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Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act about the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units, and for other purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

5............ Electronic notice transmitted to the Administrator............................. 10

6............ Crown to be bound........................................................................... 11

7............ Extension to external Territories........................................................ 11

Part 2—Australian National Registry of Emissions Units                           12

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           12

8............ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 12

Division 2—Australian National Registry of Emissions Units              13

9............ Australian National Registry of Emissions Units.............................. 13

Division 3—Registry accounts                                                                                14

10.......... Registry accounts.............................................................................. 14

11.......... Opening of Registry accounts—identification procedures................ 15

12.......... Designation of Commonwealth Registry accounts............................ 15

13.......... Opening of new Commonwealth Registry accounts......................... 15

14.......... Units in certain accounts cannot be transferred................................. 16

15.......... Voluntary closure of Registry accounts............................................ 16

16.......... Unilateral closure of Registry accounts etc........................................ 16

Division 4—Entries in Registry accounts                                                         19

17.......... Entries in Registry accounts.............................................................. 19

Division 5—Change in name of account holder                                            20

18.......... Change in name of account holder.................................................... 20

Division 6—Correction and rectification of Registry                                21

19.......... Corrections of clerical errors, obvious defects or unauthorised entries etc.              21

20.......... General power of correction of Registry—Kyoto units.................... 22

21.......... General power of correction of Registry—non-Kyoto international emissions units               23

22.......... Rectification of Registry.................................................................... 23

Division 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                        26

23.......... Making a false entry in the Registry.................................................. 26

24.......... Falsified documents.......................................................................... 26

25.......... Evidentiary provisions...................................................................... 26

26.......... Use and disclosure of information obtained from the Registry......... 27

27.......... Regulations about the Registry.......................................................... 28

28.......... Suspension of operation of the Registry........................................... 29

Part 3—Kyoto units                                                                                                             30

29.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 30

30.......... Entries for Kyoto units...................................................................... 30

31.......... Issue of Australia’s assigned amount units....................................... 30

32.......... Issue of removal units....................................................................... 31

33.......... Transfer of Kyoto units..................................................................... 31

34.......... Domestic transfers of Kyoto units.................................................... 32

35.......... Outgoing international transfers of Kyoto units................................ 33

36.......... Incoming international transfers of Kyoto units................................ 34

37.......... Compliance by Australia with emissions trading eligibility requirements under the Kyoto rules             35

38.......... Conversion of assigned amount units, or removal units, to emission reduction units—joint implementation projects etc........................................................................................................... 36

39.......... Kyoto rules....................................................................................... 37

40.......... Carry-over restrictions...................................................................... 37

41.......... Commitment period reserve.............................................................. 39

42.......... Cancellation of temporary certified emission reductions or long-term certified emission reductions        39

43.......... Replacement of long-term certified emission reductions................... 40

44.......... Restrictions on transfer of Kyoto units to a Commonwealth Registry account         41

45.......... A registered Kyoto unit is personal property for certain purposes.... 41

46.......... Equitable interests in relation to a Kyoto unit.................................... 42

47.......... Transmission of registered Kyoto units by operation of law etc....... 42

Part 4—Non-Kyoto international emissions units                                             45

48.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 45

49.......... Entries for non-Kyoto international emissions units......................... 45

50.......... Transfer of non-Kyoto international emissions units........................ 45

51.......... Domestic transfers of non-Kyoto international emissions units........ 46

52.......... Outgoing international transfers of non-Kyoto international emissions units           47

53.......... Incoming international transfers of non-Kyoto international emissions units           48

54.......... A registered non-Kyoto international emissions unit is personal property for certain purposes               48

55.......... Equitable interests in relation to a non-Kyoto international emissions unit               49

56.......... Transmission of registered non-Kyoto international emissions units by operation of law etc. 49

57.......... Regulations about non-Kyoto international emissions units.............. 51

Part 5—Publication of information                                                                           52

58.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 52

59.......... Information about holders of Registry accounts................................ 52

60.......... Kyoto information............................................................................. 52

61.......... Publication of concise description of the characteristics of eligible international emissions units             53

62.......... Information about number of voluntarily cancelled Kyoto units....... 54

63.......... Information about number of voluntarily cancelled non-Kyoto international emissions units  54

Part 6—Voluntary cancellation of emissions units                                           55

64.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 55

65.......... Voluntary cancellation of Kyoto units............................................... 55

66.......... Voluntary cancellation of non-Kyoto international emissions units.. 56

Part 7—Civil penalty orders                                                                                           57

67.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 57

68.......... References to Court........................................................................... 57

69.......... Civil penalty orders........................................................................... 57

70.......... Who may apply for a civil penalty order........................................... 58

71.......... Two or more proceedings may be heard together.............................. 59

72.......... Time limit for application for an order............................................... 59

73.......... Civil evidence and procedure rules for civil penalty orders............... 59

74.......... Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings..................................... 59

75.......... Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings................................. 59

76.......... Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings..................................... 59

77.......... Evidence given in proceedings for a civil penalty order not admissible in criminal proceedings              60

78.......... Mistake of fact.................................................................................. 60

79.......... State of mind..................................................................................... 61

80.......... Continuing contraventions................................................................ 61

Part 8—Review of decisions                                                                                           63

81.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 63

82.......... Reviewable decisions........................................................................ 63

83.......... Applications for reconsideration of decisions made by delegates of the Administrator            64

84.......... Reconsideration by the Administrator............................................... 64

85.......... Deadline for reconsideration............................................................. 65

86.......... Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal............................... 65

Part 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        66

87.......... Computerised decision-making......................................................... 66

88.......... Administrator’s power to require further information....................... 66

89.......... Delegation by the Minister................................................................ 67

90.......... Delegation by the Secretary............................................................... 67

91.......... Liability for damages......................................................................... 67

92.......... Executive power of the Commonwealth............................................ 68

93.......... Notional payments by the Commonwealth........................................ 68

94.......... Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 68

95.......... Prescribing matters by reference to other instruments....................... 69

96.......... Administrative decisions under the regulations................................. 69

97.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 69

 



A Bill for an Act about the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: