Title National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007
Database Bills & Legislation
Long Title a Bill for an Act to provide for the reporting and dissemination of information related to greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gas projects, energy production and energy consumption, and for other purposes
Date 15-08-2007
Source House of Reps
Parl No. 41
Bill Number 07164
Bill Type Government
Portfolio Environment and Water Resources portfolio
Reps Bill Code O
Status Act
System Id legislation/bills/r2857_act/0001


National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007

 

No. 175, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to provide for the reporting and dissemination of information related to greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gas projects, energy production and energy consumption, and for other purposes

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Introduction                                                                                                              2

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                              2

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 2

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

3............ Object................................................................................................. 2

4............ Constitutional basis for Act............................................................... 3

5............ Act excludes some State and Territory laws...................................... 3

6............ Application to external Territories, Exclusive Economic Zone and innocent passage             3

Division 2—Interpretation                                                                                         5

7............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 5

8............ Group and members of a group.......................................................... 7

9............ Facilities.............................................................................................. 9

10.......... Emissions, energy production and energy consumption etc.............. 9

11.......... Operational control........................................................................... 10

Part 2—Registration                                                                                                           11

Division 1—Applying for registration                                                                11

12.......... Obligation to apply to register......................................................... 11

13.......... Thresholds........................................................................................ 11

14.......... Applying to register in relation to greenhouse gas project............... 13

15.......... Requirements for applications.......................................................... 13

Division 2—The Register                                                                                        14

16.......... The Register...................................................................................... 14

Division 3—Registration and deregistration of corporations               15

17.......... Registration of corporations............................................................. 15

18.......... Deregistration of corporations.......................................................... 15

Part 3—Obligations of registered corporations etc.                                          17

19.......... Report to be given to Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer............ 17

20.......... Liability of other persons to provide certain information................ 19

21.......... Reports relating to greenhouse gas projects..................................... 20

22.......... Records to be kept............................................................................ 21

Part 4—Disclosure of information                                                                               23

23.......... Secrecy.............................................................................................. 23

24.......... Publishing of information................................................................. 24

25.......... Requests for information not to be published.................................. 25

26.......... Information may be disclosed to specified persons or bodies.......... 26

27.......... Information may be disclosed to States and Territories................... 27

28.......... Corporation may request information be disclosed.......................... 27

Part 5—Enforcement                                                                                                           29

Division 1—Civil penalties                                                                                      29

Subdivision A—Civil penalty orders                                                                      29

29.......... Civil penalty provisions................................................................... 29

30.......... Continuing contraventions................................................................ 29

31.......... Court may order person to pay pecuniary penalty for contravening civil penalty provision                30

32.......... Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................. 31

33.......... Persons involved in contravening civil penalty provision................ 31

34.......... Recovery of a pecuniary penalty..................................................... 31

Subdivision B—Civil penalty proceedings and criminal proceedings             32

35.......... Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings.................................... 32

36.......... Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings.................................. 32

37.......... Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings.................................... 32

38.......... Evidence given in proceedings for penalty not admissible in criminal proceedings 32

Division 2—Infringement notices                                                                        34

39.......... When an infringement notice can be given........................................ 34

40.......... Matters to be included in an infringement notice............................. 34

41.......... Amount of penalty........................................................................... 35

42.......... Withdrawal of an infringement notice............................................... 35

43.......... Paying the penalty in accordance with the notice............................ 36

44.......... Effect of this Division on civil proceedings...................................... 36

Division 3—Enforceable undertakings                                                             37

45.......... Acceptance of undertakings relating to contraventions.................... 37

46.......... Enforcement of undertakings............................................................ 37

Division 4—Liability of chief executive officers of corporations         39

47.......... Civil penalties for chief executive officers of corporations.............. 39

48.......... Did a chief executive officer take reasonable steps to prevent contravention?        39

Part 6—Administration                                                                                                      41

Division 1—The Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer                           41

49.......... Establishment................................................................................... 41

50.......... Functions.......................................................................................... 41

51.......... Appointment.................................................................................... 41

52.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 41

53.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 41

Division 2—Decisions by Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer        42

54.......... Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer may declare facility............... 42

55.......... Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer may declare corporation etc. has operational control  43

Division 3—Review of decisions                                                                          44

56.......... AAT review of decisions.................................................................. 44

Division 4—Monitoring compliance                                                                   45

Subdivision A—Authorised officers                                                                      45

57.......... Appointment of authorised officers................................................. 45

58.......... Identity cards.................................................................................... 45

Subdivision B—Powers of authorised officers                                                    46

59.......... Entering premises to monitor compliance........................................ 46

60.......... Powers of authorised officers in monitoring compliance.................. 46

61.......... Authorised officer may request persons to answer questions......... 48

Subdivision C—Obligations and incidental powers of authorised officers    49

62.......... Authorised officer must produce identity card on request............... 49

63.......... Consent............................................................................................. 49

64.......... Announcement before entry............................................................. 49

65.......... Details of warrant to be given to occupier etc. before entry............ 49

66.......... Use of electronic equipment in exercising monitoring powers......... 50

67.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment.......................... 51

Subdivision D—Occupier’s rights and responsibilities                                    52

68.......... Occupier entitled to be present during execution of warrant............ 52

69.......... Occupier to provide authorised officer with all facilities and assistance 52

Subdivision E—Warrants                                                                                        53

70.......... Monitoring warrants......................................................................... 53

Subdivision F—Information gathering                                                                  54

71.......... Power to request information........................................................... 54

72.......... Prohibitions on disclosure of information do not apply.................. 55

Subdivision G—External audits                                                                              55

73.......... External audits—compliance............................................................ 55

74.......... External audits—other...................................................................... 56

75.......... Requirements for external auditors................................................... 56

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                       58

76.......... Modification of National Environment Protection (National Pollutant Inventory) Measure 58

77.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 58

 


 

 

 

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007

No. 175, 2007

 

 

 

An Act to provide for the reporting and dissemination of information related to greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gas projects, energy production and energy consumption, and for other purposes

[Assented to 28 September 2007]

The Parliament of Australia enacts: