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Electric Vehicles Accountability Bill 2021

2019-2021

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Electric Vehicles Accountability Bill 2021

 

No.      , 2021

 

(Senator Rice)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to require reporting on electric vehicles, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Electric vehicle strategy statement....................................................... 2

4............ Productivity Commission’s electric vehicle report.............................. 3



A Bill for an Act to require reporting on electric vehicles, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Electric Vehicles Accountability Act 2021 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this Act

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Electric vehicle strategy statement

             (1)  The Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister must table in each House of Parliament, on or before 1 August each year, a statement of Australia’s electric vehicle strategy.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the statement must include an explanation of:

                     (a)  the steps the government is taking to support:

                              (i)  the manufacturing of electric vehicles and electric vehicle components in Australia; and

                             (ii)  battery manufacturing and commodity value-adding in Australia; and

                            (iii)  fast charging network infrastructure investment; and

                            (iv)  zero emissions fuels including clean hydrogen; and

                             (v)  any related policies; and

                     (b)  the supports the government is providing for consumers to purchase electric vehicles in Australia; and

                     (c)  the actions the government is taking to provide national leadership to encourage the rapid increase in the purchase and use of electric vehicles in Australia.

             (3)  In this section, Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister means the Minister responsible for emissions reduction policy including support for low-emissions technologies.

4   Productivity Commission’s electric vehicle report

Reference to the Productivity Commission

             (1)  The Productivity Minister must, under Part 3 of the Productivity Commission Act 1998 , refer the following matters to the Productivity Commission for annual inquiry and report:

                     (a)  Australia’s support for the manufacture, purchase and use of electric vehicles, batteries and other electric vehicle components, and fast charging network infrastructure investment;

                     (b)  how that support compares with support provided by each of the following:

                              (i)  the United States of America;

                             (ii)  the United Kingdom;

                            (iii)  New Zealand;

                            (iv)  Canada;

                             (v)  the People’s Republic of China;

                            (vi)  the Republic of France;

                           (vii)  Germany;

                          (viii)  any other countries the Productivity Minister considers relevant;

                            (ix)  any other countries the Productivity Commission considers relevant;

                     (c)  the rate of manufacture, purchase and use of electric vehicles in Australia compared to other countries that the Productivity Commission considers relevant.

             (2)  In referring the matters under subsection (1), the Productivity Minister must specify that the Productivity Commission must submit its report to the Productivity Minister on a date set by the Productivity Minister but no later than 1 August each year.

Tabling of report

             (3)  Despite section 12 of the Productivity Commission Act 1998 , the Minister must table in each House of Parliament, on or before 1 August each year, the report of the Productivity Commission.

Note:          Section 12 of the Productivity Commission Act 1998 sets out tabling requirements for reports of Productivity Commission inquiries.

Matters within the scope of the functions of the Productivity Commission

             (4)  For the purposes of paragraph 6(1)(a) of the Productivity Commission Act 1998 , the matters mentioned in subsection (1) are taken to be matters relating to industry, industry development and productivity.

             (5)  In this section, Productivity Minister means the Minister administering the Productivity Commission Act 1998 .