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Offshore Minerals (Retention Licence Fees) Act 1994

Act No. 30 of 1994 as made
An Act to provide for the payment of fees for retention licences issued under the Offshore Minerals Act 1994
Administered by: Industry, Innovation and Science
Date of Assent 25 Feb 1994
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Offshore Minerals (Retention Licence Fees) Act 1994

 

No. 30 of 1994

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to provide for the payment of fees for retention licences issued under the Offshore Minerals Act 1994

  

  

  



 

 

Offshore Minerals (Retention Licence Fees) Act 1994

 

No. 30 of 1994

 

 

 

 

An Act to provide for the payment of fees for retention licences issued under the Offshore Minerals Act 1994

[Assented to 25 February 1994

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Offshore Minerals (Retention Licence Fees) Act 1994.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences immediately after the Offshore Minerals Act 1994 commences.

3  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act:

year, in relation to the term of a retention licence, means:

                     (a)  the period of 12 months commencing on (and including) the day on which the provisional grant of the licence is properly accepted; or

                     (b)  a period of 12 months commencing on (and including) an anniversary of that day; or

                     (c)  a period of less than 12 months that:

                              (i)  commences on (and includes):

                                        (A)  the day on which the provisional grant of the licence is properly accepted; or

                                        (B)  an anniversary of that day; and

                             (ii)  ends at the end of the term of the licence.

             (2)  Expressions used in the Offshore Minerals Act 1994 have the same meaning in this Act unless the contrary intention appears.

4  Retention licence fees

             (1)  A retention licence holder must pay a fee to the Designated Authority for each year of the licence’s term.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), the amount of the fee is to be calculated in accordance with the regulations.

             (3)  The amount of the fee for a licence for a year is not to exceed the amount obtained by multiplying $1,000 by the number of blocks covered by the licence at the beginning of the year.

5  Holder liable to pay fee

             (1)  The licence holder is liable to pay the fee.

             (2)  If the licence has 2 or more holders, the holders are jointly and severally liable to pay the fee.

6  Time for payment

                   The fee for a year becomes payable one month after the day on which the year begins.

7  Penalty if fee overdue

             (1)  If the fee for a retention licence is not paid when it becomes payable, the licence holder must pay a penalty to the Designated Authority.

             (2)  If the licence has 2 or more holders, the holders are jointly and severally liable to pay the penalty.

             (3)  The penalty is to be calculated:

                     (a)  on the amount of the fee that remains unpaid; and

                     (b)  at the rate of 0.33% for each day during which the fee is unpaid.

8  Fees and penalties are debts due to Commonwealth

             (1)  The Commonwealth may recover the following amounts in a court of competent jurisdiction as debts due to the Commonwealth:

                     (a)  a fee under section 4;

                     (b)  an amount of unpaid section 6 penalty.

             (2)  The Designated Authority receives retention licence fees under section 4 and any section 7 penalty on behalf of the Commonwealth.

9  Regulations

                   The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.