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Act No. 159 of 1979 as made
An Act relating to an agreement between the Commonwealth and one or more of the States and the Northern Territory in respect of a scheme to provide assistance to persons engaged in rural industries.
Administered by: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Date of Assent 29 Nov 1979
Date of repeal 22 Mar 2011
Repealed by Statute Law Revision Act 2011

States and Northern Territory Grants (Rural Adjustment) Act 1979

No. 159 of 1979

An Act relating to an agreement between the Commonwealth and one or more of the States and the Northern Territory in respect of a scheme to provide assistance to persons engaged in rural industries.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen, and the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the States and Northern Territory Grants (Rural Adjustment) Act 1979.

Commencement

2. This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Interpretation

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

“Principal Agreement” means the agreement executed by the Commonwealth in pursuance of the States Grants (Rural Adjustment) Act 1976 on 1 January 1977;

“State” includes the Northern Territory;

“Supplemental Agreement” means the agreement referred to in section 4.

Approval of execution of Supplemental Agreement

4. The execution, on behalf of the Commonwealth, of an agreement between the Commonwealth and all or any of the States substantially in accordance with the form set out in the Schedule is approved.

Provision of financial assistance

5. (1) On and after the date on which the Commonwealth and a State become parties to the Supplemental Agreement, the payments by the Commonwealth to the State provided for in the Principal Agreement as amended by the Supplemental Agreement may be made to the State, by way of financial assistance, on the terms and conditions contained in the Principal Agreement as so amended, out of moneys appropriated by the Parliament for the purpose.

(2) Where the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory become parties to the Supplemental Agreement, sub-section (1) has effect in relation to the Northern Territory, on and after 1 July 1980, as if the Northern Territory were a party to the Principal Agreement.


 

SCHEDULE                                              Section 4

AN AGREEMENT made the                        day of               One thousand nine                      hundred and seventy-nine between—

THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA of the first part,

THE STATE OF NEW SOUTH WALES of the second part,

THE STATE OF VICTORIA of the third part,

THE STATE OF QUEENSLAND of the fourth part,

THE STATE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA of the fifth part,

THE STATE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA of the sixth part,

THE STATE OF TASMANIA of the seventh part, and

THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA of the eighth part,

which are in this agreement referred to respectively as the Commonwealth, as a State or collectively as the States, and as the Territory.

WHEREAS—

(a) the Commonwealth and the States are parties to an agreement made the 1st January 1977 (in this agreement referred to as “the Principal Agreement”) under which a Scheme has been established to provide assistance to persons engaged in rural industries throughout Australia;

(b) the execution of the Principal Agreement on behalf of the Commonwealth was approved by the States Grants (Rural Adjustment) Act 1976 which also authorized the making to a State, by way of financial assistance, on the terms and conditions contained in the Principal Agreement, of the payments by the Commonwealth to that State provided for in the Principal Agreement;

(c) the Commonwealth and the States are desirous of varying the provisions of the Principal Agreement;

(d) following the establishment of the Territory as a body politic by the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978, the Commonwealth and the Territory have proposed, and the States have agreed, that the operation of the Scheme be extended to persons engaged in rural industries in the Territory and that the Territory should accordingly become a party to the Principal Agreement;

(e) the Commonwealth and the States are desirous of making provision for and in relation to the expenditure, upon all or any of the forms of financial assistance specified in clause 5 of the Principal Agreement as proposed to be varied by this agreement, of certain moneys held by, or repayable by certain persons to, the States, being moneys that were granted or deemed to have been granted to the States under the Loan (Farmers’ Debt Adjustment) Act 1935 or under that Act as amended and in force from time to time; and

(f) the Parliament of the Commonwealth has authorized the execution of this agreement by and on behalf of the Commonwealth and the provision of financial assistance to the States as provided in this agreement;

NOW IT IS HEREBY AGREED as follows:

1. (1) Except for the purposes of clause 2, this agreement shall, as between the Commonwealth and a State, come into force when it has been entered into by the Commonwealth and that State.

(2) This agreement shall, as between the Commonwealth and the Territory, come into force when it has been entered into by the Commonwealth and the Territory.

