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Consular Fees Act 1955

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Act No. 5 of 1955 as made
An Act to provide for the Charging of Fees for Consular Acts performed by Australian Diplomatic and Consular Officers and certain other Officers of the Commonwealth.
Administered by: Foreign Affairs and Trade
Date of Assent 23 May 1955

CONSULAR FEES.

 

No. 5 of 1955.

An Act to provide for the Charging of Fees for Consular Acts performed by Australian Diplomatic and Consular Officers and certain other Officers of the Commonwealth.

[Assented to 23rd May, 1955.]

[Date of commencement, 20th June, 1955.]

BE it enacted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:—

Short title.

1.  This Act may be cited as the Consular Fees Act 1955.


 

Definitions.

2.  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears—

“Australian Consular Officer” means a person appointed to hold or act in any of the following offices of the Commonwealth in a country or place outside Australia:—

(a) Consul-General;

(b) Consul;

(c) Vice-Consul;

(d) Trade Commissioner; and

(e) Consular Agent;

“Australian Diplomatic Officer” means a person appointed to hold or act in any of the following offices of the Commonwealth in a country or place outside Australia:—

(a) Ambassador;

(b) High Commissioner;

(c) Minister;

(d) Head of a Mission;

(e) Commissioner;

(f) Chargé d’Affaires; and

(g) Counsellor, Secretary or Attaché at an Embassy, High Commissioner’s office, Legation or other post;

“consular act” means an act specified in the regulations as being a consular act for the purposes of this Act.

Fees may be prescribed for consular acts.

3.  The regulations may provide for the imposition of fees, to be collected on behalf of the Commonwealth, for the performance, whether in Australia or elsewhere, of consular acts by—

(a) an Australian Diplomatic Officer or an Australian Consular Officer; or

(b) the person holding or acting in the office of Secretary to the Department of External Affairs or an officer of that Department acting with the authority of the Secretary.

List of fees to be displayed.

4.  An Australian Diplomatic Officer or an Australian Consular Officer who performs consular acts shall cause to be displayed in his office, in a position where it may readily be inspected by persons seeking the performance of consular acts, a list of the consular acts for which fees are chargeable under this Act, and of other acts that may be performed by him for which fees are chargeable under any other Act, showing the respective fees chargeable.

Saving of fees under other Act.

5.  A fee under this Act is not chargeable in respect of an act for which a fee is chargeable under another Act (whether passed before or after the commencement of this Act).

Regulations.

6.  The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed, or necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act, and, in particular, providing that the prescribed fees are not payable in such cases as are prescribed.