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Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Bill 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005

 

No. 4, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to provide for water efficiency labelling and the making of water efficiency standards, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                2

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 2

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

3............ Objects of Act.................................................................................... 2

4............ Act to bind the Crown........................................................................ 3

5............ External Territories............................................................................. 3

Part 2—Interpretation                                                                                                           4

6............ Application of the Criminal Code ...................................................... 4

7............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

Part 3—National WELS scheme                                                                                     7

8............ WELS scheme to be a national cooperative scheme........................... 7

9............ Application of this Act...................................................................... 7

10.......... Relationship between this Act and other Commonwealth laws......... 7

11.......... State and Territory laws may operate concurrently........................... 7

12.......... Meaning of corresponding State-Territory law .................................. 8

13.......... Commonwealth consent to conferral of functions etc. on the Regulator or inspectors by corresponding State-Territory laws..................................................................................................... 8

14.......... How duty is imposed by corresponding State-Territory laws.......... 9

15.......... When a corresponding State-Territory law imposes a duty............. 10

16.......... No doubling-up of liabilities............................................................. 10

17.......... Review of decisions under corresponding State-Territory laws....... 10

Part 4—WELS products and WELS standards                                                     12

18.......... WELS products................................................................................ 12

19.......... WELS standards............................................................................... 12

20.......... Meaning of WELS-labelled ............................................................... 13

Part 5—The WELS Regulator                                                                                        14

21.......... The Regulator................................................................................... 14

22.......... Functions of the Regulator............................................................... 14

23.......... Powers of the Regulator................................................................... 14

24.......... Arrangements with other agencies.................................................... 15

25.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 15

Part 6—Registration of WELS products                                                                  16

26.......... Applying for registration.................................................................. 16

27.......... Documentation etc. to be provided with application for registration 16

28.......... Registration of products................................................................... 17

29.......... Grounds for refusing to register........................................................ 17

30.......... Period of registration........................................................................ 18

31.......... Cancelling or suspending registration............................................... 18

Part 7—Offences relating to the supply of WELS products                          20

Division 1—Applicable WELS standards                                                          20

32.......... Meaning of applicable WELS standard ............................................ 20

Division 2—Registration and labelling                                                               21

33.......... Registration requirement................................................................... 21

34.......... Labelling registered products............................................................ 21

Division 3—Minimum efficiency and performance requirements       22

35.......... Minimum water efficiency—products required to be registered...... 22

36.......... Minimum general performance—products required to be registered 22

Division 4—Misuse of WELS standards etc.                                                  23

37.......... Misuse of WELS standards and information.................................... 23

38.......... Information inconsistent with WELS standards............................... 23

39.......... Using information in the supply of products................................... 23

Part 8—Other enforcement                                                                                              25

Division 1—Infringement notices                                                                         25

40.......... Infringement notices......................................................................... 25

Division 2—Publicising offences                                                                           26

41.......... Regulator may publicise offences..................................................... 26

Division 3—Enforceable undertakings                                                              27

42.......... Acceptance of undertakings.............................................................. 27

43.......... Enforcement of undertakings............................................................ 27

Division 4—Injunctions                                                                                              28

44.......... Injunctions........................................................................................ 28

Part 9—WELS inspectors                                                                                                 30

Division 1—Appointment of WELS inspectors                                             30

45.......... Regulator may appoint WELS inspectors........................................ 30

46.......... Identity cards.................................................................................... 30

Division 2—Powers of WELS inspectors                                                          32

47.......... Purposes for which powers can be used.......................................... 32

48.......... Inspection powers—public areas of WELS business premises....... 32

49.......... Inspection powers—with consent................................................... 32

50.......... Refusing consent is not an offence................................................... 33

51.......... Inspection powers—with warrant................................................... 33

52.......... Announcement before entry under warrant...................................... 34

53.......... Copy of warrant to be given to occupier.......................................... 34

54.......... Occupier must provide inspector with facilities and assistance....... 35

55.......... Seizing or securing evidential material.............................................. 35

56.......... Holding evidential material for more than 90 days........................... 35

57.......... Returning evidential material............................................................ 36

Division 3—Applying for warrants to enter WELS premises                37

58.......... Ordinary warrants............................................................................ 37

59.......... Warrants by telephone, fax etc......................................................... 38

Division 4—Giving WELS information to WELS inspectors                  41

60.......... Meaning of person who has WELS information ............................... 41

61.......... Regulator may require a person to provide information................... 41

62.......... Regulator may require a person to appear before a WELS inspector 41

Division 5—Privilege against self-incrimination                                           43

63.......... Privilege against self-incrimination not affected............................... 43

Part 10—Money                                                                                                                     44

Division 1—The WELS Account                                                                           44

64.......... WELS Account................................................................................. 44

65.......... Credits to the WELS Account.......................................................... 44

66.......... Purpose of the WELS Account........................................................ 44

Division 2—Charging fees etc.                                                                               46

67.......... Regulator may charge for services.................................................... 46

68.......... Recovery of amounts........................................................................ 46

Part 11—Review of decisions                                                                                         47

69.......... Meaning of reviewable decision and affected person ........................ 47

70.......... Notification of decisions and review rights...................................... 47

71.......... Internal review.................................................................................. 47

72.......... Review of decisions by Administrative Appeals Tribunal.............. 48

Part 12—Miscellaneous                                                                                                     49

73.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment.......................... 49

74.......... Compensation for acquisition of property....................................... 50

75.......... Annual report................................................................................... 50

76.......... Review of operation of WELS scheme............................................. 50

77.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 51

 



 

 

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005

No. 4, 2005

 

 

 

An Act to provide for water efficiency labelling and the making of water efficiency standards, and for related purposes

[ Assented to 18 February 2005 ]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



 

 

[ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 1 December 2004

Senate on 8 February 2005 ]

(225/04)