(3) Notwithstanding that all the States of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania and the Northern Territory of Australia are named as parties to this agreement, this agreement—

(a) shall operate as an agreement between the Commonwealth and each State in respect of which it has come into force as fully and effectually as if the State or States in respect of which it has come into force were the only State or States named as a party or as parties to the agreement; and


 

SCHEDULE—continued

(b) when it has ome into force in respect of the Territory, whether or not it has come into force in respect of a State or States, shall operate as an agreement between the Commonwealth and the Territory as fully and effectually as if the Commonwealth and the Territory were the only parties named as parties to the agreement.

(4) In this agreement, each State in respect of which the agreement has come into force is referred to as a “State”, and the expression “the States” means, except where the context otherwise requires, all of the States in respect of which for the time being the agreement is in force.

2. (1) The Territory shall on and as from the 1st July 1980 become a party with the Commonwealth and the States to the Principal Agreement as varied by this agreement as if the Territory were named as a party to the Principal Agreement.

(2) For the purposes of the operation of this clause—

(a) references in the Principal Agreement as varied by this agreement to a State shall include the Territory and the expression “the States” shall have a corresponding construction;

(b) the Minister in relation to the Territory shall be the Minister of the Territory who for the time being has executive authority in respect of the matters to which the Principal Agreement as varied by this agreement relates; and

(c) any reference in a geographical sense to a State shall be construed as including a reference to the Northern Territory.’

3. (1) The following sub-clause is inserted in clause 11 of the Principal Agreement immediately after sub-clause (1):

(1a) The amount to be made available to a State during a financial year determined under sub-clause (1) may, at any time the Commonwealth so considers fit, after consultation with the other States, be increased by the addition of a supplementary amount determined by the Commonwealth at that time.

(2) The following sub-clause is inserted in clause 11 after sub-clause (2):

(3) When an amount of financial assistance determined in respect of a State under the preceding sub-clauses will not be required by the State during the period for which the amount is determined, the amount, or such part of that amount as the Commonwealth determines, may, with the consent of that State, be allocated by the Commonwealth to another State and the respective amounts of financial assistance to which those States are entitled under this clause during the relevant period shall be adjusted accordingly.

4. The following heading and clause is inserted in the Principal Agreement immediately after clause 11:

Pre-commitment of Assistance

11 a. (1) Where the Minister for Primary Industry of the Commonwealth has, upon the State establishing to his satisfaction that the circumstances so warrant, authorized the State during a financial year to commit to the Scheme financial assistance to be received under this agreement during the next succeeding financial year, the Authority of the State may approve the provision of assistance under the Scheme to the extent of the amount or amounts that have been so authorized by the Minister.

(2) Any amounts that are approved by Authority of the State under sub-clause (1) shall be included in the amount of financial assistance to be made available by the Commonwealth to the State for the purposes of the Scheme as determined under clause 11 in respect of the financial year for which the amounts have been approved.

5. The Schedule to the Principal Agreement is amended as follows:

(a) by inserting in paragraph (a) of Part 1 after “pastoral industries” the words “the apicultural industry”;

SCHEDULE—continued

(b) by deleting paragraph (2)(a) of Part 4 and inserting in its place the following paragraph—

(a) the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Authority that he is an established bona fide farmer who intends remaining on his property and that the proposed improvements are of such a kind as to offer sound prospects of long term commercial viability if assistance under the Scheme were provided.

(c) by deleting from the second sentence of paragraph (3)(a) of Part 7 the words “two years” and inserting in their place the words “three years”;

(d) by deleting from paragraph (3)(i) of Part 7 the words “six months” and inserting in their place the words “twelve months”; and

(e) by deleting from paragraph (3) (1) of Part 7 the sum “$3,000” and inserting in its place the sum “$5,000”.

6. (1) Each State shall expend, in such manner and at such times as the State may from time to time determine, upon such of the forms of financial assistance to persons engaged in rural industries in the State specified in clause 5 of the Principal Agreement as varied by this Agreement as the State may from time to time determine, moneys that were held by the State at the time of the execution of this agreement by the State, and moneys repaid to the State that, at that time, were repayable to the State, being moneys that were granted or deemed to have been granted to the State under the Loan (Farmers’ Debt Adjustment) Act 1935 or under that Act as amended and in force from time to time.

(2) Moneys expended by a State in accordance with sub-clause (1) shall not be taken to be financial assistance made available by the Commonwealth to the State for the purposes of the scheme established and operated by the State in accordance with clause 4 of the Principal Agreement as varied by this Agreement.

7. The Principal Agreement is confirmed to the intent that its operation prior to the date upon which the variations made by this agreement take effect shall not be affected and that as from that date it shall have effect as varied by this agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF etc.