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Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Amendment Bill 2000



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Bills Digest No. 84 2000?01

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Amendment Bill 2000

ISSN 1328-8091

? Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2001

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I N F O R M A T I O N A N D R E S E A R C H S E R V I C E S

Bills Digest

No. 84 2000?01

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Amendment Bill 2000

Angus Martyn Law and Bills Digest Group 5 February 2001

Contents

Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Main Provisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Schedule 1 Amendment of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Act

1967 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Endnotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Warning:

This Digest was prepared for debate. It reflects the legislation as introduced and does not canvass subsequent amendments.

This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Amendment Bill 2000

Date Introduced: 6 December 2000

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Industry, Science and Resources

Commencement: 28 Days after the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Legislation Amendment Act (No.3) 2000 receives Royal Assent.

Purpose To amend the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Act 1967 to transfer certain powers from the Joint Authority to the Designated Authority.

Background Background on Commonwealth / State1 regulation of offshore petroleum operations is contained in the Bills Digest for the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Legislation Amendment Bill (No.3) 2000. Both Bills are designed to transfer a variety of regulatory powers relating to 'day to day administration' from the (Commonwealth / State) Joint Authority to the (State) Designated Authority.

Main Provisions

Schedule 1 Amendment of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Act 1967

Items 1 and 2 transfer powers currently held by the Joint Authority under existing subsections 4(4), 4(5), 4(6A) and 4(6B) of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Act to the Designated Authority. These powers are procedural in nature and relate to the collection of fees for the registration of title transfers etc.

Item 3 is a transitional provision that is required as a result of the proposed amendments under item 1. Any relevant decision of the Joint Authority is, once item 1 comes into force, deemed to be decision of the Designated Authority.

Endnotes

1 'State' should be read to include the Northern Territory.