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Energy Efficiency Opportunities Bill 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006

 

No. 31, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to encourage more efficient use of energy by large energy using businesses, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                2

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

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

3............ Object................................................................................................. 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Schedule 1 (consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions). 4

Part 2—Definitions relating to groups                                                                         5

6............ Holding company............................................................................... 5

7............ Controlling corporation...................................................................... 5

8............ Group and members of a group.......................................................... 5

Part 3—Corporations required to register                                                                 7

9............ Obligation to apply to register........................................................... 7

10.......... Energy use threshold.......................................................................... 8

11.......... Exemption from registration on application by corporation.............. 8

Part 4—Registration                                                                                                            10

12.......... The Register...................................................................................... 10

13.......... Secretary must register corporation.................................................. 10

14.......... Corporation may apply for deregistration....................................... 11

Part 5—Assessment plan                                                                                                   12

15.......... Registered corporation must submit assessment plan every 5 years 12

16.......... Approval of assessment plan........................................................... 12

17.......... Refusal to approve assessment plan................................................ 13

18.......... Requirements for an assessment plan............................................... 14

19.......... Registered corporation may seek variation to approved assessment plan              15

Part 6—Energy efficiency opportunities assessments                                      17

20.......... Requirement to carry out energy efficiency opportunities assessments 17

Part 7—Reporting about energy efficiency opportunities assessments 18

21.......... Overview.......................................................................................... 18

22.......... Reporting to the public..................................................................... 18

22A....... Public reporting—decentralised reporting........................................ 19

22B....... Public reporting—reporting by manager of joint venture................. 20

23.......... Reporting to the Secretary................................................................ 21

Part 8—Powers of inspection                                                                                           23

Division 1—Overview                                                                                                 23

24.......... Overview of Part.............................................................................. 23

Division 2—Appointment of authorised officers and identity cards   24

25.......... Appointment of authorised officers................................................. 24

26.......... Identity cards.................................................................................... 24

Division 3—Powers of authorised officer                                                          25

Subdivision A—Monitoring powers                                                                        25

27.......... Authorised officer may enter premises by consent or under monitoring warrant   25

28.......... Monitoring powers of authorised officers........................................ 25

Subdivision B—Power of authorised officer to ask questions and seek production in certain circumstances              27

29.......... Authorised officer may request persons to answer questions......... 27

Division 4—Obligations and incidental powers of authorised officers 29

30.......... Authorised officer must produce identity card on request............... 29

31.......... Consent............................................................................................. 29

32.......... Announcement before entry............................................................. 29

33.......... Details of monitoring warrant to be given to occupier etc. before entry 29

34.......... Use of electronic equipment in exercising monitoring powers......... 30

35.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment.......................... 31

Division 5—Occupier’s rights and responsibilities                                     33

36.......... Occupier entitled to be present during execution of monitoring warrant 33

37.......... Occupier to provide authorised officer with all facilities and assistance 33

Division 6—Warrants                                                                                                  34

38.......... Monitoring warrants......................................................................... 34

Part 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        35

39.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 35

40.......... AAT review of decisions.................................................................. 35

41.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 35

Schedule 1—Consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions           36

1............ Declarations of contravention........................................................... 36

2............ Declaration of contravention is conclusive evidence........................ 36

3............ Pecuniary penalty orders.................................................................. 36

4............ Who may apply for a declaration or order....................................... 37

5............ Time limit for application for a declaration or order........................ 37

6............ Civil evidence and procedure rules for declarations of contravention and civil penalty orders               37

7............ Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings.................................... 37

8............ Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings.................................. 38

9............ Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings.................................... 38

10.......... Minister requiring person to assist................................................... 38

11.......... Relief from liability for contravention of civil penalty provision.... 40

 



 

 

Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006

No. 31, 2006

 

 

 

An Act to encourage more efficient use of energy by large energy using businesses, and for related purposes

[ Assented to 6 April 2006 ]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



Schedule 1 Consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions

Note:       See section 5.

   

   

1   Declarations of contravention

             (1)  If the Court is satisfied that a controlling corporation has contravened 1 of the following provisions, it must make a declaration of contravention:

                     (a)  subsection 9(1);

                     (b)  subsection 15(5);

                     (c)  subsection 20(4);

                     (d)  subsection 22(1);

                     (e)  subsection 23(1).

These provisions are the civil penalty provisions .

Note:          Once a declaration has been made, the Minister can then seek a pecuniary penalty order (see clause 3).

             (2)  A declaration of contravention must specify the following:

                     (a)  the Court that made the declaration;

                     (b)  the civil penalty provision that was contravened;

                     (c)  the controlling corporation who contravened the provision;

                     (d)  the conduct that constituted the contravention.

2   Declaration of contravention is conclusive evidence

                   A declaration of contravention is conclusive evidence of the matters referred to in subclause 1(2).

3   Pecuniary penalty orders

             (1)  The Court may order a controlling corporation to pay the Commonwealth a pecuniary penalty of up to 1000 penalty units if:

                     (a)  a declaration of contravention by the controlling corporation has been made under clause 1; and

                     (b)  the contravention is serious.

