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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Research and Development Services (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,

 Senator the Hon. Joseph Ludwig)

SUGAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS & TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS) BILL 2013

 

OUTLINE

 

This bill, and the Sugar Research and Development Services Bill 2013, provide the mechanism to implement key elements of reforms to sugar research and development (R&D) arrangements.

 

Under the reforms, the Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC) and BSES Limited will be wound-up and their assets and R&D functions, along with the research coordination activities of Sugar Research Limited, transferred to the industry owned company, Sugar Research Australia Limited (SRA). SRA is a company limited by guarantee operating under the Corporations Act 2001 .

 

The industry owned company will be funded by a statutory levy of 70 cents per tonne of sugar cane that is processed, or sold for processing, to be paid equally (35 cents per tonne each) by growing and milling businesses. The new levy will replace the existing sugar R&D statutory levy of 14 cents per tonne and incorporate existing voluntary contributions that fund the industry owned BSES Limited.

 

The Sugar Research and Development Services Bill 2013, which comes into effect the day after it receives Royal Assent, provides the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry with the power to enter into a funding contract with an eligible company to enable it to receive and administer levies collected by the Commonwealth for R&D. It will also allow it to receive the Commonwealth’s matching funding for eligible R&D expenditure. Once the company has entered into the contract, and the minister is satisfied that the company will comply with its contractual and statutory obligations, the minister can declare the company to be the industry services body.

 

This bill makes consequential amendments to a number of acts and regulations to ensure the new arrangements operate as intended in respect of the imposition and collection of the levy, including provision for the increase in the levy.

 

It amends the imposition of the levy to ensure that all future uses of processed sugar cane will be captured by the levy, and the possibility of avoiding payment of the levy will be eliminated. The bill also introduces an instalment system for payment of the levy to correspond more closely with how sugar cane payments are made in the industry.

 

It also covers matters arising from the transition to a new industry services body such as the transfer of assets and liabilities from SRDC to the industry services body.

 

To implement these changes, the bill provides for consequential amendments to the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999, the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 , the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Regulations 1999, the Sugar Research and Development Corporation Regulations 1990, and the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991.

 

These amendments will start taking effect from 1 July 2013 so that industry will be provided with certainty about the imposition of the levy and when the increase to the levy rate will come into effect. The R&D activities of SRDC, and 75 per cent of its assets, will be transferred to the industry services body on the date it is declared as such. The remaining assets will be held by SRDC to cover wind-up costs until it is abolished on 30 September 2013. Any remaining SRDC assets and liabilities will be transferred to the industry services body on 1 October 2013.

 

The last amendments to come into effect relate to the introduction of an instalment system for payment of the levy. This will occur on 1 March 2014 so that all levy payers are treated equitably during the current harvesting season.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT

 

There will be a small financial impact with Commonwealth matching contributions to R&D expected to increase because of the higher levy rate . The financial impact over the financial years to 2016/17 is estimated at $3.6 million.

 

            13/14               14/15               15/16               16/17

            $1.0m              $1.0m              $0.8m              $0.8m

 

Industry owned assets, including proceeds of the statutory levy held by SRDC, will be transferred to the new industry services body. 

 

 

 

 



 

HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENT

Text Box: Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights
 Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011
 
 Sugar Research and Development Services (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013
 
 This Bill is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.
 
 Overview of the Bill/Legislative Instrument
 This Bill, and the Sugar Research and Development Services Bill 2013, provide the mechanism to reform sugar research and development (R&D) arrangements.
 
 Under the reforms, the Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC) and BSES Limited will be wound-up and their R&D functions, along with the research coordination activities of Sugar Research Limited, transferred to the industry owned company, Sugar Research Australia Limited (SRA). SRA is a company limited by guarantee operating under the Corporations Act 2001. 
 
 This Bill provides for the increase in the levy, the wind-up of SRDC and deals with matters arising from the transition to a new industry services body, such as the transfer of assets and liabilities from SRDC to the industry services body. 
 Human rights implications
 This Bill does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.
 Conclusion
 This Bill is compatible with human rights as it does not raise any human rights issues.
 
 Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,
  Senator the Hon. Joseph Ludwig
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



SUGAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS) BILL 2013

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Section 1: Short title

 

This section provides for the Act to be called the Sugar Research and Development Services (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2013 .

 

Section 2: Commencement

 

This section provides that the bill commences upon Royal Assent with the following exemptions:

·          Schedule 1, Part 1 of the Act will come into effect on 1 July 2013. This provides industry with certainty about the imposition of the levy and when the increase to the levy rate will come into effect.

·          Schedule 1, Part 2 of the Act will come into effect on 1 October 2013. This part will abolish the Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC).

·          Schedule 1, Part 3 of the Act will come into effect on 1 March 2014. This part deals with the payment of levies in instalments. It is necessary for this change to occur at the beginning of a harvesting season for administrative efficiency and so that all levy payers are treated equitably during the current harvesting season.

·          Schedule 2 to the Act will come into effect immediately after the commencement of Section 2 of the Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013. This schedule sets out SRDC’s functions during the transitional period (from the date of declaration of the industry services body until 30 September 2013), and transitional matters that SRDC must complete before it is abolished on 1 October 2013.

 

Section 3: Schedules(s)

 

This section is the formal enabling provision for the Schedules to the bill, providing that each Act specified in a Schedule is amended or repealed in accordance with the applicable items of the Schedule. In this bill, the Acts being amended are the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999 and the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991.

 

This section also provides for each set of regulations specified in a Schedule to be amended or repealed in accordance with the applicable items of the Schedule. The amendment of any regulation does not prevent it (as amended) from being amended or repealed by the Governor-General. In this bill, the regulations being amended or repealed are the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Regulations 1999, the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991 and the Sugar Research and Development Corporation Regulations 1990.

 

 

Schedule 1 - Consequential amendments

 

Part 1 - Amendments commencing on 1 July 2013

 

Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999

 

Item 1: Clause 1 of Schedule 24 (definition of accepted sugar cane )

 

This item repeals the definition of ‘accepted sugar cane’ in Clause 1 of Schedule 24 to the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999 (the Excise Levies Act). This repeal is necessary as ‘accepted sugar cane’ does not cover all potential scenarios under which the levy will be imposed and retaining it may allow for avoidance of the levy.

 

Item 2: Clause 1 of Schedule 24 (definition of processing )

 

This item repeals the definition of ‘processing’ in Clause 1 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act.  This definition is no longer relevant in this Schedule.

 

Item 3: Clause 1 of Schedule 24

 

This item provides that the new definition of a ‘season’ in the Excise Levies Act means the period from 1 March to 28 February in the following year. This is relevant for the definition of processing establishment in Clause 2 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act, as amended by this bill.

 

Item 4: Clause 1 of Schedule 24 (definition of sugar cane )

 

This item provides for the definition of ‘sugar cane’ in the Excise Levies Act to include sugar cane stalks or sugar cane stalks and leaves. The levy would not be imposed on sugar cane leaves purchased or processed on their own.

 

Item 5: Clause 1 of Schedule 24 (definition of sugar mill )

 

This item provides for the definition of ‘sugar mill’ to be repealed from the Excise Levies Act, as this has been replaced by the concept of a ‘processing establishment’.

 

Item 6: Clauses 2 and 3 of Schedule 24

 

This item repeals Clauses 2 and 3 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act and substitutes new clauses.

 

Clause 2 will be repealed as it provides for a definition of ‘grower’ which will no longer be used in this Schedule. The new Clause 2, as substituted by this bill, provides that the definition of a ‘processing establishment’ is a premises in Australia that processes 3 000 tonnes or more of sugar cane during a season. ‘Season’ is defined in Clause 1 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act, as amended by this bill. This threshold was determined by industry because a facility with processing capacity lower than 3 000 tonnes would be in the developmental stages or a small experimental facility and therefore should not be subject to the levy.    

 

The new Clause 3 provides for the imposition of the levy and details three specific circumstances in which levy will be imposed. This new imposition clause will ensure that all future uses of processed sugar cane will be captured by the levy and eliminates the possibility of avoiding payment of the levy. The three circumstances in which levy will be imposed are described below.

 

The first circumstance is when sugar cane is sold to a processing establishment. This is the standard practice in the industry and will capture the majority of sugar cane. Subsection (2) of the clause provides that sugar cane is taken to be sold when the first payment (whether whole or part of the purchase price) for the sugar cane is made.

 

The second circumstance is when sugar cane is grown and processed by a processing establishment. This will capture those situations where there is no sale because the processing establishment is both the producer and the processor (see also the definition of producer in paragraph 4(1)(hc) of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 , as inserted by this bill).

 

The third circumstance is where the sugar cane is processed by a processing establishment on behalf of the owner of the sugar cane. This will capture those situations where there is a contract in place between the owner and the processing establishment but no actual ‘sale’.  In this circumstance, the owner would be considered the producer (see the definition of producer in paragraph 4(1)(hc) of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991, as inserted by this bill) but the processing establishment would still be the processor and would therefore be liable for 50 per cent of the levy, (see the definition of processor in Clause 4 of Schedule 33 to the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991, as amended by this bill).

 

Item 7: Clause 4 of Schedule 24

 

This item provides for Clause 4 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act to be amended so that there is no maximum levy rate. This is consistent with the government’s Rural R&D Policy Statement released on 23 July 2012.

 

It also sets the new levy rate at 70 cents per tonne of sugar cane that is processed, or sold for processing, but allows for this rate to be changed by regulations. The regulations can set a rate either higher or lower than 70 cents per tonne.

 

Item 8: Clause 5 of Schedule 24

 

This item provides for the first reference to the term ‘accepted’ under this section of the Excise Levies Act to be removed. This is consistent with the removal of the definition of ‘accepted sugar cane’, as outlined in Schedule 1, Item 1 of this bill.

 

 

 

 

Item 9: Paragraph 5(a) of Schedule 24

 

This item provides that the 50/50 split of the levy between the producer and the processor cannot be changed by regulations. This reflects industry’s desire to make this split permanent and to ensure that all beneficiaries of research and development contribute equally to its funding.

 

This item also removes the ability for the ‘producer’ to be prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph. This is because the definition of producer will no longer appear in the regulations but in paragraph 4(1)(hc) of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991, as inserted by this bill.

 

Item 10: Paragraph 5(b) of Schedule 24

 

This item provides for the second reference to the term ‘accepted’ under this section of the Excise Levies Act to be removed. This is consistent with the removal of the definition of ‘accepted sugar cane’ as outlined in Schedule 1, Item 2 of this bill.

 

Item 11: Clauses 6 and 7 of Schedule 24

 

This item substitutes a new Clause 6 into Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act. This is a consequential amendment caused by the removal of the ability to change the 50/50 levy payment split between the producer and processor. This clause previously required the minister to consult with these bodies if a change to the split was proposed.

 

Clause 7 of Schedule 24 is repealed as it deals with a transitional matter that was only relevant when the clause commenced.

 

Item 12: Transitional provision - period of season for first year

 

This item provides that for the definition of ‘processing establishment’ in Clause 2 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act (as inserted by this bill), the period beginning on 1 July 2013 and ending on 28 February 2014 is taken to be a season.

 

This is to ensure that the new definition of ‘processing establishment’ (a premise that must process more than 3 000 tonnes of sugar cane, as outlined in Clause 2 of Schedule 24), only takes effect from the start of the new arrangements. This means that any sugar cane processed or sold before 1 July 2013 will not be counted in the calculation of the 3 000 tonnes limit. This should have limited or no practical effect as the majority of sugar cane is processed after 1 July 2013. 

 

Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Regulations 1999

 

Item 13: Clause 2 of Schedule 24

 

This item repeals Clause 2 of Schedule 24 to the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Regulations 1999 which sets the levy rate at 14 cents per tonne. The new levy rate will be 70 cents per tonne and will appear in Clause 4 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act, as amended by this bill.

Item 14: Part 6 of Schedule 27

 

This item repeals Part 6 of Schedule 27 to the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Regulations 1999. This part is no longer required as it relates to a levy for retail-packaged sugar which ceased to have effect from 30 November 2006.

 

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991

 

Item 15: Subsection 4(1) (after paragraph (hb) of the definition of producer )

 

This item inserts a sugar specific definition of producer into the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 (Collection Act) . This definition will ensure that the correct person is identified as the producer in determining who will be responsible for payment of that half of the levy.

 

This item provides that where a processing establishment grows the sugar cane that it processes, then it is to be considered both a producer and a processor (for the definition of processor refer clause 4 of Schedule 33 to the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991, as amended by this bill).

 

This item provides that where sugar cane is not sold but is processed on behalf of the owner of the sugar cane, then that owner is considered to be the producer. 

 

This item also provides that where a person sells sugar cane to a processing establishment then that person is the producer.

 

This definition should be read in conjunction with the imposition of the levy in Clause 3 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act, as amended by this bill.

 

Item 16: At the end of subsection 15(1)

 

This item will insert a note to direct the reader to subsection (5).

 

Item 17: At the end of section 15

 

This item will add subsection (5) to section 15 of the Collection Act to allow for a collection product to be prescribed by the regulations so that subsection 15(1) has effect as if a reference to the producer was also a reference to the processor.

 

This will ensure that despite the amended definition of ‘producer’ that will now appear in subsection 4(1) of the Collection Act, a sugar cane processor will still be subject to penalty for late payment for their half of the levy. The amended definition of ‘producer’ was required to ensure that the correct person is identified as the producer in determining who will be responsible for payment of that half of the levy that the producer is liable to pay.

 

The addition of subsection (5) will also enable other products with similar arrangements to be prescribed in the future, if required.

 

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991

 

Item 18: After regulation 3

 

This item provides for sugar cane to be prescribed in the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991 (Collection Regulations) for the purposes of the new subsection 15(5) of the Collection Act, as inserted by this bill. This will ensure that the processor is subject to penalty for late payment for their half of the levy.

 

Item 19: Clause 2 of Schedule 33 (definition of accepted sugar cane )

 

This item will repeal the definition of ‘accepted sugar cane’ in the Collection Regulations. This repeal is consistent with the changes made to the Excise Levies Act and the Collection Act by this bill. The term ‘accepted sugar cane’ does not cover all potential scenarios under which the levy will be imposed and retaining it may allow for avoidance of the levy.

 

Item 20: Clause 2 of Schedule 33 (definition of sugar cane )

 

This item provides for the Collection Regulations to apply the new meaning of sugar cane, as set out in Clause 1 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act.

 

Item 21: At the end of clause 2 of Schedule 33

 

This item inserts a note at the end of Clause 2 of Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations to clarify that the producer of sugar cane on which levy is imposed by clause 3 of Schedule 24 to Excise Levies Act, is defined by paragraph (hc) of subsection 4(1) of the Collection Act, as inserted by this bill.

 

Item 22: Clause 3 of Schedule 33

 

This item repeals Clause 3 of Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations , which specifies ‘what is a levy year’ for subsection 4(1) of the Collection Act. A defined levy year is not necessary for the sugar cane levy as annual returns are not required.

 

Item 23: Clause 4 of Schedule 33

 

This item amends Clause 4 of Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations . It provides that sugar cane is a product to which paragraph (b) of the definition of processor in subsection 4(1) of the Collection Act applies.

 

This means that a processor is the proprietor of the processing establishment that processes the product.

