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Product Stewardship Bill 2011

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Stewardship Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

(Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide a framework for reducing the environmental and other impacts of products, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Introduction                                                                                                             1

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                              1

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

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

Division 2—Guide to this Act                                                                                    3

3............ Guide to this Act................................................................................. 3

Division 3—Objects of this Act and product stewardship criteria        7

4............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 7

5............ Product stewardship criteria................................................................ 8

Division 4—The Dictionary                                                                                        9

6............ The Dictionary.................................................................................... 9

Division 5—Application of this Act                                                                      13

7............ Act binds Crown............................................................................... 13

8............ Extension to external Territories........................................................ 13

9............ Relationship to State and Territory laws............................................ 13

Part 2—Voluntary product stewardship                                                                15

Division 1—Guide to this Part                                                                                15

10.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 15

Division 2—Voluntary product stewardship                                                   16

11.......... Exercising rights in product stewardship logo in accordance with accredited voluntary arrangement      16

12.......... What is an accredited voluntary arrangement .................................. 16

13.......... Accreditation of voluntary arrangements........................................... 17

14.......... What is a product stewardship logo .................................................. 18

15.......... What are the Commonwealth’s intellectual property rights in a product stewardship logo      19

16.......... Commonwealth’s intellectual property rights not limited.................. 19

Part 3—Co-regulatory product stewardship                                                       21

Division 1—Guide to this Part                                                                                21

17.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 21

Division 2—Requirements for liable parties and administrators of co-regulatory arrangements         23

Subdivision A—Requirement for liable party to be member of approved co-regulatory arrangement 23

18.......... Liable party to be member of approved co-regulatory arrangement... 23

19.......... Who is a liable party in relation to a class of products...................... 24

20.......... What is an approved co-regulatory arrangement ............................. 25

21.......... Outcomes for co-regulatory arrangements........................................ 26

22.......... Matters to be dealt with by co-regulatory arrangements.................... 27

Subdivision B—Requirements for administrators of approved co-regulatory arrangements   27

23.......... Administrator to achieve outcomes for co-regulatory arrangement... 27

Subdivision C—Requirements for liable parties and administrators          28

24.......... Requirements relating to record-keeping, giving information and reporting             28

Division 3—Approving co-regulatory arrangements                                30

25.......... Approving co-regulatory arrangements—application........................ 30

26.......... Approving co-regulatory arrangements—decision............................ 30

Division 4—Reviewing co-regulatory arrangements and cancelling approvals                32

27.......... Reviewing approved co-regulatory arrangements............................. 32

28.......... Cancelling approvals of a co-regulatory arrangements...................... 32

Division 5—Enforcing approved co-regulatory arrangements            35

29.......... Improvement notices......................................................................... 35

30.......... Directed audits—general................................................................... 36

31.......... Directed audits—appointing auditor and carrying out audit.............. 36

Division 6—Other matters relating to co-regulatory product stewardship         37

32.......... Co-regulatory product stewardship—anti-avoidance........................ 37

33.......... Co-regulatory product stewardship—replacing administrator........... 38

34.......... Co-regulatory product stewardship—constitutional connection........ 39

35.......... Co-regulatory product stewardship—reading down provision for administrators    40

Part 4—Mandatory product stewardship                                                              41

Division 1—Guide to this Part                                                                                41

36.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 41

Division 2—Mandatory product stewardship                                                42

37.......... Mandatory product stewardship requirements may be specified in regulations        42

38.......... Contravening mandatory product stewardship requirements............. 44

39.......... Mandatory product stewardship—satisfying product stewardship criteria and furthering objects etc.     44

40.......... Mandatory product stewardship—constitutional connection............. 45

Part 5—Enforcing this Act                                                                                              46

Division 1—Guide to this Part                                                                                46

41.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 46

Division 2—Civil penalty provisions                                                                   47

Subdivision A—Obtaining a civil penalty order                                               47

42.......... Civil penalty orders........................................................................... 47

43.......... Maximum amount of pecuniary penalty............................................ 48

44.......... Involvement in contravening civil penalty provision......................... 49

45.......... Civil enforcement of penalty............................................................. 49

46.......... Conduct contravening more than one civil penalty provision............ 49

47.......... Multiple contraventions..................................................................... 50

48.......... Proceedings may be heard together................................................... 50

49.......... Civil evidence and procedure rules for civil penalty orders............... 50

50.......... Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................... 50

