Bills Digest no. 173 2006–07
Fisheries Levy Amendment Bill 2007
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Amendment Bill 2007
23 May 2007
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Agriculture, Fisheries and
The majority of the
Bill commences on the same date as Schedule 3 to the Fisheries
Legislation Amendment Act 2007 commences.
To amend the Fisheries Levy Act 1984
to ensure that levies can be collected in the Torres Strait
fisheries, in accordance with new management arrangements which are
being introduced through the Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill
2007 (see the Bills
Digest by Angus Martyn, 30 May 2007).(1)
Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 will make significant changes to
the Commonwealth s fisheries legislation if passed.
The amendments regarding levy arrangements are
contained in a separate Bill because levies are a form of taxation
and, under the Constitution, require separate legislation.
The Explanatory Memorandum states that the new
levy arrangements for the management arrangements under the
Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 (the TSFA) are
on a cost-recovery basis, consistent with Australian and Torres
Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority policy.(2)
Schedule 1 to the Bill contains amendments to
the Fisheries Levy Act 1984 (the Levy Act).
Item 1 inserts into
subsection 3(1) of the Levy Act a reference to section 15A of the
TSFA. This will enable regulations made under section 8(2) of the
Levy Act to account for arrangements made in management plans,
which are to be implemented from 2008 as part of the reforms
contained in the Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2007.
The other items in Schedule 1 are technical
and consequential amendments flowing from the cognate
- Angus Martyn, Bills Digest:
Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill
2007, Department of Parliamentary Services, 30
May 2007, at:
- Explanatory Memorandum, p. 2.
7 June 2007
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