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Schedule 16—Civil penalties, enforceable undertakings, infringement notices, injunctions etc.

Schedule 16 Civil penalties, enforceable undertakings, infringement notices, injunctions etc.

Part 1 Amendments commencing the day after Royal Assent

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006

1  At the end of section 602C (before the note)

Add:

Extension to external Territories

           (11)  Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers Act extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34, in the application of that Part in relation to both of the following:

                     (a)  the listed NOPSEMA laws;

                     (b)  the information mentioned in subsection (2).

2  At the end of section 602D

Add:

Extension to external Territories

           (11)  Part 3 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to an offence or civil penalty provision mentioned in subsection (1), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

3  Subsection 611B(2) (table item 2, column headed “is an authorised applicant in relation to the following civil penalty provisions in this Act (to the extent indicated) …”, after paragraph (j))

Insert:

(ja) subclause 6(2) of Schedule 2A;

(jb) subclause 11D(4) of Schedule 2A;

4  At the end of section 611B

Add:

Extension to external Territories etc.

             (5)  Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the civil penalty provisions mentioned in subsection (1), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

5  At the end of section 611E

Add:

Extension to external Territories etc.

             (9)  Part 5 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

6  At the end of section 611J

Add:

Extension to external Territories etc.

             (6)  Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

7  At the end of Part 6.5

Add:

Division 8 Enforceable undertakings

611M   Simplified outline of this Division

•      This Division provides for the acceptance of enforceable undertakings relating to compliance with this Act, relying on the framework set out in Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

611N   Enforceable undertakings

Enforceable provisions and authorised persons

             (1)  The provisions listed in the table in this section are enforceable under Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Note:          Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act creates a framework for accepting and enforcing undertakings relating to compliance with provisions.

             (2)  The following table has effect.

 

Enforceable provisions and authorised persons

Item

For the purposes of Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act, each of the following persons …

is an authorised person in relation to the following provisions in this Act (to the extent indicated) …

1

The responsible Commonwealth Minister

(a) subsection 317(1);

(b) subsection 352(1);

(c) subsection 378(1);

(d) subsection 382(1);

(e) subsection 385(1);

(f) subsections 386(7), (11) and (16);

(g) subsection 420(2);

(h) subsection 451(8);

(i) subsection 452(5);

(j) subsections 575(4) and (6), in relation to a direction given by that Minister;

(k) subsection 576(1), in relation to a direction given by that Minister;

(l) subsection 581(4), in relation to a direction given by that Minister;

(m) subsection 582(1), in relation to a direction given by that Minister;

(n) subsection 587B(1), in relation to a direction given by that Minister;

(o) subsection 592(5);

(p) subsection 593(8);

(q) subsection 595(6);

(r) subsections 758(1) and (3);

(s) subsections 759(4) and (4A);

(t) section 764;

(u) section 765.

2

The Chief Executive Officer of NOPSEMA

(a) subsections 280(3) and (5);

(b) subsections 286A(7) and (8A);

(c) subsection 460(3);

(d) subsections 569(6) and (6B);

(e) subsection 570(5);

(f) subsections 572(4) and (5A);

(g) subsections 575(4) and (6), in relation to a direction given by NOPSEMA;

(h) subsection 576(1), in relation to a direction given by NOPSEMA;

(i) subsection 576D(1);

(j) subsection 587B(1), in relation to a direction given by NOPSEMA;

(k) subsections 602K(6) and (7);

(l) subsections 620(2), (3), (4) and (5);

(m) subsections 621(3), (5), (8), (9), (10), (11) and (12);

(n) subsections 699(5) and (5A);

(o) section 705;

(p) section 706;

(q) section 707;

(r) subsection 725(5);

(s) section 731;

(t) section 732;

(u) section 733;

(v) subclauses 6(1), 6(2), 7(3), 8(5), 8(7), 10(7), 11A(6), 11D(3), 11D(4) and 12(4) of Schedule 2A;

(w) subclauses 6(3), 6(4A), 13B(3), 16B(1), 16C(1), 54(1), 54(1A), 73(3), 74(5), 74(7), 76(7), 77(7), 78A(2), 78A(3), 79(4), 82(4), 82(9), 83(4), 83(6), 86(1), 87(1), 87(2) and 88(2) of Schedule 3.

3

The Titles Administrator

(a) subsection 227(5);

(b) subsections 228(1) and (1A);

(c) subsections 249(2) and (4);

(d) subsections 284(5) and (7);

(e) subsections 286A(7) and (8A);

(f) subsections 507(4), (5) and (5A);

(g) subsections 508(4), (5) and (5A);

(h) subsections 509(4), (6) and (6A);

(i) section 513;

(j) subsection 514(1);

(k) subsections 556(4) and (5);

(l) subsections 557(4) and (5);

(m) subsections 558(4) and (6);

(n) section 562;

(o) section 563;

(p) subsections 697(3) and (3B);

(q) subsections 699(5) and (5A);

(r) section 705;

(s) section 706;

(t) section 707;

(u) subsection 723(3);

(v) subsection 725(5);

(w) section 731;

(x) section 732;

(y) section 733.

Relevant court

             (3)  For the purposes of Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act, each of the following courts is a relevant court in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1):

                     (a)  the Federal Court;

                     (b)  the Federal Circuit Court;

                     (c)  the Supreme Court of a State or Territory.

Extension to offshore areas

             (4)  Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1), extends to each offshore area.

Extension to external Territories etc.

             (5)  Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions mentioned in subsection (1), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

611P   Publication of enforceable undertakings

Responsible Commonwealth Minister

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  the responsible Commonwealth Minister is an authorised person in relation to a provision mentioned in subsection 611N(1); and

                     (b)  a person has given an undertaking under section 114 of the Regulatory Powers Act in relation to the provision; and

                     (c)  the undertaking has been accepted by the responsible Commonwealth Minister under section 114 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                     (d)  the undertaking has not been withdrawn or cancelled;

the responsible Commonwealth Minister must publish the undertaking on the Department’s website.

             (2)  If an undertaking contains personal information (within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988 ), the responsible Commonwealth Minister must take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the information is de-identified before the undertaking is published under subsection (1).

Chief Executive Officer of NOPSEMA

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  the Chief Executive Officer of NOPSEMA is an authorised person in relation to a provision mentioned in subsection 611N(1); and

                     (b)  a person has given an undertaking under section 114 of the Regulatory Powers Act in relation to the provision; and

                     (c)  the undertaking has been accepted by the Chief Executive Officer of NOPSEMA under section 114 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                     (d)  the undertaking has not been withdrawn or cancelled;

the Chief Executive Officer of NOPSEMA must publish the undertaking on NOPSEMA’s website.

             (4)  If an undertaking contains personal information (within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988 ), the Chief Executive Officer of NOPSEMA must take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the information is de-identified before the undertaking is published under subsection (3).

Titles Administrator

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  the Titles Administrator is an authorised person in relation to a provision mentioned in subsection 611N(1); and

                     (b)  a person has given an undertaking under section 114 of the Regulatory Powers Act in relation to the provision; and

                     (c)  the undertaking has been accepted by the Titles Administrator under section 114 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                     (d)  the undertaking has not been withdrawn or cancelled;

the Titles Administrator must publish the undertaking on the Department’s website.

             (6)  If an undertaking contains personal information (within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988 ), the Titles Administrator must take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the information is de-identified before the undertaking is published under subsection (5).

De-identified information

             (7)  For the purposes of this section, information is de-identified if the information is no longer about an identifiable individual or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.

611Q   Compliance with enforceable undertaking

                   A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person has given an undertaking under section 114 of the Regulatory Powers Act in relation to a provision mentioned in subsection 611N(1); and

                     (b)  the undertaking has been accepted under section 114 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                     (c)  the undertaking has not been withdrawn or cancelled; and

                     (d)  the person engages in conduct; and

                     (e)  the person’s conduct breaches the undertaking.

Penalty:  250 penalty units.

8  Section 790A

Before “Regulations may”, insert “(1)”.

