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Acts Interpretation Amendment Bill 2011

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acts Interpretation Amendment Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 , and for other purposes

   

   



Contents

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 4

Schedule 1—Main amendments                                                                                     5

Acts Interpretation Act 1901                                                                                      5

Legislative Instruments Act 2003                                                                            39

Schedule 2—Consequential amendments                                                               40

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005                                                  40

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976                                      42

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975                                                           43

Admiralty Act 1988                                                                                                    43

Aged Care Act 1997                                                                                                   43

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994                 44

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act 1994                                               44

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992                44

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994                                     45

Air Navigation Act 1920                                                                                           45

Airports Act 1996                                                                                                       45

Airports (Transitional) Act 1996                                                                             46

Air Services Act 1995                                                                                                 46

A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Act 1999   47

Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980                                         47

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006            47

Anti-Personnel Mines Convention Act 1998                                                         48

Archives Act 1983                                                                                                       48

Auditor-General Act 1997                                                                                        48

AusCheck Act 2007                                                                                                    49

Australia Council Act 1975                                                                                      49

Australian Astronomical Observatory Act 2010                                                  50

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983                                                 51

Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975                                                              52

Australian Capital Territory Government Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 1994                 52

Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988   53

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Act 1982             53

Australian Centre for Renewable Energy Act 2010                                            54

Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005                            54

Australian Crime Commission Act 2002                                                                55

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act 2008         55

Australian Federal Police Act 1979                                                                       56

Australian Film, Television and Radio School Act 1973                                   56

Australian Hearing Services Act 1991                                                                   57

Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986                                                 57

Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010                                                  58

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989                 58

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987                                          59

Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972                                                 59

Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996                                                     60

Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990                                                   60

Australian National Maritime Museum Act 1990                                                61

Australian National University Act 1991                                                              62

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987             62

Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Act 2008             63

Australian Passports Act 2005                                                                                64

Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989                                                              65

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Act 1998                                       65

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998                       65

Australian Research Council Act 2001                                                                  66

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979                                   66

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006                                            66

Australian Sports Commission Act 1989                                                               68

Australian Trade Commission Act 1985                                                                70

Australian War Memorial Act 1980                                                                        70

Banking Act 1959                                                                                                       71

Bankruptcy Act 1966                                                                                                 71

Bills of Exchange Act 1909                                                                                      71

Broadcasting Services Act 1992                                                                              72

Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005                             74

Cancer Australia Act 2006                                                                                       74

Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994                                                          75

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                     75

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                      76

Civil Aviation Act 1988                                                                                             77

Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959                                                        78

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995              78

COAG Reform Fund Act 2008                                                                                  79

Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave Funding) Act 1992                       79

Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997                                       80

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                        81

Commonwealth Serum Laboratories Act 1961                                                     83

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    84

Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services Act 2009                     87

Copyright Act 1968                                                                                                    88

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006                      88

Crimes Act 1914                                                                                                          89

Crimes at Sea Act 2000                                                                                             89

Criminal Code Act 1995                                                                                           89

Criminology Research Act 1971                                                                              90

Cross-Border Insolvency Act 2008                                                                          90

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                       90

Customs Administration Act 1985                                                                           91

Customs Tariff Act 1995                                                                                            92

Defence Act 1903                                                                                                        92

Defence Force Discipline Act 1982                                                                        95

Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973                                    95

Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Act 2008                                     96

Defence Housing Australia Act 1987                                                                     96

Dental Benefits Act 2008                                                                                          97

Designs Act 2003                                                                                                        97

Development Allowance Authority Act 1992                                                        97

Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983                                                             97

Disability Discrimination Act 1992                                                                        98

Do Not Call Register Act 2006                                                                                99

Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000                                           99

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999                  99

Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981                                             100

Evidence Act 1995                                                                                                    101

Excise Tariff Act 1921                                                                                             101

Export Control Act 1982                                                                                         101

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991                                     101

Export Market Development Grants Act 1997                                                    102

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009                                                103

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                               103

Federal Court of Australia Act 1976                                                                    104

Federal Financial Relations Act 2009                                                                 104

Federal Magistrates Act 1999                                                                               104

Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997                                      105

Fisheries Administration Act 1991                                                                       105

Fisheries Management Act 1991                                                                           106

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991                                            107

Foreign Proceedings (Excess of Jurisdiction) Act 1984                                   108

Freedom of Information Act 1982                                                                         108

Fringe Benefits Tax (Application to the Commonwealth) Act 1986               108

Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986                                                            109

Future Fund Act 2006                                                                                             109

Gene Technology Act 2000                                                                                     110

Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011 110

Governor-General Act 1974                                                                                   110

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975                                                           111

Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995                                       112

Health Insurance Act 1973                                                                                     112

Health Workforce Australia Act 2009                                                                  113

Hearing Services Administration Act 1997                                                         113

Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976                                                                                113

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936                                                                           114

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                           114

Independent Contractors Act 2006                                                                       115

Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Act 2010                       115

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989                       115

Industry Research and Development Act 1986                                                   116

Infrastructure Australia Act 2008                                                                         116

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986                                117

Inspector-General of Taxation Act 2003                                                             118

Inspector of Transport Security Act 2006                                                            118

Insurance Act 1973                                                                                                  118

