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule, the Workplace Relations Act”.

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(182) Clause 353, page 304 (line 14), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(183) Clause 354, page 304 (line 25), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(184) Clause 354, page 304 (line 27), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(185) Clause 357, page 306 (lines 5 to 10), omit the clause, substitute:

357   Application of penalty

                   A court that imposes a monetary penalty under this Schedule (other than a penalty for an offence) may order that the penalty, or a part of the penalty, be paid to:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  an organisation; or

                     (c)  another person.

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(186) Clause 358, page 306 (line 13), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

[conversion of RAO Bill to WR Act Schedule.]

(187) Clause 359, page 306 (line 28), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(188) Clause 359, page 307 (line 2), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(189) Clause 359, page 307 (line 7), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(190) Clause 359, page 307 (line 10), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(191) Clause 359, page 307 (line 18), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(192) Clause 359, page 307 (line 27), omit “Act”, substitute “Schedule”.

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(193) Clause 360, page 308 (lines 13 to 28), omit the clause, substitute:

Part 7 Complementary registration systems

Division 1 Application of this Part

360   Complementary registration systems

                   If:

                     (a)  an organisation is divided into branches; and

                     (b)  the operations of one of the branches is confined to a prescribed State or the operations of 2 or more of the branches are each confined to a prescribed State; and

                     (c)  the organisation proposes in accordance with this Part to amalgamate with an associated body as defined by this Part for the purpose of seeking the non-corporate registration of the branch, or of any of the branches, referred to in paragraph (b) under an Act of the State concerned that is, or under Acts of the States concerned each of which is, a prescribed State Act for the purposes of this Part;

then, in addition to the other provisions of this Schedule, this Part applies to the organisation but so applies only in relation to the branch or branches referred to in paragraph (c).

Division 2 Preliminary

361   Definitions

             (1)  In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

amalgamation means the carrying out of arrangements in relation to an organisation and an associated body under which it is intended that:

                     (a)  a branch of the organisation is to obtain non-corporate registration under a prescribed State Act; and

                     (b)  the associated body is to be de-registered under a prescribed State Act; and

                     (c)  members of the associated body who are not already members of the organisation are to become members of the organisation; and

                     (d)  the property of the associated body is to become the property of the organisation forming part of the branch fund of the branch; and

                     (e)  the liabilities of the associated body are to be satisfied from the branch fund of the branch.

associated body , in relation to an organisation, means an association registered under a prescribed State Act that is or purports to be composed of substantially the same members, and has or purports to have substantially the same officers, as a branch of the organisation in the same State, including such an association that has purported to function as a branch of the organisation.

State means a prescribed State.

Division 3 Branch rules

362   Branch funds

             (1)   The rules of a branch of an organisation must provide for a fund of the branch that is to be managed and controlled under rules of the branch, and must make provision in relation to the fund in accordance with subsection (2).

             (2)  The branch fund is to consist of:

                     (a)  real or personal property of which the branch of the organisation, by the rules or by any established practice not inconsistent with the rules, has, or in the absence of a limited term lease, bailment or arrangement, would have, the right of custody, control or management; and

                     (b)  the amounts of entrance fees, subscriptions, fines, fees or levies received by a branch, less so much of the amounts as is payable by the branch to the organisation; and

                     (c)  interest, rents, dividends or other income derived from the investment or use of the fund; and

                     (d)  a superannuation or long service leave or other fund operated or controlled by the branch for the benefit of its officers or employees; and

                     (e)  a sick pay fund, accident pay fund, funeral fund, tool benefit fund or similar fund operated or controlled by the branch for the benefit of its members; and

                      (f)  property acquired wholly or mainly by expenditure of the money of the fund or derived from other assets of the fund; and

                     (g)  the proceeds of a disposal of parts of the fund.

             (3)  The Commission may grant to a branch of an organisation exemption from this section or any provision of this section on the ground that the branch’s rules make adequate and reasonable provision for its funds, having regard to the organisation’s functioning under this Schedule and the Workplace Relations Act and its participation in any State workplace relations system.

363   Obligations of Commission in relation to application under section 15 8

             (1)  Subsections (2) and (3) apply in relation to the consideration by the Commission of an application under section 158 for consent to a change in the name, or an alteration of the eligibility rules, of an organisation.

             (2)  The Commission must, in addition to any other relevant matters, have regard to:

                     (a)  whether there is, in relation to the organisation, an associated body registered under a prescribed State Act; and

                     (b)  whether the reason the change is sought is to enable the organisation, in addition to representing members or staff members under this Schedule or the Workplace Relations Act, to represent under the State Act a class of persons who would, if the change were consented to, become eligible for membership.

