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A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to health, safety, rehabilitation and compensation, and for related purposes
Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
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Registered 27 Nov 2009
Introduced HR 26 Nov 2009

2008‑2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupational Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

No.      , 2009

 

(Education, Employment and Workplace Relations)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to health, safety, rehabilitation and compensation, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991             3

Schedule 2—Amendment of the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993                5

Schedule 3—Amendment of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988         6

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                      6

Part 2—Saving provision                                                                                                8

Schedule 4—Amendment of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992   9

 


A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to health, safety, rehabilitation and compensation, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Occupational Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2009.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedules 1 to 4

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by both Houses of the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table contains additional information that is not part of this Act. Information in this column may be added to or edited in any published version of this Act.

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 has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Amendment of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991

  

1  Subsection 5(1) (subparagraph (a)(ii) of the definition of Government business enterprise)

Omit “instrument published in the Gazette”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

2  Subsection 5(1)

Insert:

lift means any plant, together with any supporting structure, machinery, equipment, gear, lift well, enclosures and entrances, that:

                     (a)  has a platform or cage, the direction or movement of which is restricted by a guide or guides; and

                     (b)  that is used, or is designed to be used, to raise or lower persons, goods or materials; and

                     (c)  is in, or is attached to, a building or other structure.

Example:    A chair lift, escalator, moving walk or stairway lift.

3  Subsection 5(1) (at the end of the definition of plant)

Add:

Example:    A lift.

4  Subsection 5(8)

Repeal the subsection.

5  Subsection 6(2)

Omit “notice in writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

6  Subsection 6(4)

Repeal the subsection.

7  Subsection 7(2)

Omit “notice in writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

8  Subsection 7(4)

Repeal the subsection.

9  Subparagraphs 9(2)(c)(i) and (ii)

Omit “notice in writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

10  Subsection 9(5)

Omit “notice in writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

11  Paragraph 9(5)(b)

Omit “notice”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

12  Subsection 9(6)

Repeal the subsection.

13  At the end of section 19

Add:

             (4)  This section does not apply to the owner of a workplace in relation to the supply of a lift in the workplace.

14  Subsection 70(5)

Repeal the subsection.

15  Subsection 70(6)

Omit “disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901”, substitute “legislative instrument”.


 

Schedule 2Amendment of the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993

  

1  Subsection 109(5)

Repeal the subsection.

2  Subsection 109(6)

Omit “disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901”, substitute “legislative instrument”.


 

Schedule 3Amendment of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

Part 1Amendments

1  Paragraph 6(1)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  while the employee was at the employee’s place of work, for the purposes of that employment, or was temporarily absent from that place during an ordinary recess in that employment; or

2  After subsection 36(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  However, subsection (4) does not operate to suspend the employee’s right to compensation for the cost of medical treatment that is payable under section 16.

3  After subsection 37(7)

Insert:

          (7A)  However, subsection (7) does not operate to suspend the employee’s right to compensation for the cost of medical treatment that is payable under section 16.

4  After subsection 50(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  However, paragraph (5)(b) does not operate to suspend the employee’s right to compensation for the cost of medical treatment that is payable under section 16.

5  Before subsection 61(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  The determining authority must consider and determine each claim for compensation under section 14 within the period prescribed by the regulations.

6  At the end of section 62

Add:

             (6)  The determining authority or person must decide a request made by a claimant to reconsider a determination within the period prescribed by the regulations.

7  After paragraph 90B(a)

Insert:

                    (ab)  to enable Comcare to discharge a liability incurred because of an event or process that:

                              (i)  happened or commenced before 1 December 1988; and

                             (ii)  results in an injury, loss or damage that first manifests itself on or after 1 December 1988.

Example:    An event—a person’s inhalation of asbestos fibres—that happened before 1 December 1988 and results in an injury, loss or damage—the person’s contraction of mesothelioma—that manifests itself on or after 1 December 1988.

Note:       The heading to section 90B is altered by omitting “liabilities under Part X” and substituting “long‑term liabilities”.

8  Paragraph 90B(b)

Omit all the words after “claims for”, substitute “a liability mentioned in paragraph (a) or (ab).”.

9  Subparagraph 90C(1)(a)(i)

After “paragraph 90B(a)”, insert “or (ab)”.


 

Part 2Saving provision

10  Saving—Payments under section 90B

             (1)  This item applies if:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth paid an amount to Comcare under section 90B of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 before the commencement of this item; and

                     (b)  that amount:

                              (i)  was not payable to Comcare under that section at that time; but

                             (ii)  would have been payable under that section if the amendments made by this Schedule had been in force at that time.

             (2)  The Commonwealth may recover the amount already paid to Comcare as a debt.

             (3)  Comcare is entitled, on the commencement of this item, to be paid that amount by the Commonwealth.

             (4)  The Commonwealth may set‑off the amount that Comcare is entitled to be paid against the amount already paid to Comcare.

             (5)  The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated for the purposes of this item.


 

Schedule 4Amendment of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992

  

1  Paragraph 10(1)(b)

Omit “written notice”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

2  Paragraph 10(1)(b)

Omit “the notice”, substitute “the instrument”.

3  Paragraph 28(6A)(b) (definition of Specified rate per kilometre)

Omit “by written notice”, substitute “, by legislative instrument,”.

4  After subsection 42(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  A Guide under subsection (1), or variation or revocation of a Guide under subsection (2), that is approved by the Minister is a legislative instrument.

5  Subsections 42(7), (9) and (10)

Repeal the subsections.

6  Subsection 44(3)

Omit “notice in writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

7  Paragraph 49(6B)(b) (definition of Specified rate per kilometre)

Omit “specifies by written notice”, substitute “, by legislative instrument, specifies”.

8  Paragraph 50(2B)(b) (definition of Specified rate per kilometre)

Omit “specifies by written notice”, substitute “, by legislative instrument, specifies”.

9  Subsection 66(4B) (definition of specified rate per kilometre)

Omit “specifies by written notice”, substitute “, by legislative instrument, specifies”.

10  Subsection 66(6)

Omit “written notice”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

11  Subsection 83A(5) (definition of specified rate per kilometre)

Omit “specifies by written notice”, substitute “, by legislative instrument, specifies”.

12  Subsection 83A(9)

Omit “written notice”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

13  Subsection 130(3)

Omit “notice in writing”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

14  Subsection 139(7) (definition of specified law)

Omit “written notice”, substitute “legislative instrument”.

15  Section 142

Repeal the section.