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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005

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Act No. 150 of 1989 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2011
An Act to establish a Torres Strait Regional Authority, an Indigenous Land Corporation and a corporation to be known as Indigenous Business Australia, and for related purposes
Administered by: Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; Finance
Registered 23 Feb 2012
Start Date 27 Dec 2011
End Date 28 Jun 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005

Act No. 150 of 1989 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 15 February 2012
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 188 of 2011

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1

1............ Short title [see Note 1]........................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement [see Note 1].............................................................. 1

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 1

4............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 2

4A......... Minister may make determinations about what constitutes misbehaviour 6

4B......... Indigenous‑held land........................................................................... 6

5............ Act binds the Crown........................................................................... 7

5A......... Application of the Criminal Code....................................................... 8

Part 3A—Torres Strait Regional Authority                                                          9

Division 1—Torres Strait Regional Authority                                                9

142........ Torres Strait Regional Authority......................................................... 9

Division 2—Functions of TSRA                                                                            10

142A..... Functions of TSRA........................................................................... 10

142AA.. Conferring functions on TSRA......................................................... 12

142B..... Minister may approve performance of functions under State or Territory laws        12

142C..... Powers of TSRA.............................................................................. 13

142D..... Torres Strait Development Plan........................................................ 13

142E...... Directions by Minister...................................................................... 14

Division 3—General funding powers of TSRA                                             15

142F...... TSRA may make grants and loans.................................................... 15

142G..... TSRA may give guarantees............................................................... 15

142GA.. TSRA may make grants and loans to Queensland government etc... 16

142H..... Grants and loans to be repayable if conditions breached etc.............. 16

142J...... Restriction on right to dispose of interest in land.............................. 17

142JA... TSRA’s interest in land..................................................................... 17

142K..... TSRA to formulate decision‑making principles about grants, loans and guarantees 18

142L...... Review of operation of Part etc......................................................... 18

142M.... Advisory committees........................................................................ 19

142N..... Advisory committee—disclosure of interests at meetings................. 19

142P...... Advisory committee—member’s appointment to be terminated for non‑disclosure of interests               19

142Q..... Advisory committee—resignation..................................................... 20

Division 4—Constitution of TSRA                                                                       21

142R..... Constitution of TSRA....................................................................... 21

142S...... Minister may determine manner of representation on TSRA............ 21

Division 5—TSRA elections                                                                                    23

142T...... TSRA elections................................................................................. 23

142TA... TSRA wards..................................................................................... 23

142U..... People entitled to vote at TSRA elections.......................................... 24

142V..... People qualified to be elected to the TSRA....................................... 24

142W.... Term of office of members of TSRA................................................ 25

142X..... Errors in Commonwealth Electoral Roll not to affect entitlements.... 26

142Y..... Timing of TSRA elections................................................................ 26

142Z...... Polling places.................................................................................... 27

143........ Fixing of election days, and location of polling places, to be notified in Gazette      27

143A..... Effect of nominations........................................................................ 28

143B..... Voting not compulsory..................................................................... 28

143C..... Voting by secret ballot...................................................................... 28

143D..... Voting............................................................................................... 28

143E...... Counting of votes and election of candidates.................................... 29

143F...... General obligation to inform people about elections.......................... 29

143G..... Rules for conduct of elections........................................................... 29

143H..... Authorised electoral officer............................................................... 32

143I....... Disputed elections............................................................................. 32

Division 6—Administrative provisions                                                              33

143J...... Part‑time basis of holding office....................................................... 33

143K..... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 33

143L...... Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson............................................... 33

143M.... Acting appointments......................................................................... 33

143P...... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 34

143Q..... Resignation....................................................................................... 34

143R..... Members taken to have resigned from TSRA in certain circumstances 35

143S...... Suspension and removal from office of members of the TSRA........ 36

143T...... Recall of member of the TSRA......................................................... 38

143U..... Members of TSRA, and TSRA Administrators, not personally liable 38

143V..... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 39

143W.... Provisions relating to Chairperson.................................................... 39

143X..... Resignation of Chairperson............................................................... 39

143Y..... Suspension and removal from office of Chairperson........................ 40

143Z...... Leave of absence for Chairpersons................................................... 41

144........ Provisions relating to Deputy Chairpersons...................................... 41

144A..... Resignation of Deputy Chairpersons................................................ 42

144B..... Suspension and removal from office of Deputy Chairperson........... 42

144C..... Deputy Chairperson to act as Chairperson........................................ 43

144D..... Alternate Deputy Chairperson........................................................... 44

144E...... Meetings of TSRA............................................................................ 45

144F...... Delegation to TSRA Chief Executive Officer or staff member of TSRA 48

Division 7—TSRA Chief Executive Officer                                                    50

144G..... TSRA Chief Executive Officer......................................................... 50

144H..... Period of appointment....................................................................... 50

144J...... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 50

144K..... Leave of absence............................................................................... 50

144L...... Acting TSRA Chief Executive Officer.............................................. 51

144M.... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 51

144N..... Resignation....................................................................................... 51

144P...... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 52

144Q..... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 52

Division 8—Staff                                                                                                           53

144R..... Staff.................................................................................................. 53

144T...... Consultants....................................................................................... 53

Division 9—Finances                                                                                                   55

144TA... Money payable to TSRA.................................................................. 55

144U..... Application of money of the TSRA.................................................. 55

144V..... TSRA Housing Fund........................................................................ 55

144W.... TSRA Land and Natural Resources Fund......................................... 56

144X..... Borrowing on overdraft to meet temporary deficit............................ 57

144Y..... Limits on TSRA’s powers to raise money........................................ 57

144Z...... Exemption from taxation................................................................... 57

144ZA... Estimates........................................................................................... 58

144ZB... Annual report.................................................................................... 58

144ZD... TSRA Finance Directions................................................................. 59

Division 10—Minister may ask TSRA for information                            61

144ZE... Minister may ask TSRA for information.......................................... 61

Division 11—TSRA Administrators                                                                   62

144ZF... Powers of TSRA Administrator....................................................... 62

144ZG... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 62

144ZH... TSRA Administrator holds office on a full‑time basis...................... 62

144ZJ.... Resignation of TSRA Administrator................................................. 62

144ZK... Leave of absence............................................................................... 62

144ZL... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 62

144ZM.. Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 63

144ZN... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 63

144ZP... Acting TSRA Administrator............................................................. 64

144ZQ... Minister may appoint replacement TSRA Administrator if there is a vacancy in an office of TSRA Administrator.......................................................................................................... 64

Part 4—Indigenous Business Australia                                                                  65

Division 1—Indigenous Business Australia                                                     65

145........ Indigenous Business Australia.......................................................... 65

146........ Purposes of Indigenous Business Australia...................................... 65

Division 2—Functions of Indigenous Business Australia                         67

147........ Functions of Indigenous Business Australia..................................... 67

148........ Performance of functions.................................................................. 67

149........ Corporate plan................................................................................... 68

150........ Consideration of corporate plan by Minister..................................... 68

151........ Directions by Minister...................................................................... 69

152........ Powers of Indigenous Business Australia........................................ 69

153........ Guarantees........................................................................................ 70

154........ Minister may ask for information...................................................... 71

Division 3—Board of Directors of Indigenous Business Australia    72

155........ Board of Directors of Indigenous Business Australia....................... 72

156........ Responsibilities of Indigenous Business Australia Board................. 72

157........ Appointment of Indigenous Business Australia Directors................ 72

158........ Selection of Indigenous Business Australia Directors...................... 73

Division 4—Administrative provisions                                                              74

159........ Period of appointment....................................................................... 74

160........ Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 74

161........ Leave of absence............................................................................... 74

162........ Acting appointments......................................................................... 75

164........ Resignation....................................................................................... 76

165........ Termination of appointment.............................................................. 76

166........ Other terms and conditions............................................................... 76

Division 5—Operations of Indigenous Business Australia and Indigenous Business Australia Board 77

167........ Meetings of Indigenous Business Australia Board........................... 77

Division 6—Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer 79

168........ Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer................... 79

169........ Term of appointment......................................................................... 79

170........ Holding of office............................................................................... 79

171........ Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 79

172........ Acting Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer........ 80

172A..... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 80

173........ Resignation....................................................................................... 80

174........ Other terms and conditions............................................................... 80

Division 7—Staff                                                                                                           82

175........ Staff.................................................................................................. 82

177........ Arrangements relating to staff........................................................... 82

178........ Consultants....................................................................................... 82

Division 8—Finances                                                                                                   83

179........ Capital of Indigenous Business Australia......................................... 83

181........ Application of money held by Indigenous Business Australia.......... 83

181A..... New Housing Fund.......................................................................... 83

181B..... Review of decisions to refuse loans from New Housing Fund......... 85

182........ Restriction on spending by Indigenous Business Australia.............. 85

183........ Borrowing for temporary purposes................................................... 86

184........ Limit on Indigenous Business Australia’s powers............................ 86

185........ Giving of security over assets........................................................... 86

187........ Powers of companies in which Indigenous Business Australia has an interest        87

188........ Exemption from taxation................................................................... 87

189........ Annual report and financial statements.............................................. 87

Division 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                       89

190........ Delegation to Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer or member of staff      89

191........ Secrecy.............................................................................................. 89

191AA.. Guidelines for exercise of Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer’s powers 93

Part 4A—Indigenous Land Corporation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account  94

Division 1—Indigenous Land Corporation                                                     94

191A..... Indigenous Land Corporation........................................................... 94

191B..... Purposes of Indigenous Land Corporation....................................... 95

Division 2—Functions and powers of Indigenous Land Corporation 96

191C..... Functions of Indigenous Land Corporation...................................... 96

191D..... Land acquisition functions of Indigenous Land Corporation............ 96

191E...... Land management functions of Indigenous Land Corporation.......... 98

191EA... Indigenous Land Corporation may make money available to Indigenous Business Australia  101

191F...... Performance of functions of Indigenous Land Corporation—general 101

191G..... Subsidiaries of Indigenous Land Corporation may perform functions corresponding to the Indigenous Land Corporation’s functions.................................................................. 102

191H..... Powers of Indigenous Land Corporation........................................ 104

191I....... Guidelines about certain land acquisition and land management functions               105

191J...... Disposal of surplus land................................................................. 105

191L...... Powers of Minister......................................................................... 106

Division 3—National indigenous land strategy and regional indigenous land strategies             107

191N..... National indigenous land strategy................................................... 107

191P...... Regional indigenous land strategies................................................ 108

191Q..... Indigenous Land Corporation to have regard to strategies.............. 109

191R..... Indigenous Land Corporation to make strategies available.............. 110

Division 4—Dealings in land granted by Indigenous Land Corporation              111

191S...... Restriction on right to dispose of, or charge, property.................... 111

191SA... Indigenous Land Corporation’s interest in land.............................. 112

191SB... Interest in land of subsidiary of Indigenous Land Corporation....... 112

191T...... Surrender of land to Indigenous Land Corporation......................... 113

191U..... Land granted by Indigenous Land Corporation must not be claimed under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976......................................................................... 114

Division 5—Board of Directors of Indigenous Land Corporation  115

191V..... Board of Directors of Indigenous Land Corporation...................... 115

191W.... Responsibilities of Indigenous Land Corporation Board................ 116

191X..... Appointment of Indigenous Land Corporation Directors................ 116

191Y..... Automatic re‑appointment of incumbent pending appointment of successor            116

Division 6—Administrative provisions                                                            118

191Z...... Period of appointment..................................................................... 118

192........ Basis on which Indigenous Land Corporation Directors hold office 118

192A..... Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 118

192B..... Outside employment—full‑time Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson           118

192C..... Leave of absence—part‑time Indigenous Land Corporation Directors 119

192D..... Leave of absence—full‑time Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson 119

192E...... Acting appointments....................................................................... 120

192F...... Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 121

192G..... Resignation..................................................................................... 121

192H..... Termination of appointment............................................................ 121

192I....... Other terms and conditions............................................................. 122

Division 7—Operations of Indigenous Land Corporation Board    123

192J...... Meetings of Indigenous Land Corporation Board........................... 123

Division 8—Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer 125

192K..... Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer................... 125

192L...... Term of appointment....................................................................... 125

192M.... Holding of office............................................................................. 125

192N..... Remuneration and allowances of Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer        126

192P...... Acting Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer....... 126

192Q..... Resignation..................................................................................... 126

192R..... Other terms and conditions............................................................. 126

Division 9—Staff                                                                                                         127

192S...... Staff................................................................................................ 127

192T...... Arrangements for Indigenous Business Australia staff to perform duties on behalf of Indigenous Land Corporation........................................................................................................ 127

192U..... Arrangements relating to staff......................................................... 127

192V..... Consultants..................................................................................... 128

Division 10—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account 129

192W.... Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account....................... 129

192X..... Purpose of Land Account............................................................... 129

192Y..... Indexation factor............................................................................. 129

193........ Payments out of Land Account to Indigenous Land Corporation... 130

193G..... Consultative forum on investment policy of the Land Account....... 132

193H..... Accounts and financial statements................................................... 132

193I....... Annual report about Land Account................................................. 132

Division 11—Finances                                                                                              134

193J...... Application of money held by Indigenous Land Corporation......... 134

193K..... Modifications of Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act. 134

193L...... Borrowing....................................................................................... 134

193M.... Giving of security over assets......................................................... 136

193N..... Limit on guarantees......................................................................... 136

193P...... Exemption from taxation................................................................. 137

193Q..... Foreign subsidiaries........................................................................ 137

Division 12—Exemption from stamp duty etc.                                           138

193R..... Exemption from stamp duty etc....................................................... 138

Division 13—Secrecy                                                                                                139

193S...... Secrecy............................................................................................ 139

Division 14—Delegation                                                                                          143

193T...... Delegation to Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer or member of staff        143

Division 15—Reviews                                                                                               144

193U..... Reviews.......................................................................................... 144

Part 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                                     145

194........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 145

195A..... Review by TSRA of delegates’ decisions....................................... 145

196A..... Review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal.................................. 145

197........ Offences—guarantees, grants and loans......................................... 146

198........ Offences—elections........................................................................ 147

199........ Conduct of directors, servants and agents....................................... 148

200........ Aboriginal Hostels Limited............................................................. 150

200A..... Secrecy............................................................................................ 150

200B..... Delegation by Finance Minister...................................................... 153

200C..... Delegations..................................................................................... 153

201........ Regulations..................................................................................... 153

Part 6—Transitional provisions                                                                                155

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                          155

202........ Interpretation................................................................................... 155

Division 3—Transitional provisions relating to Aboriginal Development Commission and Department of Aboriginal Affairs                                                                            157

206........ Transfer of assets and liabilities of old Department......................... 157

211........ Old Commission instruments.......................................................... 157

215........ Certificates relating to assets, liabilities and instruments................. 158

216........ Exemption from taxation................................................................. 159

Division 4—General transitional provisions                                                160

219........ Transfer of staff to Australian Public Service................................. 160

220........ Operation of Superannuation Benefit (Interim Arrangement) Act... 160

222........ State or Territory officer may act on certificate................................ 161

Schedule 2—Method of counting votes and determining successful candidates at elections for 2 or more members for a TSRA ward                                                                      162

Schedule 2A—Method of determining the successful candidate at an election for a single member for a TSRA ward                                                                                                        170

1............ Absolute majority required for election........................................... 170

2............ Candidate with absolute majority of first preference votes elected.. 170

3............ Distribution of preferences.............................................................. 170

Schedule 4—Disputes about electoral matters                                                  172

Part 1—Interpretation                                                                                                    172

1............ Interpretation................................................................................... 172

Part 2—Disputed elections                                                                                            173

2............ Method of disputing elections......................................................... 173

3............ Requisites of election petitions........................................................ 173

3A......... Deadline for filing a petition............................................................ 173

4............ Deposit as security for costs........................................................... 174

5............ Petition by Electoral Commission................................................... 174

6............ No proceedings unless requisites complied with............................. 174

7............ Right of Electoral Commission to be represented............................ 174

8............ Right of Minister to be represented................................................. 174

9............ Election petitions to be tried in open court....................................... 175

10.......... Powers of Court.............................................................................. 175

11.......... Inquiries by Court........................................................................... 176

12.......... Voiding election for illegal practices............................................... 176

13.......... Court to report cases of illegal practices.......................................... 177

14.......... Immaterial errors not to vitiate election............................................ 177

15.......... Evidence that person not permitted to vote...................................... 177

16.......... Deposit applicable for costs............................................................ 178

Part 3—Qualifications and vacancies                                                                    179

17.......... Reference of question as to qualification or vacancy....................... 179

18.......... Minister to state case....................................................................... 179

19.......... Parties to the reference.................................................................... 179

20.......... References to be heard in open court............................................... 179

21.......... Powers of Court.............................................................................. 180

22.......... Order etc. to be sent to Minister and TSRA.................................... 180

Part 4—General                                                                                                                  181

23.......... Real justice to be observed.............................................................. 181

24.......... Decisions to be final........................................................................ 181

25.......... Counsel or solicitor......................................................................... 181

26.......... Costs............................................................................................... 181

27.......... Effect of declarations etc................................................................. 181

28.......... Power to make Rules of Court........................................................ 182

Notes                                                                                                                                           183


An Act to establish a Torres Strait Regional Authority, an Indigenous Land Corporation and a corporation to be known as Indigenous Business Australia, and for related purposes

WHEREAS the people of Australia voted overwhelmingly to amend the Constitution so that the Parliament of Australia would be able to make special laws for peoples of the aboriginal race;

AND WHEREAS the people whose descendants are now known as Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders were the inhabitants of Australia before European settlement;

AND WHEREAS they have been progressively dispossessed of their lands and this dispossession occurred largely without compensation, and successive governments have failed to reach a lasting and equitable agreement with Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders concerning the use of their lands;

AND WHEREAS it is the intention of the people of Australia to make provision for rectification, by such measures as are agreed by the Parliament from time to time, including the measures referred to in this Act, of the consequences of past injustices and to ensure that Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders receive that full recognition within the Australian nation to which history, their prior rights and interests, and their rich and diverse culture, fully entitle them to aspire;

AND WHEREAS it is also the wish of the people of Australia that there be reached with Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders a real and lasting reconciliation of these matters;

AND WHEREAS it is the firm objective of the people of Australia that policies be maintained and developed by the Australian Government that will overcome disadvantages of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders to facilitate the enjoyment of their culture;

AND WHEREAS it is appropriate to further the aforementioned objective in a manner that is consistent with the aims of self‑management and self‑sufficiency for Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders;

AND WHEREAS it is also appropriate to establish structures to represent Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders to ensure maximum participation of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders in the formulation and implementation of programs and to provide them with an effective voice within the Australian Government;

AND WHEREAS the Parliament seeks to enable Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders to increase their economic status, promote their social well‑being and improve the provision of community services;

AND WHEREAS the Australian Government has acted to protect the rights of all of its citizens, and in particular its indigenous peoples, by recognising international standards for the protection of universal human rights and fundamental freedoms through:

                 (a)  the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and other standard‑setting instruments such as the International Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and on Civil and Political Rights; and

             (b)  the acceptance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:


Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005.

2  Commencement [see Note 1]

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), this Act commences on a day to be fixed by Proclamation.

             (2)  If this Act does not commence under subsection (1) within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent, it commences on the first day after the end of that first period.

3  Objects

                   The objects of this Act are, in recognition of the past dispossession and dispersal of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their present disadvantaged position in Australian society:

                     (a)  to ensure maximum participation of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders in the formulation and implementation of government policies that affect them;

                     (b)  to promote the development of self‑management and self‑sufficiency among Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders;

                     (c)  to further the economic, social and cultural development of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders; and

                     (d)  to ensure co‑ordination in the formulation and implementation of policies affecting Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders by the Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments, without detracting from the responsibilities of State, Territory and local governments to provide services to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.

4  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation means:

                     (a)  a corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006; or

                     (b)  a body corporate where either of the following conditions is satisfied:

                              (i)  all the members of the body corporate are Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders, or both;

                             (ii)  a controlling interest in the body corporate is held by Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders, or both.

Aboriginal person means a person of the Aboriginal race of Australia.

Ailan Kastom means the body of customs, traditions, observances and beliefs of some or all of the Torres Strait Islanders living in the Torres Strait area, and includes any such customs, traditions, observances and beliefs relating to particular persons, areas, objects or relationships.

ATSIC abolition day means the day Schedules 1 and 2 to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005 commence.

Commonwealth body includes a Department of State, or authority, of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Electoral Roll means the Rolls kept under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

designated number:

                     (b)  in relation to a TSRA ward—has the meaning given by section 142TA.

election period, in relation to a TSRA election, means the period:

                     (a)  starting on the day when the Minister fixes a day or days for the polling in accordance with subsection 142Y(2); and

                     (b)  ending on the last day on which a poll is declared in relation to that TSRA election.

eligible number, in relation to the TSRA, means:

                     (a)  20; or

                     (b)  if a notice under subsection 142R(1A) is in force—the number fixed by the notice.

estimated population, in relation to the Torres Strait area, means the number of persons living in that area set out in the most recent TSRA notice that includes such a number.

Finance Minister means the Minister who administers the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

holder, in relation to indigenous‑held land, means a person or body who holds an interest in the land, where the interest is relevant to determining the status of the land as indigenous‑held land.

housing loan means a loan for one or more of the following purposes:

                     (a)  the erection or purchase of dwellings or the purchase of land on which dwellings are to be erected or situated;

                     (b)  the extension or modification of, or the making of additions to, dwellings;

                     (c)  any purpose incidental to a purpose referred to in paragraph (a) or (b);

                     (d)  the purchase of household effects;

                     (e)  the repayment of existing debts incurred for any of the purposes referred to in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d).

Indigenous Business Australia means the body having that name that is referred to in section 145.

Indigenous Business Australia Board means the Board of Directors of Indigenous Business Australia referred to in section 155.

Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson means the Chairperson of the Indigenous Business Australia Board referred to in section 155.

Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer means the Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Business Australia referred to in section 168.

Indigenous Business Australia Director means a member of the Indigenous Business Australia Board.

indigenous‑held land has the meaning given by section 4B.

Indigenous Land Corporation means the Indigenous Land Corporation established by section 191A.

Indigenous Land Corporation Board means the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in section 191V.

Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson means the Chairperson of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board referred to in section 191V.

Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer means the Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in section 192K.

Indigenous Land Corporation Director means a member of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board.

interest, in relation to land, includes:

                     (a)  a legal or equitable estate or interest in the land; or

                     (b)  a right, power or privilege over, or in connection with, the land.

Land Account means the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account continued in existence by section 192W.

misbehaviour has a meaning affected by section 4A.

national indigenous land strategy means the strategy prepared under section 191N.

New Housing Fund means the New Housing Fund established under section 181A.

Regional Councils abolition day means the day on which Schedule 3 to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005 commences.

regional indigenous land strategy means a strategy prepared under section 191P.

State body includes a Department of State, or authority, of a State.

Territory body includes a Department of State, or authority, of a Territory.

Torres Strait area means the area declared by the Minister, by instrument in writing made for the purposes of this definition, to be the Torres Strait area.

Torres Strait area number, in relation to the Torres Strait area, means the number of potential voters set out in the most recent TSRA notice that includes such a number.

Torres Strait Islander means a descendant of an indigenous inhabitant of the Torres Strait Islands.

TSRA means the Torres Strait Regional Authority established by section 142.

TSRA Administrator means a TSRA Administrator appointed under:

                     (a)  section 142R; or

                     (b)  section 144ZQ;

to administer the affairs of the TSRA.

TSRA Chief Executive Officer means the Chief Executive Officer of the TSRA referred to in section 144G.

TSRA election means an election for a member or members of the TSRA conducted under Division 5 of Part 3A.

TSRA election rules means rules made by the Minister under section 143G.

TSRA Finance Direction means a direction given to the TSRA by the Minister under section 144ZD.

TSRA Housing Fund means the TSRA Housing Fund established by section 144V.

TSRA Land and Natural Resources Fund means the TSRA Land and Natural Resources Fund established by section 144W.

TSRA notice, in relation to a TSRA election, means a notice under subsection 143(2).

TSRA ward means a ward referred to in section 142TA.

TSRA ward election means an election for one or more members for a TSRA ward.

ward:

                     (b)  in relation to the TSRA—means a ward referred to in section 142TA.

             (2)  The question whether a company is a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation or of Indigenous Business Australia shall be determined in the same manner as the question whether a corporation is a subsidiary of another corporation is determined for the purposes of the Corporations Act 2001.

             (3)  A declaration by the Minister for the purposes of the definition of Torres Strait area is not a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

4A  Minister may make determinations about what constitutes misbehaviour

             (1)  The Minister may make a written determination providing that specified behaviour is taken to be misbehaviour for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  The Minister may make a written determination providing that specified behaviour is taken not to be misbehaviour for the purposes of this Act.

             (3)  A determination under this section is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

4B  Indigenous‑held land

Indigenous‑held land

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, land is indigenous‑held land if, and only if:

                     (a)  an interest in the land is held by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation; or

                     (b)  an interest in the land is held by an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander.

Exception—minority interest in tenancy in common

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), an interest in land is to be ignored if:

                     (a)  the interest consists of a share in a tenancy in common; and

                     (b)  the proportion of the shares in the tenancy in common held by:

                              (i)  Aboriginal persons; and

                             (ii)  Torres Strait Islanders; and

                            (iii)  Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations;

                            is less than 50%.

Exception—minority interest in partnership property

             (3)  For the purposes of subsection (1), an interest in land is to be ignored if:

                     (a)  the interest consists of a share in partnership property; and

                     (b)  the proportion of the shares in the partnership property held by:

                              (i)  Aboriginal persons; and

                             (ii)  Torres Strait Islanders; and

                            (iii)  Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations;

                            is less than 50%.

Exception—interest of a mortgagee

             (4)  For the purposes of subsection (1), an interest in land is to be ignored if the interest is held in the capacity of mortgagee (whether legal or equitable).

5  Act binds the Crown

             (1)  This Act binds the Crown in right of the Commonwealth, of each of the States, of the Australian Capital Territory, of the Northern Territory and of Norfolk Island.

             (2)  Nothing in this Act renders the Crown in right of the Commonwealth, of a State, of the Australian Capital Territory, of the Northern Territory or of Norfolk Island liable to be prosecuted for an offence.

5A  Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code (except Part 2.5) applies to all offences against this Act.

Note 1:       Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

Note 2:       Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code (which deals with corporate criminal responsibility) is excluded from applying to offences against this Act by subsection 199(10).


 

Part 3ATorres Strait Regional Authority

Division 1Torres Strait Regional Authority

142  Torres Strait Regional Authority

             (1)  A Torres Strait Regional Authority is established.

             (2)  The TSRA:

                     (a)  is a body corporate, with perpetual succession; and

                     (b)  is to have a common seal; and

                     (c)  may acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property; and

                     (d)  may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

Note:          The Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 applies to the TSRA. That Act deals with matters relating to Commonwealth authorities, including reporting and accountability, banking and investment, and conduct of officers.

             (3)  The common seal of the TSRA is to be kept in such custody as the TSRA directs and must not be used except as authorised by the TSRA.

             (4)  All courts, judges and persons acting judicially must:

                     (a)  take judicial notice of the imprint of the common seal of the TSRA appearing on a document; and

                     (b)  presume that the imprint was duly affixed.


 

Division 2Functions of TSRA

142A  Functions of TSRA

Functions

             (1)  The TSRA has the following functions:

                     (a)  to recognise and maintain the special and unique Ailan Kastom of Torres Strait Islanders living in the Torres Strait area;

                     (b)  to formulate and implement programs for Torres Strait Islanders, and Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area;

                     (c)  to monitor the effectiveness of programs for Torres Strait Islanders, and Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area, including programs conducted by other bodies;

                     (d)  to develop policy proposals to meet national, State and regional needs and priorities of Torres Strait Islanders, and Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area;

                     (e)  to assist, advise and co‑operate with Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal communities, organisations and individuals at national, State, Territory and regional levels;

                      (f)  to advise the Minister on:

                              (i)  matters relating to Torres Strait Islander affairs, and Aboriginal affairs, in the Torres Strait area, including the administration of legislation;

                             (ii)  the co‑ordination of the activities of other Commonwealth bodies that affect Torres Strait Islanders, or Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area;

                     (g)  when requested by the Minister, to provide information or advice to the Minister on any matter specified by the Minister;

                     (h)  to take such reasonable action as it considers necessary to protect Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal cultural material and information relating to the Torres Strait area if the material or information is considered sacred or otherwise significant by Torres Strait Islanders or Aboriginal persons;

                      (i)  at the request of, or with the agreement of, the Australian Bureau of Statistics but not otherwise, to collect and publish statistical information relating to Torres Strait Islanders, and Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area;

                      (j)  such other functions as are conferred on the TSRA by this Act or any other Act;

                     (k)  such other functions as are expressly conferred on the TSRA by a law of a State or of an internal Territory and in respect of which there is in force written approval by the Minister under section 142B;

                      (l)  to undertake such research as is necessary to enable the TSRA to perform any of its other functions;

                    (m)  to do anything else that is incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the preceding functions.

TSRA not to disregard Aboriginal tradition and custom

             (2)  The express mention in paragraph (1)(a) of the Ailan Kastom of Torres Strait Islanders living in the Torres Strait area does not imply that the TSRA may disregard Aboriginal tradition and custom.

Minister may require information about expenditure

             (3)  The information that may be required by the Minister under paragraph (1)(g) includes, but is not limited to, information about the TSRA’s expenditure.

Minister must not specify content of information

             (4)  When requesting information under paragraph (1)(g), the Minister must not specify the content of the information that is to be provided.

TSRA must not disclose certain material or information

             (5)  In performing its function under paragraph (1)(h), the TSRA must ensure that the material or information covered by that paragraph is not disclosed by the TSRA if that disclosure would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of relevant Torres Strait Islanders or Aboriginal persons.

TSRA must ensure that privacy is not infringed

             (6)  In performing its function under paragraph (1)(i), the TSRA must ensure that the collection and publication of statistical information covered by that paragraph does not infringe the privacy of any individual.

Limitations on TSRA’s function to acquire land

             (7)  This Act does not confer on the TSRA a function of acquiring land except:

                     (a)  for its administrative purposes; or

                     (b)  for the purpose of the performance of functions expressly conferred on it by this Act.

142AA  Conferring functions on TSRA

             (1)  For the purpose of furthering the social, economic or cultural development of Torres Strait Islanders, or Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area, the Prime Minister may confer a departmental function on the TSRA.

          (1A)  An instrument conferring a function under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

             (2)  The power under subsection (1) must be exercised by notice in the Gazette.

             (3)  In this section:

departmental function means a function that has previously been performed by a Department of State of the Commonwealth.

142B  Minister may approve performance of functions under State or Territory laws

                   The Minister may, in writing, approve the performance by the TSRA of a function expressly conferred on the TSRA by a law of a State or an internal Territory.

142C  Powers of TSRA

             (1)  The TSRA has power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.

             (2)  The powers of the TSRA include, but are not limited to, the following powers:

                     (a)  to accept gifts, grants, bequests and devises made to it;

                     (b)  to act as trustee of money and other property vested in it on trust;

                     (c)  to negotiate and co‑operate with other Commonwealth bodies and with State, Territory and local government bodies;

                     (d)  to enter into an agreement for making a grant or loan under section 142GA to the State of Queensland or an authority of that State (including a local government body);

                     (e)  to enter into an agreement (other than an agreement referred to in paragraph (d)) with a State or a Territory.

             (3)  Despite anything in this Act, any money or other property held by the TSRA on trust must be dealt with in accordance with the powers and duties of the TSRA as trustee.

             (4)  The powers of the TSRA may be exercised in or out of Australia.

142D  Torres Strait Development Plan

             (1)  The TSRA must formulate, and revise from time to time, a plan to be known as the Torres Strait Development Plan (the Plan).

             (2)  The aim of the Plan is to improve the economic, social and cultural status of Torres Strait Islanders, and Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area.

             (3)  The Plan must outline the strategies and policies that the TSRA intends to adopt in order to implement the Plan, including, but not limited to, a marine strategy for the Torres Strait area.

             (4)  Each Plan must relate to a period of at least 3 years and not more than 5 years.

             (5)  The TSRA must review the Plan regularly.

             (6)  The TSRA must perform its functions under this section in consultation with the Minister.

             (7)  Without limiting the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the TSRA Chief Executive Officer must ensure that copies of the Plan as in force from time to time are available for inspection and purchase at each office of the TSRA.

             (8)  The TSRA Chief Executive Officer must cause notice of the publication of the Plan to be published in the Gazette.

142E  Directions by Minister

             (1)  The TSRA must perform its functions and exercise its powers in accordance with any general written directions given to it by the Minister.