             (2)  The penalty is a civil debt payable to the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth may enforce the order as if it were an order made in civil proceedings against the controlling corporation to recover a debt due by the controlling corporation. The debt arising from the order is taken to be a judgment debt.

4   Who may apply for a declaration or order

Application by Minister

             (1)  The Minister, or some other person authorised in writing by the Minister under this subclause to make the application, may apply for a declaration of contravention or a pecuniary penalty order.

No one else may apply

             (2)  No person may apply for a declaration of contravention or a pecuniary penalty order unless permitted by this clause.

             (3)  Subclause (2) does not exclude the operation of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 .

5   Time limit for application for a declaration or order

                   Proceedings for a declaration of contravention or a pecuniary penalty order may be started no later than 6 years after the contravention.

6   Civil evidence and procedure rules for declarations of contravention and civil penalty orders

                   The Court must apply the rules of evidence and procedure for civil matters when hearing proceedings for:

                     (a)  a declaration of contravention; or

                     (b)  a pecuniary penalty order.

7   Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings

                   The Court must not make a declaration of contravention or a pecuniary penalty order against a controlling corporation for a contravention if the controlling corporation has been convicted of an offence constituted by conduct that is substantially the same as the conduct constituting the contravention.

8   Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings

             (1)  Proceedings for a declaration of contravention or pecuniary penalty order against a controlling corporation are stayed if:

                     (a)  criminal proceedings are started or have already been started against the controlling corporation for an offence; and

                     (b)  the offence is constituted by conduct that is substantially the same as the conduct alleged to constitute the contravention.

             (2)  The proceedings for the declaration or order may be resumed if the controlling corporation is not convicted of the offence. Otherwise, the proceedings for the declaration or order are dismissed.

9   Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings

                   Criminal proceedings may be started against a controlling corporation for conduct that is substantially the same as conduct constituting a contravention of a civil penalty provision regardless of whether:

                     (a)  a declaration of contravention has been made against the controlling corporation; or

                     (b)  a pecuniary penalty order has been made against the controlling corporation.

10   Minister requiring person to assist

             (1)  The Minister may require a person to give all reasonable assistance in connection with:

                     (a)  an application for a declaration of contravention or a pecuniary penalty order; or

                     (b)  criminal proceedings for an offence against this Act.

The person must comply with the request.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

             (2)  The Minister can require the person to assist in connection with an application for a declaration or order if, and only if:

                     (a)  it appears to the Minister that:

                              (i)  a controlling corporation may have contravened a civil penalty provision; and

                             (ii)  the person required to assist is not that controlling corporation; and

                     (b)  the Minister suspects or believes that the person required to assist can give information relevant to the application.

             (3)  The Minister can require the person to assist in connection with criminal proceedings if, and only if:

                     (a)  it appears to the Minister that the person required to assist is unlikely to be a defendant in the proceedings; and

                     (b)  the person required to assist is, in relation to a person who is or should be a defendant in the proceedings:

                              (i)  an employee or agent (including a banker or auditor) of the other person; or

                             (ii)  if the other person is an individual—a partner of the other person.

             (4)  The Minister can require the person to assist regardless of whether:

                     (a)  an application for the declaration or penalty order has actually been made; or

                     (b)  criminal proceedings for the offence have actually begun.

             (5)  The person cannot be required to assist if they are or have been a lawyer for:

                     (a)  in an application for a declaration or penalty order—the controlling corporation suspected of the contravention; or

                     (b)  in criminal proceedings—a defendant or likely defendant in the proceedings.

             (6)  The requirement to assist must be given in writing.

             (7)  The Court may order the person to comply with the requirement in a specified way. Only the Minister may apply to the Court for an order under this subsection .

11   Relief from liability for contravention of civil penalty provision

             (1)  In this section:

eligible proceedings :

                     (a)  means proceedings for a contravention of a civil penalty provision; and

                     (b)  does not include proceedings for an offence.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  eligible proceedings are brought against a controlling corporation; and

                     (b)  in the proceedings it appears to the court that the controlling corporation has, or may have, contravened a civil penalty provision but that:

                              (i)  the controlling corporation has acted honestly; and

                             (ii)  having regard to all the circumstances of the case, the controlling corporation ought fairly to be excused for the contravention;

the court may relieve the controlling corporation either wholly or partly from a liability to which the controlling corporation would otherwise be subject, or that might otherwise be imposed on the controlling corporation, because of the contravention.

             (3)  If a controlling corporation thinks that eligible proceedings will or may be begun against it, the controlling corporation may apply to the Court for relief.

             (4)  On an application under subclause (3), the Court may grant relief under subclause (2) as if the eligible proceedings had been begun in the Court.

             (5)  For the purposes of subclause (2) as applying for the purposes of a case tried by a judge with a jury:

                     (a)  a reference in that subclause to the court is a reference to the judge; and

                     (b)  the relief that may be granted includes withdrawing the case in whole or in part from the jury and directing judgment to be entered for the defendant on such terms as to costs as the judge thinks appropriate.



 

 [ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 14 September 2005

Senate on 7 November 2005 ]

(158/05)