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Monday, 11 May 2015
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Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandDeputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, Vice-President of the Executive Council, Minister for Arts and Attorney-General) (13:09): by leave—I move government amendments (1), (3) to (6) and (8) to (21) on sheet EH158 together:

(1) Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 6), after item 9, insert:

9A Subsection 3(1)

   Insert:

   person who made the decision has a meaning affected by:

   (a) if a review of the decision is or would be an AAT first review within the meaning of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999—section 111B of that Act; and

   (b) if a review of the decision is or would be an AAT first review within the meaning of the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 —section 224A of that Act; and

   (c) if a review of the decision is or would be an AAT first review within the meaning of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 —section 142A of that Act; and

   (d) if a review of the decision is or would be an AAT first review within the meaning of the Student Assistance Act 1973 —section 311A of that Act.

(3) Schedule 1, item 27, page 21 (after line 3 ), after subsection 18B(1), insert:

   (1A) Before the President does so, the President must consult the head of any Division to which the direction would apply.

(4) Schedule 1, item 28, page 27 (after line 3), at the end of section 24A, add:

(4) However, the Registrar must consult with the President in relation to the Registrar's performance of those functions or exercise of those powers.

(5) Schedule 1, item 40, page 30, (lines 1 and 2), omit the item, substitute:

40 Subsection 25(4)

   Repeal the section.

40A Subsection 25(6)

   After "29,", insert "29AB, 29AC,".

(6) Schedule 1, item 46, page 31 (lines 20 and 21), omit "and the proceeding is not a child support first review".

(8) Schedule 3, page 101 (after line 17), after item 4, insert:

4A Subsection 23(1) (paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition of Secretary )

   Omit "Division 4 of Part 4", substitute "Subdivision D of Division 2 of Part 4A".

(9) Schedule 3, page 106 (after line 17), after item 35, insert:

35A After section 142

   Insert:

142A Person who made the decision

       For the purposes of AAT first review of a decision, a reference in the AAT Act to the person who made the decision is taken to be a reference to:

   (a) the Secretary; and

   (b) if the decision was made by the Chief Executive Centrelink or a Departmental employee (within the meaning of the Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997 ) as a delegate of the Secretary or the Employment Secretary—the Chief Executive Centrelink.

(10) Schedule 5, item 22, page 150 (after line 20), before section 112, insert:

21A Before section 112

   Insert:

111B Person who made the decision

       For the purposes of AAT first review of a decision, a reference in the AAT Act to the person who made the decision is taken to be a reference to the Secretary.

(11) Schedule 5, item 22, page 153 (after line 10), after section 116, insert:

116A Parties to AAT first review

       The parties to an AAT first review of a care percentage decision include, in addition to the parties referred to in subsection 30(1) of the AAT Act, each person who is a responsible person (within the meaning of the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 ) for the child to whom the decision relates.

(12) Schedule 6, item 20, page 172 (after line 15), before section 225, insert:

224A Person who made the decision

       For the purposes of AAT first review of a decision, a reference in the AAT Act to the person who made the decision is taken to be a reference to:

   (a) the Secretary; and

   (b) either of the following, if applicable:

       (i) if the decision was made by the Chief Executive Centrelink or an APS employee in the Human Services Department—the Chief Executive Centrelink;

       (ii) if the decision was made by the Chief Executive Medicare—the Chief Executive Medicare.

(13) Schedule 7, item 11, page 184, (after line 16), after section 311, insert:

311A Person who made the decision

       For the purposes of AAT first review of a decision, a reference in the AAT Act to the person who made the decision is taken to be a reference to the Secretary.

(14) Schedule 9, page 204 (before line 4), before item 1, insert:

Part 1—Preliminary

(15) Schedule 9, item 1, page 204 (after line 7), after the definition of AAT Act , insert:

   affected law :

   (a) means an Act that this Act amends; and

   (b) includes an instrument made under such an Act.

(16) Schedule 9, item 1, page 204 (after line 17), after the definition of Deputy Principal SSAT member , insert:

   discontinued Tribunal means the MRT, RRT or SSAT.

(17) Schedule 9, item 1, page 205 (after line 3), after the definition of MRT member , insert:

   officer , in relation to the SSAT, means a person who performs functions or exercises powers of the SSAT or performs duties for the SSAT.

(18) Schedule 9, item 1, page 205 (after line 5), after the definition of President of the AAT, insert:

   proceeding includes any of the following:

   (a) an application or purported application made to a discontinued Tribunal under an Act;

   (b) a matter referred to a discontinued Tribunal for inquiry or review under an Act;

   (c) an incidental application to a discontinued Tribunal made in the course of, or in connection with, an application or proposed application, or matter, referred to in paragraph (a) or (b).

For this purpose, a reference to a proceeding that is before a tribunal includes a reference to an application made or matter referred to the tribunal.

(19) Schedule 9, page 205 (after line 29), after item 2, insert:

Part 2—Tribunal members and certain officers

(20) Schedule 9, item 13, page 214 (after line 8), after subitem (3), insert:

   (3A) Despite subitem (3), the Minister may, by writing, determine different terms and conditions (other than terms and conditions covered by a determination referred to in subitem (3B)) that are to apply to the person for any part of the remaining balance of the person's term of appointment.

   (3B) A determination in operation under the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 immediately before the commencement day in relation to the person:

   (a) continues in operation until another determination comes into operation in substitution for it; and

   (b) before then, may be varied in accordance with that Act.

(21) Schedule 9, page 214 (after line 24), after item 15, insert:

Part 3—Review of decisions

15AA General provision—application of amendments from commencement day

(1) Except as otherwise provided by this Schedule, the amendments made by this Act apply on and after the commencement day:

   (a) including in relation to proceedings commenced before the commencement day; and

   (b) including in relation to decisions made before the commencement day.

(2) However, and despite anything else in this Schedule, an amendment or insertion of an offence by this Act does not apply in relation to conduct engaged in before the commencement day.

15AB General provision—continuation in AAT of proceedings before discontinued Tribunals

(1) This item applies to a proceeding that was before a discontinued Tribunal immediately before the commencement day.

(2) From the start of the commencement day, the proceeding:

   (a) is taken to be a proceeding (a continued proceeding ) before the AAT; and

   (b) if the proceeding was before the MRT or RRT—is taken to be a proceeding in the Migration and Refugee Division; and

   (c) if the proceeding was before the SSAT:

       (i) is taken to be a proceeding in the Social Services and Child Support Division; and

       (ii) except to the extent it is not a proceeding for review of a decision—is taken to be a proceeding on application for AAT first review within the meaning of the Act that authorised the application for review.

(3) Anything done by the discontinued Tribunal or a member or officer of the discontinued Tribunal for the purposes of the proceeding is taken, for the purposes of the continued proceeding and the operation of an affected law on and after the commencement day:

   (a) to have been done, at the time it was done by the discontinued Tribunal or member or officer, by the AAT or a member or officer of the AAT for the purposes of the continued proceeding; and

   (b) to have effect accordingly under an affected law.

(4) Anything done by the applicant, another party to the proceeding or any other person for the purposes of the proceeding is taken, for the purposes of the continued proceeding and the operation of an affected law on and after the commencement day:

   (a) to have been done, at the time it was done by the applicant, other party or person, by the applicant, other party or person for the purposes of the continued proceeding; and

   (b) to have effect accordingly under an affected law.

(5) Without limiting subitem (3) or (4), if, immediately before the commencement day:

   (a) a discontinued Tribunal or a member or officer of a discontinued Tribunal had not yet met a requirement that was imposed on the Tribunal, member or officer by an affected law in relation to the proceeding; or

   (b) a discontinued Tribunal or a member or officer of a discontinued Tribunal had not yet responded to a request or invitation under an affected law to do something in relation to the proceeding;

   then, except to the extent to which no such requirement, request or invitation is imposed or authorised by an affected law as amended by this Act, the AAT or a member or officer of the AAT must meet the requirement, or may respond to the request or invitation, for the purposes of the continued proceeding as if the requirement, request or invitation had been imposed or authorised by a provision of an affected law as amended by this Act.

(6) Without limiting subitem (3) or (4), if, immediately before the commencement day:

   (a) a person had not yet met a requirement that was imposed on the person by an affected law in relation to the proceeding; or

   (b) a person had not yet responded to a request or invitation issued under an affected law to do something in relation to the proceeding;

   then, except to the extent to which no such requirement, request or invitation is imposed or authorised by an affected law as amended by this Act, the person must meet the requirement, or may respond to the request or invitation, for the purposes of the continued proceeding as if the requirement, request or invitation had been imposed or authorised by a provision of an affected law as amended by this Act.

(7) Without limiting subitem (3) or (4), if, before the commencement day, a discontinued Tribunal or a member or officer of a discontinued Tribunal had met a requirement imposed by an affected law to give a notice or document to a person, then, from the start of the commencement day, the requirement is taken to have been met, at the time it was met by the discontinued Tribunal or member or officer, by (as applicable under the affected law as amended by this Act) the AAT or a member or officer of the AAT.

(8) Without limiting subitem (3) or (4), if, before the commencement day, a person had received or was taken to have received a notice or document from a discontinued Tribunal or a member or officer of a discontinued Tribunal, then, from the start of the commencement day, the person is taken to have received the document, at the time it was received or taken to have been received, from (as applicable under the affected law as amended by this Act) the AAT or a member or officer of the AAT.

(9) This item does not apply to the extent to which another item of this Schedule (other than item 15AC) has a different effect.

15AC General provision—operation of affected law in relation to things done etc. before commencement day

(1) For the purposes of the operation of an affected law on or after the commencement day:

   (a) a reference to a decision that is or would be reviewable by the AAT includes a reference to a decision made before the commencement day that was or would have been reviewable by a discontinued Tribunal; and

   (b) a reference to a decision made or other thing done by or in relation to the AAT includes a reference to a decision made or other thing done before the commencement day by or in relation to a discontinued Tribunal.

(2) For the purposes of subitem (1), it does not matter whether the AAT is expressly referred to, or referred to by that exact expression.

(3) Without limiting subitem (1), if, immediately before the commencement day, a person was entitled under an Act to make an application to the AAT or a discontinued Tribunal for review of a decision made before the commencement day, the person may make an application for review of the decision to the AAT on or after the commencement day in accordance with the Act as amended by this Act.

(4) To avoid doubt, neither paragraph (1)(a) nor subitem (3) of itself authorises an application to be made to the AAT for review of a decision. In particular, it does not authorise an application to be made in circumstances referred to in item 15AD.

(5) Subitem (1) does not apply to the extent to which item 15AB applies.

15AD Duplicate applications for review

(1) A person may not make an application to the AAT for review of a decision on or after the commencement day if the person made an application or a purported application to a discontinued Tribunal for review of the decision before the commencement day.

(2) A person may not make an application to the AAT for review of a decision on or after the commencement day if:

   (a) the time for the person to apply to a discontinued Tribunal for review of the decision had expired before the commencement day without such an application having been made; and

   (b) there is no enactment that permits the AAT to extend the time for making the application.

(3) Subitems (1) and (2) do not prevent a person from making an application to the AAT for second review of a decision made by the AAT in a proceeding referred to in paragraph 15AB(2)(c).

15AE Notices referring to discontinued Tribunal

(1) This item applies to a notice given to a person before, on or after the commencement day if:

   (a) the notice includes a statement to the effect that the person is entitled to apply for review of a decision to a discontinued Tribunal; and

   (b) the last day for the person to make such an application is on or after the commencement day, or there is no time limit for the person to make such an application.

(2) On and after the commencement day, the notice is taken to meet any requirement in an affected law to give a person a notice that includes a statement to the effect that the person is entitled to apply for review of the decision to the AAT.

15AF Continuation of Immigration Assessment Authority

   Although this Act has the effect that the Immigration Assessment Authority is established from the start of the commencement day within the AAT rather than the RRT, this does not affect:

   (a) the continued existence of the Authority on and after the commencement day; or

   (b) a review that was being conducted by the Authority immediately before the commencement day; or

   (c) the ongoing effect on and after the commencement day of anything else done by or in relation to the Authority, its Principal Member or a reviewer before the commencement day.

