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Metric Conversion Act 1970

Act No. 16 of 1970 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 216 of 1973
Registered 03 Dec 2009
Start Date 31 Dec 1973
End Date 07 Sep 1984
Date of repeal 07 Sep 1984
Repealed by Weights and Measures (National Standards) Amendment Act 1984

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 [Note: This Act is "repealed" by Act No. 77 of 1984]
(#DATE 31:07:1983)

- Reprinted as at 31 July 1983 *1*11. The Metric Conversion Act 1970 as shown in this reprint comprises Act No. 16, 1970 amended as indicated in the Tables below.
(The citation "Metric Conversion Act 1970" is provided for by the Amendments Incorporation Act 1905 and the Acts Citation Act 1976.)
Table of Acts
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Application,
saving
Number Date Date of or
transitional
Act and year of Assent commencement provisions
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Metric Conversion
Act 1970 16, 1970 12 June
1970 12 June 1970
Salaries Act
1971(a) 22, 1971 4 May
1971 14 Jan 1971 -
Statute Law
Revision Act 1973 216, 1973 19 Dec
1973 31 Dec 1973 Ss. 9 (1)
and 10
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(a) The Salaries Act 1971 was repealed by section 7 of the Statute Law Revision Act 1973. That section provides that the repeal does not affect the operation of any amendment made by the repealed Act or any provision made by it for the citation of an Act as so amended.
Table of Amendments
ad. = added or inserted am. = amended rep. =
repealed rs. = repealed and substituted
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Provision affected How affected
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Title . . . . . . . . am. No. 216, 1973
S. 3 . . . . . . . . am. No. 216, 1973
S. 4 . . . . . . . . rs. No. 216, 1973
S. 12 . . . . . . . . am. No. 22, 1971
S. 17 . . . . . . . . am. No. 216, 1973
S. 18 . . . . . . . . rep. No. 216, 1973
S. 24 . . . . . . . . am. No. 216, 1973

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - TABLE OF PROVISIONS

TABLE

TABLE OF PROVISIONS

Section

1. Short title

2. Commencement

3. Interpretation

4. Extension to Territories

5. Object of Act

6. Powers of Minister

7. Minister may authorize Board to exercise powers

8. Establishment of Board

9. Constitution of Board

10. Oath or affirmation of allegiance

11. Leave of absence

12. Remuneration and allowances

13. Dismissal

14. Resignation of members

15. Vacation of office

16. Disclosure of interests in agreements, &c.

17. Preservation of rights

19. Application of Superannuation Act

20. Person acting as member

21. Meetings of the Board

22. Functions of Board

23. Powers of Board

24. Reports

25. Regulations

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - LONG TITLE

SECT

An Act to facilitate the adoption in Australia and in certain Territories of the Metric System of Measurement, and for that purpose to establish a Metric Conversion Board

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 1
Short title

SECT

1. This Act may be cited as the Metric Conversion Act 1970.*1*

SEE NOTES TO FIRST ARTICLE OF THIS CHAPTER .

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 2
Commencement

SECT

2. This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.*1*

SEE NOTES TO FIRST ARTICLE OF THIS CHAPTER .

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 3
Interpretation

SECT

3. In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears-
"Australia" includes all the Territories to which this Act extends;
"full time member" means a member, being the Chairman or the Executive Member, appointed as a full time member;
"member" means a member of the Board, and includes the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman and the Executive Member;
"the Board" means the Metric Conversion Board established by this Act;
"the Chairman" means the Chairman of the Board, and includes a person acting in the office of the Chairman;
"the Deputy Chairman" means the Deputy Chairman of the Board, and includes a person acting in the office of the Deputy Chairman;
"the Executive Member" means the Executive Member of the Board, and includes a person acting in the office of the Executive Member;
"the metric system of measurement" means measurement in terms of-
(a) the units comprised in the International System of Units for the time being approved by the General Conference on Weights and Measures;
(b) units decimally related to those units and for the time being so approved; and
(c) such other units as the Minister declares, from time to time, by notice published in the Gazette, to be within the metric system.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 4
Extension to Territories

SECT

4. This Act extends to every external Territory except Papua New Guinea.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 5
Object of Act

SECT

5. The object of this Act is to bring about progressively the use of the metric system of measurement in Australia as the sole system of measurement of physical quantities.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 6
Powers of Minister

SECT

6. The Minister may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, do such things, make such arrangements and enter into such agreements as he thinks conducive to the attainment of the object of this Act.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 7
Minister may authorize Board to exercise powers

SECT

7. The Minister may, by instrument in writing, authorize the Board to exercise, subject to and in accordance with his directions, any of his powers under the last preceding section.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 8
Establishment of Board

SECT

8. (1) For the purposes of this Act, there is hereby constituted a board by the name of the Metric Conversion Board.

(2) The Board-
(a) is a body corporate, with perpetual succession;
(b) shall have a common seal;
(c) is capable of acquiring, holding and disposing of real and personal property; and
(d) may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

(3) All courts, judges and persons acting judicially shall take judicial notice of the common seal of the Board affixed to a document and shall presume that it was duly affixed.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 9
Constitution of Board

SECT

9. (1) The Board shall consist of a Chairman, a Deputy Chairman, an Executive Member and such number of other members as the Governor-General from time to time determines.

(2) The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Governor-General.

(3) A member holds office for such period, not exceeding seven years, as is specified in the instrument of his appointment, and is eligible for reappointment.

(4) The Governor-General may, if he thinks fit, appoint the Chairman or the Executive Member as a full time member, or both as full time members.

