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Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008

Part 3 Information-gathering and audit powers

Division 1 WEA may obtain information and documents from accredited wheat exporters etc.

25   WEA may obtain information and documents from accredited wheat exporters etc.

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if WEA has reason to believe that a company that is, or has been, an accredited wheat exporter has information or a document that is relevant to the functions or powers of WEA.

Requirement

             (2)  WEA may, by written notice given to the company, require the company:

                     (a)  to give to WEA, within the period and in the manner and form specified in the notice, any such information; or

                     (b)  to produce to WEA, within the period and in the manner specified in the notice, any such documents; or

                     (c)  to make copies of any such documents and to produce to WEA, within the period and in the manner specified in the notice, those copies.

Note:          See also paragraph 14(a) (condition of accreditation).

             (3)  A period specified under subsection (2) must not be shorter than 14 days after the notice is given.

             (4)  This section does not limit section 29 or 30.

Compliance

             (5)  A company must comply with a requirement under subsection (2).

Ancillary contraventions

             (6)  A person must not:

                     (a)  aid, abet, counsel or procure a contravention of subsection (5); or

                     (b)  induce, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, a contravention of subsection (5); or

                     (c)  be in any way, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in, or party to, a contravention of subsection (5); or

                     (d)  conspire with others to effect a contravention of subsection (5).

Civil penalty provisions

             (7)  Subsections (5) and (6) are civil penalty provisions .

Note:          Part 8 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

26   Copying documents—compensation

                   A person is entitled to be paid by WEA, on behalf of the Commonwealth, reasonable compensation for complying with a requirement covered by paragraph 25(2)(c).

27   Copies of documents

             (1)  WEA may:

                     (a)  inspect a document or copy produced under subsection 25(2); and

                     (b)  make and retain copies of, or take and retain extracts from, such a document.

             (2)  WEA may retain possession of a copy of a document produced in accordance with a requirement covered by paragraph 25(2)(c).

28   WEA may retain documents

             (1)  WEA may take, and retain for as long as is necessary, possession of a document produced under subsection 25(2).

             (2)  The person otherwise entitled to possession of the document is entitled to be supplied, as soon as practicable, with a copy certified by WEA to be a true copy.

             (3)  The certified copy must be received in all courts and tribunals as evidence as if it were the original.

             (4)  Until a certified copy is supplied, WEA must, at such times and places as WEA thinks appropriate, permit the person otherwise entitled to possession of the document, or a person authorised by that person, to inspect and make copies of, or take extracts from, the document.



 

Division 2 WEA’s other information-gathering powers

29   Power to request information and documents

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to a person if WEA believes on reasonable grounds that the person has information or a document that is relevant to the functions or powers of WEA.

Request

             (2)  WEA may, by written notice given to the person, request the person:

                     (a)  to give to WEA, within the period and in the manner and form specified in the notice, any such information; or

                     (b)  to produce to WEA, within the period and in the manner specified in the notice, any such documents; or

                     (c)  to make copies of any such documents and to produce to WEA, within the period and in the manner specified in the notice, those copies.

             (3)  A period specified under subsection (2) must not be shorter than 14 days after the notice is given.

30   Power to request a report

Scope

             (1)  This section applies to a person if WEA believes on reasonable grounds that:

                     (a)  the person has information or a document that is relevant to the functions or powers of WEA; and

                     (b)  the person is capable of using the information or document to prepare a written report about a particular matter that is relevant to the functions or powers of WEA.

Request

             (2)  WEA may, by written notice given to the person, request the person:

                     (a)  to prepare such a report; and

                     (b)  to give the report to WEA within the period specified in the notice.

             (3)  A period specified under subsection (2) must not be shorter than 14 days after the notice is given.



 

Division 3 External audits of accredited wheat exporters

31   WEA may direct external audit

             (1)  WEA may, by written notice given to an accredited wheat exporter, require the accredited wheat exporter to:

                     (a)  appoint:

                              (i)  an external auditor identified in the notice; or

                             (ii)  if no external auditor is identified in the notice—an external auditor chosen by the accredited wheat exporter; and

                     (b)  arrange for the external auditor to carry out an external audit of whichever of the following is specified in the notice:

                              (i)  the accredited wheat exporter’s compliance with one or more conditions of accreditation under the wheat export accreditation scheme;

                             (ii)  the accuracy of information given to WEA by the accredited wheat exporter (whether orally, in a document or in any other way);

                            (iii)  the accuracy of one or more statements made in the application that resulted in the accreditation of the accredited wheat exporter; and

                     (c)  arrange for the external auditor to give the accredited wheat exporter a written report (the audit report ) setting out the results of the audit; and

                     (d)  give WEA a copy of the audit report within:

                              (i)  the period specified in the notice; or

                             (ii)  if WEA allows a longer period—that longer period.

Note:          See also paragraph 14(a) (condition of accreditation).

             (2)  The notice must specify:

                     (a)  the matters to be covered by the audit; and

                     (b)  the form of the audit report and the kinds of details it is to contain.

             (3)  If subparagraph (1)(b)(i) applies, the matters that may be specified under paragraph (2)(a) may include either or both of the following:

                     (a)  an assessment of the accredited wheat exporter’s existing capacity to comply with one or more conditions of accreditation under the wheat accreditation scheme;

                     (b)  an assessment of what the accredited wheat exporter will need to do, or continue to do, to comply with one or more conditions of accreditation under the wheat accreditation scheme.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not limit paragraph (2)(a).

Eligibility for appointment as an external auditor

             (5)  An individual is not eligible to be appointed an external auditor by an accredited wheat exporter if the individual is a director, employee or agent of:

                     (a)  the accredited wheat exporter; or

                     (b)  a related body corporate.

Reimbursement

             (6)  If an accredited wheat exporter has incurred reasonable expenses in complying with a requirement under subsection (1), WEA must, on behalf of the Commonwealth, reimburse those expenses.

Compliance

             (7)  An accredited wheat exporter must comply with a requirement under subsection (1).

Ancillary contraventions

             (8)  A person must not:

                     (a)  aid, abet, counsel or procure a contravention of subsection (7); or

                     (b)  induce, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, a contravention of subsection (7); or

                     (c)  be in any way, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in, or party to, a contravention of subsection (7); or

                     (d)  conspire with others to effect a contravention of subsection (7).

Civil penalty provisions

             (9)  Subsections (7) and (8) are civil penalty provisions .

Note:          Part 8 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

32   External auditors

             (1)  WEA may, by writing, authorise a specified individual to be an external auditor for the purposes of this Act.

Note 1:       For specification by class, see subsection 46(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

Note 2:       For variation and revocation, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (2)  An authorisation under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.