             (2)  The Minister must not give directions about the content of any advice, information or recommendation that may be given by the TSRA to a Minister, Department of State or authority of the Commonwealth.

             (3)  The Minister must not give directions about the content of any advice, information or recommendation that may be given by the TSRA to:

                     (a)  a Minister of a State or Territory; or

                     (b)  a Department of State of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  an authority of a State or Territory;

except for the purpose of protecting the confidentiality of information given to the TSRA by the Commonwealth or an authority of the Commonwealth.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (5), the Minister must cause a copy of a direction to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after that direction was given.

             (5)  The rule in subsection (4) does not apply if the laying of a copy of a direction before each House of the Parliament would result in the disclosure of a matter in a manner that would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of Torres Strait Islanders or Aboriginal persons.


 

Division 3General funding powers of TSRA

142F  TSRA may make grants and loans

             (1)  The TSRA may:

                     (a)  make a grant of money; or

                     (b)  grant an interest in land; or

                     (c)  grant an interest in personal property; or

                     (d)  make a loan of money (whether secured or unsecured);

to:

                     (e)  an individual; or

                      (f)  a body corporate (other than a Regional Council); or

                     (g)  an unincorporated body;

for the purpose of furthering the social, economic or cultural development of Torres Strait Islanders, or Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area.

             (2)  A grant or loan is subject to such terms and conditions as the TSRA determines.

             (3)  The TSRA may acquire by agreement an interest in land, or personal property, for the purpose of making a grant under this section.

142G  TSRA may give guarantees

             (1)  If the TSRA is satisfied that the purpose of a loan made or to be made to:

                     (a)  an individual; or

                     (b)  a body corporate; or

                     (c)  an unincorporated body;

is a purpose for which the TSRA could, in the performance of its functions, make a loan to that borrower, the TSRA may guarantee the due payment of all money (including interest) payable by the borrower in accordance with the terms and conditions of the loan.

             (2)  The TSRA’s power to give guarantees is subject to such limits as the Finance Minister determines as to the total amount of money (other than interest) the payment of which may at any time be the subject of guarantees.

             (3)  A guarantee is subject to such terms and conditions as the TSRA determines.

142GA  TSRA may make grants and loans to Queensland government etc.

             (1)  The TSRA may make a grant of money to:

                     (a)  the State of Queensland; or

                     (b)  an authority of the State of Queensland (including a local government body);

for the purpose of furthering the social, economic or cultural development of Torres Strait Islanders, or Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area.

             (2)  The TSRA may make a loan of money to:

                     (a)  the State of Queensland; or

                     (b)  an authority of the State of Queensland (including a local government body);

for the purpose of furthering the social, economic or cultural development of Torres Strait Islanders, or Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area.

             (3)  A grant or loan is subject to such terms and conditions as the TSRA determines.

142H  Grants and loans to be repayable if conditions breached etc.

             (1)  The TSRA may give written notice to an individual or body to whom a grant has been made under this Part, stating that the TSRA is satisfied that the individual or body has failed to fulfil a term or condition of the grant.

             (2)  An individual or body who is given notice under subsection (1) is liable to pay to the TSRA an amount equal to:

                     (a)  the amount of the grant; or

                     (b)  so much of the grant as the TSRA specifies in the notice.

             (3)  The TSRA may give written notice to an individual or body to whom a loan has been made under this Part, stating that the TSRA is satisfied that the individual or body has failed to fulfil a term or condition of the loan.

             (4)  An individual or body who is given notice under subsection (3) is liable to pay to the TSRA, immediately, an amount equal to the sum of:

                     (a)  so much of the amount of the loan as has not yet been repaid; and

                     (b)  any accrued interest that has not been paid;

or so much of that amount as the TSRA specifies in the notice.

142J  Restriction on right to dispose of interest in land

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an individual or body has acquired an interest in land; and

                     (b)  any of the following applies:

                              (i)  the interest was acquired using money granted to the individual or body by the TSRA under paragraph 142F(1)(a) or subsection 142GA(1);

                             (ii)  the interest was acquired from the TSRA under paragraph 142F(1)(b);

                            (iii)  the acquisition of the interest was financed by a loan that was guaranteed by the TSRA under section 142G.

             (2)  The individual or body must not dispose of the interest without the TSRA’s written consent.

             (3)  If the individual or body purports to dispose of the interest without the TSRA’s written consent, the purported disposition is of no effect.

142JA  TSRA’s interest in land

             (1)  Any liability or obligation of an individual, a body corporate or an unincorporated body to the TSRA arising:

                     (a)  under the terms and conditions of a grant or loan referred to in subsection 142F(2); or

                     (b)  under section 142H or 142J;

is taken to be an interest of the TSRA in the land to which it relates.

             (2)  The land is charged with the payment of all costs and expenses incurred by the TSRA in respect of its enforcement of the liability or obligation.

142K  TSRA to formulate decision‑making principles about grants, loans and guarantees

             (1)  The TSRA must formulate principles (the decision‑making principles), not inconsistent with the objects of this Act, about:

                     (a)  the making of grants and loans under section 142F or 142GA; and

                     (b)  the giving of guarantees under section 142G.

             (2)  Subject to section 144ZD, the TSRA must perform its functions and exercise its powers under sections 142F, 142G and 142GA in accordance with applicable provisions of the decision‑making principles in force from time to time.

             (3)  Without limiting the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the TSRA Chief Executive Officer must ensure that copies of the decision‑making principles as in force from time to time are available for inspection and purchase at each of the TSRA’s offices.

             (4)  The TSRA Chief Executive Officer must cause notice of the making of decision‑making principles to be published in the Gazette.

142L  Review of operation of Part etc.

             (1)  The TSRA may, from time to time:

                     (a)  review such aspects of the operation of:

                              (i)  this Part; and

                             (ii)  the remaining provisions of this Act, in so far as they relate to the TSRA;

                            as the TSRA determines in writing; and

                     (b)  report to the Minister accordingly.

             (2)  The TSRA must not review a matter mentioned in section 141.

             (3)  The report to the Minister may include suggestions for amendments of this Act to solve problems identified in the report.

             (4)  The Minister must cause copies of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after its receipt by the Minister.

142M  Advisory committees

             (1)  The TSRA may establish one or more advisory committees to advise the TSRA in relation to the performance of the TSRA’s functions.

             (2)  An advisory committee may include members of the TSRA.

             (3)  A member of an advisory committee is entitled to remuneration and allowances in accordance with section 194.

             (4)  A member of an advisory committee holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the TSRA by notice in the Gazette.

142N  Advisory committee—disclosure of interests at meetings

             (1)  A member of an advisory committee established under section 142M who has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in a matter being considered or about to be considered by the committee must, as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to the member’s knowledge, disclose the nature of the interest at a meeting of the committee.

             (2)  A disclosure under subsection (1) must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the committee.

142P  Advisory committee—member’s appointment to be terminated for non‑disclosure of interests

             (1)  This section applies to an advisory committee established under section 142M.

             (2)  The TSRA must terminate the appointment of a member of a committee if the member fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 142N.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not, by implication, limit the TSRA’s power to terminate the appointment of a member of a committee.

142Q  Advisory committee—resignation

A member of an advisory committee established under section 142M may resign from the committee by writing signed by the member and sent to the TSRA.


 

Division 4Constitution of TSRA

142R  Constitution of TSRA

             (1)  Subject to any instrument in force under section 142S, the TSRA consists of the eligible number of members elected in accordance with Division 5 of this Part.

          (1A)  The Minister may fix the eligible number for the TSRA by notice in the Gazette.

          (1B)  The number fixed must be at least 20 and not more than 23.

          (1C)  The notice is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The performance of the functions or the exercise of the powers of the TSRA is not affected by reason only that there are fewer than the eligible number of members of the TSRA.

             (3)  If there are fewer than 7 members of the TSRA, the Minister may, subject to subsection (4), by notice in the Gazette:

                     (a)  remove the remaining members (if any) of the TSRA from office; and

                     (b)  appoint a TSRA Administrator to administer the affairs of the TSRA.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if:

                     (a)  there are casual vacancies in the membership of the TSRA; and

                     (b)  some or all of those vacancies will be able to be filled in accordance with the TSRA election rules; and

                     (c)  when those casual vacancies are filled, the TSRA will have at least 7 members.

142S  Minister may determine manner of representation on TSRA

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make provision for and in relation to how the TSRA is to be constituted.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), an instrument under that subsection may:

                     (a)  provide for some or all of the members of the TSRA to be elected under this Act to be representatives of a specified kind; and

                     (b)  provide for the method and timing of election of those members; and

                     (c)  provide for the term of office of those members.

             (3)  An instrument under subsection (1) may also make provision in relation to the operation of the TSRA.

             (4)  If the eligible number has changed, the Minister may amend an instrument under subsection (1) in connection with the change.

             (5)  Subsection (4) does not limit the Minister’s power to revoke, amend or vary an instrument under subsection (1).

             (6)  An instrument under subsection (1) has effect according to its terms.


 

Division 5TSRA elections

142T  TSRA elections

                   The Australian Electoral Commission is to conduct TSRA elections in accordance with:

                     (a)  this Act; and

                     (b)  the TSRA election rules in force at the beginning of the election period.

142TA  TSRA wards

Rules may divide Torres Strait area into wards

             (1)  The TSRA election rules may:

                     (a)  provide for the division of the Torres Strait area into specified wards; and

                     (b)  set out the boundaries of each ward; and

                     (c)  fix the designated number for each ward.

Significance of fixing designated number for a ward

             (2)  The following is an explanation of the significance of fixing the designated number for a ward:

                     (a)  if the designated number is 1—subject to section 143A (which deals with nominations), there is to be a single member of the TSRA for the ward;

                     (b)  if the designated number is any other number—subject to section 143A (which deals with nominations), there is to be that number of members of the TSRA for the ward.

Total of designated numbers for wards

             (3)  The total of the designated numbers for TSRA wards must equal the eligible number for the TSRA less the number of members (if any) who hold office as members under an instrument under section 142S.

When rules about wards take effect

             (4)  TSRA election rules made for the purposes of this section:

                     (a)  have effect for the purposes of TSRA elections held after the commencement of the rules; and

                     (b)  take effect, for all other purposes, at the end of the election period for the first TSRA election held after the date on which the rules commence.

If no rules in force then Torres Strait area taken to be a single ward

             (5)  For the purposes of this Act, if there are no TSRA election rules in force that divide the Torres Strait area into wards:

                     (a)  the area is taken to be a single ward; and

                     (b)  the designated number for the ward is equal to the eligible number for the TSRA less the number of members (if any) who hold office as members under an instrument under section 142S.

142U  People entitled to vote at TSRA elections

                   A person is entitled to vote at a TSRA ward election if and only if:

                     (a)  the person is a Torres Strait Islander or an Aboriginal person; and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  the person’s name is on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll and the person’s place of living as shown on that Roll is within the ward concerned; or

                             (ii)  the person is entitled to vote at the election under rules made under subsection 143G(3).

142V  People qualified to be elected to the TSRA

             (1)  A person is not qualified to stand for election, or to be elected, as a member of the TSRA for a ward if:

                     (a)  the person is not entitled to vote at the TSRA ward election concerned; or

                     (b)  the person is a member of the staff of, or a consultant to, the TSRA; or

                     (c)  the person is bankrupt; or

                     (d)  there is in operation a personal insolvency agreement with the person’s creditors under the law relating to bankruptcy; or

                     (e)  subject to subsection (2), the person has been convicted of an offence against a Commonwealth, State or Territory law and sentenced to imprisonment for one year or longer; or

                      (f)  subject to subsection (2), the person has been convicted of an offence against a Commonwealth, State or Territory law involving dishonesty and sentenced to imprisonment for 3 months or longer.

             (2)  Despite subsection (1), a person covered by paragraph (1)(e) or (f) is not disqualified by that paragraph from standing for election, or being elected, as a member of the TSRA if:

                     (a)  if the person was never actually imprisoned for the offence—at least 2 years have passed since the person was convicted; or

                     (b)  if the person served a term of imprisonment for the offence—at least 2 years have passed since the person was released from prison; or

                     (c)  in any case—the Federal Court of Australia, on application by the person, declares that despite the person’s conviction, he or she ought not to be disqualified from standing for election, or being elected, as a member of the TSRA.

             (3)  The Federal Court of Australia has jurisdiction with respect to matters arising under subsection (2).

142W  Term of office of members of TSRA

             (1)  Persons elected, or declared to have been elected, as members of the TSRA for a TSRA ward otherwise than at a by‑election to fill a casual vacancy:

                     (a)  take office as members at the end of the election period concerned; and

                     (b)  hold office, subject to this Part, until the end of the election period for the next TSRA election (other than a by‑election or an election held for another ward in place of an election in relation to which the Federal Court of Australia has made an order under Schedule 4).

             (2)  A person elected, or declared to have been elected, as a member of the TSRA for a TSRA ward at a by‑election to fill a casual vacancy:

                     (a)  takes office as member immediately after the day on which the poll is declared in relation to that by‑election; and

                     (b)  holds office, subject to this Part, until immediately before the last day on which a poll is declared in relation to the next TSRA election (other than a by‑election to fill a casual vacancy or an election held for another ward in place of an election in relation to which the Federal Court of Australia has made an order under Schedule 4).

             (3)  In this section:

by‑election to fill a casual vacancy includes an election of a member of the TSRA to fill a position created by an increase in the eligible number.

142X  Errors in Commonwealth Electoral Roll not to affect entitlements

             (1)  For the purposes of the application of this Act to the TSRA, a person’s name is taken to be on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll if the name on the Roll is, in the opinion of an authorised electoral officer, sufficient to identify the person, even if:

                     (a)  a given name of the person has been omitted from the Roll; or

                     (b)  a wrong given name has been entered on the Roll; or

                     (c)  the person’s surname has been misspelt on the Roll; or

                     (d)  the Roll does not show the person’s correct address.

             (2)  For the purposes of the application of this Act to the TSRA, a person’s name is taken to be on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll even if his or her name as shown on that Roll has been changed because of his or her marriage.

142Y  Timing of TSRA elections

             (1)  TSRA elections must be held every 4 years during periods determined under the TSRA election rules having regard to the day or days fixed for the polling in accordance with this section.

             (2)  The Minister must, by written notice, fix a day or days for the polling in each TSRA election.

142Z  Polling places

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner must, by written notice, appoint by name such polling places as he or she considers necessary for each TSRA ward.

             (2)  The Electoral Commissioner must give a copy of the notice relating to elections for the TSRA to the Minister and the TSRA.

             (3)  The TSRA must take reasonable steps to ensure that a copy of the most recent notice appointing polling places for an election is available for inspection at each office of the TSRA.

143  Fixing of election days, and location of polling places, to be notified in Gazette

             (1)  The Minister must cause a copy of the notice under subsection 142Y(2) fixing a polling day or polling days for a TSRA election to be published in the Gazette at least 90 days before the day, or the first of the days, so fixed.

             (2)  The Minister must cause to be published, together with the copy referred to in subsection (1):

                     (a)  a copy of the most recent notice appointing polling places under section 142Z; and

                     (b)  a notice setting out an estimate by the Minister, in relation to the Torres Strait area, of:

                              (i)  the number of persons who will be entitled to vote at the forthcoming TSRA election; and

                             (ii)  the number of persons living in that area who are Torres Strait Islanders or Aboriginal persons; and

                     (c)  if the Torres Strait area is divided into wards—a notice setting out an estimate by the Minister, in relation to each ward, of:

                              (i)  the number of persons who will be entitled to vote at the forthcoming election for that ward; and

                             (ii)  the number of persons living in that ward who are Torres Strait Islanders or Aboriginal persons.

             (3)  A failure by the Minister to comply with this section does not invalidate the fixing of the day or days, or the appointing of the polling places, as the case requires.

143A  Effect of nominations

             (1)  If the number of candidates nominated for election as the member or members for a TSRA ward is equal to or less than the designated number for the ward, an authorised electoral officer must declare the candidate or candidates, as the case requires, to be duly elected. Subsection (3) may require deferral of the declaration.

             (2)  If the number of candidates nominated for election as the member or members for a TSRA ward is more than the designated number for the ward, a poll must be held.

             (3)  If subsection (1) applies to some, but not all, of the TSRA wards, all declarations (whether made under this section or otherwise) must be made on the same day for all the wards for which elections are being held.

