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A Bill for an Act to amend the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007, and for related purposes
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Registered 18 Mar 2009
Introduced HR 18 Mar 2009

2008‑2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment Bill 2009

 

No.      , 2009

 

(Climate Change and Water)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

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

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                 3

Part 1—Amendments relating to audits                                                                    3

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007                                       3

Part 2—Amendment relating to publishing of information                               11

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007                                     11

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendment Act 2009.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the 28th day after 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                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Amendments

Part 1Amendments relating to audits

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007

1  Section 7

Insert:

audit information means information obtained by or on behalf of an audit team leader in the course of carrying out a greenhouse and energy audit.

2  Section 7

Insert:

audit team leader means a registered greenhouse and energy auditor appointed to carry out a greenhouse and energy audit.

3  Section 7

Insert:

audit team member, in relation to a greenhouse and energy audit, means a person assisting the audit team leader to carry out the audit.

4  Section 7 (definition of external auditor)

Repeal the definition.

5  Section 7

Insert:

greenhouse and energy audit means an audit under any of sections 73 to 74A.

6  Section 7

Insert:

registered greenhouse and energy auditor means an individual who is registered in the register of greenhouse and energy auditors kept under section 75A.

7  At the end of paragraph 16(4)(b)

Add:

                   ; (v)  the results of a greenhouse and energy audit carried out in relation to the corporation.

8  Paragraph 23(1)(a)

After “information”, insert “or audit information”.

9  Paragraph 23(2)(d)

Omit “external auditor”, substitute “audit team leader”.

10  After paragraph 23(2)(d)

Insert:

                    (da)  an audit team member; or

11  Subsection 30(2)

Omit “20 or 73”, substitute “20, 73 or 73A”.

12  Subsection 30(2) (paragraph (b) of the civil penalty)

Omit “73”, substitute “73 or 73A”.

13  Section 56

After “to” (second occurring), insert “do any of the following”.

14  Paragraphs 56(a) to (h)

Omit “and”.

15  At the end of section 56

Add:

                    ; (j)  refuse to register an individual in the register of greenhouse and energy auditors kept under section 75A.

16  Subdivision G of Division 4 of Part 6 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Subdivision GGreenhouse and energy audits

17  Paragraph 73(2)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  appoint as an audit team leader:

                              (i)  a registered greenhouse and energy auditor of its choice; or

                             (ii)  if the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer specifies a registered greenhouse and energy auditor in the notice—that auditor; or

                            (iii)  if the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer specifies more than one registered greenhouse and energy auditor in the notice—any one of those auditors; and

Note:       The heading to section 73 is altered by omitting “External audits” and substituting “Audits of registered corporations”.

18  Paragraph 73(2)(b)

Omit “external auditor”, substitute “audit team leader”.

19  Paragraph 73(2)(b)

Omit “external” (second occurring).

20  Paragraph 73(2)(c)

Omit “external auditor”, substitute “audit team leader”.

21  Before paragraph 73(3)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  type of audit to be carried out; and

22  Subsection 73(4)

Omit “an external auditor”, substitute “the audit team leader and any audit team members”.

23  Subsection 73(4)

Omit “external auditor’s”, substitute “audit team leader’s”.

24  After section 73

Insert:

73A  Audits of persons providing information under section 20—compliance

             (1)  This section applies if the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that a person required to provide information under section 20 has contravened, is contravening, or is proposing to contravene, this Act or the regulations.

             (2)  The Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer may, by written notice given to the person, require the person to:

                     (a)  appoint as an audit team leader:

                              (i)  a registered greenhouse and energy auditor of the person’s choice; or

                             (ii)  if the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer specifies a registered greenhouse and energy auditor in the notice—that auditor; or

                            (iii)  if the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer specifies more than one registered greenhouse and energy auditor in the notice—any one of those auditors; and

                     (b)  arrange for the audit team leader to carry out an audit on one or more aspects of the person’s compliance with this Act or the regulations; and

                     (c)  arrange for the audit team leader to give the person a written report setting out the results of the audit; and

                     (d)  give the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer a copy of the audit report on or before the day specified in the notice.

             (3)  The notice must specify the:

                     (a)  type of audit to be carried out; and

                     (b)  matters to be covered by the audit; and

                     (c)  form of the audit report and the kinds of details it is to contain.

             (4)  The person must provide the audit team leader and any audit team members with all reasonable facilities and assistance necessary for the effective exercise of the audit team leader’s duties under this Act.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; or

                     (b)  otherwise—250 penalty units.

             (5)  If the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer gives a person required to provide information under section 20 written notice under subsection (2), the person must comply with the requirements of the notice.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—200 penalty units; or

                     (b)  otherwise—1,000 penalty units.

