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Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Bill 2013

2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Attorney-General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act in relation to monitoring, investigation and enforcement by regulatory agencies, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

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

4............ Dictionary........................................................................................... 3

5............ Contravening offence and civil penalty provisions.............................. 7

6............ Binding the Crown.............................................................................. 7

Part 2—Monitoring                                                                                                                8

Division 1—Outline and operation of this Part                                               8

7............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 8

8............ Purpose and operation of this Part...................................................... 9

9............ Provisions subject to monitoring ........................................................ 9

10.......... Information subject to monitoring ....................................................... 9

11.......... Related provisions............................................................................. 10

12.......... Authorised applicant ......................................................................... 10

13.......... Authorised person ............................................................................. 11

14.......... Identity card ...................................................................................... 11

15.......... Issuing officer ................................................................................... 11

16.......... Relevant chief executive ..................................................................... 12

17.......... Relevant court ................................................................................... 13

18.......... Matters provided for by legislative instrument.................................. 13

Division 2—Powers of authorised persons                                                       14

Subdivision A—Monitoring powers                                                                     14

19.......... Entering premises by consent or under a warrant.............................. 14

20.......... General monitoring powers............................................................... 14

21.......... Operating electronic equipment......................................................... 15

22.......... Securing electronic equipment to obtain expert assistance................. 16

23.......... Securing evidence of the contravention of a related provision........... 17

24.......... Persons assisting authorised persons................................................ 18

Subdivision B—Powers to ask questions and seek production of documents   19

25.......... Asking questions and seeking production of documents.................. 19

Division 3—Obligations and incidental powers of authorised persons   21

26.......... Consent............................................................................................. 21

27.......... Announcement before entry under warrant....................................... 21

28.......... Authorised person to be in possession of warrant............................ 22

29.......... Details of warrant etc. to be given to occupier................................... 22

30.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment........................... 22

Division 4—Occupier’s rights and responsibilities                                      24

31.......... Right to observe execution of warrant............................................... 24

32.......... Responsibility to provide facilities and assistance............................. 24

Division 5—Monitoring warrants                                                                         25

33.......... Monitoring warrants......................................................................... 25

Division 6—Extension of periods in which things secured                       27

34.......... Extension of periods in which things secured................................... 27

Division 7—Powers of issuing officers                                                               28

35.......... Powers of issuing officers................................................................ 28

Division 8—Identity cards                                                                                        29

36.......... Identity cards..................................................................................... 29

Part 3—Investigation                                                                                                          30

Division 1—Outline and operation of this Part                                             30

37.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 30

38.......... Purpose and operation of this Part.................................................... 31

39.......... Provisions subject to investigation .................................................... 31

40.......... Evidential material ............................................................................ 31

41.......... Related provisions............................................................................. 32

42.......... Authorised applicant ......................................................................... 32

43.......... Authorised person ............................................................................. 32

44.......... Identity card ...................................................................................... 33

45.......... Issuing officer ................................................................................... 33

46.......... Relevant chief executive ..................................................................... 34

47.......... Relevant court ................................................................................... 34

48.......... Matters provided for by legislative instrument.................................. 35

Division 2—Powers of authorised persons                                                       36

Subdivision A—Investigation powers                                                                  36

49.......... Entering premises by consent or under a warrant.............................. 36

50.......... General investigation powers............................................................ 36

51.......... Operating electronic equipment......................................................... 37

52.......... Securing electronic equipment to obtain expert assistance................. 38

53.......... Seizing evidence of related provisions.............................................. 39

54.......... Persons assisting authorised persons................................................ 40

Subdivision B—Powers to ask questions and seek production of documents   41

55.......... Asking questions and seeking production of documents.................. 41

Division 3—Obligations and incidental powers of authorised persons   43

56.......... Consent............................................................................................. 43

57.......... Announcement before entry under warrant....................................... 43

58.......... Authorised person to be in possession of warrant............................ 44

59.......... Details of warrant etc. to be given to occupier................................... 44

60.......... Completing execution after temporary cessation............................... 45

61.......... Completing execution of warrant stopped by court order.................. 46

62.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment........................... 46

Division 4—Occupier’s rights and responsibilities                                      48

63.......... Right to observe execution of warrant............................................... 48

64.......... Responsibility to provide facilities and assistance............................. 48

Division 5—General provisions relating to seizure                                     49

65.......... Copies of seized things to be provided.............................................. 49

66.......... Receipts for seized things.................................................................. 49