143B  Voting not compulsory

                   Voting at TSRA elections is not compulsory.

143C  Voting by secret ballot

                   Voting at TSRA elections must be by secret ballot.

143D  Voting

             (1)  A voter must cast a vote at a TSRA election by marking the ballot paper to show the order of the voter’s preference for the candidates.

             (2)  A ballot paper is formal if, and only if:

                     (a)  an authorised electoral officer is satisfied that it is an authentic ballot paper; and

                     (b)  it indicates the voter’s first preference for one, and only one, candidate; and

                     (c)  it does not have any identifying mark on it.

             (3)  A ballot paper that is formal must be given effect according to the voter’s intention so far as that intention is clear.

             (4)  In this section:

identifying mark means writing or another mark by which, in the opinion of an authorised electoral officer, the voter can be identified, but does not include writing or another mark placed on the ballot paper (whether or not in contravention of any law) by a person involved in conducting the election.

143E  Counting of votes and election of candidates

                   Votes cast at a TSRA election must be counted, and the candidate or candidates are to be elected, as provided in:

                     (a)  whichever of Schedule 2 or 2A applies; and

                     (b)  the TSRA election rules.

143F  General obligation to inform people about elections

                   In addition to its specific obligations in relation to TSRA elections, the Australian Electoral Commission must take any steps that it considers reasonable to inform people who are, or may be, entitled to vote at TSRA elections about:

                     (a)  their eligibility to vote; and

                     (b)  the dates and times fixed for polling; and

                     (c)  the locations of polling places; and

                     (d)  any other matters about the conduct of TSRA elections that the Australian Electoral Commission considers significant.

143G  Rules for conduct of elections

Minister may make rules

             (1)  The Minister may, after consulting the TSRA and the Electoral Commissioner, make rules, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing:

                     (a)  the manner in which TSRA elections are to be conducted (including, but not limited to, elections conducted because previous elections have been declared to be void); and

                     (b)  the manner in which casual vacancies in the TSRA are to be filled (including, but not limited to, the holding of by‑elections); and

                     (c)  the manner of changing the membership of the TSRA to conform with changes in the eligible number (including, but not limited to, the holding of by‑elections).

Matters that may be dealt with in rules

             (2)  The matters that may be dealt with in the rules include, but are not limited to, the following matters:

                     (a)  the use of an electoral roll or voter cards to establish an entitlement to vote or to make a record of the people who have cast votes;

                     (b)  the functions of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal liaison officers in connection with the determination of a person’s entitlement to vote;

                     (c)  the nomination of candidates for election;

                     (d)  ballot papers and forms;

                     (e)  postal voting;

                      (f)  mobile polling, including the appointment and duties of mobile polling teams and matters relating to polling by such teams;

                     (g)  confidentiality of voting;

                     (h)  the employment by the Australian Electoral Commission of staff, including polling staff, in connection with elections;

                      (i)  the scrutiny and counting of votes;

                      (j)  the declaration of the poll.

Rules may deal with situations where persons would otherwise not be entitled to vote

             (3)  The rules may make provision entitling Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal persons to vote at TSRA elections even if they would not be entitled so to vote under subparagraph 142U(b)(i) and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, may make provision about the following matters:

                     (a)  the determination of whether a person is entitled to vote if:

                              (i)  the person’s name is on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll; but

                             (ii)  because of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, the person’s place of living or address is not shown on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll;

                    (aa)  the determination of the ward in relation to which a person described in paragraph (a) may vote (if he or she is entitled to vote);

                     (b)  how a vote cast by a person is to be dealt with if:

                              (i)  the person was entitled to have his or her name on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll; but

                             (ii)  the person’s name was not on that Roll because of a mistake by a person exercising powers or performing functions under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918;

                     (c)  the casting of a provisional vote by a person whose name does not, on the polling day, appear to be on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll;

                     (d)  the circumstances in which a provisional vote cast under rules made under paragraph (c) is to be accepted.

Penalties for breach of rules

             (4)  The rules may provide penalties for breaches of the rules not exceeding 10 penalty units.

Penalty under Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 may be substituted for penalty under rules

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  the rules create an offence in relation to TSRA elections (TSRA election offence) that corresponds to an offence under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Commonwealth election offence); and

                     (b)  the maximum pecuniary penalty for the Commonwealth election offence is more than the penalty that, by subsection (4), could be imposed for a breach of the rules;

the rules may provide a maximum penalty for the TSRA election offence not exceeding the maximum pecuniary penalty for the corresponding Commonwealth election offence. However, nothing in this subsection enables the rules to provide penalties of imprisonment.

Minister to have regard to desirability of TSRA elections being conducted in a manner similar to elections for the Parliament

             (6)  In making rules, the Minister must have regard to the desirability of providing for TSRA elections to be conducted in a manner similar to the manner in which elections for the Parliament are conducted, with the aim of increasing the understanding of, and participation in, elections for the Parliament by Torres Strait Islanders, and Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area.

Rules may take account of special circumstances

             (7)  Subsection (6) does not prevent the Minister making rules:

                     (a)  that take account of the special circumstances of Torres Strait Islanders, or Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area; or

                     (b)  that will enable significant reductions in the costs of conducting TSRA elections.

Rules are a disallowable instrument

             (8)  Rules are a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

143H  Authorised electoral officer

                   A reference in this Division or Schedule 2 to an authorised electoral officer is, in relation to a particular TSRA election, a reference to a member of the staff of the Australian Electoral Commission designated by the Electoral Commissioner for the purposes of that provision and in relation to that election.

143I  Disputed elections

                   Schedule 4 applies where there is a dispute in relation to a TSRA election.

Division 6Administrative provisions

143J  Part‑time basis of holding office

                   A member of the TSRA (other than the Chairperson) holds office on a part‑time basis.

143K  Remuneration and allowances

                   A member of the TSRA is entitled to remuneration and allowances in accordance with section 194.

143L  Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

             (1)  The TSRA must, at its first meeting after it is elected, elect from among its members by secret ballot:

                     (a)  a Chairperson; and

                     (b)  a Deputy Chairperson.

             (2)  The first meeting of the TSRA after it is elected must be held as soon as practicable after it is elected.

             (4)  At any other meeting of the TSRA, the TSRA must elect:

                     (a)  a new Chairperson if there is a vacancy in the office of Chairperson of the TSRA; and

                     (b)  a new Deputy Chairperson if there is a vacancy in the office of Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA.

             (5)  Elections under this section must be conducted in accordance with the regulations.

143M  Acting appointments

             (1)  The Minister may, after consulting the TSRA, appoint a person to act in the office of a member of the TSRA during any period, or during all periods, when the member is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The Minister must not appoint a person to act in the office of a member of the TSRA unless, having regard to section 142V, the person is qualified to be elected as a member.

             (3)  The appointment of a person to act in the office of a member of the TSRA who is also the Chairperson of the TSRA does not constitute an appointment of the person to act as the Chairperson.

             (4)  The appointment of a person to act in the office of a member of the TSRA who is also the Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA does not constitute an appointment of the person to act as the Deputy Chairperson.

143P  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  Each member of the TSRA must make to the Minister a written disclosure of:

                     (a)  the member’s financial interests; and

                     (b)  the financial interests of the member’s immediate family;

equivalent to the disclosure of financial interests required to be made by SES employees.

             (2)  The member must make a disclosure under subsection (1) within one month after being elected as member.

             (3)  The member must from time to time make such further disclosures as are necessary to ensure that the information available to the Minister about the financial interests of the member, and of the members of his or her immediate family, is up‑to‑date.

             (4)  In this section:

member includes an acting member.

143Q  Resignation

                   A member of the TSRA may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Minister.

143R  Members taken to have resigned from TSRA in certain circumstances

Members taken to have resigned from TSRA in certain circumstances

             (1)  If the TSRA is satisfied that a member of the TSRA holding office under an instrument under section 142S:

                     (a)  does not live in the Torres Strait area; and

                     (b)  has not lived in the Torres Strait area at all during the immediately preceding period of 6 months;

the TSRA may, in writing, declare that it is so satisfied.

Member living outside his or her ward in the Torres Strai t area

          (1A)  If the TSRA is satisfied that a member of the TSRA for a TSRA ward:

                     (a)  does not live in the ward; and

                     (b)  has not lived in the ward at all during the immediately preceding 6 months;

the TSRA may declare in writing that it is so satisfied.

Member taken to have resigned if TSRA makes a declaration

             (2)  Subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, if the TSRA makes a declaration under subsection (1) or (1A), the member concerned is, for all purposes, taken to have resigned on the date of the declaration.

TSRA may declare that member has become employee etc. of TSRA

             (3)  The TSRA may, in writing, declare that a member of the TSRA has become an employee of, or a consultant to, the TSRA.

Member taken to have resigned if TSRA makes a declaration

             (4)  If the TSRA makes a declaration under subsection (3), the member concerned must, for all purposes, be taken to have resigned on the date of the declaration.

143S  Suspension and removal from office of members of the TSRA

Minister may suspend member of the TSRA

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), the Minister may suspend a member of the TSRA from office because of misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

Minister must give member of the TSRA notice before suspension

             (2)  The Minister must not suspend the member from office unless the Minister has:

                     (a)  by written notice served on the member, given the member 7 days within which to show cause why the member should not be suspended; and

                     (b)  consulted the TSRA.

Statement to be laid before each House of the Parliament

             (3)  The Minister must cause a statement identifying the member and setting out the ground of the suspension to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 7 sitting days of that House after the suspension.

Member of the TSRA must be restored to office if declaration made by both Houses of Parliament

             (4)  If such a statement has been laid before a House of the Parliament, that House may, within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the statement has been laid before it, by resolution, declare that the member of the TSRA ought to be restored to office. If each House so passes such a resolution, the Minister must terminate the suspension.

Minister may remove member of the TSRA from office if no declaration made

             (5)  If, at the end of 15 sitting days of a House of the Parliament after the day on which the statement has been laid before that House, that House has not passed such a resolution, the Minister may remove the member of the TSRA from office.

Minister must remove member from office

             (6)  If a member of the TSRA:

                     (a)  is convicted of an offence against a Commonwealth, State or Territory law and sentenced to imprisonment for one year or longer; or

                     (b)  is convicted of an offence against a Commonwealth, State or Territory law involving dishonesty and sentenced to imprisonment for 3 months or longer; or

                     (c)  who is the Chairperson of the TSRA, is absent from duty, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any period of 12 months; or

                     (d)  who is a part‑time member, has been absent from 3 consecutive meetings of the TSRA without leave of the Minister and without reasonable excuse; or

                     (e)  fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 27F or 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997; or

                      (f)  becomes bankrupt; or

                     (g)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                     (h)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                      (i)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors;

the Minister must remove the member from office.

Statement to be laid before Parliament if member of the TSRA removed from office

             (7)  If the Minister removes a member of the TSRA from office, the Minister must cause to be laid before each House of the Parliament, within 7 sitting days of that House after the removal, a statement:

                     (a)  identifying the member; and

                     (b)  stating that he or she has been removed from office; and

                     (c)  setting out the ground of the removal.

Circumstances in which member of TSRA taken to be guilty of misbehaviour

             (8)  Without limiting the generality of this section, a member of the TSRA is taken to have been guilty of misbehaviour if he or she has knowingly voted in favour of, or knowingly participated in, a contravention of a lawful direction given by the Minister to the TSRA, whether under section 142E or 144ZD or any other provision of this Act.

143T  Recall of member of the TSRA

             (1)  If the Minister receives a valid petition calling for the removal of a member of the TSRA from office, the Minister must remove that member from office as soon as possible.

             (2)  In this section:

eligible person means a person who would be entitled to vote at an election for that member of the TSRA.

sufficient number means a number that is more than 66% of the Torres Strait area number.

valid petition means a petition:

                     (a)  that contains the signatures of a sufficient number of persons who were eligible persons when they signed the petition; and

                     (b)  that sets out legibly:

                              (i)  the name of each person who signed the petition; and

                             (ii)  the date on which the person signed; and

                            (iii)  an address for the person that is sufficient to identify the place where the person lives; and

                     (c)  all the signatures to which have been affixed within the period of 6 months immediately before the delivery of the petition to the Minister.

143U  Members of TSRA, and TSRA Administrators, not personally liable

             (1)  A member of the TSRA is not personally liable to an action or other proceeding for damages for or in relation to anything done or omitted to be done in good faith:

                     (a)  by the TSRA; or

                     (b)  by the member in the capacity of member.

             (2)  A TSRA Administrator is not personally liable to an action or other proceeding for damages for or in relation to an act done or omitted to be done:

                     (a)  by the Torres Strait Regional Council before the TSRA Administrator was appointed; or

                     (b)  by the TSRA before the TSRA Administrator was appointed; or

                     (c)  in good faith by the TSRA Administrator in the capacity of TSRA Administrator.

             (3)  This section does not apply to a liability that arises under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

143V  Other terms and conditions

                   A member of the TSRA holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.

143W  Provisions relating to Chairperson

             (1)  The Chairperson of the TSRA holds office on a full‑time basis.

             (3)  The Chairperson of the TSRA holds office for the period starting when he or she is elected and ending when a new Chairperson of the TSRA is elected.

143X  Resignation of Chairperson

             (1)  The Chairperson of the TSRA may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Minister.

             (2)  The Chairperson of the TSRA is taken to have resigned if:

                     (a)  he or she resigns from the TSRA; or

                     (b)  under section 143R, he or she is taken to have resigned from the TSRA.

143Y  Suspension and removal from office of Chairperson

Minister may suspend Chairperson

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), the Minister may suspend the Chairperson of the TSRA from office because of misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

Minister must give Chairperson notice before suspension

             (2)  The Minister must not suspend the Chairperson from office unless the Minister has:

                     (a)  by written notice served on the Chairperson, given the Chairperson 7 days within which to show cause why the Chairperson should not be suspended; and

                     (b)  consulted the TSRA.

Statement to be laid before each House of the Parliament

             (3)  The Minister must cause a statement identifying the Chairperson and setting out the ground of the suspension to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 7 sitting days of that House after the suspension.

Chairperson must be restored to office if declaration made by both Houses of Parliament

             (4)  If such a statement has been laid before a House of the Parliament, that House may, within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the statement has been laid before it, by resolution, declare that the Chairperson ought to be restored to office. If each House so passes such a resolution, the Minister must terminate the suspension.

Minister may remove Chairperson from office if no declaration made

             (5)  If, at the end of 15 sitting days of a House of the Parliament after the day on which the statement has been laid before that House, that House has not passed such a resolution, the Minister may remove the Chairperson from office.

Minister must remove Chairperson from office if he or she ceases to be a member of the TSRA

             (6)  If the Chairperson of the TSRA ceases to be a member of the TSRA otherwise than by resigning from the TSRA, the Minister must remove the Chairperson from office.

Statement to be laid before Parliament if Chairperson removed from office

             (7)  If the Minister removes a person from the office of Chairperson of the TSRA, the Minister must cause to be laid before each House of the Parliament, within 7 sitting days of that House after the removal, a statement:

                     (a)  identifying the Chairperson; and

                     (b)  stating that he or she has been removed from office; and

                     (c)  setting out the ground of the removal from office.

143Z  Leave of absence for Chairpersons

             (1)  The Chairperson of the TSRA has such recreation leave entitlements as are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant the Chairperson of the TSRA leave of absence (other than recreation leave) on such terms and conditions, as to remuneration or otherwise, as the Minister determines in writing.

             (3)  The Minister must not grant to the Chairperson of the TSRA leave of absence for a continuous period of more than 6 months unless the grant of that leave is required or expressly permitted by any other law of the Commonwealth.

144  Provisions relating to Deputy Chairpersons

             (1)  The Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA holds office on a part‑time basis.

             (3)  The Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA holds office for the period starting when he or she is elected and ending when a new Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA is elected.

144A  Resignation of Deputy Chairpersons

             (1)  The Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Minister.

             (2)  The Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA is taken to have resigned if:

                     (a)  he or she resigns from the TSRA; or

                     (b)  under section 143R, he or she is taken to have resigned from the TSRA.

144B  Suspension and removal from office of Deputy Chairperson

Minister may suspend Deputy Chairperson

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), the Minister may suspend the Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA from office because of misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

Minister must give Deputy Chairperson notice before suspension

             (2)  The Minister must not suspend the Deputy Chairperson from office unless the Minister has:

                     (a)  by written notice served on the Deputy Chairperson, given the Deputy Chairperson 7 days within which to show cause why the Deputy Chairperson should not be suspended; and

                     (b)  consulted the TSRA.

