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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Bill 1998

1998

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Bill 1998

 

No.      , 1998

 

(Prime Minister)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act for the protection of areas and objects of particular significance to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                1

1             Short title                                                                                             1

2             Commencement                                                                                   2

3             Schedule(s)                                                                                           2

4             Main object of Act                                                                              2

5             Definitions                                                                                           2

6             Extension to external Territories, coastal sea and other waters           8

7             Act binds the Crown                                                                           8

8             Extraterritorial operation of Act                                                          8

Part 2—The Director of Indigenous Heritage Protection and the Register               9

Division 1—The Director of Indigenous Heritage Protection                9

9             Director of Indigenous Heritage Protection                                         9

10           Functions of Director                                                                          9

11           Director’s appointment                                                                     10

12           Director’s term of office                                                                    10

13           Director’s remuneration and allowances                                            10

14           Leave of absence                                                                                11

15           Acting Director                                                                                  11

16           Disclosure of interests                                                                       11

17           Resignation                                                                                        12

18           Termination of appointment                                                             12

19           Director not personally liable                                                            13

20           Staff                                                                                                   13

21           Consultants                                                                                        13

Division 2—The Register of Claims for Protection                                    14

22           The Register of Claims for Protection                                               14

23           Inspection of the Register                                                                  14

Part 3—Accreditation procedures                                                                                15

24           States and self-governing Territories may apply for accreditation    15

25           Processing applications for accreditation                                          15

26           Standards for accreditation                                                                16

27           Minister may revoke or vary accreditation                                       17

28           Application of laws not relevant to accreditation                             19

Part 4—Applications for protection                                                                             20

Division 1—The receipt and registration of applications                         20

29           The application                                                                                  20

30           Director to enter applications on Register                                         21

31           Rejection of applications in certain circumstances                            22

32           Rejection of vexatious or frivolous applications                               22

33           Director to invite other applications                                                 23

Division 2 Dealing with UR applications                                                        25

34            Director to facilitate negotiation and mediation processes in relation to UR application        25

35            The Director must make a report to the Minister in relation to a UR application in certain circumstances            25

36            Minister may seek a further report from an independent reviewer    26

37            Binding nature of reports                                                                    26

38            Minister may make LPO in certain circumstances                             26

Division 3 Dealing with AR applications                                                        28

39            Director to refer AR applications to Minister                                   28

40            Minister may adopt State or Territory findings as to significance and threat          29

41            Minister may require report from Director                                        29

42            Minister may request Director to facilitate negotiation and mediation processes before making report                 30

43            Minister may seek a further report from an independent reviewer    30

44            Binding nature of reports                                                                    31

45            Minister may make LPOs in certain circumstances                           31

Division 4 Content, notification and effect of long-term protection orders       33

46            Content of LPOs                                                                                33

47            Notification and effect of LPOs                                                         33

Division 5 Negotiation and mediation                                                             35

48            Parties to negotiation and mediation processes                                  35

49            Director may facilitate negotiation or mediation or both                    35

50            Time limits for negotiation/mediation processes                                36

51            Registration of negotiated or mediated agreement                              36

52            Effect of registration                                                                           37

53           Termination of formal negotiation and mediation processes             37

54           Registration of agreements not concluded under the formal negotiation or mediation processes            38

Division 6—The making of reports                                                                      40

55           Procedures to be followed by Director in preparing report              40

56           Procedures to be followed by independent reviewer in preparing a further report 41

57           Recognition of indigenous persons as the primary source of certain information   42

58           Independent reviewer has access to all correspondence with, and representations to, Director             42

59           No right to see representations of others                                          43

60           Time limits for reports                                                                      44

61           Additional matters to be dealt with in reports                                  44

Division 7—Emergency protection orders and interim protection orders           46

62           Making of EPOs                                                                                46

63           Making of IPOs                                                                                 48

64           Notification of EPOs and IPOs                                                         49

Division 8—Multiple applications                                                                         51

65           Negotiation and mediation processes if more than one application  51

66           Making of an order if more than one application                              51

Part 5—Miscellaneous provisions                                                                                54

Division 1—Indigenous human remains                                                            54

67           Discovery of indigenous human remains                                           54

68           Disposal of indigenous human remains                                             55

Division 2—Offences                                                                                                   56

69           Offences in relation to protection orders                                           56

70           Evidence                                                                                             56

71           Conduct by directors, employees and agents                                    56

Division 3—Administrative review of certain decisions                           59

72           Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of decision to reject vexatious application etc.          59

Division 4—Power of courts and of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal etc. 60

73           Exclusion of the public or persons from certain proceedings etc.     60

74           Public interest immunity in relation to certain information               61

75           Injunctions                                                                                         62

76           Powers of courts and Administrative Appeals Tribunal not limited 63

Division 5—Other matters                                                                                       64

77           Disallowable instruments                                                                  64

78           Compensation for acquisition of property                                        65

79           Legal or financial assistance                                                               66

80           Delegation                                                                                          67

81           Regulations                                                                                        67

Schedule 1—Repeal of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984, and related saving and transitional provisions                                                   68

Schedule 2—Amendment of other Acts                                                                     72

Archives Act 1983                                                                                                       72

Freedom of Information Act 1982                                                                            73

Hindmarsh Island Bridge Act 1997                                                                         75

 



A Bill for an Act for the protection of areas and objects of particular significance to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, and for related purposes

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