Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
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House of Representatives
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Introduced with the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (Regulatory Levies) Bill 2021 to facilitate and regulate the development of electricity infrastructure in Commonwealth waters, the bill: prohibits offshore renewable energy infrastructure and offshore electricity transmission infrastructure in the Commonwealth offshore area without a licence; provides for the minister to declare specified areas suitable for offshore infrastructure activities and to grant licences allowing proponents to undertake offshore infrastructure activities in specified areas; provides for safety and protection zones to protect offshore electricity infrastructure; establishes the Offshore Infrastructure Registrar to administer the licensing scheme, including maintaining a register of licences and managing the licence application process; identifies the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority as the Offshore Infrastructure Regulator with work health and safety, environmental management, infrastructure integrity and regulatory functions; provides for directions, compliance and enforcement powers; and provides for the protection of worker safety through modified application of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 02 Sep 2021
Second reading moved 02 Sep 2021
Second reading debate 27 Oct 2021
Second reading debate 28 Oct 2021
Second reading agreed to 28 Oct 2021
Consideration in detail debate 28 Oct 2021
Third reading agreed to 28 Oct 2021
Introduced and read a first time 22 Nov 2021
Second reading moved 22 Nov 2021
Second reading debate 25 Nov 2021
Second reading agreed to 25 Nov 2021
Third reading agreed to 25 Nov 2021
Finally passed both Houses 25 Nov 2021
  • Act no: 120
  • Year: 2021
02 Dec 2021

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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