Statement to be laid before each House of the Parliament

             (3)  The Minister must cause a statement identifying the Deputy Chairperson and setting out the ground of the suspension to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 7 sitting days of that House after the suspension.

Deputy Chairperson must be restored to office if declaration made by both Houses of Parliament

             (4)  If such a statement has been laid before a House of the Parliament, that House may, within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the statement has been laid before it, by resolution, declare that the Deputy Chairperson ought to be restored to office. If each House so passes such a resolution, the Minister must terminate the suspension.

Minister may remove Deputy Chairperson from office if no declaration made

             (5)  If, at the end of 15 sitting days of a House of the Parliament after the day on which the statement has been laid before that House, that House has not passed such a resolution, the Minister may remove the Deputy Chairperson from office.

Minister must remove Deputy Chairperson from office if he or she ceases to be a member of the TSRA

             (6)  If the Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA ceases to be a member of the TSRA otherwise than by resigning from the TSRA, the Minister must remove the Deputy Chairperson from office.

Statement to be laid before Parliament if Deputy Chairperson removed from office

             (7)  If the Minister removes a person from the office of Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA, the Minister must cause to be laid before each House of the Parliament, within 7 sitting days of that House after the removal, a statement:

                     (a)  identifying the Deputy Chairperson; and

                     (b)  stating that he or she has been removed from office; and

                     (c)  setting out the ground of the removal from office.

144C  Deputy Chairperson to act as Chairperson

             (1)  The Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA is to act as the Chairperson of the TSRA:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Chairperson of the TSRA, whether or not an election has previously been conducted for the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Chairperson of the TSRA is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

             (2)  Anything done by or in relation to a person purporting to act under this section is not invalid merely because the occasion to act had not arisen or had ceased.

144D  Alternate Deputy Chairperson

Election of alternate

             (1)  The TSRA may elect a member of the TSRA to be the alternate of the Deputy Chairperson.

Term of office

             (3)  The alternate of the Deputy Chairperson holds office for such period as is determined by the TSRA. However, the alternate of the Deputy Chairperson may be re‑elected under subsection (1).

Alternate to act as Deputy Chairperson

             (5)  The alternate of the Deputy Chairperson is to act as the Deputy Chairperson:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Deputy Chairperson, whether or not an election has previously been conducted for the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Deputy Chairperson is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Alternate to act as Chairperson

             (6)  The alternate of the Deputy Chairperson is to act as the Chairperson:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the offices of both the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson, whether or not elections have previously been conducted for the offices; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when both of the following subparagraphs apply:

                              (i)  the Chairperson is absent from duty or from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office of Chairperson;

                             (ii)  the Deputy Chairperson is absent from duty or from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office of Deputy Chairperson; or

                     (c)  during any period, or during all periods, when both of the following subparagraphs apply:

                              (i)  the Chairperson is absent from duty or from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office of Chairperson;

                             (ii)  there is a vacancy in the office of Deputy Chairperson, whether or not an election has previously been conducted for the office; or

                     (d)  during any period, or during all periods, when both of the following subparagraphs apply:

                              (i)  there is a vacancy in the office of Chairperson, whether or not an election has previously been conducted for the office;

                             (ii)  the Deputy Chairperson is absent from duty or from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office of Deputy Chairperson.

Validation of acts of alternate

             (7)  Anything done by or in relation to a person purporting to act under subsection (5) or (6) is not invalid merely because the occasion to act had not arisen or had ceased.

Removal of alternate from office

             (8)  The TSRA may remove the alternate of the Deputy Chairperson from office.

Resignation of alternate

             (9)  The alternate of the Deputy Chairperson may resign the office of alternate Deputy Chairperson by writing signed by the alternate and given to the TSRA.

144E  Meetings of TSRA

Meetings to be convened at least 4 times a year

             (1)  The Chairperson of the TSRA:

                     (a)  must convene at least 4 meetings of the TSRA in each financial year; and

                     (b)  may convene other meetings of the TSRA if, in the Chairperson’s opinion, the meetings are necessary for the efficient performance of the TSRA’s functions.

Minister may convene meeting at any time

             (2)  The Minister may, at any time, convene a meeting of the TSRA.

Chairperson must convene meeting if 8 members of the TSRA request it

             (3)  The Chairperson of the TSRA must convene a meeting of the TSRA upon receipt of a written request for a meeting signed by at least 8 members of the TSRA.

Quorum

             (4)  At a meeting of the TSRA, a quorum is constituted by 12 members of the TSRA.

Reduced quorum—disclosure of interest requirement

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  a member of the TSRA is required by section 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 not to be present during the deliberations, or to take part in any decision, of the TSRA with respect to a particular matter; and

                     (b)  when the member leaves the meeting concerned there is no longer a quorum present; and

                     (c)  there are at least 8 members remaining at the meeting;

those remaining members constitute a quorum for the purpose of any deliberation or decision at that meeting with respect to that matter.

Chairperson of the TSRA to preside at meetings

             (6)  The Chairperson of the TSRA must preside at all meetings of the TSRA at which he or she is present.

Deputy Chairperson to preside if Chairperson not present etc.

             (7)  If the Chairperson of the TSRA is not present at a meeting of the TSRA:

                     (a)  if the Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA is present, the Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA is to preside at the meeting; and

                     (b)  if:

                              (i)  the Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA is not present; and

                             (ii)  the alternate of the Deputy Chairperson of the TSRA is present;

                            the alternate of the Deputy Chairperson is to preside at the meeting; and

                     (c)  in any other case—the members of the TSRA present must elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.

Questions determined by majority

             (8)  Questions arising at a meeting of the TSRA must be determined by a majority of the votes of the members of the TSRA present and voting.

Person presiding may vote

             (9)  The person presiding at a meeting of the TSRA has a deliberative vote and, if the votes are equal, also has a casting vote.

TSRA may regulate conduct of proceedings

           (10)  The TSRA may regulate the conduct of proceedings at its meetings as it thinks fit and, in particular, may conduct its meetings in accordance with Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal tradition and custom.

TSRA must keep minutes

           (11)  The TSRA must cause minutes of the proceedings at its meetings to be kept.

TSRA may meet by telephone etc.

           (12)  If the TSRA so determines in writing (the meeting determination), a member of the TSRA may participate in, and form part of a quorum at, a meeting of the TSRA by means of any of the following methods of communication:

                     (a)  telephone;

                     (b)  closed‑circuit television;

                     (c)  another method of communication determined by the TSRA in writing.

Determination may be made for a particular meeting or for all meetings

           (13)  The TSRA may make a meeting determination:

                     (a)  for a particular meeting of the TSRA; or

                     (b)  for all meetings of the TSRA.

Member who participates in telephone meeting taken to be present at the meeting

           (14)  A member of the TSRA who participates in a meeting as provided by subsection (12) is taken for the purposes of this section and section 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 to be present at the meeting.

144F  Delegation to TSRA Chief Executive Officer or staff member of TSRA

Delegation of certain functions and powers

             (1)  The TSRA may, by writing under its seal, delegate any or all of its functions and powers, other than:

                     (a)  its power to give consent to the disposal of interests in land for the purposes of section 142J; and

                     (b)  its power to make declarations under section 143R; and

                     (c)  its power to reconsider matters under section 195A;

to the TSRA Chief Executive Officer or to a member of the staff of the TSRA.

TSRA Chief Executive Officer may sub‑delegate function or power

             (2)  If the TSRA delegates a function or power to the TSRA Chief Executive Officer, he or she may, by writing, sub‑delegate the function or power to a member of the staff of the TSRA.

Delegation may prohibit sub‑delegation

             (3)  The TSRA Chief Executive Officer must not sub‑delegate a function or power if the instrument of delegation prohibits the sub‑delegation of that function or power.

Application of certain provisions of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901

             (4)  Section 34AA and paragraphs 34AB(1)(a), (b) and (d) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 apply in relation to a sub‑delegation in a corresponding way to the way in which they apply to a delegation.

Application of certain provisions of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901

             (5)  Section 34A and paragraphs 34AB(1)(c) and (d) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 apply to a sub‑delegation as if it were a delegation.


 

Division 7TSRA Chief Executive Officer

144G  TSRA Chief Executive Officer

             (1)  There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of the TSRA.

             (2)  The TSRA Chief Executive Officer is to be appointed by the Minister.

             (3)  The Minister must not appoint a person as the TSRA Chief Executive Officer unless the TSRA agrees to the appointment.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (5), the TSRA Chief Executive Officer must manage the day‑to‑day administration of the TSRA.

             (5)  In managing the day‑to‑day administration of the TSRA and in exercising any powers conferred on the TSRA Chief Executive Officer by this Act, the TSRA Chief Executive Officer must act in accordance with any policies determined, and any directions given to him or her, by the TSRA in writing.

144H  Period of appointment

             (1)  The TSRA Chief Executive Officer holds office for such period as is specified in the instrument of appointment.

             (2)  The period must not be longer than 5 years.

144J  Remuneration and allowances

                   The TSRA Chief Executive Officer is entitled to remuneration and allowances in accordance with section 194.

144K  Leave of absence

             (1)  The TSRA Chief Executive Officer is to have such recreation leave entitlements as are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may, with the TSRA’s agreement, grant the TSRA Chief Executive Officer leave of absence (other than recreation leave) on such terms and conditions, as to remuneration or otherwise, as the Minister, with the TSRA’s agreement, determines in writing.

144L  Acting TSRA Chief Executive Officer

                   The Minister may, after consulting the TSRA, appoint a person to act as the TSRA Chief Executive Officer:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of TSRA Chief Executive Officer, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the TSRA Chief Executive Officer is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office;

but a person appointed to act during a vacancy must not continue so to act for more than 6 months.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

144M  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  The TSRA Chief Executive Officer must give written notice to the Minister and the TSRA of all direct or indirect pecuniary interests that the TSRA Chief Executive Officer has or acquires in any business or in any body corporate that carries on a business.

             (2)  If the TSRA Chief Executive Officer has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in a matter being considered or about to be considered by the TSRA, the TSRA Chief Executive Officer must, as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to his or her knowledge, disclose the nature of the interest to the Chairperson of the TSRA in writing.

144N  Resignation

                   The TSRA Chief Executive Officer may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Minister and the TSRA.

144P  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Minister may, with the TSRA’s agreement, terminate the appointment of the TSRA Chief Executive Officer because of incompetence, misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  If the TSRA Chief Executive Officer:

                     (a)  is absent from duty, except on leave granted under section 144K for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any period of 12 months; or

                     (b)  becomes bankrupt; or

                     (c)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                     (d)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                     (e)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                      (f)  fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 144M; or

                     (g)  engages in paid employment outside the duties of the office of TSRA Chief Executive Officer without the written consent of the Minister given after consulting the TSRA;

the Minister must terminate the appointment of the TSRA Chief Executive Officer.

144Q  Other terms and conditions

                   The TSRA Chief Executive Officer holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Minister, with the TSRA’s agreement, by notice in the Gazette.


 

Division 8Staff

144R  Staff

             (1)  Subject to section 144T, the staff required to assist the TSRA in the performance of its functions are to be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999:

                     (a)  the TSRA Chief Executive Officer and the APS employees assisting the TSRA Chief Executive Officer together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the TSRA Chief Executive Officer is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

Note 1:       A member of the staff of the TSRA is not qualified to stand for election, or to be elected, as a member of the TSRA (see paragraph 142V(1)(b)).

Note 2:       The TSRA may declare that a member of the TSRA has become an employee of the TSRA. The member is taken to have resigned from the TSRA on the date of the declaration (see subsections 143R(3) and (4)).

144T  Consultants

             (1)  The TSRA may engage consultants to the TSRA. A consultant must have suitable qualifications and experience.

             (2)  The terms and conditions on which consultants are engaged are to be determined by the TSRA in writing.

             (3)  The TSRA must, by written instrument:

                     (a)  set out criteria for the engagement of consultants by the TSRA; and

                     (b)  set out standard terms and conditions for the engagement of consultants by the TSRA.

             (4)  The TSRA must notify the making of an instrument under subsection (3) in the Gazette.

Note 1:       A consultant to the TSRA is not qualified to stand for election, or to be elected, as a member of the TSRA (see paragraph 142V(1)(b)).

Note 2:       The TSRA may declare that a member of the TSRA has become a consultant to the TSRA. The member is taken to have resigned from the TSRA on the date of the declaration (see subsections 143R(3) and (4)).


 

Division 9Finances

144TA  Money payable to TSRA

             (1)  There is payable to the TSRA such money as the Parliament appropriates from time to time for the TSRA.

             (2)  The Finance Minister may give directions as to the amounts in which, and the times at which, money so appropriated is to be paid to the TSRA.

144U  Application of money of the TSRA

             (1)  Money of the TSRA must be applied only:

                     (a)  in payment or discharge of the costs, expenses and other obligations incurred by the TSRA in the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers under this Act or any other law; and

                     (b)  in payment of any remuneration and allowances payable to any person under this Act or any other law; and

                     (c)  in making any other payments which the TSRA is authorised or required to make under this Act or any other law.

             (2)  In this section:

money of the TSRA does not include:

                     (a)  money held in trust by the TSRA; or

                     (b)  money in the TSRA Housing Fund or the TSRA Land and Natural Resources Fund.

144V  TSRA Housing Fund

             (1)  There is established by this subsection a fund to be known as the TSRA Housing Fund.

             (2)  The following amounts are to be paid into the TSRA Housing Fund:

                     (a)  such amounts as are paid to the TSRA as repayment of, or otherwise in respect of, housing loans made by the TSRA under section 142F or 142GA;

                     (b)  such amounts as are paid to the TSRA by any other person for the purposes of the TSRA Housing Fund;

                     (c)  such amounts of the TSRA’s money as the TSRA determines in writing.

             (3)  Money in the TSRA Housing Fund may only be applied:

                     (a)  in making housing loans to individuals or bodies; or

                     (b)  in making loans to individuals or bodies to enable the individuals or bodies to provide housing for Torres Strait Islanders, or Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area; or

                     (c)  in making grants of money for the purposes of enabling Torres Strait Islanders, or Aboriginal persons, living in the Torres Strait area to obtain housing loans from lenders operating on a commercial basis.

          (3A)  Subsection (3) does not prevent the investment of money under section 18 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

             (4)  The TSRA must prepare estimates of the receipts of, and expenditure from, the TSRA Housing Fund for each financial year and, if the Minister so directs, for any other period specified by the Minister, and the TSRA must submit estimates so prepared to the Minister not later than such date as the Minister directs.

             (5)  Money in the TSRA Housing Fund must not be spent otherwise than in accordance with estimates of expenditure approved by the Minister.

144W  TSRA Land and Natural Resources Fund

             (1)  There is established by this subsection a fund to be known as the TSRA Land and Natural Resources Fund.

             (2)  There is to be paid into the TSRA Land and Natural Resources Fund such amounts of the TSRA’s money as the TSRA determines in writing.

             (3)  Money in the TSRA Land and Natural Resources Fund may be spent only:

                     (a)  in developing and implementing the marine strategy referred to in subsection 142D(3); or

                     (b)  in developing or maintaining real estate; or

                     (c)  in acquiring an interest in land under subsection 142F(3); or

                     (d)  in making a grant of money under section 142F or 142GA on condition that the money be spent for a purpose described in paragraph (a) or (b) or in acquiring an interest in land.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not prevent the investment of money under section 18 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

144X  Borrowing on overdraft to meet temporary deficit

             (1)  The TSRA may borrow money on overdraft from a bank for the sole purpose of meeting a temporary deficit in the money of the TSRA.

             (2)  This section is subject to such limits as the Finance Minister determines as to:

                     (a)  the total amount of money (other than interest) that may be owed by the TSRA at any time as a result of borrowings under this section; and

                     (b)  the periods for which money may be borrowed under this section.

             (3)  In this section:

bank has the same meaning as it has in the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

144Y  Limits on TSRA’s powers to raise money

             (1)  The TSRA must not borrow money except in accordance with section 144X.

             (2)  The TSRA must not raise money except by borrowing.

144Z  Exemption from taxation

             (1)  The TSRA is not subject to taxation under any law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

             (2)  Excise duty is not payable by the TSRA, or by any other person, on goods that are for use by the TSRA.