Subdivision B—Civil liability of executive officers of bodies corporate   51

51.......... Civil liability of executive officer of body corporate......................... 51

52.......... Reasonable steps to prevent contravention........................................ 52

Subdivision C—Civil proceedings and criminal proceedings                       53

53.......... Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings..................................... 53

54.......... Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings................................. 53

55.......... Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings..................................... 53

56.......... Evidence given in civil proceedings not admissible in criminal proceedings            54

Subdivision D—Miscellaneous                                                                               54

57.......... Mistake of fact.................................................................................. 54

58.......... State of mind..................................................................................... 55

59.......... Continuing contraventions................................................................ 55

Division 3—Publicising offences, contraventions and decisions           57

60.......... Minister may publicise certain offences, contraventions and decisions 57

Division 4—Enforceable undertakings                                                              59

61.......... Acceptance of undertakings.............................................................. 59

62.......... Enforcement of undertakings............................................................ 59

Division 5—Injunctions                                                                                              61

63.......... Injunctions........................................................................................ 61

64.......... Granting interim injunctions.............................................................. 61

65.......... Discharging or varying injunctions................................................... 62

66.......... Certain limits on granting injunctions not to apply............................ 62

Part 6—Compliance powers                                                                                           63

Division 1—Guide to this Part                                                                                63

67.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 63

Division 2—Powers of inspectors                                                                          64

Subdivision A—Appointment of inspectors                                                        64

68.......... Minister may appoint inspectors....................................................... 64

69.......... Identity cards..................................................................................... 65

70.......... Offence for failing to return identity card.......................................... 65

Subdivision B—Powers of inspectors                                                                   66

71.......... Purposes for which powers can be used........................................... 66

72.......... Inspection powers—with consent..................................................... 66

73.......... Refusing consent is not an offence.................................................... 67

74.......... Inspection powers—with warrant..................................................... 67

75.......... Announcement before entry under warrant....................................... 68

76.......... Copy of warrant to be given to occupier........................................... 68

77.......... Occupier entitled to observe execution of warrant............................. 69

78.......... Occupier to provide inspector with facilities and assistance.............. 69

Subdivision C—General provisions relating to seizure                                  69

79.......... Copies of seized things to be provided.............................................. 69

80.......... Receipts for things seized.................................................................. 70

81.......... Return of seized things...................................................................... 70

82.......... Magistrate may permit a thing to be retained..................................... 71

83.......... Disposal if thing cannot be returned.................................................. 72

Subdivision D—Applying for warrants to enter premises                              72

84.......... Ordinary warrants............................................................................. 72

85.......... Warrants by telephone, fax etc.......................................................... 73

86.......... Signed form of warrant not produced in evidence............................. 75

Subdivision E—Powers of magistrates                                                                75

87.......... Federal Magistrates—consent to nomination.................................... 75

88.......... Powers of magistrates....................................................................... 76

Division 3—Information gathering powers                                                     77

89.......... Meaning of person who has product stewardship information ........ 77

90.......... Minister may require a person to provide information...................... 77

91.......... Minister may require a person to appear before an inspector............ 78

Part 7—Reviewing decisions                                                                                          80

Division 1—Guide to this Part                                                                                80

92.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 80

Division 2—Reviewing decisions                                                                           81

93.......... Persons affected by reviewable decisions......................................... 81

94.......... Notification of decisions and review rights....................................... 82

95.......... Internal review.................................................................................. 82

96.......... Review of decisions by Administrative Appeals Tribunal................ 83

Part 8—Protecting information                                                                                    84

Division 1—Guide to this Part                                                                                84

97.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 84

Division 2—Protecting information                                                                     85

98.......... Offence—Disclosing commercially sensitive information................ 85

99.......... Authorised disclosures...................................................................... 85

100........ Disclosing commercially sensitive information to courts and tribunals etc.              87

Part 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        88

Division 1—Guide to this Part                                                                                88

101........ Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 88

Division 2—Miscellaneous                                                                                        89

102........ General requirements for making applications.................................. 89

103........ Applications—requesting additional information.............................. 89

104........ Privilege against self-incrimination not affected................................ 90

105........ Compensation for damage to electronic equipment........................... 90

106........ Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 91

107........ Annual report.................................................................................... 91

108........ Publishing material on Department’s website................................... 92

109........ Review of operation of this Act........................................................ 92

110........ Delegation......................................................................................... 93

111........ Regulations....................................................................................... 93

 



A Bill for an Act to provide a framework for reducing the environmental and other impacts of products, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: