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Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill 2000
Schedule 1 Amendment of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991

   

1  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

short-term insurance contract means an export payments insurance contract under section 14 that covers a loss or detriment arising out of a contract or arrangement whose initial payment term is no longer than 360 days, but does not include an export payments insurance contract that EFIC has entered into, whether wholly or partly, in accordance with an approval or direction under Part 5.

2  After section 61

Insert:

61A   Debt neutrality charge

             (1)  The Minister may inform EFIC in writing of arrangements that are to apply to EFIC in relation to a debt neutrality charge to be paid by EFIC to the Commonwealth in respect of short-term insurance contracts entered into by EFIC.

             (2)  The arrangements may specify:

                     (a)  the period in respect of which a debt neutrality charge is payable; and

                     (b)  the amount of the charge, or the way in which it is to be worked out; and

                     (c)  the period within which the amount must be paid by EFIC to the Commonwealth.

             (3)  EFIC must pay a debt neutrality charge to the Commonwealth in accordance with the arrangements.

             (4)  The Minister may at any time, in writing, vary or revoke arrangements made under this section.

3  After section 62

Insert:

62A   Guarantee fees

             (1)  The Minister may inform EFIC in writing of arrangements that are to apply to EFIC in relation to guarantee fees to be paid by EFIC to the Commonwealth in respect of short-term insurance contracts entered into by EFIC.

             (2)  The arrangements may specify:

                     (a)  the period in respect of which a guarantee fee is payable; and

                     (b)  the amount of the fee, or the way in which it is to be worked out; and

                     (c)  the period within which the amount must be paid by EFIC to the Commonwealth.

             (3)  EFIC must pay guarantee fees to the Commonwealth in accordance with the arrangements.

             (4)  The Minister may at any time, in writing, vary or revoke arrangements made under this section.

4  After section 63

Insert:

63A   Tax-equivalent payments

             (1)  EFIC must pay to the Commonwealth a tax-equivalent payment in respect of each financial year.

             (2)  The amount of the tax-equivalent payment to be made in respect of a financial year is to be determined in writing by the Minister, having regard to the purpose of ensuring that EFIC does not enjoy a net competitive advantage over other insurers because of the operation of section 63 in relation to its short-term insurance contracts.

             (3)  The amount determined under subsection (2) in respect of a financial year must not be greater than the amount, or the sum of the amounts, of tax that EFIC would, but for section 63, have been liable to pay in respect of that year in relation to its short-term insurance contracts.

             (4)  EFIC must pay to the Commonwealth the amount determined under subsection (2) in respect of a financial year in accordance with the written directions of the Minister.