144ZA  Estimates

             (1)  The TSRA must:

                     (a)  prepare estimates, in such form as the Minister directs, of the expenditure of the TSRA for each financial year and, if the Minister so directs, for any other period specified by the Minister; and

                     (b)  give those estimates to the Minister not later than such date as the Minister directs.

             (2)  Money paid to the TSRA under section 144TA must not be expended by the TSRA otherwise than in accordance with estimates of expenditure approved by the Minister.

             (3)  Despite subsection (2), the amount spent by the TSRA in relation to a matter covered by a particular item in approved estimates may differ from the amount allocated to that item in those estimates by not more than 10% of the amount so allocated.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not empower the TSRA to spend or pay amounts that exceed in total the total amount covered by approved estimates.

             (5)  Section 14 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 does not apply to the TSRA.

144ZB  Annual report

TSRA must prepare report

             (1)  In this section, annual report means the annual report of the TSRA prepared under section 9 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

Certain matters must be included in report

             (2)  The TSRA must include in each annual report details of:

                     (a)  any directions given by the Minister under section 142E; and

                     (b)  any consultants engaged under section 144T;

during the period to which the report relates.

Report must include details of grants

             (3)  If a grant was made by the TSRA during a financial year to an individual or body, then, in addition to the matters referred to in subsections (1) and (2), the annual report for the year must set out:

                     (a)  the name of the individual or body; and

                     (b)  the amount and purpose of the grant.

Report must not disclose sacred matters

             (4)  The TSRA must not disclose in any annual report any matters known to the TSRA to be held sacred by Torres Strait Islanders or Aboriginal persons.

Report must include certain details about consultants

             (5)  If an annual report gives details of a consultant engaged under section 144T, the report must set out any significant differences between the terms and conditions on which that consultant was engaged and the standard terms and conditions for the engagement of consultants by the TSRA as set out in the instrument referred to in subsection 144T(3).

144ZD  TSRA Finance Directions

Minister must give directions to TSRA

             (1)  The Minister must give to the TSRA written directions (TSRA Finance Directions) about the administration of the TSRA’s finances.

Directions must not be inconsistent with this Act etc.

          (1A)  Directions under subsection (1) must not be inconsistent with:

                     (a)  this Act or the regulations under this Act; or

                     (b)  the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, or regulations or Finance Minister’s Orders made under that Act.

TSRA must comply with directions

             (2)  The TSRA must comply with a TSRA Finance Direction that is in force even if it is inconsistent with:

                     (a)  the Torres Strait Development Plan; or

                     (b)  decision‑making principles in force under section 142K.

TSRA must make directions available

             (4)  Without limiting the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the Minister must ensure that copies of the TSRA Finance Directions as in force from time to time are:

                     (a)  given to the TSRA; and

                     (b)  available for inspection and purchase at each office of the TSRA.

Notice of giving of directions to be published in the Gazette

             (5)  The TSRA Chief Executive Officer must cause notice of the giving of TSRA Finance Directions to be published in the Gazette.


 

Division 10Minister may ask TSRA for information

144ZE  Minister may ask TSRA for information

             (1)  The Minister may from time to time ask the TSRA for information about the TSRA’s activities.

             (2)  The TSRA must give the Minister the information he or she asks for.


 

Division 11TSRA Administrators

144ZF  Powers of TSRA Administrator

                   A TSRA Administrator appointed to administer the affairs of the TSRA:

                     (a)  must do so until the new members of the TSRA take office; and

                     (b)  has all the functions and powers of the TSRA; and

                     (c)  has all powers necessary to rectify any problems in the affairs of the TSRA.

144ZG  Remuneration and allowances

                   A TSRA Administrator is entitled to remuneration and allowances in accordance with section 194.

144ZH  TSRA Administrator holds office on a full‑time basis

                   A TSRA Administrator holds office on a full‑time basis.

144ZJ  Resignation of TSRA Administrator

                   A TSRA Administrator may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Minister.

144ZK  Leave of absence

             (1)  A TSRA Administrator is to have such recreation leave entitlements as are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant a TSRA Administrator leave of absence (other than recreation leave) on such terms and conditions, as to remuneration or otherwise, as the Minister determines in writing.

144ZL  Other terms and conditions

                   A TSRA Administrator holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.

144ZM  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  A TSRA Administrator must make to the Minister a written disclosure of:

                     (a)  the TSRA Administrator’s financial interests; and

                     (b)  the financial interests of the TSRA Administrator’s immediate family;

equivalent to the disclosure of financial interests required to be made by SES employees.

             (2)  A TSRA Administrator must make a disclosure under subsection (1) within one month after being appointed as a TSRA Administrator.

             (3)  A TSRA Administrator must from time to time make such further disclosures as are necessary to ensure that the information available to the Minister about the financial interests of the TSRA Administrator, and of the members of the TSRA Administrator’s immediate family, is up‑to‑date.

             (4)  In this section:

TSRA Administrator includes an acting TSRA Administrator.

144ZN  Termination of appointment

Minister may terminate TSRA Administrator’s appointment

             (1)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of a TSRA Administrator because of misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

Minister must terminate TSRA Administrator’s appointment

             (2)  If a TSRA Administrator:

                     (a)  is convicted of an offence against a Commonwealth, State or Territory law and sentenced to imprisonment for one year or longer; or

                     (b)  is convicted of an offence against a Commonwealth, State or Territory law involving dishonesty and sentenced to imprisonment for 3 months or longer; or

                     (c)  is absent from duty, except on leave of absence granted under section 144ZK, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any period of 12 months; or

                     (d)  fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 144ZM; or

                     (e)  becomes bankrupt; or

                      (f)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                     (g)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                     (h)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors;

the Minister must terminate the TSRA Administrator’s appointment.

144ZP  Acting TSRA Administrator

                   The Minister may appoint a person to act as a TSRA Administrator:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in an office of TSRA Administrator; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when a TSRA Administrator is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office;

but a person appointed to act during a vacancy must not continue so to act for more than 6 months.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

144ZQ  Minister may appoint replacement TSRA Administrator if there is a vacancy in an office of TSRA Administrator

                   If there is a vacancy in an office of TSRA Administrator caused by the death, resignation or termination of appointment of the TSRA Administrator, the Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, appoint a replacement TSRA Administrator to administer the affairs of the TSRA.


 

Part 4Indigenous Business Australia

Division 1Indigenous Business Australia

145  Indigenous Business Australia

             (1)  The body that was established under this subsection as previously in force by the name Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation is now to be known as Indigenous Business Australia.

Note:          Subsection 25B(1) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 provides that a body whose name is altered by an Act continues in existence under the new name so that its identity is not affected.

             (2)  Indigenous Business Australia:

                     (a)  is a body corporate;

                     (b)  shall have a seal;

                     (c)  may acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property; and

                     (d)  may sue and be sued.

Note:          The Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 applies to Indigenous Business Australia. That Act deals with matters relating to Commonwealth authorities, including reporting and accountability, banking and investment, and conduct of officers.

             (3)  The seal of Indigenous Business Australia is to be kept in such custody as the Indigenous Business Australia Board directs and must not be used except as authorised by the Board.

             (4)  All courts, judges and persons acting judicially shall take judicial notice of the imprint of the seal of Indigenous Business Australia appearing on a document and shall presume that it was duly affixed.

146  Purposes of Indigenous Business Australia

                   Indigenous Business Australia is established:

                     (a)  to assist and enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self‑management and economic self‑sufficiency; and

                     (b)  to advance the commercial and economic interests of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders by accumulating and using a substantial capital asset for the benefit of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


 

Division 2Functions of Indigenous Business Australia

147  Functions of Indigenous Business Australia

             (1)  Indigenous Business Australia has the following functions:

                     (a)  to engage in commercial activities;

                     (b)  to promote and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self‑management and economic self‑sufficiency;

                     (c)  such other functions as are conferred on it by this Act.

             (2)  Without limiting by implication the meaning of commercial activities in paragraph (1)(a), those activities include the performance of functions that:

                     (a)  the Minister has authorised Indigenous Business Australia to perform as an agent of the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  the Minister has delegated to Indigenous Business Australia.

148  Performance of functions

             (1)  In performing its functions, Indigenous Business Australia shall act in accordance with sound business principles.

             (2)  For the purpose of the performance of Indigenous Business Australia’s functions, the Indigenous Business Australia Board must have regard to the desirability of:

                     (a)  encouraging and facilitating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in commercial projects and enterprises;

                     (b)  securing, as far as practicable, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the ownership and control of companies engaged in activities that are likely to have a significant impact on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander interests;

                     (c)  promoting the development of industries and other commercial and economic activities that are likely to have a beneficial impact on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander interests; and

                     (d)  making specialist commercial expertise available to Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders engaged in commercial activities.

             (3)  This section does not apply to:

                     (a)  business loans or housing loans made, or treated as having been made, by Indigenous Business Australia; or

                     (b)  any grants made, or treated as having been made, by Indigenous Business Australia in relation to business loans or housing loans; or

                     (c)  guarantees provided, or treated as having been provided, by Indigenous Business Australia in relation to business loans or housing loans.

149  Corporate plan

             (1)  The Indigenous Business Australia Board must from time to time prepare a corporate plan:

                     (a)  setting out a statement of Indigenous Business Australia’s objectives; and

                     (b)  outlining the strategies and policies that the Board intends to adopt in order to achieve those objectives, with particular reference to the Board’s intentions in relation to investments, loans, guarantees and other financial aspects of its operations.

             (2)  Each corporate plan shall relate to a period of at least 3 years and not more than 5 years.

             (3)  The corporation shall review the corporate plan regularly.

150  Consideration of corporate plan by Minister

             (2)  Indigenous Business Australia shall give a copy of the corporate plan to the Minister.

             (3)  The Minister may, by notice in writing to the Indigenous Business Australia Board, request the Board to change the corporate plan in specified respects.

             (4)  The Minister shall cause a copy of the corporate plan to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after receipt by the Minister.

             (5)  The Minister shall cause a copy of any notice given under subsection (3) to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after it is given.

151  Directions by Minister

             (1)  Indigenous Business Australia must perform its functions and exercise its powers in accordance with any general written directions given to it by the Minister.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), the Minister must cause a copy of a direction to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the direction was given.

             (3)  A copy of a direction laid before each House of the Parliament in accordance with subsection (2) must not disclose any matter the disclosure of which in that manner would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders because that matter is sacred or otherwise significant to those persons.

             (4)  A direction given by the Minister under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

152  Powers of Indigenous Business Australia

             (1)  Subject to section 153 and Division 8, Indigenous Business Australia has power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.

             (2)  The powers of Indigenous Business Australia under subsection (1) include, but are not limited to, the following powers:

                     (a)  to enter into contracts (including contracts for the provision of business or housing loans);

                    (aa)  to make grants for purposes associated with business loans or housing loans;

                     (b)  to invest money of Indigenous Business Australia;

                     (c)  to appoint agents and attorneys, and act as an agent for other persons;

                     (d)  to form, and participate in the formation of, companies;

                     (e)  to subscribe for and purchase shares in, and debentures and other securities of, companies;

                      (f)  to enter into partnerships;

                     (g)  to participate in joint ventures and arrangements for the sharing of profits;

                     (h)  to accept gifts, grants, bequests and devises made to it;

                      (j)  to act as trustee of money and other property vested in it on trust;

                     (k)  to charge for the provision of services by it.

          (2A)  Despite any other provision of this Act, in making a housing loan or business loan, or in making a grant, or giving a guarantee in relation to such a loan, Indigenous Business Australia must be satisfied that the making of the grant or loan, or the giving of the guarantee, will further the social, economic or cultural development of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

          (2B)  A grant or loan made by Indigenous Business Australia is subject to such terms and conditions as Indigenous Business Australia determines.

             (3)  In spite of anything contained in this Act, any money or other property held by Indigenous Business Australia on trust shall be dealt with in accordance with the powers and duties of Indigenous Business Australia as trustee.

             (4)  The powers of Indigenous Business Australia may be exercised within or outside Australia.

153  Guarantees

             (1)  If the Indigenous Business Australia Board is satisfied that money lent or to be lent to any person will be used in a way that furthers the commercial or economic development of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous Business Australia may guarantee the due payment of all moneys (including interest) payable by the borrower in accordance with the terms and conditions of the loan concerned.

          (1A)  If Indigenous Business Australia is satisfied that a housing loan or business loan made, or to be made, to any person will further the social, economic or cultural development of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous Business Australia may guarantee the due payment of all money (including interest) payable by the person in accordance with the terms and conditions of the loan.

             (2)  The operation of this section is subject to such limits as the Finance Minister determines as to the total amount of money (other than interest) the payment of which may at any time be the subject of guarantees under this section.

             (3)  Indigenous Business Australia shall not give guarantees except under this section.

154  Minister may ask for information

             (1)  The Minister may from time to time ask the Indigenous Business Australia Board for information about Indigenous Business Australia’s activities.

             (2)  The Indigenous Business Australia Board shall give the Minister the information he or she asks for.


 

Division 3Board of Directors of Indigenous Business Australia

155  Board of Directors of Indigenous Business Australia

             (1)  There shall be a Board of Directors of Indigenous Business Australia.

             (2)  The Board consists of the following members:

                     (a)  a Chairperson;

                     (b)  a Deputy Chairperson;

                     (c)  7 other members.

156  Responsibilities of Indigenous Business Australia Board

                   It is the responsibility of the Indigenous Business Australia Board, subject to any direction from the Minister under section 151, to ensure the proper and efficient performance of the functions of Indigenous Business Australia and to determine the policy of Indigenous Business Australia with respect to any matter.

157  Appointment of Indigenous Business Australia Directors

             (1)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson is to be appointed by the Minister on a full‑time basis or a part‑time basis.

             (2)  The other Indigenous Business Australia Directors are to be appointed by the Minister on a part‑time basis.

             (3)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson and at least 4 other Indigenous Business Australia Directors are to be Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

             (5)  Each Indigenous Business Australia Director is to be a person who the Minister is satisfied has experience in:

                     (a)  industry, commerce or finance; or

                     (b)  Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community life or enterprises.

158  Selection of Indigenous Business Australia Directors

                   Whenever there is, or is expected to be, a vacancy in an office of Indigenous Business Australia Director, the Minister must consult Indigenous Business Australia about a suitable appointee.


 

Division 4Administrative provisions

159  Period of appointment

             (1)  An Indigenous Business Australia Director holds office for such period as is specified in the instrument of appointment.

          (1A)  The period must not be longer than 5 years.

160  Remuneration and allowances

                   An Indigenous Business Australia Director is entitled to remuneration and allowances in accordance with section 194.

161  Leave of absence

             (1)  If the Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson was appointed on a full‑time basis:

                     (a)  the Chairperson has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal; and

                     (b)  the Minister may, by writing, grant to the Chairperson leave of absence (other than recreation leave) on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Minister determines.

             (2)  The Minister may, by writing:

                     (a)  if the Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson was appointed on a part‑time basis—grant to the Chairperson leave of absence from a meeting of the Indigenous Business Australia Board; and

                     (b)  grant to any other Indigenous Business Australia Director leave of absence from a meeting of the Indigenous Business Australia Board.

             (3)  The Minister may delegate to the Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson the power under paragraph (2)(b) to grant leave of absence to other Indigenous Business Australia Directors.

162  Acting appointments

             (1)  The Deputy Chairperson of the Indigenous Business Australia Board shall act as the Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          For rules that apply to persons acting as the Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The Minister may appoint an Indigenous Business Australia Director to act as the Deputy Chairperson of the Indigenous Business Australia Board:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Deputy Chairperson of the Board, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Deputy Chairperson of the Board is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office;

but a person appointed to act during a vacancy must not continue so to act for more than 6 months.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (3)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as an Indigenous Business Australia Director (other than the Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson) of the Indigenous Business Australia Board:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in an office of Indigenous Business Australia Director, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when an Indigenous Business Australia Director is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office;

but a person appointed to act during a vacancy must not continue so to act for more than 6 months.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (4)  The Minister shall not appoint a person to act in an office unless, having regard to section 157, the person could be appointed to that office.

164  Resignation

                   An Indigenous Business Australia Director may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Minister.

165  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Minister may, after consulting Indigenous Business Australia, terminate the appointment of an Indigenous Business Australia Director because of misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  If an Indigenous Business Australia Director:

                     (a)  is absent, except on leave granted under section 161, from 3 consecutive meetings of the Indigenous Business Australia Board; or

                     (b)  becomes bankrupt, applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, compounds with creditors or makes an assignment of remuneration for their benefit; or

                     (c)  fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 27F or 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997;

the Minister must terminate the Director’s appointment.