 

If the product is owned by the proprietor of another processing establishment immediately prior to delivery to an establishment, then the proprietor of the other processing establishment will be the processor. This is a generic provision that is already included in the Collection Act which will now apply to sugar cane. This will ensure that, in the unlikely event that sugar cane is processed by a number of processing establishments, the first processing establishment after the sugar cane is sold by the producer is responsible for payment of that half of the levy for which the processor is liable.

 

Item 24: Clause 4 of Schedule 33 (note)

 

This item substitutes a new note for Clause 4 of Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations , which reflects the new definition of processor (see Item 23 of Schedule 1 to this bill).

 

Item 25: Clause 5 of Schedule 33

 

This item will repeal the definition of ‘producer’ in Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations as a new sugar specific definition of producer will now be included in subsection 4(1) of the Collection Act (see Item 15 of Schedule 1 to this Bill).

 

Item 26: Clause 8 of Schedule 33

 

This item will replace the term ‘accepts sugar cane’ with ‘buys or processes sugar cane’ in Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations to be consistent with the imposition of the levy in Clause 3 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act, as amended by this bill.

 

Item 27: Clause 10 of Schedule 33

 

This item substitutes a new Clause 10 in Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations . This reflects the change from the use of the term ‘sugar mill’ to the term ‘processing establishment’.  It also reflects the move away from sugar cane being ‘accepted for processing’ to sugar cane being ‘sold to, or processed at, the processing establishment’, as per the imposition of the levy in Clause 3 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act, as amended by this bill.

 

Item 28: Paragraphs 11(1)(a) and (b)

 

This item substitutes new paragraphs 11(1)(a) and (b) of Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations . The new paragraphs reflect the move away from sugar cane being ‘accepted for processing’ to sugar cane being ‘sold by, or processed for, each producer’ as per the imposition of the levy in Clause 3 of Schedule 24 to the Excise Levies Act, as amended by this bill.

 

Part 2 - Amendments commencing on 1 October 2013

 

Sugar Research and Development Corporation Regulations 1990

 

Item 29: The whole of the Regulations

 

This item will repeal the entire Sugar Research and Development Corporation Regulations 1990 on 1 October 2013. This will abolish the Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC).

 

Part 3 - Amendments commencing on 1 March 2014

 

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Regulations 1991

 

Item 30: Clause 7 of Schedule 33

 

This item will substitute a new Clause 7 of Schedule 33 which deals with when levy is due for payment. The new clause provides for a payment system by instalment which would operate as follows:

·          Levy is paid on sugar cane sold to or purchased by a processing establishment.

·          A processor who buys or processes sugar cane in a month must lodge a return for the month.

·          The return is due 28 days after the month in which the sugar cane was bought or processed. The full quantity of sugar cane bought or processed in that month is reported.

·          Payment is then made in two instalments:

o    60% of the amount of levy payable for the month is due on the same date as the return due date (i.e. 28 days after the end of the month to which it relates, as per Clause 9 of Schedule 33 to the Collection Regulations).

o    40% of the amount of levy payable for the month is due on 28 February in the following calendar year. In effect, the second instalment for all returns for all months within a specific calendar year would be due on the same date in the following calendar year.

 

Item 31: Paragraph 10(d) of Schedule 33

 

This item substitutes a new paragraph 10(d) in Schedule 33 so that the amount of levy paid which is included in a return for a month under this paragraph, will be 60% of the amount of levy payable.

 

Schedule 2 - Transitional provisions

 

Part 1 - Preliminary

 

Item 1: Definitions

 

This item provides for terms of the Act to be defined.

 

The term funding contract is defined as a contract, deed or agreement entered into between SRDC and another person or body for the purpose of funding R&D activities relating to sugar cane by the other person or body. The investment of levy funds, and Commonwealth matching payments, for R&D will be the responsibility of the industry services body from the moment it is declared.

Part 2 - SRDC’s functions during transitional period

 

Item 2: SRDC to wind up operations during transitional period

 

This item provides for SRDC’s functions during the transitional period.

