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Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2015

2013-2014-2015

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2015

 

No.      , 2015

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amalgamate certain administrative review tribunals, and for other purposes

   

   



Contents

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 6

4............ Review of operation of amendments................................................... 6

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975       7

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975                                                             7

Schedule 2—Migration amendments                                                                        63

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                        63

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    63

Part 2—Multiple amendments                                                                                 87

Division 1—References to MRT-reviewable decisions                                        87

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    87

Division 2—References to officers of the Tribunal                                              88

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    88

Division 3—References to RRT-reviewable decisions                                         89

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    89

Part 3—Contingent amendments                                                                           91

Division 1—Interaction with the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Act 2015             91

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    91

Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Act 2015                 92

Division 2—Interaction with the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014                                                                            93

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975                                                           93

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    93

Division 3—Interaction with the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014: multiple amendments                                   98

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                    98

Division 4—Interaction with the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014: transitional provisions                                  99

Division 5—Interaction with the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014           100

Migration Act 1958                                                                                                  100

Division 6—Interaction with the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Act 2015                                                                                                     101

Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Act 2015    101

Schedule 3—Social security amendments                                                             102

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                         102

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999                                                          103

Schedule 4—Child support amendments                                                             121

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                   121

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                    125

Schedule 5—Family assistance amendments                                                      147

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                               147

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999                147

Schedule 6—Paid parental leave amendments                                                  168

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010                                                                               168

Schedule 7—Student assistance amendments                                                    183

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                      183

Student Assistance Act 1973                                                                                  183

Part 2—Contingent amendments                                                                         194

Student Assistance Act 1973                                                                                  194

Schedule 8—Other consequential amendments                                                195

Part 1—Consequential amendments                                                                   195

Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977                                      195

Archives Act 1983                                                                                                     195

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012                    197

Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Act 2007          197

Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013                                                197

Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011                                                                        198

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                      198

Court Security Act 2013                                                                                          198

Crimes Act 1914                                                                                                        198

Criminal Code Act 1995                                                                                         199

Defence Act 1903                                                                                                      199

Federal Proceedings (Costs) Act 1981                                                                 199

Financial Institutions Supervisory Levies Collection Act 1998                     199

Freedom of Information Act 1982                                                                         199

Industry Research and Development Act 1986                                                   200

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986                                201

Inspector of Transport Security Act 2006                                                            201

Insurance Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1991                                               201

Judges’ Pensions Act 1968                                                                                     201

Lands Acquisition Act 1989                                                                                   201

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004                                      202

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                     202

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988                                         202

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992                                    202

Superannuation (Self Managed Superannuation Funds) Taxation Act 1987 203

Surveillance Devices Act 2004                                                                              203

Taxation Administration Act 1953                                                                        203

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979                                204

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997                                                     204

Part 2—Contingent amendments                                                                         205

Biosecurity Act 2015                                                                                                205

Freedom of Information Act 1982                                                                         205

Schedule 9—Transitional and saving provisions                                             206

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                     206

Part 2—Tribunal members and certain officers                                             208

Part 3—Review of decisions                                                                                  217

Part 4—Matters specific to particular Acts                                                     222

Part 5—Continuation of directions                                                                     228

Part 6—Other transitional matters                                                                       231



A Bill for an Act to amalgamate certain administrative review tribunals, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

1 July 2015.

1 July 2015

3.  Schedule 2, Parts 1 and 2

 

1 July 2015.

1 July 2015

4.  Schedule 2, items 136 to 142

The later of:

(a) the start of 1 July 2015; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 4 to the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Act 2015 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

5.  Schedule 2, item 143

The later of:

(a) immediately after the start of 1 July 2015; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 4 to the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Act 2015 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

6.  Schedule 2, items 144 and 145

Immediately before the start of 1 July 2015.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 4 to the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Act 2015 commences before 1 July 2015.

 

7.  Schedule 2, items 146 to 154

The later of:

(a) immediately after the start of 1 July 2015; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 4 to the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

8.  Schedule 2, items 155 to 171

1 July 2015.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 7 to the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 commences before 1 July 2015.

 

9.  Schedule 2, items 172 to 184

The later of:

(a) the start of 1 July 2015; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 4 to the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

10.  Schedule 2, item 185

Immediately after the commencement of Schedule 4 to the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if:

(a) that Schedule commences before 1 July 2015; or

(b) that Schedule does not commence.

 

11.  Schedule 2, item 186

The later of:

(a) the start of 1 July 2015; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 4 to the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

12.  Schedule 2, item 187

1 July 2015.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 4 to the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 does not commence before 1 July 2015.

 

13.  Schedule 2, item 188

1 July 2015.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 7 to the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 commences before 1 July 2015.

 

14.  Schedule 2, Part 3, Division 5

1 July 2015.

1 July 2015

15.  Schedule 2, Part 3, Division 6

The later of:

(a) the start of 1 July 2015; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control Over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Act 2015 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

16.  Schedules 3 to 6

1 July 2015.

1 July 2015

17.  Schedule 7, Part 1

1 July 2015.

1 July 2015

18.  Schedule 7, Part 2

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 17; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of item 94 of Schedule 2 to the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Student Measures) Act 2015 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

19.  Schedule 8, Part 1

1 July 2015.

1 July 2015

20.  Schedule 8, item 54

The later of:

(a) the start of 1 July 2015; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of section 77 of the Biosecurity Act 2015 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

21.  Schedule 8, items 55 and 56

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 19.

However, if Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Act 2015 commences before that time, the provisions do not commence at all.

 

22.  Schedule 9

1 July 2015.

1 July 2015

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

4   Review of operation of amendments

             (1)  The Minister must cause a review of the operation of the amendments made by this Act to be undertaken as soon as practicable after the end of the period of 3 years after the commencement of Schedule 1.

             (2)  The review must consider:

                     (a)  the effect of the amendments made by this Act; and

                     (b)  any other related matter that the Minister specifies.

             (3)  The person who undertakes the review must give the Minister a writt en report of the review within 6 months after the end of the 3-year period.

             (4)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report of the review to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of receiving it.