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Australian Research Council Bill 2001

1998-1999-2000

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As read a third time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Research Council Bill 2000

 

No.      , 2000

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish an Australian Research Council and to provide for the funding of research programs, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Objects of Act..................................................................................... 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

Part 2—Establishment and functions of the Australian Research Council            4

5............ Establishment of the ARC................................................................... 4

6............ The functions of the ARC................................................................... 4

7............ Ministerial directions about performance of ARC’s functions............ 5

Part 3—The Board of the ARC                                                                                     6

Division 1—Establishment and functions                                                            6

8............ Establishment of the Board................................................................. 6

9............ The Board’s functions......................................................................... 6

10.......... Ministerial directions about performance of Board’s functions........... 6

11.......... Notification of general Commonwealth Government policies that are to apply to ARC etc.     7

Division 2—Membership                                                                                             8

12.......... Membership of Board......................................................................... 8

13.......... Appointment of Chair......................................................................... 8

14.......... Appointment of the 8 members referred to in paragraph 12(c)............ 9

15.......... Acting appointments........................................................................... 9

16.......... Appointed members hold office on part-time basis............................. 9

17.......... Remuneration and allowances of appointed members....................... 10

18.......... Appointed members may be granted leave of absence from meetings 10

19.......... Other terms and conditions of appointed members........................... 10

20.......... Resignation of appointed member..................................................... 10

21.......... Termination of appointment of Chair................................................ 11

22.......... Termination of appointment of other appointed members................. 11

Division 3—Meetings                                                                                                   13

23.......... Convening meetings.......................................................................... 13

24.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 13

25.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 13

26.......... Voting at meetings............................................................................ 14

27.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 14

28.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 15

29.......... Certain Board members may be represented at meetings by another person             15

Part 4—Committees                                                                                                             17

30.......... Board may establish committees....................................................... 17

31.......... Functions of a committee.................................................................. 17

32.......... Appointment of committee members................................................. 17

33.......... Terms and conditions of committee members................................... 18

Part 5—Chief Executive Officer and staff                                                            19

Division 1—Chief Executive Officer                                                                   19

34.......... Appointment of CEO........................................................................ 19

35.......... Acting CEO...................................................................................... 19

36.......... CEO holds office on full-time basis.................................................. 20

37.......... Remuneration and allowances of CEO.............................................. 20

38.......... Other terms and conditions of CEO.................................................. 20

39.......... Duties of CEO.................................................................................. 21

40.......... Resignation of CEO.......................................................................... 21

Division 2—Staff                                                                                                            22

41.......... Staff to be engaged under Public Service Act etc.............................. 22

Part 6—Planning and reporting                                                                                  23

Division 1—Strategic plans                                                                                      23

42.......... Board to prepare strategic plans........................................................ 23

43.......... Ministerial approval of strategic plans............................................... 23

44.......... Variation of strategic plans................................................................ 24

45.......... Annual report to include assessment of ARC’s performance using performance indicators in strategic plan           24

Division 2—Annual report                                                                                        25

46.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 25

Part 7—Funding of research                                                                                         26

Division 1—Financial assistance for approved research programs 26

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                  26

47.......... Definitions........................................................................................ 26

48.......... Years to which Division applies....................................................... 27

Subdivision B—Capping of funding                                                                     27

49.......... Annual cap on funding...................................................................... 27

50.......... Minister must divide funding caps between different categories of research programs            27

Subdivision C—Provision of financial assistance                                            28

51.......... Approval of expenditure on research programs................................ 28

52.......... Recommendations by ARC in relation to approval of proposals....... 29

53.......... Requirements for approval or recommendation of proposals............ 29

54.......... Variation of funding approvals......................................................... 31

55.......... Payment of financial assistance for approved research programs...... 32

56.......... Advances.......................................................................................... 32

57.......... Source of payments........................................................................... 33

58.......... Conditions of payment of financial assistance................................... 33

Subdivision D—Funding rules                                                                               35

59.......... Board to make rules.......................................................................... 35

60.......... Ministerial approval of rules............................................................. 36

61.......... Variation of rules.............................................................................. 36

Division 2—The ARC Research Endowment Account                              37

62.......... Establishment of ARC Research Endowment Account..................... 37

63.......... Credits to Account............................................................................ 37

64.......... Purposes of Account......................................................................... 37

65.......... Terms and conditions of financial assistance..................................... 37

Part 8—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        38

66.......... Delegation by Minister...................................................................... 38

67.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 38

 



This Bill originated in the House of Representatives; and, having this day passed, is now ready for presentation to the Senate for its concurrence.

                I.C. HARRIS

           Clerk of the House of Representatives

House of Representatives

2 November 2000

 

A Bill for an Act to establish an Australian Research Council and to provide for the funding of research programs, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: