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  • Date
    19 Mar 2009 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    in relation to: granting certain access authorities; declaring locations from the Designated Authority to Joint Authority; granting scientific investigation consents; the notification of discovery of petroleum in production license areas; datum provisions and the relabelling of title areas and blocks; duty of care offences; consent to operate a pipeline; requirements for data management plans; titleholder responsibilities in relation to drilling safety; and the registration and transfers of, and dealings in, petroleum titles;
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1997
    to add the Western Australian mirror legislation to the Act; and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    ,
    Archives Act 1983
    ,
    Freedom of Information Act 1982
    and
    Privacy Act 1988
    in relation to Commissions of inquiry into significant offshore incidents. Also makes minor technical corrections to five other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: make amendments consequential on the enactment of the proposed
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulatory Levies Legislation Amendment (2011 Measures No. 1) Act 2011
    ; provide that the levies become due and payable at a specified date; impose a late penalty payment; and provide that the levies and late payment penalties are payable to, and recoverable by, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    24 Feb 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: impose cost recovery levies (an annual well levy, a well activity levy and a well investigation levy) on the holders of offshore petroleum titles in respect of well and well-related activities; and amend the long and short titles of the Act. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills in relation to the administration and regulation of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003
    to impose cost recovery levies (an annual titles administration levy and an environment plan levy) on the registered holders of offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage titles. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    23 Jun 2005 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Tourism and Resources 
    Summary
    Part of a package of 5 bills which rewrites and replaces the legislation currently providing for the administration of Australia’s offshore petroleum resources the bill replaces the Petroleum
    (Submerged Lands) Act 1967
    and provides for: the grant of exploration permits, retention leases, production licences, infrastructure licences, pipeline licences, special prospecting authorities and access authorities; and occupational health and safety provisions, including the operation of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority for their administration. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills in relation to the administration and regulation of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters, the bill amends the
    Offshore Minerals Act 1994
    and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to provide that any security interests acquired in petroleum, greenhouse gas and offshore minerals titles are not personal property securities for the purposes of the
    Personal Property Securities Act 2009

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    07 Dec 2005 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Employment and Workplace Relations 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991
    to: extend the Act to all corporations and Commonwealth authorities licensed under the
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    ; exclude the operation of certain State and Territory laws; and amend the long and short titles of the Act to reflect its extended coverage beyond Commonwealth workplaces; and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    to: enable Comcare to charge all Commonwealth authorities a regulatory contribution towards the costs of administering the
    Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991
    ; and validate certain contributions already made for the 2002-03 financial year; and
    Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to make consequential amendments to reflect the title change of the
    Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991
    to the
    Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Sep 2001 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Science and Resources portfolio 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    19 Mar 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends: two Acts administered in the Agriculture portfolio to update and remove obsolete references; 10 Acts administered in the Communications portfolio in relation to: access arrangements, investigations, the Advanced Mobile Phone System, standard agreements, protected carrier information, protection schemes for residential customers, the Universal Service Regime, consultation requirements and variation of instruments, completed reviews, publication requirements, the National Relay Service, and notification and account keeping requirements; the
    Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952
    to make amendments consequential on a repeal; six Acts administered in the Environment portfolio in relation to: sea installations, licensing, reporting and administrative obligations of licensees, and water studies in the Murray-Darling Basin; two Acts administered in the Industry portfolio to make amendments consequential on repeals; the
    Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000
    in relation to reporting requirements; two Acts administered in the Social Services portfolio in relation to the certification of residential aged care services; and six Acts administered in the Treasury portfolio in relation to: the Education Expenses Tax Offset, the Sugar Industry Reform Program, the Financial Services Reform roll-over, and the Superannuation Safety Reform roll-over. Also repeals 43 Acts administered in nine portfolios. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    18 Mar 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Prime Minister 
    Summary
    Amends: five Acts in the Agriculture portfolio to abolish the Australian Landcare Council, and make amendments consequential on seven Acts being repealed; two Acts in the Environment portfolio to abolish the Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee and the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee, and remove spent provisions; the
    Health and Other Services (Compensation) Act 1995
    to remove certain administrative requirements for compensation payers and claimants; the
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Committee Self-management) Act 1978
    to make amendments consequential on two Acts being repealed; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance)(Administration) Act 1999
    ,
    Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
    ,
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    and
    Student Assistance Act 1973
    to enable the release of information collected under the Acts in an aggregated form which does not disclose information about a particular person; the
    A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
    and
    Social Security Act 1991
    to remove spent indexation provisions, and make consequential amendments; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    and
    Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
    to remove spent provisions relating to the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme and the Retirement Assistance for Sugarcane Farmers Scheme; the
    Social Security Act 1991
    to remove spent savings, transitional and application provisions, and make technical amendments; three Acts in the Treasury portfolio to remove spent provisions; and the
    Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
    to remove spent provisions relating to the Retirement Assistance for Farmers Scheme and the Retirement Assistance for Sugarcane Farmers Scheme. Also repeals 14 Acts administered in three portfolios. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum