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Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Collection Bill 1997

Part 1 P reliminary


1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Collection Act 1998 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on 1 July 1998.

3   Definitions

                   In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

Australian port means a port appointed, proclaimed or prescribed under the Customs Act 1901 or under a law of a State or the Northern Territory.

authorised person means a person appointed under section 5.

exempt ship means a ship declared by the regulations to be an exempt ship.

home port , in relation to a ship, means an Australian port notified by the ship’s owner or agent as the ship’s home port in a written notice to an authorised person at that Australian port.

levy means the levy payable in accordance with this Act and imposed by the Levy Act.

Levy Act means the Ballast Water Research and Development Funding Levy Act 1998.

quarter means a period of 3 months starting on 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October in any year.

Reserve means the Strategic Ballast Water Research and Development Reserve established under section 11.

ship means a vessel of any kind that is used in navigation, other than a vessel that is ordinarily propelled only by oars.

4   Application to Crown

                   This Act binds the Crown in right of each of the States, of the Australian Capital Territory, of the Northern Territory and of Norfolk Island.

5   Appointment of authorised person

             (1)  The Minister may, in writing published in the Gazette , appoint a person to be an authorised person for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  The Minister may, in writing, delegate the power of appointment under subsection (1) to an officer of the Department.