166  Other terms and conditions

                   An Indigenous Business Australia Director holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette.


 

Division 5Operations of Indigenous Business Australia and Indigenous Business Australia Board

167  Meetings of Indigenous Business Australia Board

             (1)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson shall convene such meetings of the Indigenous Business Australia Board as, in the Chairperson’s opinion, are necessary for the efficient performance of the Indigenous Business Australia Board’s responsibilities.

             (2)  At a meeting of the Indigenous Business Australia Board a quorum is constituted by 5 Indigenous Business Australia Directors.

             (3)  Where:

                     (a)  an Indigenous Business Australia Director who is present at a meeting is required by section 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 not to be present during the deliberations, or to take part in any decision, of Indigenous Business Australia Board with respect to a particular matter; and

                     (b)  when Indigenous Business Australia Director leaves the meeting there is no longer a quorum present;

Indigenous Business Australia Directors remaining at the meeting constitute a quorum for the purpose of any deliberation or decision at that meeting with respect to that matter.

             (4)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Indigenous Business Australia Board at which he or she is present.

             (5)  If the Indigenous Business Australia Chairperson is not present at a meeting of the Indigenous Business Australia Board:

                     (a)  if the Deputy Chairperson of the Indigenous Business Australia Board is present, the Deputy Chairperson of the Indigenous Business Australia Board shall preside at the meeting; and

                     (b)  in any other case, the Indigenous Business Australia Directors present shall elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.

             (6)  Questions arising at a meeting of the Indigenous Business Australia Board shall be determined by a majority of the votes of the Indigenous Business Australia Directors present and voting.

             (7)  The person presiding at a meeting of the Indigenous Business Australia Board has a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, also has a casting vote.

             (8)  The Indigenous Business Australia Board may regulate the conduct of proceedings at its meetings as it thinks fit and shall cause minutes of those proceedings to be kept.

             (9)  If the Indigenous Business Australia Board so determines, an Indigenous Business Australia Director may participate in, and form part of a quorum at, a meeting of the Indigenous Business Australia Board by means of any of the following methods of communication:

                     (a)  telephone;

                     (b)  closed circuit television;

                     (c)  another method of communication determined by the Indigenous Business Australia Board.

           (10)  A determination of the Indigenous Business Australia Board under subsection (9) may be made in respect of a particular meeting, or in respect of all meetings, of the Indigenous Business Australia Board.

           (11)  An Indigenous Business Australia Director who participates in a meeting as provided by subsection (9) shall be taken for the purposes of this section and section 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 to be present at the meeting.


 

Division 6Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer

168  Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer

             (1)  There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Business Australia, who is to be appointed by the Indigenous Business Australia Board.

             (2)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer is, subject to subsection (3), to manage the day‑to‑day administration of Indigenous Business Australia.

             (3)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer must, in managing the administration of Indigenous Business Australia and in exercising any powers conferred on him or her by this Act, act in accordance with policies determined, and any directions given, by the Indigenous Business Australia Board in writing.

169  Term of appointment

                   The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer shall be appointed for a term not longer than 5 years from a day specified in the instrument of appointment.

170  Holding of office

                   The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer holds office during the Indigenous Business Australia Board’s pleasure.

171  Remuneration and allowances

                   The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer shall be paid such remuneration and allowances as are determined by the Indigenous Business Australia Board in writing.

172  Acting Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer

                   The Indigenous Business Australia Board may appoint a person to act as the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office;

but a person appointed to act during a vacancy shall not continue so to act for more than 6 months.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

172A  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer must give written notice to the Minister and the Chairperson of the Indigenous Business Australia Board of all direct or indirect pecuniary interests that the Chief Executive Officer has or acquires in any business or in any body corporate that carries on a business.

             (2)  If the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in a matter being considered or about to be considered by the Indigenous Business Australia Board, the Chief Executive Officer must, as soon as possible after becoming aware of the relevant facts, disclose the nature of the interest to the Chairperson of the Board in writing.

173  Resignation

                   The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Indigenous Business Australia Board.

174  Other terms and conditions

                   The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Indigenous Business Australia Board in writing.


 

Division 7Staff

175  Staff

             (1)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer may, on behalf of Indigenous Business Australia, engage such employees as are necessary for the performance of Indigenous Business Australia’s functions under this Act.

             (2)  The terms and conditions of employment of persons engaged under this section are as determined by the Indigenous Business Australia Board in writing.

177  Arrangements relating to staff

                   The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer may, on behalf of Indigenous Business Australia, make arrangements for the services of officers or employees of:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                     (b)  an authority of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  any other organisation or body;

to be made available to Indigenous Business Australia.

178  Consultants

             (1)  The Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer may, on behalf of Indigenous Business Australia, engage as consultants to Indigenous Business Australia persons having suitable qualifications and experience.

             (2)  The terms and conditions on which consultants are engaged are to be as determined by the Indigenous Business Australia Board in writing.


 

Division 8Finances

179  Capital of Indigenous Business Australia

                   The capital of Indigenous Business Australia consists of:

                     (a)  amounts paid under section 208 of this Act as previously in force to the body that was previously known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation and is now known as Indigenous Business Australia; and

                     (b)  income derived by that body from investments; and

                     (c)  any amount appropriated from time to time by the Parliament as capital for that body.

181  Application of money held by Indigenous Business Australia

             (1)  Money held by Indigenous Business Australia shall be applied only:

                     (a)  in payment or discharge of the costs, expenses and other obligations incurred by Indigenous Business Australia in the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers under this Act or any other law;

                     (b)  in payment of any remuneration and allowances payable to any person under this Act or any other law; and

                     (c)  in making any other payments which Indigenous Business Australia is authorised or required to make under this Act or any other law.

             (2)  In this section:

money held by Indigenous Business Australia does not include:

                     (a)  money held in trust by Indigenous Business Australia; or

                     (b)  money in the New Housing Fund.

181A  New Housing Fund

             (1)  There is established a fund to be known as the New Housing Fund.

             (2)  The New Housing Fund comprises:

                     (a)  the money that stood to the credit of the fund established under section 67 of this Act as in force immediately before ATSIC abolition day and that was transferred to Indigenous Business Australia by subitem 192(2) of Schedule 1 to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005; and

                     (b)  such amounts as are appropriated to Indigenous Business Australia for the purposes of the New Housing Fund; and

                     (c)  such amounts as are paid to Indigenous Business Australia as repayment of, or otherwise in respect of:

                              (i)  housing loans made by Indigenous Business Australia, or treated, by subitem 199(5) of Schedule 1 to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005, as having been so made, out of the New Housing Fund; or

                             (ii)  loans made by the Aboriginal Development Commission under section 25 of the Aboriginal Development Commission Act 1980; or

                            (iii)  loans made by the Aboriginal Loans Commission under section 25 of the Aboriginal Loans Commission Act 1974; and

                     (d)  interest received by Indigenous Business Australia on investment of money from the New Housing Fund; and

                     (e)  such amounts of the money of Indigenous Business Australia as it determines, in writing, to make available to the New Housing Fund; and

                      (f)  such amounts (if any) as are made available by any other person to Indigenous Business Australia for the purposes of the New Housing Fund.

             (3)  The money in the New Housing Fund may only be applied:

                     (a)  in making housing loans to individuals or bodies; or

                     (b)  in making loans to individuals or bodies to enable the individuals or bodies to provide housing for Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders; or

                     (c)  in making grants of money for the purpose of enabling Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders to obtain housing loans from lenders operating on a commercial basis.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not prevent the investment of money under section 18 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

             (5)  Indigenous Business Australia must prepare budget estimates for the New Housing Fund for each financial year and, if the Minister so directs, for any other period specified by the Minister, and must submit estimates so prepared to the Minister not later than such date as the Minister directs.

             (6)  Money in the New Housing Fund must not be applied otherwise than in accordance with budget estimates approved by the Minister.

             (7)  For the purposes of subsection (5):

                     (a)  if the period from ATSIC abolition day to the 30 June next following that day is more than 6 months—that period; and

                     (b)  in any other case—the period from ATSIC abolition day to the second 30 June next following that day;

is taken to be first financial year for which Indigenous Business Australia must prepare budget estimates for the New Housing Fund.

             (8)  A determination by Indigenous Business Australia for the purposes of paragraph (2)(e) is not a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

181B  Review of decisions to refuse loans from New Housing Fund

                   An application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of a decision made by Indigenous Business Australia to refuse a housing loan from the New Housing Fund to an individual.

182  Restriction on spending by Indigenous Business Australia

                   The Indigenous Business Australia Board must not approve a proposal for Indigenous Business Australia to spend money (otherwise than for the purposes of the day‑to‑day administration of Indigenous Business Australia) without first considering a written assessment of the proposal that has been:

                     (a)  prepared by a member of the staff of Indigenous Business Australia; and

                     (b)  endorsed by or on behalf of the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer.

183  Borrowing for temporary purposes

             (1)  Indigenous Business Australia may, for the purpose only of meeting a temporary deficit in the money of Indigenous Business Australia, borrow money on overdraft from a bank.

             (2)  The operation of this section is subject to such limits as the Finance Minister determines as to:

                     (a)  the total amount of money (other than interest) that may be owed by Indigenous Business Australia at any time as a result of borrowings under this section; and

                     (b)  the periods for which money may be borrowed under this section.

             (3)  In this section:

money of Indigenous Business Australia does not include:

                     (a)  money held in trust by Indigenous Business Australia; or

                     (b)  money in the New Housing Fund.

184  Limit on Indigenous Business Australia’s powers

             (1)  Indigenous Business Australia shall not borrow money except in accordance with section 183.

             (2)  Indigenous Business Australia shall not raise money except by borrowing.

185  Giving of security over assets

             (1)  Indigenous Business Australia may give security over the whole or any part of its assets:

                     (a)  for the repayment by Indigenous Business Australia of money borrowed under section 183 and the payment by Indigenous Business Australia of interest (including interest on interest) on money so borrowed; or

                     (b)  in connection with a guarantee given by Indigenous Business Australia under section 153;

and not otherwise.

             (2)  In this section, the reference to assets of Indigenous Business Australia does not include a reference to:

                     (a)  money held in trust by Indigenous Business Australia; or

                     (b)  money in the New Housing Fund; or

                     (c)  any money owed to Indigenous Business Australia on a housing loan made, or treated as having been made, from the New Housing Fund.

187  Powers of companies in which Indigenous Business Australia has an interest

                   Nothing in this Part (except section 185) shall be taken to limit the powers of any company:

                     (a)  formed by Indigenous Business Australia, whether alone or jointly with another person; or

                     (b)  in which Indigenous Business Australia holds shares, debentures or other securities.

188  Exemption from taxation

                   Indigenous Business Australia is not subject to taxation under any law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

189  Annual report and financial statements

             (1)  In this section:

annual report means the annual report of Indigenous Business Australia prepared under section 9 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

             (2)  Indigenous Business Australia must include in each annual report particulars of:

                     (a)  any direction given by the Minister under section 151; and

                     (b)  any consultants engaged under section 178;

during the period to which the report relates.

             (3)  Subject to any direction by the Minister responsible for administering the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, the financial statements included in the annual report must deal with the New Housing Fund separately from the other finances of Indigenous Business Australia.

             (4)  A direction referred to in subsection (3) is not a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.


 

Division 9Miscellaneous

190  Delegation to Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer or member of staff

             (1)  Indigenous Business Australia may, by writing under its seal, delegate all or any of its functions and powers to the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer or to a member of its staff.

             (2)  If Indigenous Business Australia delegates a function or power under subsection (1) to the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer, the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer may, by writing signed by him or her, sub‑delegate the function or power to a member of the staff of Indigenous Business Australia.

             (3)  Section 34AA and paragraphs 34AB(1)(a), (b) and (d) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 apply in relation to a sub‑delegation in a corresponding way to the way in which they apply to a delegation.

             (4)  Section 34A and paragraphs 34AB(1)(c) and (d) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 apply to a sub‑delegation as if it were a delegation.

191  Secrecy

             (1)  This section applies to a person:

                     (a)  who is or has been an Indigenous Business Australia Director or acting Indigenous Business Australia Director;

                     (b)  who is or has been the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer or an acting Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer;

                     (c)  who is or has been employed or engaged under section 175 or 178;

                     (d)  who is performing, or who has performed, duties on behalf of Indigenous Business Australia pursuant to an arrangement under section 176; or

                     (e)  whose services are being or have been made available to Indigenous Business Australia pursuant to an arrangement under section 177.

             (2)  Subject to this section, a person to whom this section applies shall not, either directly or indirectly, except for the purposes of this Act, or of a prosecution for an offence against this Act:

                     (a)  make a record of, or divulge or communicate to any person, any information concerning the affairs of another person acquired by the first‑mentioned person in the performance of duties for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  produce to any person a document relating to the affairs of another person furnished for the purposes of this Act.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Exception—housing or business loans

          (2A)  It is a defence to a prosecution for contravening subsection (2), if:

                     (a)  in relation to a prosecution for divulging information to a person or body:

                              (i)  the information relates either to a housing loan or a business loan made, or treated as having been made, by Indigenous Business Australia or to a grant made, or treated as having been made, by Indigenous Business Australia, in relation to a housing loan or a business loan; and

                             (ii)  the information was communicated to a person authorised in writing by the person to whose affairs the document relates to receive the information; or

                     (b)  in relation to a prosecution for producing a document to a person or body:

                              (i)  the document relates either to a housing loan or a business loan made, or treated as having been made, by Indigenous Business Australia or to a grant made, or treated as having been made, by Indigenous Business Australia, in relation to a housing loan or a business loan; and

                             (ii)  the document was produced to a person authorised in writing by the person to whose affairs the document relates to receive the document.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2A) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

Exception—Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer

          (2B)  Despite subsection (2), the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer may divulge or communicate information, or produce a document, to the Secretary of the Department for the purposes of the Department.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2B): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

          (2C)  In exercising a power under subsection (2B), the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer must act in accordance with any guidelines in force under section 191AA.

Exception—public interest

          (2D)  Despite subsection (2), the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer may, if he or she determines in writing that it is necessary in the public interest, divulge or communicate information, or produce a document, to specified persons for specified purposes.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2D): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

          (2E)  In making determinations under subsection (2D), the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer must act in accordance with any guidelines in force under section 191AA.

           (2F)  A determination under subsection (2D) is not a legislative instrument.

Exception—consent

          (2G)  Despite subsection (2), a person may:

                     (a)  divulge or communicate information to a person authorised in writing, by the person to whose affairs the information relates, to receive the information; or

                     (b)  produce a document to a person authorised in writing, by the person to whose affairs the document relates, to receive the document.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2G): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Exception—information already publicly available

          (2H)  Despite subsection (2), a person may:

                     (a)  make a record of information, if the information is already publicly available; or

                     (b)  divulge or communicate information to a person, if the information is already publicly available; or

                     (c)  produce a document to a person, if the information contained in the document is already publicly available.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2H): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Exception—making records

           (2J)  Despite subsection (2), a person may make a record of information in connection with the exercise of a power under subsection (2B), (2D) or (2G).

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2J): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Divulging or communicating information to courts

             (3)  A person to whom this section applies shall not be required to divulge or communicate to a court any information referred to in subsection (2) or to produce in a court any document referred to in that subsection, except when it is necessary to do so for the purposes of this Act, or of a prosecution for an offence against this Act.

Definitions

             (4)  A reference in this section to an offence against this Act includes a reference to:

                     (a)  an offence against section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914; or

                    (aa)  an offence against section 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code; or

                     (b)  an offence against section 134.1, 134.2, 135.1, 135.2, 135.4 or 136.1 of the Criminal Code;

where the offence relates to this Act.

             (5)  In this section:

court includes any tribunal, authority or person having power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions.

produce includes permit access to.

this Act includes the regulations.

191AA  Guidelines for exercise of Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer’s powers

                   The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make guidelines for the exercise of either or both of the following:

                     (a)  the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer’s power under subsection 191(2B);

                     (b)  the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer’s power to make determinations under subsection 191(2D).


 

Part 4AIndigenous Land Corporation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account

Division 1Indigenous Land Corporation

191A  Indigenous Land Corporation

Establishment

             (1)  An Indigenous Land Corporation is established.

