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2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017

 

 

( 1 )     Clause  9 , page 9 (after line 22) , after the definition of exempted introduction , insert:

existing unassessed chemical has the meaning given by subsection 74A(2).

[existing unassessed chemicals]

( 2 )     Clause  68 , page 55 (line 12) (table), after “ chemicals. ”, insert “ The Executive Director may initiate evaluations. The Executive Director is also required to implement a system under which existing unassessed chemicals are evaluated. This process of evaluating existing unassessed chemicals will be similar to the process currently undertaken under the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation Framework. ”.

[existing unassessed chemicals]

 ( 3 )    Page 60 (after line 24) , after clause  74 , insert:

74A   Executive Director must evaluate existing unassessed chemicals

             (1)  The Executive Director must implement a system under which existing unassessed chemicals are evaluated for the risk they may pose to human health or the environment.

             (2)  An existing unassessed chemical is an industrial chemical in use in Australia that:

                     (a)  is listed on the Inventory; and

                     (b)  was first introduced in Australia before 17 July 1990; and

                     (c)  has not been assessed or evaluated under:

                              (i)  the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 or this Act; or

                             (ii)  the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation Framework.

             (3)  Without limiting subsection (1), an evaluation may relate to any of the matters mentioned in subsection 74(2).

             (4)  If an existing unassessed chemical is evaluated under the system mentioned in subsection (1), the Executive Director must publish the following on the AICIS website:

                     (a)  the subject of the evaluation;

                     (b)  the reason for the evaluation;

                     (c)  the period within which the evaluation will be conducted.

 [existing unassessed chemicals]

(4)     Clause 75, page 60 (line 26), after “evaluation”, insert “under section 74 or 74A”.

[existing unassessed chemicals]

(5)     Clause 96, page 80 (line 7) (table), after “category.”, insert “Post-introduction reports must be given to the Executive Director to provide information about introductions of industrial chemicals in the exempted introductions category.”.

[exempted introductions]

( 6 )     Page 82 (after line 13) , after clause  98 , insert:

98A   Post-introduction reports for exempted introductions

Certain introductions—report required within 28 days

             (1)  A person contravenes this subsection if:

                     (a)  the person introduces an industrial chemical; and

                     (b)  the introduction is the first introduction by the person of the industrial chemical; and

                     (c)  the introduction is an exempted introduction; and

                     (d)  the person does not give the Executive Director a report in accordance with subsection (2) in relation to the exempted introduction within 28 days after the introduction.

             (2)  The report must:

                     (a)  be in the approved form; and

                     (b)  include:

                              (i)  the CAS name and the CAS number of the industrial chemical; and

                             (ii)  the volume of the industrial chemical introduced; and

                     (c)  contain any other information prescribed by the rules for the purposes of this paragraph for the type of exempted introduction.

All introductions—annual report required

             (3)  A person contravenes this subsection if:

                     (a)  the person introduces an industrial chemical during a registration year; and

                     (b)  the introduction is an exempted introduction; and

                     (c)  the person does not give the Executive Director a report in accordance with subsection (4) in relation to the exempted introduction within 4 months after the start of the last month of that registration year.

             (4)  The report must:

                     (a)  be in the approved form; and

                     (b)  contain the information prescribed by the rules for the purposes of this paragraph for the type of exempted introduction.

Fault-based offence

             (5)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1) or (3).

Penalty:   300 penalty unit s.

Strict liability offence

             (6)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if the person contravenes subsection (1) or (3).

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

Civil penalty provision

             (7)  A person is liable to a civil penalty if the person contravenes subsection (1) or (3).

Civil penalty:          300 penalty units.

Publishing information

             (8)  The Executive Director may publish information relating to exempted introductions on the AICIS website if the information is of a kind prescribed by the rules for the purposes of this subsection.

98B   Varying the terms of post-introduction reports for exempted introductions

             (1)  A person who gives a report to the Executive Director under section 98A may notify the Executive Director, in writi ng, of any variations to the report.

             (2)  The Executive Director must make any changes to the report that are notified under subsection (1).

[exempted introductions]