9  Paragraph 790A(aa)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                    (aa)  provide that a civil penalty provision of the regulations may be enforced under Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                  (aaa)  provide that a person is an authorised applicant in relation to one or more civil penalty provisions of the regulations for the purposes of Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                (aaaa)  provide that a court is a relevant court in relation to one or more civil penalty provisions of the regulations for the purposes of Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

10  Paragraph 790A(ab)

After “offence”, insert “provision”.

11  After paragraph 790A(ab)

Insert:

                  (aba)  provide that a person is an infringement officer in relation to one or more provisions of the regulations for the purposes of Part 5 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                 (abb)  provide that a person is the relevant chief executive in relation to one or more provisions of the regulations for the purposes of Part 5 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                  (abc)  make a provision of the regulations enforceable under Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act (which deals with enforceable undertakings); and

                 (abd)  provide that a person is an authorised person in relation to one or more provisions of the regulations for the purposes of Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

                  (abe)  provide that a court is a relevant court in relation to one or more provisions of the regulations for the purposes of Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

12  Paragraph 790A(ac)

Omit “a legislative instrument”, substitute “an OP/GGS legislative instrument”.

13  Paragraph 790A(ad)

After “provisions”, insert “of an OP/GGS legislative instrument”.

14  After paragraph 790A(ad)

Insert:

                    (ae)  provide that a court is a relevant court in relation to one or more provisions of an OP/GGS legislative instrument for the purposes of Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act; and

15  At the end of section 790A

Add:

Continuing contravention

             (2)  If a contravention of a civil penalty provision in the regulations is a continuing contravention, the regulations may provide that the maximum civil penalty for each day that the contravention continues is 10% of the maximum civil penalty that could be imposed in respect of that contravention.

Extension to offshore areas

             (3)  Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the civil penalty provisions covered by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (1)(aa), extends to each offshore area.

             (4)  Part 5 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions covered by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (1)(ab), extends to each offshore area.

             (5)  Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions covered by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (1)(abc), extends to each offshore area.

             (6)  Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions covered by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (1)(ac), extends to each offshore area.

Extension to external Territories etc.

             (7)  Part 4 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the civil penalty provisions covered by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (1)(aa), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

             (8)  Part 5 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions covered by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (1)(ab), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

             (9)  Part 6 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions covered by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (1)(abc), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

           (10)  Part 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act, as it applies in relation to the provisions covered by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (1)(ac), extends to each external Territory referred to in section 34.

Application of the Regulatory Powers Act

           (11)  In determining the meaning of the expression an Act provides , when used in Part 4, 5, 6 or 7 of the Regulatory Powers Act, assume that regulations made for the purposes of subsection (1) are an Act.

OP/GGS legislative instrument

           (12)  For the purposes of this section, OP/GGS legislative instrument means a legislative instrument made under this Act.

Part 2 Amendments commencing the same time as Schedule 1 commences

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006

16  Subsection 611N(2) (table item 2, column headed “is an authorised person in relation to the following provisions in this Act (to the extent indicated) …”, after paragraph (b))

Insert:

(ba) subsections 452A(7) and (9);

17  Subsection 611N(2) (table item 2, column headed “is an authorised person in relation to the following provisions in this Act (to the extent indicated) …”, after paragraph (i))

Insert:

(ia) subsection 581(4), in relation to a direction given by NOPSEMA;

(ib) subsection 582(1), in relation to a direction given by NOPSEMA;

18  Subsection 611N(2) (table item 2, column headed “is an authorised person in relation to the following provisions in this Act (to the extent indicated) …”, after paragraph (j))

Insert:

(ja) subsection 591B(5);

(jb) subsection 594A(6);

19  Subsection 611N(2) (table item 3, column headed “is an authorised person in relation to the following provisions in this Act (to the extent indicated) …”, after paragraph (e))

Insert:

(ea) subsections 452A(7) and (9);

Part 3 Amendments commencing the same time as Schedule 15 commences

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006

20  Subsection 611N(2) (table item 2, column headed “is an authorised person in relation to the following provisions in this Act (to the extent indicated) …”, after paragraph (v))

Insert:

(va) subclauses 6(1), 6(2), 7(3), 8(5), 8(7), 10(7), 12(6), 15(3), 15(4) and 16(6) of Schedule 2B;