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Age Discrimination (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2004
Schedule 2 Amendments relating to the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Act 2003

   

Age Discrimination Act 2003

1  Section 4

Omit:

•      Complaints can be made to the Commission about unlawful discrimination (see the definition of unlawful discrimination in subsection 3(1) of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 , and section 46P of that Act).

substitute:

•      Complaints can be made to the Commission about unlawful discrimination (see the definition of unlawful discrimination in subsection 3(1) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 , and section 46P of that Act).

2  Subsection 5(1) (definition of Commission )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

Commission means the Australian Human Rights Commission established by the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 .

3  Subsection 10(7)

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ” (wherever occurring), substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

4  Subsection 12(4)

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ” (wherever occurring), substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

5  Subsection 50(1) (note)

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ”, substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

6  Paragraph 51(1)(e)

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ” (wherever occurring), substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

7  Subsection 51(1) (note)

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ”, substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

8  Subsection 51(2) (note)

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ”, substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

9  Part 6 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Part 6 Functions of Australian Human Rights Commission

10  Before paragraph 53(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  to promote an understanding and acceptance of, and compliance with, this Act;

                   (ab)  to disseminate information on discrimination on the ground of age and on the responsibility of persons and organisations to avoid such discrimination;

                    (ac)  to undertake research and educational programs, and other programs, on behalf of the Commonwealth for the purpose of promoting the objects of this Act;

                   (ad)  to prepare, and to publish in the manner the Commission considers appropriate, guidelines for avoiding discrimination on the ground of age;

11  Paragraphs 53(1)(b), (c) and (f)

Repeal the paragraphs.

12  Paragraph 53(1)(g)

After “age”, insert “, subject to subsections (1A) and (1B)”.

13  Subsection 53(1) (note)

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ”, substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

14  After subsection 53(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Except in a case to which subsection (1B) applies, the Commission may only intervene in proceedings as mentioned in paragraph (1)(g) if the Attorney-General approves the intervention. In deciding whether to approve the intervention, the Attorney-General may (but need not) have regard to the following matters:

                     (a)  whether the Commonwealth, or a person on behalf of the Commonwealth, has already intervened in the proceedings;

                     (b)  whether, in the Attorney-General’s opinion, the proceedings may affect to a significant extent the human rights of, or involve significant issues of discrimination against, persons who are not parties to them;

                     (c)  whether, in the Attorney-General’s opinion, the proceedings have significant implications for the administration of any of the following Acts:

                              (i)  this Act;

                             (ii)  the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 ;

                            (iii)  the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ;

                            (iv)  the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 ;

                             (v)  the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 ;

                     (d)  whether, in the Attorney-General’s opinion, there are special circumstances such that it would be in the public interest for the Commission to intervene.

This subsection does not, by implication, limit the matters to which the Attorney-General may have regard.

          (1B)  If the President is:

                     (a)  a Justice of the High Court, or was such a Justice immediately before becoming President; or

                     (b)  a Judge of a court created by the Parliament, or was such a Judge immediately before becoming President;

then, before the Commission seeks leave to intervene in proceedings as mentioned in paragraph (1)(g), the Commission must give the Attorney-General written notice of the Commission’s intention to seek leave to intervene, together with a statement of why the Commission considers it appropriate to intervene. The notice must be given at a time when there is still a reasonable period before the Commission seeks leave to intervene.

15  Subsection 53(2) (definition of enactment )

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ”, substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

16  Subsection 53(2) (definition of proposed enactment )

Omit “ Human Rights and Equal Opportunity ”, substitute “ Australian Human Rights ”.

17  Sections 55 and 58

Repeal the sections.

18  Pre-commencement delegations remain in effect

(1)       Although this Schedule repeals section 55 of the Age Discrimination Act 2003 , a delegation under that section that was in force immediately before the repeal continues in force after the repeal as if the repeal had not happened.

(2)       However, subitem (1) does not apply to a delegation to:

                     (a)  the Human Rights Commissioner; or

                     (b)  the Race Discrimination Commissioner; or

                     (c)  the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner; or

                     (d)  the Sex Discrimination Commissioner; or

                     (e)  the Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

(3)       In subitem (2), Human Rights Commissioner has the same meaning as in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 as in force immediately before the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Act 2003 .

19  Repealed civil liability provisions continue to apply in relation to pre-commencement acts etc.

Although this Schedule repeals section 58 of the Age Discrimination Act 2003 , that section continues to apply, in relation to acts or omissions that happened before the repeal, as if the repeal had not happened.

20  Section 60

Repeal the section.

21  Repealed non-disclosure provisions continue to apply in relation to certain pre-commencement matters

Although this Schedule repeals section 60 of the Age Discrimination Act 2003 , that section continues to apply, in relation to information a person acquired before the repeal, or documents a person had before the repeal, as if the repeal had not happened.

Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

22  Paragraph 11(1)(a)

Omit “by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 , the Age Discrimination Act 2003 ”, substitute “by the Age Discrimination Act 2003 , the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ”.

Note:       If the Age Discrimination Act 2003 does not commence before the commencement of item 21 of Schedule 1 to the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Act 2003 , this item does not commence at all. See subsection 2(4).

23  Paragraph 11(5)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  whether, in the Attorney-General’s opinion, the proceedings have significant implications for the administration of any of the following Acts:

                              (i)  this Act;

                             (ii)  the Age Discrimination Act 2003 ;

                            (iii)  the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ;

                            (iv)  the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 ;

                             (v)  the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 ;

24  Paragraph 31(2)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  whether, in the Attorney-General’s opinion, the proceedings have significant implications for the administration of any of the following Acts:

                              (i)  this Act;

                             (ii)  the Age Discrimination Act 2003 ;

                            (iii)  the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ;

                            (iv)  the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 ;

                             (v)  the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 ;

25  After subparagraph 46PV(1)(b)(i)

Insert:

                            (ia)  the Age Discrimination Act 2003 ;

Disability Discrimination Act 1992

26  Paragraph 67(3)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  whether, in the Attorney-General’s opinion, the proceedings have significant implications for the administration of any of the following Acts:

                              (i)  this Act;

                             (ii)  the Age Discrimination Act 2003 ;

                            (iii)  the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 ;

                            (iv)  the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 ;

                             (v)  the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 ;

Racial Discrimination Act 1975

27  Paragraph 20(2)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  whether, in the Attorney-General’s opinion, the proceedings have significant implications for the administration of any of the following Acts:

                              (i)  this Act;

                             (ii)  the Age Discrimination Act 2003 ;

                            (iii)  the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 ;

                            (iv)  the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ;

                             (v)  the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 ;

Sex Discrimination Act 1984

28  Paragraph 48(3)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  whether, in the Attorney-General’s opinion, the proceedings have significant implications for the administration of any of the following Acts:

                              (i)  this Act;

                             (ii)  the Age Discrimination Act 2003 ;

                            (iii)  the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 ;

                            (iv)  the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 ;

                             (v)  the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 ;