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Act No. 140 of 2001 as made
An Act relating to the application of the Criminal Code to certain offences, and for related purposes
Administered by: Industry, Innovation and Science
Originating Bill: Industry, Science and Resources Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Bill 2001
Date of Assent 01 Oct 2001

 

 

 

 

Industry, Science and Resources Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001

 

No. 140, 2001

 

 

 

 

An Act relating to the application of the Criminal Code to certain offences, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 2

4............ Application of amendments............................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendment of Acts                                                                                   3

Atomic Energy Act 1953                                                                                             3

Bounty and Capitalisation Grants (Textile Yarns) Act 1981                             5

Bounty (Bed Sheeting) Act 1977                                                                              6

Bounty (Books) Act 1986                                                                                           6

Bounty (Citric Acid) Act 1991                                                                                  7

Bounty (Computers) Act 1984                                                                                  8

Bounty (Fuel Ethanol) Act 1994                                                                              8

Bounty (Machine Tools and Robots) Act 1985                                                   10

Bounty (Photographic Film) Act 1989                                                                 10

Bounty (Printed Fabrics) Act 1981                                                                       11

Bounty (Ships) Act 1989                                                                                          12

Designs Act 1906                                                                                                       13

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Grants) Act 1980                                                        15

Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984                                                                           15

Management and Investment Companies Act 1983                                            16

National Measurement Act 1960                                                                            17

Offshore Minerals Act 1994                                                                                     17

Patents Act 1990                                                                                                        19

Petroleum Excise (Prices) Act 1987                                                                      21

Petroleum Retail Marketing Sites Act 1980                                                         21

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967                                                              22

Petroleum (Timor Gap Zone of Cooperation) Act 1990                                    28

Pooled Development Funds Act 1992                                                                   28

Scout Association Act 1924                                                                                     30

Trade Marks Act 1995                                                                                              30

Tradex Scheme Act 1999                                                                                          33


Industry, Science and Resources Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001

No. 140, 2001

 

 

 

An Act relating to the application of the Criminal Code to certain offences, and for related purposes

[Assented to 1 October 2001]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Industry, Science and Resources Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day after the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

4  Application of amendments

             (1)  Each amendment made by this Act applies to acts and omissions that take place after the amendment commences.

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, if an act or omission is alleged to have taken place between 2 dates, one before and one on or after the day on which a particular amendment commences, the act or omission is alleged to have taken place before the amendment commences.


 

Schedule 1Amendment of Acts

  

Atomic Energy Act 1953

1  At the end of Part 1

Add:

34A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

2  At the end of subsection 36(1)

Add:

Penalty:

                     (a)  in the case of a natural person—$2,000; or

                     (b)  in the case of a body corporate—$10,000.

3  Subsection 36(1A)

Repeal the subsection.

4  At the end of section 36

Add:

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

             (4)  An offence against subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

5  Subsection 37(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  A person must not refuse to comply with a notice served on the person under subsection (1).

Penalty:

                     (a)  in the case of a natural person—$2,000; or

                     (b)  in the case of a body corporate—$10,000.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

             (4)  A person must not fail to comply with a notice served on the person under subsection (1).

Penalty:

                     (a)  in the case of a natural person—$2,000; or

                     (b)  in the case of a body corporate—$10,000.

             (5)  Subsection (4) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (5), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

             (6)  An offence against subsection (4) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

6  Subsection 41D(1)

Omit “shall not refuse or fail”, substitute “must not refuse”.

Note:       The heading to section 41D is replaced by the heading “Offences relating to breach of condition etc.”.

7  Subsection 41D(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  A person must not fail to comply with a condition or restriction subject to which an authority has (whether before or after the commencement of this section) been conferred on the person under this Part.

Penalty:

                     (a)  in the case of a natural person—$2,000; or

                     (b)  in the case of a body corporate—$10,000.

             (3)  An offence against subsection (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

8  After section 41D

Insert:

41E  Offences relating to entry etc. on land

             (1)  A person is guilty of an offence if:

                     (a)  the person enters land of which another person is in possession under this Part; or

                     (b)  the person is on land of which another person is in possession under this Part.

Penalty:  $1,000.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person enters, or is on, land:

                     (a)  with the consent of the person in possession of the land; or

                     (b)  because of a right or power conferred by law.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty and Capitalisation Grants (Textile Yarns) Act 1981

9  At the end of Part 1

Add:

3B  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

10  Subsection 10B(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

11  Subsection 18(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

12  After subsection 18(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty (Bed Sheeting) Act 1977

13  After section 4A

Insert:

4B  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

14  Subsection 10C(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

15  Subsection 18(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

16  After subsection 18(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty (Books) Act 1986

17  At the end of Part 1

Add:

9A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

18  Subsection 16(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

19  Subsection 27(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

20  After subsection 27(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty (Citric Acid) Act 1991

21  At the end of Part 1

Add:

5A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

22  Subsection 12(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

23  Subsection 23(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

24  After subsection 23(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty (Computers) Act 1984

25  At the end of Part 1

Add:

8A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

26  Subsection 15(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

27  Subsection 27(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

28  After subsection 27(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty (Fuel Ethanol) Act 1994

29  At the end of Part 1

Add:

9A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

30  Subsection 30(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

31  Subsection 55(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  A person must not fail:

                     (a)  to attend before an authorised officer; or

                     (b)  to take an oath or make an affirmation; or

                     (c)  to answer a question or produce an account or other document;

when so required under this Act.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 6 months.

             (2)  An offence against subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

          (3A)  A person must not refuse:

                     (a)  to attend before an authorised officer; or

                     (b)  to take an oath or make an affirmation; or

                     (c)  to answer a question or produce an account or other document;

when so required under this Act.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 6 months.

          (3B)  Subsection (3A) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3B), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty (Machine Tools and Robots) Act 1985

32  At the end of Part 1

Add:

15A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

33  Subsection 23(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

34  Subsection 24(7)

Repeal the subsection.

35  Subsection 35(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

36  After subsection 35(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty (Photographic Film) Act 1989

37  At the end of Part 1

Add:

6A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

38  Subsection 13(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

39  Subsection 24(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

40  After subsection 24(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Bounty (Printed Fabrics) Act 1981

41  After section 4

Insert:

4A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

42  Subsection 10B(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

43  Subsection 18(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

44  After subsection 18(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (1A), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

45  Subsection 18(2)

Omit “knowingly obtain or attempt to obtain”, substitute “obtain”.

46  Subsection 18(3)

Omit “or attempt to obtain”.

Bounty (Ships) Act 1989

47  At the end of Part 1

Add:

7A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

48  Subsection 14(1)

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “subsequently knows”.

49  Subsection 25(1)

Omit “shall not, without reasonable excuse, refuse or fail”, substitute “must not refuse”.

50  After subsection 25(1)

Insert:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

             (3)  A person must not fail:

                     (a)  to attend before an authorised officer; or

                     (b)  to take an oath or make an affirmation; or

                     (c)  to answer a question or produce an account, book, document or other record;

when so required under this Act.

Penalty:  $3,000 or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

             (5)  An offence against subsection (3) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

Designs Act 1906

51  At the end of Part 1

Add:

7A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

52  Section 36

Omit “wilfully”.

53  Subsection 42B(1)

Omit “shall not, without lawful excuse, and”, substitute “must not,”.

54  Subsection 42B(2)

Omit “shall not, without lawful excuse, and”, substitute “must not,”.

55  At the end of section 42B

Add:

             (3)  Subsection (1) or (2) does not apply if the person has a lawful excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

56  Section 42C

Omit “shall not, without lawful excuse,”, substitute “must not”.

57  At the end of section 42C

Add:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a lawful excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

58  Subsection 45(1)

Omit “knowingly”.

59  Subsections 45A(1) and (2)

Repeal the subsections.

Note:       The heading to section 45A is omitted and the following heading substituted “Conduct of employees and agents of natural persons”.

60  Subsection 45A(6)

Omit “(1) or”.

61  Subsection 45A(7)

Repeal the subsection.

62  Subsection 45A(9)

Omit all the words after “reference to an offence”, substitute:

created by:

                     (a)  section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 that relates to this Act; or

                     (b)  section 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act.

63  At the end of section 45A

Add:

Note:          For provisions relating to proof of offences by bodies corporate, see Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Grants) Act 1980

64  After section 3B

Insert:

3C  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 (except Part 2.5) of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

65  Subsection 7A(12)

Omit “knowingly obtain or attempt to obtain”, substitute “obtain”.

