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2004-2005

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2005

 

 

(1)     Clause 2, page 2 (table item 2), omit the table item, substitute:

2.  Section 4

9 March 2005.

9 March 2005

2A.  Subsection 7(1)

9 March 2005.

9 March 2005

2B.  Subsection 7(2)

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2C.  Subsections 7(3) and (9)

9 March 2005.

9 March 2005

2D.  Sections 8, 9, 11 and 12

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

[commencement]

(2)     Clause 2, page 2 (table item 3, column 1), omit “items 2 and 42”, substitute “items 2 to 42”.

[commencement]

(3)     Clause 2, page 2 (table item 4), omit the table item, substitute:

4.  Schedule 1, items 53 and 54

9 March 2005.

9 March 2005

[commencement]

(4)     Clause 2, page 2 (table item 6), omit the table item, substitute:

6.  Schedule 1, item 56

9 March 2005.

9 March 2005

[commencement]

(5)     Clause 2, page 2 (at the end of the table), add:

9.  Schedule 3

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

[commencement]

(6)     Clause 3, page 3 (line 2), before “Each Act”, insert “(1)”.

[amendment of regulations]

(7)     Clause 3, page 3 (line 2), after “Each Act”, insert “, and each regulation,”.

[amendment of regulations]

(8)     Clause 3, page 3 (after line 5), at the end of the clause, add:

             (2)  The amendment of any regulation under subsection (1) does not prevent the regulation, as so amended, from being amended or repealed by the Governor-General.

[amendment of regulations]

(9)     Clause 7, page 4 (after line 11), after subclause (1), insert:

             (2)  Section 79 of the BCII Act applies to building industrial action that occurs after the commencement of that section (whether or not the action began before the commencement of that section).

[Chapter 6 of the BCII Act]

(10)   Page 4 (after line 17), at the end of Part 2, add:

8   Chapter 8 of the BCII Act

                   Section 176 of the BCII Act applies to contracts entered into at any time, whether before or after the commencement of that section.

[Chapter 8 of the BCII Act]

(11)   Page 4, at the end of Part 2 (after proposed clause 8), add:

9   Chapter 13 of the BCII Act

                   During the period of 3 years after the commencement of section 241A of the BCII Act, that section does not apply to an agreement that was made under a State industrial law before the commencement of that section.

[Chapter 13 of the BCII Act]

(12)   Page 4, at the end of Part 2 (after proposed clause 9), add:

11   Records of the Building Industry Royal Commission

ABC Commissioner entitled to custody of certain original records of the Building Industry Royal Commission

             (1)  The ABC Commissioner is, by force of this section, entitled to the custody of records that:

                     (a)  are deemed, by subsection 22(2) of the Archives Act 1983 , to be Commonwealth records for the purposes of that Act; and

                     (b)  are documents or things that were produced to the Building Industry Royal Commission;

as if a direction to that effect were in force under subsection 22(3) of the Archives Act 1983 at all times after the commencement of this section.

Note:          This subsection applies to documents or things that were actually produced to the Building Industry Royal Commission. For the obligation to provide the ABC Commissioner with electronic copies of such documents or things, see subsection (4).

             (2)  The Commonwealth must ensure that the records to which subsection (1) applies are provided or made available to the ABC Commissioner as soon as practicable after the commencement of this section.

             (3)  If the ABC Commissioner obtains custody of a record under this section:

                     (a)  while the ABC Commissioner retains custody of the record, the ABC Commissioner must ensure that the record is looked after in a manner agreed between the ABC Commissioner and the Director-General; and

                     (b)  if the record is owned by a person other than the Commonwealth, the ABC Commissioner may return the record to that person; and

                     (c)  if the ABC Commissioner returns the record to its owner as mentioned in paragraph (b), the ABC Commissioner must give the Director-General a copy of the record; and

                     (d)  subject to paragraph (b), the ABC Commissioner must transfer custody of the record to the Director-General as soon as practicable after the ABC Commissioner no longer needs the record, and in any case not later than 5 years after the commencement of this section.

ABC Commissioner to be provided with electronic copies of certain records of the Building Industry Royal Commission

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth has an electronic version of a document or thing that was produced to the Building Industry Royal Commission (whether or not subsection (1) applies to the document or thing itself); and

                     (b)  the electronic version is deemed, by subsection 22(2) of the Archives Act 1983 , to be a Commonwealth record for the purposes of that Act;

the Commonwealth must ensure that an electronic copy of that electronic version, and of any associated objective coding data, is provided or made available to the ABC Commissioner as soon as practicable after the commencement of this section.

Regulations may provide for ABC Commissioner’s access to other records of the Building Industry Royal Commission

             (5)  The regulations may provide for the ABC Commissioner to have access to other records of, or relating to, the Building Industry Royal Commission (being records in the possession of the Commonwealth), including by:

                     (a)  providing that the ABC Commissioner is entitled to the custody of such records; or

                     (b)  requiring such records, or electronic copies of such records (with or without objective coding data), to be provided or made available to the ABC Commissioner.

Status of the transferred records

             (6)  The transferred records are taken:

                     (a)  to have been disclosed or given to the ABC Commissioner for the purposes of any of the ABC Commissioner’s functions and powers; and

                     (b)  to have the status of protected information for the purposes of section 242 of the BCII Act.

             (7)  The ABC Commissioner may retain possession of a record of which the ABC Commissioner is entitled to custody under subsection (1) for so long as the ABC Commissioner considers it desirable to do so for the purposes of any of the ABC Commissioner’s functions and powers, despite any request from the owner of the record for the return of the record.

Section 6DD of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 continues to apply to the transferred records

             (8)  Nothing in this section affects the operation of section 6DD of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 in relation to the transferred records.

Note:          Section 6DD of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 limits the admissibility in proceedings against a person of statements or disclosures made by the person to a Royal Commission, or of the fact that the person produced a document or thing to a Royal Commission.

No loss of legal professional privilege

             (9)  A transferred record, or material in or referred to in a transferred record, does not cease to be the subject of legal professional privilege merely because:

                     (a)  the ABC Commissioner is entitled to the custody of the record under subsection (1), or under regulations made for the purposes of subsection (5); or

                     (b)  the record, or an electronic copy of the record, is provided or made available to the ABC Commissioner under subsection (2) or (4), or under regulations made for the purposes of subsection (5).

           (10)  In this section:

ABC Commissioner has the same meaning as in the BCII Act.

Building Industry Royal Commission means the Royal Commission that was commissioned, by Letters Patent dated 29 August 2001 as extended by Letters Patent dated 5 December 2002 and 23 January 2003, to inquire into certain matters relating to the building and construction industry.

Director-General has the same meaning as in the Archives Act 1983 .

record has the same meaning as in the Archives Act 1983 .

transferred record means:

                     (a)  a record that the ABC Commissioner has custody of:

                              (i)  under subsection (1); or

                             (ii)  under regulations made for the purposes of subsection (5); or

                     (b)  an electronic copy of a document or thing provided or made available to the ABC Commissioner:

                              (i)  under subsection (4); or

                             (ii)  under regulations made for the purposes of subsection (5).

[records etc. of the Building Industry Royal Commission]

(13)   Page 4, after proposed clause 11, insert:

Part 3 Miscellaneous

   

12   Regulations

                   The Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

[regulations]

(14)   Schedule 1, page 5 (after line 8), after item 2, insert:

18  Paragraph 63(1)(d)

After “this Act”, insert “, the BCII Act”.

[functions of Industrial Registry]

(15)   Schedule 1, page 5, after proposed item 18, insert:

19  Subsection 66(1)

After “this Act”, insert “, the BCII Act”.

[annual report of Industrial Registry]

(16)   Schedule 1, page 5, after proposed item 19, insert:

20  Paragraph 67(2)(a)

After “this Act”, insert “, the BCII Act”.

21  Paragraph 67(2)(b)

After “this Act”, insert “, the BCII Act”.

[Industrial Registrar]

(17)   Schedule 1, page 5, after proposed item 21, insert:

22  Paragraph 75(2)(a)

After “this Act”, insert “, the BCII Act”.

[Deputy Industrial Registrars]

(18)   Schedule 2, page 7 (before line 4), before item 8, insert:

Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977

1  Paragraph (a) of Schedule 1

Omit “or the Workplace Relations Act 1996 ”, substitute “, the Workplace Relations Act 1996 or the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 ”.

[judicial review]

(19)   Page 7 (after line 8), at the end of the Bill, add:

Schedule 3 Amendment of the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997

   

1  Part 1 of Schedule 1 (after table item 137)

Insert:

137AA

Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, comprising:

(a) the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner; and

(b) the Deputy Australian Building and Construction Commissioners; and

(c)  the staff mentioned in subsection 25(1) of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 ; and

(d) the consultants engaged under subsection 25(3) of that Act.

See Note B

Australian Building and Construction Commissioner

[amendment of Financial Management and Accountability Regulations]