 

Subsection (1) provides that, during the transitional period, SRDC’s main role will be to take such steps as may be necessary to wind it up.

 

Subsection (2) provides for a number of functions that are currently conferred on SRDC by the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 to be removed. These functions relate to the funding of R&D activities or to activities that SRDC will not need to undertake during the transitional period. As the industry services body will also be operating from the date of its declaration, removal of these powers and functions ensures that there is no conflict between the functions of the two bodies during that part of the transitional period. It is envisaged that SRDC and the industry services body will work together to resolve any administrative issues, and to share relevant corporate knowledge, relating to the transfer of any functions from SRDC to the new industry services body.

 

Item 3: Final annual report and financial statements for SRDC

 

This item provides that despite SRDC being abolished, Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part 3 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (the CAC Act), which relates to the preparation of annual reports and financial statements, continues to apply. This item provides that the final reporting period (from 1 July 2013 to 30 September 2013) should be considered a financial year and that the directors of SRDC, immediately before 1 July 2013, should be considered to have continued to be directors of SRDC for the purposes of preparation of, and signing off on, the annual report.

 

This item does not limit section 7 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

 

Part 3 - Assets, liabilities and legal proceedings

 

Item 4: Transfer of property, money and liabilities

 

This item provides for the transfer of SRDC’s assets and liabilities in two tranches: the first on, or near, the declaration day; and the second on 1 October 2013. This is to allow appropriate resources for SRDC during the transitional period (the date of declaration of the industry services body until 30 September 2013), so that it can take the necessary steps to wind itself up.

 

Transfers on or near the declaration day

As soon as possible after the declaration day, SRDC must pay 75 per cent of its cash assets to the industry services body. This will allow the industry services body sufficient funds to continue the delivery of R&D services to the industry whilst also providing SRDC with appropriate funds to conduct its wind-up activities during the transitional period.  

The investment of levy funds, and Commonwealth matching payments, for R&D will be the responsibility of the industry services body from the moment it is declared. All funding contracts will be transferred to the new industry services body on that day and SRDC will no longer be responsible for funding any R&D activities. Any references to SRDC, or the directors of SRDC, in these funding contracts become references to the industry services body, or the directors of the industry services body, respectively.

 

Sub-item (3) provides that to the extent to which a funding contract relates to an asset or liability of SRDC, then those assets or liabilities become assets or liabilities of the industry services body without any conveyance, transfer or assignment.            

 

Sub-item (4) provides that the industry services body becomes SRDC’s successor in law in relation to any assets and liabilities associated with the funding contracts.

 

Transfers on 1 October 2013

On 1 October 2013, the remaining assets and liabilities of SRDC become assets and liabilities of the industry services body without any conveyance, transfer or assignment.

 

Sub-item (6) provides that the industry services body becomes SRDC’s successor in law in relation to these assets and liabilities. Sub-item (7) provides that this item has effect despite section 145 of the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 which would normally provide for all assets on cessation of an R&D Corporation to transfer to the Commonwealth.

 

Item 5: Substitution of parties to proceedings

 

This item provides for the industry services body to be substituted for SRDC as a party to any proceedings to which SRDC was a party, that were pending in any court or tribunal immediately before 1 October 2013, and which related, in whole or in part, to an asset or liability of SRDC. 

 

Item 6: Exemption from stamp duty and other State or Territory taxes

 

This item ensures that the transfer of SRDC assets or liabilities to the industry services body will not give rise to stamp duty or tax liability under any State or Territory law.

 

It provides that the minister may certify in writing that ‘a specified matter’ is exempt from stamp duty or other taxes payable under State or Territory law. The minister may also certify that a ‘specified thing’ was done in connection with a specified exempt matter, and that this ‘specified thing’ is also exempt from stamp duty or other taxes.

