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Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bill 2020

2019-2020-2021

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bill 2021

 

No.      , 2021

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act relating to the environmental management of industrial chemicals, and for other purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2

4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 3

5............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 4

6............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 4

7............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

8............ Meaning of industrial chemical .......................................................... 9

9............ Vacancy in the office of an Advisory Committee member................ 10

Part 2—Register of scheduling decisions for relevant industrial chemicals            11

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           11

10.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 11

Division 2—Scheduling decisions for relevant industrial chemicals   12

11.......... Minister may make scheduling decision for relevant industrial chemical  12

12.......... Variation or revocation of scheduling decision made for relevant industrial chemical              13

13.......... Compliance with decision-making principles etc............................... 14

14.......... Minister must specify AACN, or generalised end use, for industrial chemical in certain circumstances  14

15.......... Minister must have regard to certain matters in making etc. scheduling decision     15

16.......... Minister may have regard to certain matters in making etc. scheduling decision      16

17.......... Public consultation about scheduling decision for relevant industrial chemical        17

18.......... Consultation about scheduling decision for particular industrial chemical to which assessment certificate relates    18

19.......... Minister may request information relevant to the making etc. of scheduling decision              19

20.......... Minister may invite persons to give information relevant to the making etc. of scheduling decision        19

21.......... Consultation with State Environment Ministers................................ 19

Division 3—Register of scheduling decisions for relevant industrial chemicals                 20

22.......... Register of scheduling decisions for relevant industrial chemicals.... 20

Division 4—Decision-making principles                                                            21

23.......... Decision-making principles............................................................... 21

24.......... Public consultation about decision-making principles....................... 21

25.......... Consultation with State Environment Ministers................................ 22

Part 3—Advisory Committee on the Environmental Management of Industrial Chemicals       23

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           23

26.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 23

Division 2—Establishment and functions of the Advisory Committee 24

27.......... Advisory Committee on the Environmental Management of Industrial Chemicals   24

28.......... Functions of the Advisory Committee.............................................. 24

Division 3—Membership of the Advisory Committee                                25

29.......... Membership of the Advisory Committee.......................................... 25

30.......... Appointment of Advisory Committee members................................ 25

31.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 26

32.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 27

33.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 27

34.......... Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................... 27

35.......... Disclosure of interests to the Advisory Committee........................... 27

36.......... Other paid work................................................................................ 28

37.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 28

38.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 28

39.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 29

Division 4—Procedures of the Advisory Committee                                  30

40.......... Procedures of the Advisory Committee............................................ 30

Part 4—Confidentiality and information sharing                                             31

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           31

41.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 31

Division 2—Confidential information                                                                 32

42.......... Request that information not be publicly disclosed........................... 32

43.......... Notice of proposed public disclosure of confidential information..... 32

44.......... Application for confidential information not to be publicly disclosed 33

45.......... Minister may request further information in relation to application... 34

46.......... Decision on application for confidential information not to be publicly disclosed    34

47.......... Reconsideration of decision not to approve application for confidential information not to be publicly disclosed    36

48.......... Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal............................... 37

49.......... Disclosure of confidential information under Division 3 not prevented 37

Division 3—Use or disclosure of protected information                           38

50.......... Prohibition on use or disclosure of protected information................. 38

51.......... Use or disclosure of protected information by entrusted persons...... 39

52.......... Disclosure of protected information to Commonwealth entities........ 39

53.......... Disclosure of protected information to State Environment Minister or State government body               40

54.......... Use or disclosure of protected information with consent.................. 41

55.......... Disclosure of protected information that is publicly available........... 41

56.......... Disclosure of protected information to person to whom protected information relates             41

57.......... Disclosure to person from whom protected information was obtained 41

58.......... Disclosure of protected information to a court, tribunal etc............... 41

59.......... Disclosure of protected information for the purposes of law enforcement etc.         42

60.......... Disclosure of protected information to reduce serious risk to human health or the environment              42

61.......... Public disclosure of confidential information by the Minister........... 42

Division 4—Other information sharing matters                                           44

62.......... Public disclosure of Advisory Committee recommendations............ 44

63.......... Disclosure of protected IC information to the Minister..................... 44

64.......... Disclosure of personal information to the Minister etc...................... 44

Division 5—Civil penalties                                                                                        46

65.......... Civil penalty provisions.................................................................... 46

Part 5—Scheduling charge                                                                                              47

66.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 47

67.......... Liability to pay scheduling charge..................................................... 47

68.......... When scheduling charge is due for payment..................................... 47

69.......... Rules may make provision for etc. the collection and recovery of scheduling charge               47

70.......... Recovery of scheduling charge and late payment penalty etc............ 48

Part 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        49

71.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 49

72.......... Functions of Executive Director relating to this Act etc.................... 49

73.......... Engagement of consultants to assist the Minister.............................. 49

74.......... Delegation by the Minister................................................................ 50

75.......... Delegation by Executive Director...................................................... 51

76.......... Rules................................................................................................. 51

 



A Bill for an Act relating to the environmental management of industrial chemicals, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: