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Horse Disease Response Levy Collection Bill 2008

Part 5 Miscellaneous

   

18   Release of information

             (1)  An authorised person may release information of a kind mentioned in subsection (2) to any of the following:

                     (a)  a horse industry body;

                     (b)  the Australian Animal Health Council;

                     (c)  any other person to whom the Secretary allows information to be released.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), the kind of information that the authorised person may release must relate to amounts of horse disease response levy received or receivable by the Commonwealth in any period, including such information as it relates to:

                     (a)  a particular sector of the horse industry; or

                     (b)  a particular State, Territory or region.

             (3)  Any information released must not identify the name, address or contact details of a person who has paid horse disease response levy to a horse registration body.

19   Appointment of authorised persons

             (1)  The Secretary may, in writing, appoint a person appointed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 to be an authorised person for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  The Secretary must not appoint a person as an authorised person unless the Secretary is satisfied that the person has suitable qualifications and experience to properly exercise the powers of an authorised person.

             (3)  An authorised person must, in exercising powers or performing functions as an authorised person, comply with any directions of the Secretary.

             (4)  If the Secretary gives a direction under subsection (3) in writing, the direction is not a legislative instrument.

20   Delegation by Secretary

             (1)  The Secretary may, in writing, delegate all or any of his or her powers under this Act or the regulations to an APS employee in the Department.

             (2)  A delegate is, in the exercise of a delegated power, subject to the directions of the Secretary.

             (3)  If the Secretary gives a direction under subsection (2) in writing, the direction is not a legislative instrument.

21   Regulations

             (1)  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.

             (2)  The matters that may be prescribed under subsection (1) include, but are not limited to:

                     (a)  making provision in relation to the payment of horse disease response levy and any penalty for a failure to pay horse disease response levy by the time it became due for payment; and

                     (b)  requiring a horse registration body to keep and retain records in relation to horses registered by the body; and

                     (c)  requiring a horse registration body to give returns, information or documents for the purposes of this Act; and

                     (d)  providing for penalties, not exceeding 10 penalty units, for offences against the regulations.

             (3)  The regulations may provide that information given in accordance with a requirement covered by paragraph (2)(c) must be verified by statutory declaration.