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Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Following the commencement of the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021, the bill amends the: Customs Act 1901 to: treat offshore electricity installations within the Commonwealth offshore area as Australian territory; require the approval of the Comptroller-General of Customs to attach overseas offshore electricity installations in the Commonwealth offshore area, and to use offshore electricity installations attached in the Commonwealth offshore area where they are subject to customs control; extend forfeiture provisions for unlawfully attaching overseas offshore electricity installations; clarify the times at which offshore electricity installations, and the goods on these installations, can be imported to, and exported from, Australia; require Australian Border Force (ABF) approval for ships or aircraft to arrive at offshore electricity installations; prohibit direct journeys between external places and offshore electricity installations and transfers between ships or aircraft in close proximity to offshore electricity installations; enable ABF officers to board and search offshore electricity installations, as well as question and search persons on an installation in certain circumstances; require the owner of an offshore electricity installation to facilitate boarding by authorised persons; and prohibit the removal of customs seals or similar marks placed by customs officials on offshore electricity installations; and Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 to make minor administrative amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28 Sep 2022
Second reading moved 28 Sep 2022
Second reading debate 25 Oct 2022
Referred to Federation Chamber 25 Oct 2022
Second reading debate 26 Oct 2022
Second reading agreed to 26 Oct 2022
Consideration in detail debate 26 Oct 2022
Reported from Federation Chamber 26 Oct 2022
Consideration in detail debate 26 Oct 2022
Third reading agreed to 26 Oct 2022
Introduced and read a first time 27 Oct 2022
Second reading moved 27 Oct 2022
Second reading debate 23 Nov 2022
Second reading agreed to 23 Nov 2022
Third reading agreed to 23 Nov 2022
Finally passed both Houses 23 Nov 2022
  • Act no: 71
  • Year: 2022
30 Nov 2022

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