Note:          Under section 30, a person may be liable for an additional civil penalty for each day after the day mentioned in paragraph (2)(d) for which the person fails to provide an audit report in accordance with this section.

25  Subsection 74(1)

Omit “an external auditor”, substitute “a registered greenhouse and energy auditor as an audit team leader”.

Note:       The heading to section 74 is altered by omitting “External audits” and substituting “Audits of registered corporations”.

26  Subsection 74(1)

Omit “external” (second occurring).

27  Subsection 74(2)

Omit “auditor” (first occurring), substitute “audit team leader”.

28  Paragraph 74(2)(a)

Omit “external auditor”, substitute “audit team leader”.

29  After paragraph 74(2)(b)

Insert:

                    (ba)  specify the type of audit to be carried out; and

30  Subsection 74(2A)

Omit “external auditor”, substitute “audit team leader and any audit team members”.

31  Subsection 74(2A)

Omit “external auditor’s”, substitute “audit team leader’s”.

32  Subsection 74(3)

Omit “external auditor”, substitute “audit team leader”.

33  Subsection 74(3)

Omit “external” (second occurring).

34  After section 74

Insert:

74A  Audits of persons providing information under section 20—other

             (1)  The Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer may appoint a registered greenhouse and energy auditor as an audit team leader to carry out an audit of the compliance of a person required to provide information under section 20 with one or more aspects of this Act or the regulations.

             (2)  The Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer must give written notice to the person of a decision to appoint an audit team leader under subsection (1). The notice must:

                     (a)  specify the audit team leader; and

                     (b)  specify the period within which the audit is to be undertaken; and

                     (c)  specify the type of audit to be carried out; and

                     (d)  specify the matters to be covered by the audit; and

                     (e)  be given to the person at a reasonable time before the audit is to be undertaken.

             (3)  The person must provide the audit team leader and any audit team members with all reasonable facilities and assistance necessary for the effective exercise of the audit team leader’s duties under this Act.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; or

                     (b)  otherwise—250 penalty units.

             (4)  If a person required to provide information under section 20 is given a notice under subsection (2), the person must arrange for the audit team leader to carry out the audit.

Civil penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; or

                     (b)  otherwise—250 penalty units.

35  Section 75

Repeal the section, substitute:

75  Conduct of greenhouse and energy audits

             (1)  The Minister may determine, by legislative instrument, requirements to be met by audit team leaders in preparing for and carrying out greenhouse and energy audits and in preparing audit reports.

             (2)  The determination may set out different requirements for different types of audits.

             (3)  An audit team leader must comply with requirements determined under subsection (1).

36  At the end of Subdivision G of Division 4 of Part 6

Add:

75A  Register of greenhouse and energy auditors

             (1)  The Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer must cause a register of greenhouse and energy auditors to be kept for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  The Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer must register an individual in the register if the individual:

                     (a)  has applied for registration in accordance with regulations under subsection (5); and

                     (b)  meets such requirements as to qualifications, knowledge, expertise, competence, independence and other matters as are set out in the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph or in a legislative instrument made under the regulations in accordance with subsection (4).

             (3)  If an individual who has applied for registration in the register does not meet the requirements referred to in paragraph (2)(b), the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer must refuse to register the individual.

             (4)  Regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b) may provide for the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer to make a legislative instrument setting out:

                     (a)  some or all of the requirements that could otherwise be set out in the regulations; or

                     (b)  ways in which requirements set out in the regulations may be met.

             (5)  The regulations may provide for any of the following:

                     (a)  the form and content of the register;

                     (b)  publication of the register;

                     (c)  the form and content of applications for registration and the manner in which applications are to be made;

                     (d)  fees to be paid in connection with registration (including ongoing or recurrent fees to maintain registration);

                     (e)  requirements to be met in order to maintain registration;

                      (f)  review of registration;

                     (g)  suspension of registration in prescribed circumstances;

                     (h)  deregistration in prescribed circumstances;

                      (i)  inspection of the performance of registered greenhouse and energy auditors in carrying out greenhouse and energy audits;

                      (j)  other matters in connection with registration in the register.

             (6)  A fee under paragraph (5)(d) must not be such as to amount to taxation.

             (7)  The Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer may, by signed instrument, delegate to another person (whether or not an SES employee or acting SES employee) any of the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer’s functions or powers under this section or regulations under this section.

             (8)  However, the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer must not delegate the power to make a legislative instrument as mentioned in subsection (4) other than to an SES employee or acting SES employee.


 

Part 2Amendment relating to publishing of information

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007

37  Paragraph 24(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.