Liquid Fuel Emergency Act 1984

66  Subsection 3(1) (definition of relevant provision of this Act)

Omit “or section 28”.

67  At the end of Part 1

Add:

11A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 (except Part 2.5) of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

68  Subsection 14(5)

Omit “knowingly maintain or make available statistical information that”, substitute “maintain or make available statistical information knowing that it”.

69  Section 28

Repeal the section.

70  After subsection 29(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  An offence against subsection (5) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

71  Subsection 30(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  A person must not:

                     (a)  refuse to comply with a notice under this section; or

                     (b)  fail to comply with a notice under this section.

Penalty:  $1,000.

          (2A)  Subsection (2) does not apply to the extent that the person is not capable of complying with the notice.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2A), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

          (2B)  An offence against paragraph (2)(b) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

72  Subsection 30(3)

Omit “knowingly furnish information that”, substitute “furnish information knowing that it”.

73  Subsection 34(3)

Omit all the words after “includes”, substitute:

a reference to:

                     (a)  a contravention of that provision arising by operation of Part 2.4 of the Criminal Code; or

                     (b)  a contravention of a provision of Part 2.4 of the Criminal Code that relates to that provision.

Management and Investment Companies Act 1983

74  At the end of Part 1

Add:

4A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

National Measurement Act 1960

75  At the end of Part 1

Add:

6A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

76  Section 18J

Repeal the section.

Offshore Minerals Act 1994

77  Subsection 11(1)

Omit “intentionally or recklessly”.

78  After section 11

Insert:

11A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

79  Paragraph 44(b)

Omit “the person intentionally or recklessly carries out those activities in a way that interferes”, substitute “those activities interfere”.

80  Subsection 364(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (3)  A person must not fail to comply with a request under subsection (1).

Maximum penalty:    50 penalty units.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

81  Subsection 372(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

82  After subsection 372(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (1A), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

83  At the end of subsection 404(4)

Add:

Note:          The defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4), see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code.

84  Subsection 404(5)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (5)  An owner is not criminally responsible for an offence against subsection (3) if the owner proves that the owner did not know that the person in command or in charge of the vessel was in contravention of subsection (3).

Note:          The defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (5), see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code.

85  Section 423

Repeal the section, substitute:

423  Return of identity card

             (1)  A person who stops being an inspector must return his or her identity card to the Designated Authority as soon as practicable.

Maximum penalty:    One penalty unit.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Patents Act 1990

86  At the end of Chapter 1

Add:

12A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

87  Section 179

Omit “, without lawful excuse,”.

88  At the end of section 179

Add:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a lawful excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

89  Section 180

Omit “, without lawful excuse,”.

90  At the end of section 180

Add:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a lawful excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

91  Section 181

Omit “, without lawful excuse,”.

92  At the end of section 181

Add:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a lawful excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

93  Section 191

Omit “knowingly or recklessly”.

94  Subsections 225(1) and (2)

Repeal the subsections.

Note:       The heading to section 225 is omitted and the following heading substituted “Conduct of employees and agents of natural persons”.

95  Subsection 225(5)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (5)  A reference in this section to an offence under this Act includes a reference to an offence created by:

                     (a)  section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 that relates to this Act or the regulations; or

                     (b)  section 11.1, 11.2, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act or the regulations.

96  Subsection 225(7)

Omit “(1) or”.

97  Subsection 225(8)

Repeal the subsection.

98  At the end of section 225

Add:

Note:          For provisions relating to proof of offences by bodies corporate, see Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code.

Petroleum Excise (Prices) Act 1987

99  At the end of Part 1

Add:

4A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 (except Part 2.5) of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

100  At the end of section 10

Add:

             (8)  An offence against subsection (7) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

Petroleum Retail Marketing Sites Act 1980

101  After section 8

Insert:

9  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

102  Subsection 14(2)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

103  After subsection 14(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2A), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

          (2B)  An offence against subsection (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967

104  At the end of Part 1

Add:

8AB  Application of the Criminal Code

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

             (2)  Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code does not apply to offences created by Schedule 7 to this Act.

105  After subsection 82(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  For the purposes of an offence against paragraph (1)(c), strict liability applies to the physical element of the offence, that the instrument is an instrument of the kind referred to in paragraph 81(4)(b).

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

106  Subsection 84(2)

Omit “shall not knowingly furnish information that”, substitute “must not furnish information knowing that it”.

107  Subsection 85(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  A person must not fail to comply with a requirement given to the person under subsection (1) or (1A).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (3)  An offence against subsection (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (4)  A person must not refuse to comply with a requirement given to the person under subsection (1) or (1A).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

108  Section 90

Omit “wilfully”.

109  At the end of subsection 97(6) (before the penalty)

Add:

Note:          The defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (6), see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code.

110  After subsection 98(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  The offences against subsections (2) and (3) are offences of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

111  After subsection 101(7)

Insert:

          (7A)  An offence against subsection (7) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

112  At the end of subsection 101(8)

Add:

Note:          The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in paragraph (8)(b), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

113  Section 117

Repeal the section, substitute:

117  Failing to furnish information etc.

             (1)  A person must not:

                     (a)  refuse to comply with a requirement in an instrument under section 115; or

                     (b)  fail to comply with a requirement in an instrument under section 115; or

                     (c)  in purported compliance with such a requirement, furnish information knowing that it is false or misleading in a material particular; or

                     (d)  when attending before the Designated Authority or an inspector because of such a requirement, make a statement or produce a document knowing that it is false or misleading in a material particular.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(a) or (b) does not apply to the extent to which the person is not capable of complying with the requirement.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

             (3)  An offence against paragraph (1)(b) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

114  At the end of section 119

Add:

             (4)  An offence against subsection (3) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

115  Subsection 124A(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  A person must not perform an act that results in:

                     (a)  damage to, or interference with, any structure or vessel in an adjacent area that is, or is to be, used in exploring for, recovering, processing, storing, preparing for transport, or transporting, petroleum; or

                     (b)  interference with any operations or activities being carried out, or any works being executed, on, by means of, or in connection with, such a structure or vessel.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 10 years.

116  At the end of subsection 126(2)

Add:

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

117  Subsection 126(3)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

118  At the end of section 126

Add:

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

119  Paragraph 133(1)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  of an offence against section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 in relation to an offence referred to in paragraph (a); or

                    (ba)  of an offence against section 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code in relation to an offence referred to in paragraph (a);

120  After subsection 140D(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  An offence against subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

121  At the end of subsection 140D(2)

Add:

Note:          A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2), see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code.

122  After subsection 140E(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  An offence against paragraph (2)(a) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

123  Clause 2 of Schedule 7 (definition of contravention)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

contravention, if the contravention is an offence against this Schedule or the regulations, includes an offence against:

                     (a)  section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914; or

                     (b)  section 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code.

124  Subclause 32(2) of Schedule 7

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

125  After subclause 32(2) of Schedule 7

Insert:

          (2A)  Subclause (2) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subclause (2A), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

          (2B)  An offence against subclause (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

126  Subclause 32(3) of Schedule 7

Omit “knowingly or recklessly”.

127  Clause 39 of Schedule 7

Omit “, without reasonable excuse”.

128  At the end of clause 39 of Schedule 7

Add:

             (2)  Subclause (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subclause (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

             (3)  An offence against subclause (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

129  Clause 45 of Schedule 7

Repeal the clause, substitute:

45  Interference etc. with equipment etc.

             (1)  A person must not perform an act that results in the interference with, or the rendering ineffective of, any protective equipment or safety device provided for the health, safety or welfare of employees or contractors at work which the person knew (or ought reasonably to have known) was protective equipment or a safety device.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 6 months.

             (2)  Subclause (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subclause (2), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

130  Paragraphs 48(1)(b) and (c) of Schedule 7

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (b)  perform an act that results in injury to an employee in his or her employment; or

                     (c)  perform an act that prejudicially alters the employee’s position (whether by deducting or withholding remuneration or by any other means); or

131  At the end of subclause 48(2) of Schedule 7

Add:

Note:          A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subclause (2), see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code.

132  At the end of clause 52 of Schedule 7

Add:

Note:          A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in this clause, see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code.

Petroleum (Timor Gap Zone of Cooperation) Act 1990

133  At the end of Part 1

Add:

5A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

134  At the end of subsection 9(2)

Add:

Penalty:  $5,000.

135  Subsection 9(3)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

136  At the end of section 9

Add:

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Pooled Development Funds Act 1992

137  At the end of Part 1

Add:

4B  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

138  Subsection 28(2B)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (2B)  A PDF contravenes this subsection if:

                     (a)  an approval is given for the purposes of subsection 25(1); and

                     (b)  the PDF makes the investment; and

                     (c)  the PDF engages in conduct; and

                     (d)  the PDF’s conduct contravenes the condition covered by subsection (2A).

139  Subsection 28(3)

Insert:

engage in conduct means:

                     (a)  do an act; or

                     (b)  omit to perform an act.

140  Subsection 42(1)

Omit “becoming aware of an event referred to in subsection (2), a PDF”, substitute “a PDF knows of an event referred to in subsection (2), the PDF”.

141  Section 49

Omit “becomes aware”, substitute “knows”.

142  Paragraphs 50(3)(a), (b) and (d)

Omit “knowingly or recklessly”.

143  Subsections 51(1) and (2)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

144  At the end of section 51

Add:

             (3)  Subsection (1) or (2) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Scout Association Act 1924

145  After section 1

Insert:

1A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

146  At the end of section 4 (after the penalty)

Add:

Note:          The defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in this section, see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code.

Trade Marks Act 1995

147  Reader’s Guide (last paragraph under the heading “Crimes Act 1914”)

Repeal the paragraph.

148  Reader’s Guide (before the heading “Trade Marks Act 1955”)

Insert:

Criminal Code

The Criminal Code is set out in the Schedule to the Criminal Code Act 1995. It contains many general rules that apply to offences. Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility. For example, it has default fault elements that apply to offences that do not specify a fault element and provides the consequences of an offence being an offence of strict liability.

149  After section 4

Insert:

4A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences created by this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

150  Subsection 143(2)

Omit “intentionally or recklessly”.

151  Subsection 145(1)

Omit “, intentionally or recklessly,”.

152  Subsection 146(1)

Omit “, intentionally or recklessly,”.

153  At the end of section 147

Add:

             (4)  For the purposes of an offence against subsection (1), (2) or (3), strict liability applies to the physical element of the offence, that the offence referred to in paragraph (1)(a), (1)(b), (2)(a) or (2)(b) or subsection (3) is an offence against section 145 or 146.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

154  Subsection 150(2)

Omit “5 of the Crimes Act 1914”, substitute “11.2 of the Criminal Code”.

155  Subsections 151(1), (2), (3) and (4)

Omit “intentionally or recklessly”.

156  Subsections 153(1) and (2)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse,”.

157  After subsection 153(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2A), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

158  Subsection 153(3) (note 2)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note 2:       For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

159  Subsection 154(1)

Omit “, without reasonable excuse”.

160  After subsection 154(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (1A), see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

161  Subsection 154(2) (note 2)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note 2:       For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

162  Paragraph 156(3)(b)

Omit “knowingly”.

163  Subsection 156(6) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

164  Subsection 157(2) (note 2)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note 2:       For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

165  Paragraph 160(1)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  an offence under section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 that relates to this Act; or

                     (c)  an offence against section 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Act.

Note:       The heading to section 160 is omitted and the following heading substituted “Conduct of employees and agents of natural persons”.

166  At the end of subsection 160(1)

Add:

Note:          For provisions relating to proof of offences by bodies corporate, see Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code.

167  Subsections 160(2) and (3)

Repeal the subsections.

168  Subsection 160(7) (definition of director)

Repeal the definition.

Tradex Scheme Act 1999

169  At the end of section 26

Add:

             (2)  For the purposes of an offence against subsection (1), strict liability applies to the physical element of the offence, that the requirement is a requirement made by subsection 9(6).

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

170  At the end of section 27

Add:

             (2)  For the purposes of an offence against subsection (1), strict liability applies to the physical element of the offence, that the requirement is a requirement made by section 15.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

171  At the end of section 29

Add:

             (2)  For the purposes of an offence against subsection (1), strict liability applies to the physical element of the offence, that the requirement is a requirement made by section 22.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

 

 

[Minister’s second reading speech made in—

Senate on 22 August 2001

House of Representatives on 27 September 2001]

 

 

 

 

 

(157/01)