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Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015

Schedule 4 TPS Director

   

Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000

1  Section 5 (at the end of the definition of production notice )

Add “or 113A”.

2  Section 5

Insert:

TPS officer means:

                     (a)  an APS employee in the Department who assists the TPS Director in the performance of the TPS Director’s functions; or

                     (b)  a consultant engaged by the TPS Director under section 54L.

3  After paragraph 54B(f)

Insert:

                    (fa)  recommending that the ESOS agency for a registered provider take one or more actions against the provider under subsection 83(1A);

4  At the end of Division 3 of Part 5A

Add:

54N   Application of finance law

                   For the purposes of the finance law (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 ), the TPS Director is an official of the Department.

5  After subsection 83(1A)

Insert:

       (1AA)  The ESOS agency for a registered provider must consider any recommendation made by the TPS Director under paragraph 54B(fa) that relates to the provider in deciding whether to take one or more actions against the provider under subsection (1A) of this section.

6  Section 111A (at the end of the paragraph relating to Division 2)

Add:

The TPS Director may also give a production notice under that Division.

7  Section 113 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

113   ESOS agency for a registered provider may give a production notice

8  After section 113

Insert:

113A   TPS Director may give a production notice

             (1)  This section applies if the TPS Director reasonably believes that a relevant individual of a registered provider has, or has access to, information or documents that are relevant to the performance of the TPS Director’s functions under Part 5 of this Act.

             (2)  The TPS Director may give the relevant individual a written notice requiring the individual:

                     (a)  to give any such information or documents to a TPS officer; or

                     (b)  to show any such documents to a TPS officer; or

                     (c)  to make copies of any such documents and give the copies to a TPS officer.

             (3)  If the information or documents are in a particular form then the notice may require the information or documents to be given in that form.

9  Paragraph 114(1)(a)

After “section 113”, insert “or 113A”.

10  Paragraph 114(1)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  set out the effects of sections 120 and 121; and

                   (ba)  if the notice is given under section 113—set out the effect of section 122; and

                   (bb)  if the notice is given under section 113A—set out the effect of section 122A; and

11  After subsection 115(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  The TPS Director must give a production notice under section 113A to a relevant individual of a registered provider:

                     (a)  by delivering it to the relevant individual personally; or

                     (b)  by:

                              (i)  leaving it at the address of the relevant individual’s place of residence or business last known to the TPS Director; and

                             (ii)  taking reasonably practicable action to draw the relevant individual’s attention to the notice; or

                     (c)  by sending it by ordinary or any other class of pre-paid post to the relevant individual’s place of residence or business last known to the TPS Director.

12  Subsection 115(2)

After “paragraph (1)(c)”, insert “or the TPS Director uses the method in paragraph (1A)(c)”.

13  Section 122 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

122   Offence: giving false or misleading document to authorised officer

14  After section 122

Insert:

122A   Offence: giving false or misleading document to TPS officer

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is given a production notice under section 113A; and

                     (b)  the person gives or shows a TPS officer a document in compliance or purported compliance with the notice; and

                     (c)  the document is false or misleading in a material particular.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 12 months.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a person if the document is accompanied by a written statement signed by the person:

                     (a)  stating that the document is, to the person’s knowledge, false or misleading in the material particular concerned; and

                     (b)  setting out or referring to the material particular.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

15  Before subsection 124(1)

Insert:

Authorised officer etc.

16  At the end of section 124

Add:

TPS Director etc.

             (3)  The TPS Director or a TPS officer may:

                     (a)  inspect a document given or shown to a TPS officer under this Division; and

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

                     (c)  retain a copy of a document given to a TPS officer under this Division.

17  After section 125

Insert:

125A   Retaining of documents by TPS officer

             (1)  If a TPS officer is given a document under this Division, the TPS officer may retain the document:

                     (a)  for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  for the purposes of an investigation as to whether an offence has been committed; or

                     (c)  to enable evidence of an offence to be secured for the purposes of a prosecution.

             (2)  However, the document must not be retained for longer than 60 days after the TPS officer was given the document.

Note:          The TPS officer may apply to retain the document for a further period: see section 128A.

18  After subsection 126(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  If a TPS officer retains a document under section 125A, the TPS officer must as soon as practicable:

                     (a)  certify a copy of the document to be a true copy; and

                     (b)  give the copy to the person (the owner ) otherwise entitled to possession of the document.

19  Subsection 126(3)

Before “thinks”, insert “, or the TPS officer,”.

20  Section 127 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

127   Returning of documents

21  Subsection 127(1)

Omit all the words after “is given”, substitute:

under this Division to either of the following persons (the holder ):

                     (a)  an authorised officer of the ESOS agency for a registered provider;

                     (b)  a TPS officer.

22  Subsection 127(2)

Omit “authorised employee”, substitute “holder”.

23  Subsection 127(2)

Omit “the employee”, substitute “the holder”.

24  Subsections 127(3)

Omit “authorised employee” (wherever occurring), substitute “holder”.

25  After section 128

Insert:

128A   TPS officer may apply to retain document for a further period

             (1)  If a TPS officer is given a document under this Division, the TPS officer may apply to a magistrate or tribunal member for an order that the officer may retain the document for a further period.

             (2)  The application must be made before the end of:

                     (a)  60 days after the document was given to the TPS officer; or

                     (b)  a period previously specified in an order of a magistrate or tribunal member under section 129.

             (3)  Before making the application, the TPS officer must:

                     (a)  take reasonable steps to discover which persons’ interests would be affected by the retention of the document; and

                     (b)  if it is practicable to do so, notify each person who the officer believes to be such a person of the proposed application.