15AG Remission of discontinued Tribunal decisions

   A decision of a discontinued Tribunal that a court decides on or after the commencement day to remit for reconsideration is to be remitted to the AAT.

Part 4—Matters specific to particular Acts

15BA Relationship between this Part and Part 3

   An item in this Part that has the same effect as an item in Part 3 in relation to a particular matter does not limit the operation of the item in Part 3 in relation to any other matter.

15BB Continued protection of confidential information of discontinued Tribunals

(1) If, immediately before the commencement day, any of the following provisions applied to a person:

   (a) section 377 of the Migration Act 1958 ;

   (b) section 439 of the Migration Act 1958 ;

   (c) clause 19 of Schedule 3 to the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 ;

   the provision as in force immediately before the commencement day continues to apply to the person on and after the commencement day, in relation to information or documents obtained before that day, despite the repeal of the provision by this Act.

(2) For the purposes of the continued operation of clause 19 of Schedule 3 to the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 , clause 19A also continues to apply.

15BC Changes to AAT Divisions

   A proceeding that was before the AAT immediately before the commencement day in a Division referred to in column 1 of the table is taken, from the start of the commencement day, to be a proceeding before the AAT in the Division referred to in column 2 of the table.

AAT Divisions

Item

Column 1

A proceeding that was in this Division:

Column 2

Is taken to be in this Division:

1

General Administrative Division

General Division

2

Security Appeals Division

Security Division

3

Taxation Appeals Division (including that Division when known as the Small Taxation Claims Division)

Taxation and Commercial Division

15BD Small Taxation Claims Tribunal

   If, immediately before the commencement day, an order was in force under subsection 24AD(1) of the AAT Act in relation to an application for review of a relevant taxation decision, then, despite the amendments made by this Act, paragraphs 24AD(2)(b) and (c) and subsection 24AD(3) of the AAT Act as in force immediately before the commencement day continue to apply on and after the commencement day in relation to the application for review.

15BE Continuation of provisions regarding presiding members

   If, immediately before the commencement day, a person was presiding in relation to a proceeding before the AAT because of any of the following provisions of the AAT Act:

   (a) paragraph 21AB(9)(a), (b) or (c);

   (b) paragraph 22(1)(a), (aa) or (b);

   (c) subparagraph 22(1)(c)(i);

   then the provision continues to apply in relation to the proceeding on and after the commencement day despite the amendments made by this Act.

15BF Limit on new AAT Act powers in relation to agreements

       The following provisions of the AAT Act as amended by this Act do not apply in relation to a decision made by the AAT before the commencement day:

   (a) subsection 34D(4);

   (b) subsection 42C(5).

15BG Notices and summonses under amended provisions of AAT Act

(1) If, before the commencement day, a notice was given under subsection 29(11) of the AAT Act, then, from the start of the commencement day, the notice is taken to have been given, at the time it was given, under section 29AC of the AAT Act as amended by this Act.

(2) If, immediately before the commencement day, in relation to an order made by the AAT under section 38 of the AAT Act, the period for lodging an additional statement has not ended and the person has not yet lodged the additional statement, then:

   (a) the order continues in effect on and after the commencement day despite the amendments made by this Act; and

   (b) from the start of the commencement day, the order is taken to have been given, at the time it was given, under section 38 of the AAT Act as amended by this Act.

(3) If, immediately before the commencement day, in relation to a summons issued under subsection 40(1A) of the AAT Act:

   (a) the period for complying with the summons had not ended and the person had not yet complied; or

   (b) the occasion for complying with the summons had not arisen;

   then:

   (c) the summons continues in effect on and after the commencement day despite the amendments made by this Act; and

   (d) from the start of the commencement day, the summons is taken to have been given, at the time it was given, under section 40A of the AAT Act as amended by this Act.

15BI Ongoing requirement for lodging material documents with AAT

(1) Section 38AA of the AAT Act applies in relation to documents a person obtains possession of on or after the commencement day.

(2) Section 38AA of the AAT Act also applies in relation to documents a person obtained before the commencement day, if, immediately before the commencement day:

   (a) a requirement to give the documents to the SSAT was imposed on the person by an affected law in relation to a proceeding before the AAT; and

   (b) the person had not yet met the requirement; and

   (c) item 15AB of this Schedule has the effect that the person must meet the requirement in relation to the proceeding as continued before the AAT by that item.

15BJ Application for reinstatement

   The amendments of the AAT Act made by item 114 of Schedule 1 to this Act apply in relation to the dismissal of an application whether the dismissal occurred before, on or after the commencement day.

15BK Changes to penalties in the AAT Act

   The following provisions of the AAT Act as in force before the commencement day continue to apply in relation to conduct engaged in before that day, despite the amendments made by this Act:

   (a) section 61;

   (b) section 62;

   (c) section 62A;

   (d) section 62B;

   (e) section 63.

15BL Section 67 of the AAT Act

   Regulations made before the commencement day for the purposes of section 67 of the AAT Act continue in force on and after the commencement day in relation to a summons issued before that day, despite the amendment by this Act of section 67 of that Act.

15BM Character of privative clause and other decisions under the Migration Act 1958

   If a decision made before the commencement day was, when made:

   (a) a privative clause decision; or

   (b) a purported privative clause decision; or

   (c) a non -privative clause decision;

   within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958 at that time, the decision continues to be such a decision on and after the commencement day despite the amendments made by this Act. The Migration Act 1958 applies in relation to the decision accordingly.

15BN Sections 351 and 417 of the Migration Act 1958

   The Minister referred to in section 351 or 417 of the Migration Act 1958 may exercise a power conferred by that section on or after the commencement day in relation to a decision made by a discontinued Tribunal before the commencement day.

15BO Sections 477, 477A and 486A of the Migration Act 1958

   If, immediately before the commencement day, a particular date was, for a migration decision, the date of the migration decision for the purposes of section 477, 477A or 486A of the Migration Act 1958 , that particular date continues to be the date of the migration decision for the purposes of the section on and after the commencement day, despite the amendment by this Act of the definition of date of the migration decision in subsection 477(3) of the Migration Act 1958 .

15BP Section 486D of the Migration Act 1958

   For the purposes of the operation of section 486D of the Migration Act 1958 on and after the commencement day, and despite the amendment by this Act of the definition of tribunal decision in subsection 486D(5) of the Migration Act 1958 , a reference to a tribunal decision includes a reference to a decision made before the commencement day by:

   (a) the MRT; or

   (b) the RRT; or

   (c) the Immigration Assessment Authority as established within the RRT.

15BQ Continuation of payment declarations

(1) If, immediately before the commencement day, a declaration under section 112 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 was in effect in connection with a person's application for review of a decision, the declaration continues in effect on and after the commencement day, as if the declaration had been made:

   (a) under section 113 of that Act as amended by this Act; and

   (b) in connection with the application as continued in the AAT by item 15AB of this Schedule.

(2) If, immediately before the commencement day, a declaration under section 145 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 was in effect in connection with a person's application for review of a decision, the declaration continues in effect on and after the commencement day, as if the declaration had been made:

   (a) under section 145 of that Act as amended by this Act; and

   (b) in connection with the application as continued in the AAT by item 15AB of this Schedule.

(3) If, immediately before the commencement day, a declaration under section 314 of the Student Assistance Act 1973 was in effect in connection with a person's application for review of a decision, the declaration continues in effect on and after the commencement day, as if the declaration had been made:

   (a) under section 314 of that Act as amended by this Act; and

   (b) in connection with the application as continued in the AAT by item 15AB of this Schedule.

15BR Review by AAT of SSAT decisions

(1) If, on or after the commencement day, a person makes an application to the AAT for review of a decision made by the SSAT before the commencement day:

   (a) the application is taken to be an application for:

       (i) AAT second review within the meaning of the Act that (together with this Act) authorised the making of the application; and

       (ii) second review within the meaning of the AAT Act; and

   (b) the amendments of those Acts made by this Act apply in relation to the application.

(2) If, immediately before the commencement day, a proceeding is before the AAT for review of a decision made by the SSAT, then, from the start of the commencement day:

   (a) the proceeding is taken to be a proceeding for:

       (i) AAT second review within the meaning of the Act that (together with this Act) authorised the making of the application for review; and

       (ii) second review within the meaning of the AAT Act; and

   (b) the amendments of those Acts made by this Act apply in relation to the proceeding.

15BS Subsection 109D(6) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999

   A decision that, immediately before the commencement day, was an excepted decision within the meaning of subsection 109D(6) of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 continues to be an excepted decision on and after the commencement day, despite the amendments made by this Act.

15BT Saving provision for regulations under section 103T of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988

   Despite the repeal of section 103T of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 by this Act, a provision referred to in a regulation in force immediately before the commencement day for the purposes of that section is taken, on and after the commencement day and until the regulation referring to the provision is amended or repealed, to be a prescribed provision for the purposes of section 95E of that Act.

Part 5—Continuation of directions

15CA Continuation of AAT directions

(1) A direction given by the President of the AAT under section 20 or 34C of the AAT Act that was in effect immediately before the commencement day continues in effect on and after the commencement day for the purposes of any proceeding before the AAT, other than a proceeding in the Migration and Refugee Division or the Social Services and Child Support Division, as if it had been given by the President:

   (a) under section 18B of the AAT Act as amended by this Act; or

   (b) to the extent to which a direction made under section 34C relates to the person who is to conduct an alternative dispute resolution process—under subsection 34A(2) of the AAT Act as amended by this Act.

(2) A direction given by the President of the AAT under any of the following provisions that was in effect immediately before the commencement day continues in effect on and after the commencement day, as if it had been given under section 19A of the AAT Act as amended by this Act:

   (a) section 20B;

   (b) subsection 21AA(6);

   (c) subsection 21AB(6);

   (d) subsection 21AB(9);

   (e) subsection 21AB(10);

   (f) subsection 21A(3);

   (g) subsection 21A(9);

   (h) section 22;

   (i) section 23;

   (j) section 23A.

(3) A direction given by the President of the AAT under section 23F of the AAT Act that was in effect immediately before the commencement day continues in effect on and after the commencement day, as if it had been given under section 19C of the AAT Act as amended by this Act.

(4) Any other direction or order given by the AAT or the President of the AAT that was in effect immediately before the commencement day for the purposes of a proceeding before the AAT continues in effect on and after the commencement day for the purposes of that proceeding, as if it had been given by the AAT or the President under a provision of the AAT Act as amended by this Act that authorises the making of such a direction or order.

15CB Continuation of Principal Member directions constituting a discontinued Tribunal

(1) This item applies in relation to a direction that:

   (a) was given before the commencement day by the Principal Member of a discontinued Tribunal and did either or both of the following for the purposes of a proceeding:

       (i) constituted the discontinued Tribunal;

       (ii) specified the presiding member of the discontinued Tribunal; and

   (b) was in effect immediately before the commencement day.

(2) Despite the amendments made by this Act, the direction continues in effect on and after the commencement day for the purposes of the proceeding as continued before the AAT by item 15AB of this Schedule, as if:

   (a) the direction had been given by the President of the AAT under section 19A of the AAT Act as amended by this Act; and

   (b) references to the discontinued Tribunal were references to the Migration and Refugee Division or the Social Services and Child Support Division (as appropriate) of the AAT.

15CC Continuation of discontinued Tribunal practice directions

(1) This item applies in relation to a direction that:

   (a) was given before the commencement day by the Principal Member of a discontinued Tribunal under an Act in relation to proceedings before the Tribunal; and

   (b) was a direction of general application; and

   (c) was in effect immediately before the commencement day; and

   (d) is not covered by item 15CB of this Schedule.

(2) Despite the amendments made by this Act, the direction continues in effect on and after the commencement day for the purposes of the proceeding as continued before the AAT by item 15AB of this Schedule, as if:

   (a) the direction had been given by the President of the AAT under section 18B of the AAT Act as amended by this Act; and

   (b) references to the discontinued Tribunal were references to the Migration and Refugee Division or the Social Services and Child Support Division (as appropriate) of the AAT.

15CD Continuation of other discontinued Tribunal directions or orders

(1) This item applies in relation to a direction or order that:

   (a) was given by a discontinued Tribunal or the Principal Member of a discontinued Tribunal; and

   (b) was in effect immediately before the commencement day for the purposes of a proceeding before the discontinued Tribunal; and

   (c) is not covered by item 15CB or 15CC of this Schedule.

(2) The direction or order continues in effect on and after the commencement day for the purposes of the proceeding as continued by item 15AB of this Schedule, as if it had been given by the AAT or the President of the AAT under a provision of an affected law as amended by this Act that authorises the giving of such a direction or order.

Part 6—Other transitional matters

15DA References in instruments to discontinued Tribunal

(1) If an instrument in effect immediately before the commencement day contains a reference to a discontinued Tribunal, the instrument has effect on and after the commencement day as if the reference were a reference to the AAT.

(2) If an instrument in effect immediately before the commencement day contains a reference to the Principal Member of a discontinued Tribunal, the instrument has effect on and after the commencement day as if the reference were a reference to the President of the AAT.

(3) Subitems (1) and (2) do not, by implication, prevent the instrument from being varied or terminated on or after the commencement day.

(4) Without limitation, subitems (1) and (2) include a reference to an instrument that is a direction made by the Minister under section 499 of the Migration Act 1958 .

(5) In this item:

   instrument does not include:

   (a) an Act; or

   (b) regulations made under this Act or the AAT Act; or

   (c) a contract of employment; or

   (d) an enterprise agreement.

15DB Transfer of records and documents

   Any records or documents that were in the possession of a discontinued Tribunal immediately before the commencement day are, from the start of the commencement day, taken to have been transferred to the AAT.

Note: The records and documents are Commonwealth records for the purposes of the Archives Act 1983 .

15DC Registries

(1) Any place that is a registry of a discontinued Tribunal immediately before the commencement day is, from the start of the commencement day, taken to be a registry of the AAT established under section 64 of the AAT Act as amended by this Act.

(2) Subitem (1) does not, by implication, prevent the Minister from varying the registries of the AAT on or after the commencement day.

15DD Additional material for next AAT reports

(1) The statements and reports given for the AAT under section 42 or 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 for the reporting period ending immediately before the commencement day must include the statements and reports that those sections would have required for the MRT and RRT for that reporting period, had the MRT and RRT not ceased to exist.

Note: Information about the SSAT for the period will be included in the statements and reports given by the Secretary of the Department of Social Services.

(2) A report given by the President of the AAT under section 24R of the AAT Act for the year ending immediately before the commencement day must include information about the discontinued Tribunals for that year.

15DE Existing and new modifications of AAT Act

(1) A provision of an enactment that:

   (a) immediately before the commencement day, has the effect of adding to, excluding or modifying the operation of a provision of the AAT Act; and

   (b) is not amended by this Act;

   continues to have that effect in relation to the AAT Act as amended by this Act, despite the amendments made by this Act.

(2) If:

   (a) a provision of an Act appears to have the effect of adding to, excluding or modifying the operation of a provision of the AAT Act; and

   (b) the Act in which the provision occurs is amended by a Schedule to this Act;

   then, to avoid doubt, the provision has the effect referred to in paragraph (a).

15DF Section 7 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901

   Section 7 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 applies in relation to the amendments and repeals made by this Act to the extent to which this Schedule or regulations made under it do not deal with a matter arising in relation to those amendments or repeals.

The government amendments implement certain recommendations of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee and the Senate Scrutiny of Bills Committee, in particular that seven-year terms of appointment for members be retained—that is the maximum term for appointment—and that the provision allowing the tribunal to hear second reviews of social services matters on the papers without the consent of the parties be removed. These amendments demonstrate the government's commitment to ensuring an independent and fair tribunal that meets the needs of applicants. The amendments also include transitional provisions in respect of proceedings on foot in tribunals as at 1 July 2015 and other matters. The government flagged these amendments in the second reading speech. The government has also taken the opportunity to make certain other minor changes to the bill that will support the effective operation of the tribunal and enhance the needs of users.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN ( Senator Bernardi ): Senator Brandis, in the interest of facilitating the running of the committee, I would invite you to move amendments (2) and (7) on sheet EH158 also.