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Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021

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1371 revised

2019-2021

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021

 

 

(1)     Clause 2, page 2 (table item 1), omit the table item, substitute:

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

3.  Schedule 2

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 1; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 .

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

[recommendation 25—cost protection]

(2)     Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 17), after item 3, insert:

3A  Subsection 46PO(4) (notes 1 and 2)

Repeal the notes.

3B  Section 46PSA

Repeal the section, substitute:

46PSA   Costs only if proceedings instituted vexatiously etc.

             (1)  A party to proceedings in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court under this Division may be ordered by the court concerned to pay costs incurred by another party to the proceedings only in accordance with subsection (2).

             (2)  The party may be ordered to pay the costs only if:

                     (a)  the court concerned is satisfied that the party instituted the proceedings vexatiously or without reasonable cause; or

                     (b)  the court concerned is satisfied that the party’s unreasonable act or omission caused the other party to incur the costs.

[recommendation 25—cost protection]

(3)     Schedule 1, page 7 (after line 22), after item 28, insert:

Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999

28A  Subsection 79(1)

After “arising under”, insert “Division 2 of Part IIB of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 ,”.

28B  Subsection 79(1) (note)

Before “See section 570”, insert “See section 46PSA of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 for proceedings in relation to matters arising under Division 2 of Part IIB of that Act.”.

Federal Court of Australia Act 1976

28C  After paragraph 43(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  section 46PSA of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 ; and

[recommendation 25—cost protection]

(4)     Page 23 (after line 11), at the end of the Bill, add:

Schedule 2 Amendments contingent on the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021

   

Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

1  Subsection 46PSA(1)

Omit “Federal Circuit Court”, substitute “Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2)”.

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021

2  Before subparagraph 214(1)(b)(i)

Insert:

                    (ia)  Division 2 of Part IIB of the Australian Humssan Rights Commission Act 1986 ; or

3  Subsection 214(1) (after note 1)

Insert:

Note 1A:    Subparagraph (b)(ia)—see section 46PSA of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 for proceedings in relation to matters arising under Division 2 of Part IIB of that Act.

[recommendation 25—cost protection]