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Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

 

 

 

 

 

Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2002

 

No. 127, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to amend laws relating to workplace relations, and for other purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 4

Schedule 1—Amendments relating to rehabilitation and compensation laws            5

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988                                             5

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992                                        5

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Collection Act 1992           6

Schedule 2—Changing the name of the National Labour Consultative Council, and other matters relating to the Council                                                                                                9

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                             9

National Labour Consultative Council Act 1977                                                  9

Part 2—Consequential amendments                                                                         13

Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977                                        13

Freedom of Information Act 1982                                                                            13

Schedule 3—Other amendments                                                                                   14

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                     14

Defence Act 1903                                                                                                        14

Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001                                                                                                                                        16

Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act 1987       16

Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999                                16

Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973                                                                            17

Workplace Relations Act 1996                                                                                17

Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002                                                                                                 24

Part 2—Application provisions                                                                                   25

 



 

Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2002

No. 127, 2002

 

 

 

An Act to amend laws relating to workplace relations, and for other purposes

[ Assented to 11 December 2002 ]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2002 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, on the day or at the time specified in column 2 of the table.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

2.  Schedule 1, item 1

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

3.  Schedule 1, item 2

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

4.  Schedule 1, item 3

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

5.  Schedule 1, items 4 to 17

At the same time as the provision covered by item 3 of this table

 

6.  Schedule 2

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

7 Schedule 3, items 1 to 14

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

8.  Schedule 3, items 15 to 17

Immediately before the commencement of items 17, 28 and 41 of Schedule 1 to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001

2 October 2001

9.  Schedule 3, item 18

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

10.  Schedule 3, item 19

The later of:

(a) the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(b) the commencement of item 2 of Schedule 1 to the Higher Education Legislation Amendment Act (No. 3) 2002

11 December 2002

11.  Schedule 3, items 20 to 22

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

13.  Schedule 3, item 24

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

14.  Schedule 3, items 25 to 27

At the same time as the provisions covered by item 11 of this table

 

15.  Schedule 3, item 28

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

16.  Schedule 3, item 29

At the end of the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 June 2003

17.  Schedule 3, item 30

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

18.  Schedule 3, item 31

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

20.  Schedule 3, item 33

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

22.  Schedule 3, item 35

At the same time as the provision covered by item 13 of this table

11 December 2002

23.  Schedule 3, items 36 to 40

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

25.  Schedule 3, item 42

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

26.  Schedule 3, item 43

At the same time as the provision covered by item 20 of this table

 

27.  Schedule 3, item 44

At the same time as the provision covered by item 13 of this table

11 December 2002

28.  Schedule 3, item 45

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

 

29.  Schedule 3, items 46 to 48

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

11 December 2002

30.  Schedule 3, items 49 to 51

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent

12 December 2002

31.  Schedule 3, item 52

At the same time as the provisions covered by item 11 of this table

 

32.  Schedule 3, items 53 to 55

Immediately before the commencement of items 38, 39 and 40 of Schedule 3 to the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Registration and Accountability of Organisations) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2002

 

34.  Schedule 3, item 57

At the same time as the provision covered by item 15 of this table

11 December 2002

35.  Schedule 3, item 58

At the same time as the provision covered by item 20 of this table

 

36.  Schedule 3, item 59

At the same time as the provisions covered by item 23 of this table

 

37.  Schedule 3, item 60

At the same time as the provision covered by item 25 of this table

11 December 2002

38.  Schedule 3, item 61

At the same time as the provision covered by item 28 of this table

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table is for additional information that is not part of this Act. This information may be included in any published version of this Act.

             (3)  If a provision covered by item 3, 9, 11, 17, 20, 23 or 28 of the table does not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, it commences on the first day after the end of that period.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.



 

Schedule 1 Amendments relating to rehabilitation and compensation laws

   

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

1  At the end of section 41A

Add:

             (2)  A rehabilitation authority who is the Chief of the Defence Force may, in writing, delegate to an officer or employee of the Commonwealth all or any of the powers and functions of the rehabilitation authority under this Part.

2  At the end of section 72A

Add:

             (2)  Comcare must:

                     (a)  give the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (established under section 103 of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 ) such secretarial and other assistance; and

                     (b)  make available to the Authority the services of such members of Comcare’s staff and such other resources;

as the Authority reasonably requires from time to time for the proper performance of its functions or exercise of its powers.

Note:       The heading to section 72A is replaced by the heading “ Duty to assist the Commission and the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority ”.

3  Section 94

Repeal the section.

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992

4  Section 104 (note)

Omit “Note”, substitute “Note 1”.

5  At the end of section 104

Add:

Note 2:       Section 72A of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 imposes a duty on Comcare to assist the Authority in performing its functions and exercising its powers.

6  Subsection 125(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Delegation by Authority

             (1)  The Authority may, by resolution, delegate all or any of the Authority’s functions and powers to the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare.

Note:       The heading to section 125 is altered by adding “ and sub-delegation ” after “ Authority ”.

7  Subsections 125(2) and (3)

Omit “this section”, substitute “subsection (1)”.

8  At the end of section 125

Add:

Subdelegation by CEO of Comcare

             (5)  Despite paragraph 34AB(b) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 , the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare may, by signed writing, delegate all or any of the functions and powers delegated under subsection (1) to:

                     (a)  the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Comcare; or

                     (b)  a member of Comcare’s staff.

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Levy Collection Act 1992

9  Section 3

Insert:

Comcare means the body established under section 68 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 .

10  Section 6

Omit “the Secretary”, substitute “the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare”.

11  Section 11

Omit “The Secretary may, in writing, appoint a person in the Department”, substitute “The Chief Executive Officer of Comcare may, in writing, appoint the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Comcare, or a member of Comcare’s staff”.

12  Subsection 14(1)

Omit “The Secretary”, substitute “The Chief Executive Officer of Comcare”.

13  Paragraph 14(2)(b)

Omit “the Secretary”, substitute “the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare”.

14  Subsection 14(4)

Omit “the Secretary”, substitute “the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare”.

15  Subsection 15(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  The Chief Executive Officer of Comcare may, in writing, delegate all or any of his or her functions and powers under this Act (other than powers under section 11) to:

                     (a)  the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Comcare; or

                     (b)  a member of Comcare’s staff.

Note:       The heading to section 15 is replaced by the heading “ Delegation by the CEO of Comcare ”.

16  Subsection 15(2)

Omit “the Secretary”, substitute “the Chief Executive Officer of Comcare”.

17  Transitional regulations

The Governor-General may make regulations providing for matters of a transitional or savings nature arising out of the amendments made by item 2 and items 4 to 16.