Intelligence Services Act 2001                                                                               119

Interactive Gambling Act 2001                                                                              119

International Air Services Commission Act 1992                                              119

Interstate Road Transport Charge Act 1985                                                       120

Judges’ Pensions Act 1968                                                                                     120

Judiciary Act 1903                                                                                                   120

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006                                         120

Law Officers Act 1964                                                                                             121

Life Insurance Act 1995                                                                                          121

Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984                                                                          121

Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003                      122

Medical Indemnity Act 2002                                                                                  122

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                  122

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004                                      123

Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989                                                                       123

National Blood Authority Act 2003                                                                      124

National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009                                                124

National Film and Sound Archive Act 2008                                                       125

National Gallery Act 1975                                                                                     126

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007                                    126

National Health Act 1953                                                                                       126

National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992                             127

National Health Security Act 2007                                                                       128

National Library Act 1960                                                                                     128

National Measurement Act 1960                                                                           129

National Museum of Australia Act 1980                                                             129

National Transport Commission Act 2003                                                          130

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011              130

National Water Commission Act 2004                                                                 130

Nation-building Funds Act 2008                                                                          131

Native Title Act 1993                                                                                               133

Navigation Act 1912                                                                                                133

Northern Territory Acceptance Act 1910                                                            134

Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987                                           134

Offshore Minerals Act 1994                                                                                   134

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006                           135

Olympic Insignia Protection Act 1987                                                                 136

Ombudsman Act 1976                                                                                              136

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010                                                                               137

Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948                                  137

Parliamentary Counsel Act 1970                                                                          137

Patents Act 1990                                                                                                       137

Payment Systems and Netting Act 1998                                                               138

Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987                                          138

Port Statistics Act 1977                                                                                           138

Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989          138

Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999                                                       139

Privacy Act 1988                                                                                                      139

Private Health Insurance Act 2007                                                                       140

Productivity Commission Act 1998                                                                       141

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986                                          141

Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage) Act 2008            141

Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti-fouling Systems) Act 2006                     141

Protection of the Sea (Powers of Intervention) Act 1981                                 142

Public Lending Right Act 1985                                                                             142

Public Service Act 1999                                                                                          143

Qantas Sale Act 1992                                                                                              144

Quarantine Act 1908                                                                                               144

Racial Discrimination Act 1975                                                                            144

Radiocommunications Act 1992                                                                            145

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984                                                   145

Registration of Deaths Abroad Act 1984                                                             145

Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973                                                                          146

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000                                                            146

Reserve Bank Act 1959                                                                                            147

Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997                                                                147

Rural Adjustment Act 1992                                                                                     147

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988                                         148

Safe Work Australia Act 2008                                                                                149

Science and Industry Research Act 1949                                                             150

Screen Australia Act 2008                                                                                      150

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992                                    151

Sex Discrimination Act 1984                                                                                  152

Shipping Registration Act 1981                                                                            152

Skills Australia Act 2008                                                                                        153

Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995                                                          153

Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997                                                             153

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         154

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          154

Spam Act 2003                                                                                                          154

Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991                                                               155

Special Prosecutors Act 1982                                                                                155

Student Assistance Act 1973                                                                                  156

Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1963                                     156

Superannuation Act 1976                                                                                       156

Superannuation Act 1990                                                                                       157

Superannuation Act 2005                                                                                       157

Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Act 2003          157

Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992                                   158

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993                                             158

Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993                                     158

Surveillance Devices Act 2004                                                                              159

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001                                                       159

Tax Agent Services Act 2009                                                                                  160

Taxation Administration Act 1953                                                                        160

Tax Laws Amendment (2009 Measures No. 6) Act 2010                                   160

Telecommunications Act 1997                                                                               160

Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999   163

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979                                163

Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997                                       163

Terrorism Insurance Act 2003                                                                                163

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Investment and Innovation Programs Act 1999               164

Therapeutic Goods Act 1989                                                                                  164

Tourism Australia Act 2004                                                                                    165

Trade Marks Act 1995                                                                                             166

Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003                                                             166

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                           166

War Graves Act 1980                                                                                               167

Water Act 2007                                                                                                         167

Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008                                                                       168

Wine Australia Corporation Act 1980                                                                 169

Schedule 3—Application, saving and transitional provisions                  170



A Bill for an Act to amend the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 , and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if any of the provision(s) do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

3.  Schedule 2, items 1 to 652

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

 

4.  Schedule 2, items 653 and 654

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provision(s) covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of section 36 of the Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Act 2011 .

However, the provision(s) do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

5.  Schedule 2, items 655 to 835

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

 

6.  Schedule 2, item 836

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provision(s) covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of section 3 of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 .

 

7.  Schedule 2, items 837 to 1074

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

 

8.  Schedule 2, items 1075 to 1083

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

However, if item 183 of Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2011 commences at or before that time, the provision(s) do not commence at all.

 

9.  Schedule 2, item 1084

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provision(s) covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of item 222 of Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2011 .

However, the provision(s) do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

10.  Schedule 2, items 1085 and 1086

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

However, if item 234 of Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2011 commences at or before that time, the provision(s) do not commence at all.

 

11.  Schedule 2, items 1087 to 1198

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

 

12.  Schedule 3

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.