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Schedule 1—Amendments

Schedule 1 Amendments

   

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991

1  Title

Omit “ by the provision of insurance and financial services and products ”, substitute “ and overseas infrastructure development ”.

2  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

ADI has the same meaning as in the Banking Act 1959.

Note:          ADI is short for authorised deposit-taking institution.

Australian benefit means a benefit that flows (whether directly or indirectly) from overseas to:

                     (a)  Australia; or

                     (b)  a person carrying on business or other activities in Australia.

EFIC’s overseas infrastructure financing functions means the functions set out in paragraphs 7(1)(dd) and (de).

overseas infrastructure development means the development or enhancement of infrastructure that will be, or is, located or used wholly or substantially outside Australia.

overseas infrastructure financing means lending money to support overseas infrastructure development, if EFIC reasonably believes that lending the money is likely to result in an Australian benefit.

Note:          Lending money includes providing finance, or providing a financial accommodation, in any form: see subsection (2).

3  Paragraph 7(1)(b)

Omit “banks”, substitute “ADIs”.

4  After paragraph 7(1)(dc)

Insert:

                   (dd)  to engage in overseas infrastructure financing under section 23A;

                   (de)  to encourage and facilitate overseas infrastructure financing by:

                              (i)  giving guarantees under section 18A; and

                             (ii)  encouraging ADIs, and other financial institutions, carrying on business in Australia to engage in, or assist in, overseas infrastructure financing; and

                            (iii)  providing information and advice to any person regarding overseas infrastructure financing;

5  At the end of section 8

Add:

EFIC’s overseas infrastructure financing functions

             (4)  EFIC is to perform EFIC’s overseas infrastructure financing functions in such a manner as EFIC reasonably believes is likely to result in the maximum Australian benefits.

             (5)  Subsection (1) and subparagraph (2)(b)(i) do not apply in relation to EFIC’s overseas infrastructure financing functions.

6  After section 18

Insert:

18A   Guarantees to co-lenders in relation to overseas infrastructure development

                   If, for the purpose of supporting overseas infrastructure development:

                     (a)  EFIC has lent, or proposes to lend, money under section 23A to a person; and

                     (b)  another person (the co-lender ), by arrangement with EFIC, has also lent, or proposes to lend, money to that person, or to another person;

EFIC may guarantee to the co-lender the repayment of the whole or any part of the money lent, or to be lent, by the co-lender and the payment of the whole or a part of any interest or other charges that may become payable to the co-lender in respect of the money lent, or to be lent, by the co-lender.

7  At the end of subsection 23(1)

Add:

Note:          EFIC’s power under subsection (1) to lend money includes the power to provide finance, or to provide a financial accommodation, in any form: see subsection 3(2).

8  At the end of Part 4

Add:

23A   Loans to support overseas infrastructure development

             (1)  EFIC may lend money for the purpose of supporting overseas infrastructure development.

Note:          EFIC’s power under subsection (1) to lend money includes the power to provide finance, or to provide a financial accommodation, in any form: see subsection 3(2).

             (2)  The money may be lent to such person or persons as EFIC thinks appropriate.

             (3)  However, EFIC must not lend money under this section unless EFIC reasonably believes that lending the money is likely to result in an Australian benefit.

Note:          See also subsection 8(4).

9  After subsection 27(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  The Minister may approve of EFIC making a loan under section 23A in respect of overseas infrastructure development if the Minister is satisfied that it is in the national interest that EFIC make the loan in respect of the development.

10  Paragraph 54(8)(a)

Omit “$200,000,000”, substitute “$1,200,000,000”.

11  At the end of subsection 67(1)

Add “or in relation to overseas infrastructure development”.

12  Subsection 67(2)

After “eligible export transaction”, insert “or in connection with overseas infrastructure development”.

13  Subsection 81(1)

Omit “or under the acronym EFIC”, substitute “, under the acronym EFIC or under the name “Export Finance Australia””.

14  Subsection 81(2)

Omit “or the acronym EFIC” (first occurring), substitute “, the acronym EFIC, the name “Export Finance Australia””.

15  Subsection 81(2)

Omit “or the acronym EFIC” (second occurring), substitute “, the acronym EFIC or the name “Export Finance Australia””.

16  Subsections 81(3) and (4)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (3)  Nothing in subsection (2) applies to the use of a name or acronym (the protected name or acronym ) by a person in a particular manner if:

                     (a)  to the extent that subsection (2) applies in relation to the name of EFIC or the acronym EFIC—immediately before the commencement of this Act, the person was using the protected name or acronym in good faith in that manner; or

                     (b)  to the extent that subsection (2) applies in relation to the name “Export Finance Australia”—immediately before the commencement of this paragraph, the person was using the protected name or acronym in good faith in that manner.

             (4)  Nothing in subsection (2) affects rights conferred by law in relation to the use of a name or acronym, or the use of the name or acronym in pursuance of such a right, if:

                     (a)  to the extent that subsection (2) applies in relation to the name of EFIC or the acronym EFIC—the rights were in existence immediately before the commencement of this Act; or

                     (b)  to the extent that subsection (2) applies in relation to the name “Export Finance Australia”—the rights were in existence immediately before the commencement of this paragraph.