67.......... Return of seized things...................................................................... 49

68.......... Issuing officer may permit a thing to be retained............................... 50

69.......... Disposal of things............................................................................. 51

70.......... Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 52

Division 6—Investigation warrants                                                                     53

71.......... Investigation warrants....................................................................... 53

72.......... Investigation warrants by telephone, fax etc...................................... 54

73.......... Authority of warrant......................................................................... 56

74.......... Offence relating to warrants by telephone, fax etc............................. 56

Division 7—Extension of periods in which things secured                       58

75.......... Extension of periods in which things secured................................... 58

Division 8—Powers of issuing officers                                                               59

76.......... Powers of issuing officers................................................................ 59

Division 9—Identity cards                                                                                        60

77.......... Identity cards..................................................................................... 60

Part 4—Civil penalty provisions                                                                                  61

Division 1—Outline and operation of this Part                                             61

78.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 61

79.......... Purposes and operation of this Part................................................... 61

80.......... Civil penalty provisions ..................................................................... 62

81.......... Enforceable civil penalty provisions................................................. 62

82.......... Authorised applicant ......................................................................... 62

83.......... Relevant court ................................................................................... 63

84.......... Matters provided for by legislative instrument.................................. 63

Division 2—Obtaining a civil penalty order                                                    64

85.......... Civil penalty orders........................................................................... 64

86.......... Civil enforcement of penalty............................................................. 65

87.......... Conduct contravening more than one civil penalty provision............ 65

88.......... Multiple contraventions..................................................................... 65

89.......... Proceedings may be heard together................................................... 65

90.......... Civil evidence and procedure rules for civil penalty orders............... 66

Division 3—Civil proceedings and criminal proceedings                         67

91.......... Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings..................................... 67

92.......... Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings................................. 67

93.......... Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings..................................... 67

94.......... Evidence given in civil proceedings not admissible in criminal proceedings            67

Division 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                        69

95.......... Ancillary contravention of civil penalty provisions........................... 69

96.......... Continuing contraventions of civil penalty provisions...................... 69

97.......... State of mind..................................................................................... 70

98.......... Mistake of fact.................................................................................. 70

99.......... Exceptions etc. to civil penalty provisions—burden of proof............ 71

100........ Civil penalty provisions contravened by employees, agents or officers 71

Part 5—Infringement notices                                                                                         72

Division 1—Outline and operation of this Part                                             72

101........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 72

102........ Purpose and operation of this Part.................................................... 72

103........ Provisions subject to infringement notices ........................................ 73

104........ Infringement officer ........................................................................... 73

105........ Relevant chief executive ..................................................................... 73

106........ Matters provided for by legislative instrument.................................. 74

Division 2—Infringement notices                                                                          75

107........ When an infringement notice may be given....................................... 75

108........ Matters to be included in an infringement notice............................... 75

109........ Extension of time to pay amount....................................................... 77

110........ Withdrawal of an infringement notice............................................... 78

111........ Effect of payment of amount............................................................. 80

112........ Effect of this Part.............................................................................. 81

Part 6—Enforceable undertakings                                                                            82

Division 1—Outline and operation of this Part                                             82

113........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 82

114........ Purpose and operation of this Part.................................................... 82

115........ Enforceable provisions..................................................................... 82

116........ Authorised person ............................................................................. 83

117........ Relevant court ................................................................................... 83

118........ Matters provided for by legislative instrument.................................. 83

Division 2—Accepting and enforcing undertakings                                    84

119........ Acceptance of undertakings.............................................................. 84

120........ Enforcement of undertakings............................................................ 84

Part 7—Injunctions                                                                                                              86

Division 1—Outline and operation of this Part                                             86

121........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 86

122........ Purpose and operation of this Part.................................................... 86

123........ Enforceable provisions..................................................................... 86

124........ Authorised person ............................................................................. 86

125........ Relevant court ................................................................................... 87

126........ Matters provided for by legislative instrument.................................. 87

Division 2—Injunctions                                                                                              88

127........ Grant of injunctions.......................................................................... 88

128........ Interim injunctions............................................................................ 88

129........ Discharging or varying injunctions................................................... 89

130........ Certain limits on granting injunctions not to apply............................ 89

131........ Other powers of a relevant court unaffected...................................... 89

Part 8—General provisions                                                                                             90

132........ Regulations....................................................................................... 90



A Bill for an Act in relation to monitoring, investigation and enforcement by regulatory agencies, and for related purposes

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