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Inspector-General of Biosecurity Bill 2012 [2013]

2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspector-General of Biosecurity Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for the appointment of an Inspector-General of Biosecurity, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

4............ Extension of Act to Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and other prescribed external Territories               5

Part 2—Inspector-General of Biosecurity                                                                6

Division 1—Establishment of the Inspector-General of Biosecurity   6

5............ Inspector-General................................................................................ 6

6............ Functions............................................................................................ 6

Division 2—Review program                                                                                    7

7............ Setting a review program.................................................................... 7

8............ When reviews are to be conducted...................................................... 7

Part 3—Powers for conducting reviews: general                                                9

Division 1—Application of this Part                                                                      9

9............ Application of this Part....................................................................... 9

Division 2—Obtaining information and documents etc.                           10

10.......... Inspector-General may require persons to provide information etc... 10

11.......... Inspector-General may invite submissions........................................ 11

12.......... Submissions may be made publicly available.................................... 12

13.......... Assistance from the Director of Biosecurity..................................... 13

14.......... Inspector-General may retain and make copies of documents........... 14

15.......... Inspector-General must consider all evidence provided.................... 14

Division 3—Civil penalty and related provisions                                         16

16.......... Civil penalties—failure to comply with notice etc............................. 16

17.......... Self-incrimination etc........................................................................ 16

18.......... Protection from liability for persons complying with a notice or making a submission            17

19.......... No loss of legal professional privilege.............................................. 18

Division 4—Entering premises                                                                               19

Subdivision A—Entering premises to exercise review powers                      19

20.......... Entering premises to exercise review powers.................................... 19

21.......... General review powers..................................................................... 20

22.......... Operating electronic equipment......................................................... 20

23.......... Expert assistance to operate electronic equipment............................. 21

Subdivision B—Entering adjacent premises to gain access to other premises                23

24.......... Entering adjacent premises to gain access to other premises............. 23

Subdivision C—Persons assisting                                                                          23

25.......... Persons assisting Inspector-General................................................. 23

Subdivision D—Obligations and incidental powers of Inspector-General 24

26.......... Consent............................................................................................. 24

27.......... Notice of entry etc............................................................................. 25

28.......... Inspector-General to be in possession of warrant............................. 25

29.......... Details of warrant etc. to be given to occupier................................... 26

30.......... Use of force...................................................................................... 26

31.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment........................... 26

Subdivision E—Occupier’s rights and responsibilities                                    27

32.......... Right to observe exercise of powers................................................. 27

33.......... Responsibility to provide facilities and assistance............................. 27

Subdivision F—Issue of warrants                                                                         28

34.......... Review warrants............................................................................... 28

35.......... Adjacent premises warrants.............................................................. 29

36.......... Powers of issuing officers................................................................ 30

Part 4—Reports on reviews                                                                                            31

37.......... Reporting on reviews........................................................................ 31

38.......... Certain material to be excluded from reports..................................... 31

39.......... Including criticism in reports............................................................. 32

40.......... Legal professional privilege.............................................................. 34

41.......... Tabling etc. of reports....................................................................... 35

Part 5—Requests for review of BIRA process                                                   36

42.......... Person may request Inspector-General to review BIRA process...... 36

43.......... Inspector-General must consider request for review......................... 36

44.......... Assistance from the Director of Biosecurity..................................... 37

45.......... Inspector-General may retain and make copies of documents........... 37

46.......... Inspector-General must consider all evidence provided.................... 37

47.......... Inspector-General must prepare report.............................................. 38

Part 6—Administrative provisions                                                                             39

Division 1—Appointment etc. of Inspector-General of Biosecurity   39

48.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 39

49.......... Term of appointment......................................................................... 39

50.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 39

51.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 40

52.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 40

53.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 40

54.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 40

55.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 41

56.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 41

57.......... Appointment of acting Inspector-General......................................... 42

Division 2—Staff and consultants                                                                         43

58.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 43

59.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 43

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        44

60.......... Inspector-General to have regard to minimising disruption during review               44

61.......... Information that would be prejudicial to the public interest............... 44

62.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 45

63.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 46

64.......... Secrecy.............................................................................................. 46

65.......... Application of the Biosecurity Act 2012 ............................................ 48

66.......... Protection from civil proceedings...................................................... 49

67.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 49

 



A Bill for an Act to provide for the appointment of an Inspector-General of Biosecurity, and for related purposes

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