(5) The performance of the functions or the exercise of the powers of the Board is not affected by reason only of there being a vacancy or vacancies in the membership of the Board.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 10
Oath or affirmation of allegiance

SECT

10. A member shall, before entering on his duties or exercising any power under this Act, make, before a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for taking Affidavits, an oath or affirmation of allegiance in accordance with the form in the Schedule to the Constitution.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 11
Leave of absence

SECT

11. The Minister may grant leave of absence to a full time member upon such terms and conditions as the Minister determines.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 12
Remuneration and allowances

SECT

12. (1) Subject to the next succeeding sub-section, the members shall be paid such remuneration as the Parliament provides.

(1A) The Executive Member, being a full time member of the Board, shall be paid salary at the rate of Thirteen thousand eight hundred and twenty dollars a year.

(2) The members shall be paid such travelling or other allowances as are prescribed.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 13
Dismissal

SECT

13. The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of a member for misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 14
Resignation of members

SECT

14. A member may resign his office by writing under his hand delivered to the Governor-General but the resignation does not have effect until accepted by the Governor-General.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 15
Vacation of office

SECT

15. (1) If a member-
(a) being a full time member, engages in paid employment outside the duties of his office without the approval of the Minister;
(b) being a full time member, absents himself from duty for fourteen consecutive days, or for twenty-eight days in any twelve months, without leave agreed to by the Minister;
(c) becomes bankrupt, applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, compounds with his creditors or makes an assignment of his remuneration for their benefit; or
(d) fails to comply with his obligations under the next succeeding section,
the Governor-General shall, by notice in the Gazette, terminate his appointment.

(2) The Minister shall not give an approval for the purposes of paragraph (a) of the last preceding sub-section unless he is satisfied that the paid employment will not interfere with the performance of the duties of the member under this Act.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 16
Disclosure of interests in agreements, &c.

SECT

16. (1) A member who, otherwise than as a member of, and in common with the other members of, an incorporated company consisting of not less than twenty-five persons, is directly or indirectly interested in an arrangement or agreement made or entered into, or proposed to be made or entered into, by the Board on behalf of the Commonwealth shall, as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Board.

(2) A disclosure under the last preceding sub-section shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board, and the member-
(a) shall not take part after the disclosure in any deliberation or decision of the Board with respect to the arrangement or agreement; and
(b) shall be disregarded for the purposes of constituting a quorum of the Board for any such deliberation or decision.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 17
Preservation of rights

SECT

17. Where, immediately before his appointment under this Act, a full time member was an officer of the Public Service of the Commonwealth-
(a) he retains his existing and accruing rights; and
(b) for the purpose of determining those rights, his service under this Act shall be taken into account as if it were service in the Public Service of the Commonwealth.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 19
Application of Superannuation Act

SECT

19. For the purposes of sub-sections (3A) and (4) of section 4 of the Superannuation Act 1922-1969, a full time member shall be deemed to be required, by the terms of his appointment, to give the whole of his time to the duties of his office.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 20
Person acting as member

SECT

20. (1) Where a member is, or is expected to be, absent, or there is a vacancy in the office of a member, the Governor-General may appoint a person (including another member) to act in the office of the member during the absence or until the filling of the vacancy.

(2) The Governor-General may at any time terminate an appointment under this section.

(3) Sections 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 of this Act apply in relation to a person appointed under this section in like manner as they apply in relation to the member in whose office he is acting.

(4) A person appointed to act in the office of a member has all the powers and functions under this Act of that member.

(5) For the purposes of this section, a member acting in the office of another member shall be deemed to be absent with the consent of the Minister.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 21
Meetings of the Board

SECT

21. (1) Subject to this section, meetings of the Board shall be held at such times and places as the Board from time to time determines.

(2) The Minister or the Chairman may convene a meeting of the Board.

(3) In the event of the absence of the Chairman or of a vacancy in his office, the Deputy Chairman may convene a meeting of the Board.

(4) In the event of-
(a) the absence of the Chairman or a vacancy in his office; and
(b) the absence of the Deputy Chairman or a vacancy in his office,
the Executive Member may convene a meeting of the Board.

(5) The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board at which he is present.

(6) In the event of the absence of the Chairman from a meeting of the Board, the Deputy Chairman shall preside at the meeting.

(7) In the event of the absence of both the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman from a meeting of the Board, the Executive Member shall preside at the meeting.

(8) In the event of the absence of the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman and the Executive Member from a meeting of the Board, the members present shall appoint one of their number to preside at the meeting.

(9) At a meeting of the Board, four members constitute a quorum.

(10) A question arising at a meeting of the Board shall be decided by a majority of the votes of the members present and, for this purpose, the member presiding at the meeting is entitled to a deliberative vote and also, in the event of an equality of votes, to a casting vote.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 22
Functions of Board

SECT

22. The functions of the Board are-
(a) to make recommendations to the Minister with respect to the exercise by the Minister of his powers under section 6 of this Act;
(b) to exercise any power that it is authorized under section 7 of this Act to exercise; and
(c) such other functions related to the attainment of the object of this Act as the Minister determines.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 23
Powers of Board

SECT

23. The Board has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in connexion with, or as incidental to, the performance of its functions and, in particular, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Board may engage persons to advise the Board upon any matter related to the functions of the Board.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 24
Reports

SECT

24. (1) The Board shall furnish to the Minister such reports relating to its operations as the Minister requires.

(2) Subject to this section, the Board shall, as soon as practicable after each thirtieth day of June, furnish to the Minister, for presentation to each House of the Parliament, a report of its operations during the year ended on that date.

(4) The Minister shall cause the report of the Board, together with a report by the Minister on the operation of this Act during the period to which the report of the Board relates, to be laid before each House of the Parliament within fifteen sitting days of that House after the receipt by the Minister of the report of the Board.

METRIC CONVERSION ACT 1970 - SECT 25
Regulations

SECT

25. The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters that are required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed or are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.