 

Item 7: References in certain instruments

 

This item provides for any instrument to which SRDC is a party, which favours or refers, or which accrues any right or liability to SRDC at the time of its cessation, to continue to have effect after the cessation time as if any reference to SRDC were a reference to the industry services body as the successor body.  

 

Sub-item (3) provides that this item has effect despite section 147 of the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 which would normally provide that on cessation of an R&D Corporation, the Commonwealth would be substituted for the R&D Corporation in any instruments.

 

Item 8: Certificates relating to vesting of assets

 

This item allows for the registration of an asset that is transferred to the industry services body. It provides for the lodgement of an appropriate certificate signed by the minister and for an assets official to register that transfer in accordance with the certificate. The item may apply, for example, to registered patents and trademarks.

 

Part 4 - Miscellaneous

 

Item 9: Industry services body’s liability for amounts in relation to levy collected before the declaration day

 

This item applies to amounts that may be recovered by the Commonwealth as debts due to the Commonwealth, under section 17 of the Collection Act. These amounts relate to levy attached to SRDC before the declaration day and include: amounts of levy that are due for payment; amounts of levy due for payment by an intermediary; or late payment penalties.

 

This item provides that if one of these amounts is overpaid, and the Commonwealth has refunded the amount, then the Commonwealth can recover the refunded amount from the industry services body. This would apply, for example, where a person overpaid levy prior to the declaration day and the Commonwealth had refunded the amount to the person but had not been compensated by SRDC.   

 

This item also provides for the Commonwealth to recover from the industry services body any expenses incurred by the Commonwealth in relation to the collection or administration of the levy that was attached to SRDC before the declaration day.

 

Item 10: SRDC’s expenditure and funding treated as industry services body’s

 

This item has effect for purposes of working out, under section 7 of the Sugar Research and Development Services Act 2013, the limit on the appropriation for matching payments for a financial year.

 

This item provides for any unmatched R&D excess for SRDC to be carried over to the successor body at the time of transfer of R&D activities (the declaration date).  

 

If the declaration date of the industry services body is after the start of a financial year, this item also provides for the amount (if any) spent by SRDC in that part of the financial year to be part of the amount spent by the industry services body that qualifies under the funding contract as R&D activities. Therefore, any unmatched R&D excess for the industry services body for that financial year will be dependent on the amount of funds expended by SRDC during that financial year before the industry services body took over R&D activities.

Item 11: Operation of the Archives Act 1983

 

This item states that this Schedule does not authorise a Commonwealth record to be transferred or otherwise dealt with, except in accordance with the provisions of the Archives Act 1983. If any Commonwealth records are to be transferred to the industry services body, permission will be needed from the National Archives of Australia under paragraph 24(2)(b) of the Archives Act 1983.

 

Item 12: Constitutional safety net - acquisition of property

 

This section provides for compensation to be paid by the Commonwealth to a person from whom property is acquired on other than just terms as a result of the operation of the bill. This section is included to ensure the constitutional validity of the bill and ensure that the legislation does not give rise to an acquisition of property other than on just terms, by enabling reasonable compensation to be paid to the affected party.

 

If the Commonwealth and the person in question cannot agree on the amount of any such compensation to be paid, the Federal Court may, on application by the person from whom the property was acquired, determine what is a reasonable amount.

 

Item 13: Certificates taken to be authentic

 

This item provides that a certificate or document issued under this Schedule is taken to be authentic unless the contrary is established.

 

Item 14: Delegation by Minister

 

This item provides for the minister to delegate, by writing all or any of his or her powers under this Schedule to the Secretary of the department or an SES employee (or acting SES employee) in the department. The delegate must comply with any directions of the minister.

 

Item 15: Regulations

 

This item provides that the Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters required or permitted by this Schedule to be prescribed, or that are necessary for carrying out or giving effect to this Schedule.

 

It also provides that the Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) relating to the amendments or repeals made by Schedule 1 (Consequential amendments) to this Act. This will allow for any unforseen issues that occur as a result of the amendments or repeals made by Schedule 1, to be dealt with.