             (3)  In the case of an alteration to a rule that may effect a change in the class of persons eligible for membership of a branch of the organisation that is registered under the law of a State, the Commission must, before consenting, give notice of the proposed change to the industrial registrar or similar officer appointed under the law of the State in which the branch operates and, if so requested, consult with the industrial registrar or officer.

364   Branch autonomy

                   The rules of an organisation must provide for the autonomy of a branch in matters affecting members of the branch only and matters concerning the participation of the branch in a State workplace relations system.

365   Organisation may participate in State systems

             (1)  Where it is not contrary to the rules of an organisation to do so, the organisation may participate in workplace relations systems.

             (2)  For the purpose of participating, a branch of an organisation may become registered under a law of a State so long as that registration does not involve the branch in becoming incorporated, or otherwise becoming a legal entity, under the law of the State.

             (3)  Where an organisation participates, its rules may provide that the secretary of the branch of the organisation in the State is the person to sue or to be sued under the law of the State in relation to any acts or omissions arising from its participation.

Division 4 Amalgamation of organisation and associated body

366   Organisation and associated body may amalgamate

                   An organisation and an associated body may amalgamate in the manner set out in this Division.

367   Procedure for amalgamation

             (1)  The committee of management of an organisation and the committee of management of the associated body must each pass a resolution proposing amalgamation and specifying particulars of the proposed amalgamation.

             (2)  Application must be made to the Commission by the organisation for approval of the amalgamation.

             (3)  The application must be accompanied by a copy of any proposed alterations of the rules of the organisation.

             (4)  If the rules of the organisation do not comply, subject to subsection 362(3), with Division 3 in respect of each branch for which the organisation proposes to seek non-corporate registration under a prescribed State Act, the proposed alterations must include alterations necessary for the rules so to comply.

             (5)  The Commission must:

                     (a)  determine what notice is to be given to other persons of the application; and

                     (b)  determine whether, on whom and how notice should be served and whether it should be advertised in any newspaper; and

                     (c)  fix a period during which objections may be lodged.

             (6)  Objection may be made to the amalgamation, so far as it involves an alteration of the eligibility rules of the organisation, by:

                     (a)  another organisation; or

                     (b)  a member of the associated body; or

                     (c)  a registered association in the State in which the associated body functions;

because there is another organisation to which the members of the associated body, whose eligibility for membership would depend on the alteration, could more conveniently belong.

             (7)  Objection may be made to the amalgamation by a member of the organisation or of the associated body on the ground that:

                     (a)  the provisions of this section have not been complied with; or

                     (b)  the amalgamation would do substantial injustice to the members of the organisation or associated body.

             (8)  If any objections are duly lodged or if the Commission otherwise deems it advisable to do so, the Commission must:

                     (a)  fix a day and place of hearing; and

                     (b)  determine to whom and in what manner notice of the day and place of the hearing shall be given.

             (9)  If the Commission:

                     (a)  finds that no duly made objection is justified; and

                     (b)  is satisfied that the provisions of this section have been complied with; and

                     (c)  is satisfied that the amalgamation would not do substantial injustice to the members of the organisation or of the associated body; and

                     (d)  is satisfied that any proposed alterations of the rules of the organisation:

                              (i)  comply with and are not contrary to this Schedule and applicable awards; and

                             (ii)  are not otherwise contrary to law; and

                            (iii)  have been decided on under the rules of the organisation;

the Commission must, subject to subsection (10), approve the amalgamation and fix the day on which the amalgamation is to take effect, but otherwise the Commission must refuse to approve the amalgamation.

           (10)  The Commission must not approve an amalgamation unless the Commission is satisfied as to arrangements made relating to property and liabilities of the associated body.

           (11)  On the day on which the amalgamation takes effect, any alteration of the rules of the organisation takes effect.

           (12)  On the day on which the amalgamation takes effect, all members of the associated body who are not already members of the organisation but are or become, on that day, eligible for membership of the organisation:

                     (a)  become members of the organisation; and

                     (b)  are to be taken to have been members for the period ending on that day during which they were members of the associated body.

Division 5 Exercise of Commission’s powers

368   Exercise of Commission’s powers under this Part

                   The powers of the Commission under this Part are exercisable only by a Presidential Member.

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(194) Schedule 1, page 309 (lines 1 to 18), omit the Schedule.

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(195) Schedule 2, page 310 (line 2) to page 317 (line 6), omit the Schedule.

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