Body corporate

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation:

                     (a)  is a body corporate, with perpetual succession; and

                     (b)  is to have a seal; and

                     (c)  may acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property; and

                     (d)  may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

Note:          The Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 applies to the Indigenous Land Corporation. That Act deals with matters relating to Commonwealth authorities, including reporting and accountability, banking and investment, and conduct of officers.

Seal

             (3)  The seal of the Indigenous Land Corporation is to be kept in such custody as the Indigenous Land Corporation directs and must not be used except as authorised by the Indigenous Land Corporation.

Imprint of seal

             (4)  All courts, judges and persons acting judicially must:

                     (a)  take judicial notice of the imprint of the seal of the Indigenous Land Corporation appearing on a document; and

                     (b)  presume that the imprint was duly affixed.

191B  Purposes of Indigenous Land Corporation

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation is established:

                     (a)  to assist Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders to acquire land; and

                     (b)  to assist Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders to manage indigenous‑held land;

so as to provide economic, environmental, social or cultural benefits for Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders.


 

Division 2Functions and powers of Indigenous Land Corporation

191C  Functions of Indigenous Land Corporation

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation has the following functions:

                     (a)  the land acquisition functions referred to in section 191D;

                     (b)  the land management functions referred to in section 191E;

                     (c)  such other functions as are conferred on the Indigenous Land Corporation by this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth;

                     (d)  to do anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of any of the preceding functions.

191D  Land acquisition functions of Indigenous Land Corporation

Functions

             (1)  The land acquisition functions of the Indigenous Land Corporation are as follows:

                     (a)  to grant interests in land to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations;

                     (b)  to acquire by agreement interests in land for the purpose of making grants under paragraph (a);

                     (c)  to make grants of money to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations for the acquisition of interests in land;

                     (d)  to guarantee loans made to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations for the purpose of the acquisition of interests in land.

Note 1:       Interest in land is defined by section 4.

Note 2:       Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation is defined by section 4.

Grants may be subject to conditions

          (1A)  The grant of an interest in land by the Indigenous Land Corporation may be made subject to such terms and conditions as the Indigenous Land Corporation determines.

          (1B)  An instrument determining terms and conditions under subsection (1A) is not a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

Grants—terms and conditions

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation may make a grant of money on terms and conditions that must relate to:

                     (a)  the purposes for which the money may be spent; or

                     (b)  the period within which the money is to be spent; or

                     (c)  the acquittal of money spent; or

                     (d)  the giving of information in relation to the grant.

If the grant becomes repayable because of a breach of such a term or condition, the Indigenous Land Corporation must take all reasonable steps to recover the repayment.

Guarantees—terms and conditions

          (2A)  A guarantee is subject to such terms and conditions as the Indigenous Land Corporation determines.

Performance of functions

             (3)  For the purpose of the performance of the Indigenous Land Corporation’s land acquisition functions, the Indigenous Land Corporation must give priority to the following:

                     (a)  pursuing a policy of:

                              (i)  acquiring interests in land and granting the interests to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations; or

                             (ii)  in cases where the Indigenous Land Corporation grants money to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations for the acquisition of interests in land—acting as the agent of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations in connection with those acquisitions;

                            except where the circumstances make the pursuit of such a policy impracticable or inadvisable;

                     (b)  in a case where the Indigenous Land Corporation acquires an interest in land for the purpose of making a grant of the interest to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation—that grant being made within a reasonable time after that acquisition.

Searches under Native Title Act

             (4)  In performing its land acquisition functions, the Indigenous Land Corporation must search any relevant Registers of the National Native Title Tribunal to ascertain whether any claims have been lodged or accepted or determined in relation to land under consideration for acquisition.

191E  Land management functions of Indigenous Land Corporation

Functions

             (1)  The land management functions of the Indigenous Land Corporation are as follows:

                     (a)  to carry on, or arrange for the carrying on of, land management activities in relation to indigenous‑held land under agreements with the holders of the land;

                     (b)  to carry on, or arrange for the carrying on of, land management activities in relation to land held by the Indigenous Land Corporation;

                     (c)  to carry on other land management activities in relation to indigenous‑held land;

                     (d)  to make grants of money for the carrying on of land management activities in relation to indigenous‑held land;

                     (e)  to make loans of money (whether secured or unsecured) for the purpose of carrying on land management activities in relation to indigenous‑held land;

                      (f)  to guarantee loans made for the purpose of carrying on land management activities in relation to indigenous‑held land.

Note 1:       Land management activities is defined by subsection (5).

Note 2:       Indigenous‑held land is defined by section 4B.

Note 3:       Holder is defined by section 4.

Land management activities relating to particular indigenous‑held land

          (1A)  Paragraph (1)(c) does not authorise the Indigenous Land Corporation to carry on a land management activity in relation to particular indigenous‑held land otherwise than under an agreement with the holder of the land.

Grants—terms and conditions

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation may make a grant of money on terms and conditions that must relate to:

                     (a)  the purposes for which the money may be spent; or

                     (b)  the period within which the money is to be spent; or

                     (c)  the acquittal of money spent; or

                     (d)  the giving of information in relation to the grant.

If the grant becomes repayable because of a breach of such a term or condition, the Indigenous Land Corporation must take all reasonable steps to recover the repayment.

Loans—terms and conditions

          (2A)  The Indigenous Land Corporation may make a loan of money on terms and conditions that must relate to:

                     (a)  the purposes for which the money may be spent; or

                     (b)  the period within which the money is to be spent; or

                     (c)  the acquittal of money spent; or

                     (d)  the giving of information relating to the loan; or

                     (e)  the repayment of the loan; or

                      (f)  the payment of interest (including interest on interest); or

                     (g)  if the loan is secured—the loan security.

Guarantees—terms and conditions

          (2B)  A guarantee is subject to such terms and conditions as the Indigenous Land Corporation determines.

Performance of functions

             (3)  For the purposes of the performance of the Indigenous Land Corporation’s land management functions, the Indigenous Land Corporation must give priority to the following:

                     (a)  pursuing sound land and environmental management practices;

                     (b)  pursuing a policy of granting money or making loans only where the Indigenous Land Corporation considers that alternative approaches (such as guaranteeing loans obtained from external sources or carrying on land management activities under an agreement with the holders of indigenous‑held land) are impracticable;

                     (c)  in a case where the Indigenous Land Corporation carries on, or arranges for the carrying on of, land management activities under agreements with holders of indigenous‑held land—directly involving the holders of the land in those activities.

Agreements may involve third parties

             (4)  A reference in this section to an agreement with the holder of indigenous‑held land includes a reference to an agreement with the holder, where one or more other persons are parties to the agreement.

Definition

             (5)  In this section:

land management activities means activities that consist of, or relate to, the managed use, care or improvement of land, and includes:

                     (a)  carrying on a business that involves the use, care or improvement of land; or

                     (b)  providing any of the following services (whether on a commercial basis or otherwise) in connection with a business that involves the use, care or improvement of land:

                              (i)  management services;

                             (ii)  clerical or administrative services;

                            (iii)  services relating to financial administration;

                            (iv)  technical or professional services;

                             (v)  advisory services;

                            (vi)  similar services; or

                     (c)  providing environmental management services (whether on a commercial basis or otherwise) in relation to the use, care or improvement of land; or

                     (d)  providing training (whether on a commercial basis or otherwise) in the skills and knowledge relevant to:

                              (i)  the carrying on of a business that involves the use, care or improvement of land; or

                             (ii)  the managed use, care or improvement of land; or

                     (e)  disseminating information (whether on a commercial basis or otherwise) about:

                              (i)  land management practices; and

                             (ii)  environmental management practices relating to land.

191EA  Indigenous Land Corporation may make money available to Indigenous Business Australia

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation may make payments to Indigenous Business Australia to assist Indigenous Business Australia to carry out its functions.

191F  Performance of functions of Indigenous Land Corporation—general

Sound business principles

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must act in accordance with sound business principles whenever it performs its functions on a commercial basis.

Relevant matters

             (2)  For the purpose of the performance of the Indigenous Land Corporation’s functions, the Indigenous Land Corporation must give priority to the following:

                    (aa)  ensuring that, as far as practicable, Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders derive social or cultural benefits as a result of the performance of those functions;

                     (a)  ensuring that the Indigenous Land Corporation has access to the skills and resources required to perform its functions;

                     (b)  maximising the employment of Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders;

                     (c)  maximising the use of goods and services provided by businesses owned or controlled (whether directly or indirectly) by Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

Functions additional to functions of other bodies etc.

             (3)  The functions conferred on the Indigenous Land Corporation by this Act are in addition to, and not instead of, any functions conferred on a person or body by or under:

                     (a)  any other law of the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  a law of a State or Territory.

Sacred matters

             (4)  Subject to subsection (5), in performing a function that involves dealing with cultural material or information that is considered sacred or otherwise significant by a particular group of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders, the Indigenous Land Corporation must ensure that material or information is not disclosed if the disclosure would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of those Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

Report to Minister if sacred matters affect performance etc.

             (5)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must provide a written report to the Minister in cases where the performance of its functions is affected by matters referred to in subsection (4).

191G  Subsidiaries of Indigenous Land Corporation may perform functions corresponding to the Indigenous Land Corporation’s functions

Arrangements with subsidiaries

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation may make an arrangement with a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation about the performance by the subsidiary of functions corresponding to one or more of the Indigenous Land Corporation’s functions.

Note:          Subsidiary is defined by subsection 4(2).

Matters covered by arrangements

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), an arrangement may provide:

                     (a)  for the Indigenous Land Corporation to transfer money to the subsidiary in connection with the performance of the corresponding functions; or

                     (b)  for the Indigenous Land Corporation to make loans to the subsidiary in connection with the performance of the corresponding functions; or

                     (c)  for the Indigenous Land Corporation to guarantee loans made to the subsidiary for the purpose of the performance of the corresponding functions; or

                     (d)  for the staff of the Indigenous Land Corporation to be made available to the subsidiary in connection with the performance of the corresponding functions.

Restrictions on performance of functions

             (3)  Subsections 191D(3) and 191E(3) and sections 191F and 191Q apply in relation to the performance by the subsidiary of the corresponding functions in a corresponding way to the way in which they apply to the performance of the Indigenous Land Corporation’s functions.

Generality of arrangements

             (4)  An arrangement may relate to a particular function either generally or as otherwise provided by the arrangement.

Indigenous Land Corporation may continue to perform functions

             (5)  The making of an arrangement about a function does not prevent the Indigenous Land Corporation from performing that function.

When subsidiary taken to perform a corresponding function

             (6)  For the purposes of this Act and any other law of the Commonwealth, a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation is taken to perform a function corresponding to a particular function of the Indigenous Land Corporation if, and only if, the subsidiary performs the first‑mentioned function under an arrangement under this section.

Independent function

             (7)  Anything done by the Indigenous Land Corporation under this section, or under an arrangement under this section, is taken to have been done by the Indigenous Land Corporation in the performance of a function that is separate and distinct from the Indigenous Land Corporation’s land acquisition functions or land management functions.

191H  Powers of Indigenous Land Corporation

General powers

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation has power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.

Specific powers

             (2)  The powers of the Indigenous Land Corporation under subsection (1) include, but are not limited to, the following powers:

                     (a)  to enter into contracts and agreements;

                     (b)  to invest money of the Indigenous Land Corporation;

                     (c)  to appoint agents and attorneys and act as an agent for other persons;

                     (d)  to form, and participate in the formation of, companies;

                     (e)  to subscribe for and purchase shares in, and debentures and securities of, companies;

                      (f)  to enter into partnerships;

                     (g)  to participate in joint ventures and arrangements for the sharing of profits;

                     (h)  to accept gifts, grants, bequests and devises made to it;

                      (i)  to act as trustee of money and other property vested in it on trust;

                      (j)  to charge for the provision of services by it.

Trusts

             (3)  Despite anything contained in this Act, any money or other property held by the Indigenous Land Corporation on trust must be dealt with in accordance with the powers and duties of the Indigenous Land Corporation as trustee.

Extra‑territorial exercise of powers

             (4)  The powers of the Indigenous Land Corporation may be exercised within or outside Australia.

191I  Guidelines about certain land acquisition and land management functions

When section applies

             (1)  This section applies if the Indigenous Land Corporation Board makes written guidelines about the performance of a function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(a), (c) or (d) or 191E(1)(d), (e) or (f).

Guidelines to be made available

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must make a free copy of the guidelines available to any person who asks for a copy.

191J  Disposal of surplus land

When section applies

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  the Indigenous Land Corporation has acquired an interest in land:

                                        (A)  under paragraph 191D(1)(b); or

                                        (B)  by way of a gift, grant, bequest or devise made to it; or

                             (ii)  a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation has acquired an interest in land:

                                        (A)  as a result of the performance by it of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(b); or

                                        (B)  by way of a gift, grant, bequest or devise made to it for the purpose of the performance by it of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(a); and

                     (b)  the Indigenous Land Corporation or the subsidiary, as the case requires, considers that it no longer needs to hold the interest for the purpose of making a grant of the interest to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation within a reasonable time after that acquisition.

Disposal of surplus land

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation or the subsidiary, as the case requires, may dispose of the interest to a person or body.

191L  Powers of Minister

                   Except as expressly provided in this Act or the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, the Minister is not empowered to direct the Indigenous Land Corporation in relation to any of its activities.


 

Division 3National indigenous land strategy and regional indigenous land strategies

191N  National indigenous land strategy

Indigenous Land Corporation Board to prepare national strategy

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board must prepare, and revise from time to time, a strategy to be known as the national indigenous land strategy.

Contents of national indigenous land strategy

             (2)  The national indigenous land strategy must cover, but is not limited to, the following matters:

                     (a)  the acquisition of interests in land for the purpose of making grants of those interests to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations;

                     (b)  land management issues relating to indigenous‑held land;

                     (c)  environmental issues relating to indigenous‑held land.

Note:          It is not intended that the strategy will contain commercially sensitive information.

             (3)  In performing functions under this section, the Indigenous Land Corporation Board may consult such other persons and bodies as the Board considers appropriate.

Period to which national indigenous land strategy is to relate

             (4)  The national indigenous land strategy must relate to a period of at least 3 years and not more than 5 years.

Review of national indigenous land strategy

             (5)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board must review the national indigenous land strategy regularly.

Copy to be given to Minister

             (6)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board must give a copy of the national indigenous land strategy and a copy of any changes it has made to the national indigenous land strategy to the Minister within 2 months of the Board agreeing to the strategy or change.

Copy to be tabled in each House

             (7)  The Minister must cause a copy of the national indigenous land strategy or of any changes made to the national indigenous land strategy to be presented to each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the Minister has received the document.

191P  Regional indigenous land strategies

Indigenous Land Corporation Board to prepare regional indigenous land strategies

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board must prepare, and revise from time to time, strategies to be known as regional indigenous land strategies.

Indigenous Land Corporation Board to determine regional areas

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, the Indigenous Land Corporation Board must, by writing, determine the boundaries of areas to be known as regional areas.

Note:          A regional area need not correspond to a region under section 91.

Regional areas

             (3)  A regional indigenous land strategy must relate to a specified regional area.

Contents of regional indigenous land strategy

             (4)  A regional strategy relating to a regional area must cover, but is not limited to, the following matters:

                     (a)  the acquisition of interests in land in the regional area for the purpose of making grants of those interests to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations;

                     (b)  land management issues relating to indigenous‑held land in the regional area;

                     (c)  environmental management issues relating to indigenous‑held land in the regional area.

Note:          It is not intended that a strategy will contain commercially sensitive information.

Consultation on regional indigenous land strategies

             (5)  In performing functions under this section in connection with a regional area, the Indigenous Land Corporation Board:

                     (a)  must, if any part of a region is included in the regional area, consult the Regional Council for the region; and

                     (b)  may consult such other persons and bodies as the Board considers appropriate.

Period to which regional indigenous land strategy is to relate

             (6)  A regional indigenous land strategy is to relate to a period of at least 3 years and not more than 5 years.

Review

             (7)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board must review each regional indigenous land strategy regularly.

Copy to Minister on request

             (8)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board must give a copy of a regional strategy to the Minister on request.

191Q  Indigenous Land Corporation to have regard to strategies

                   For the purpose of the performance of the Indigenous Land Corporation’s functions, the Indigenous Land Corporation must have regard to:

                     (a)  the national indigenous land strategy; and

                     (b)  each relevant regional indigenous land strategy.

191R  Indigenous Land Corporation to make strategies available

Strategies to be made available

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must make a copy of the national indigenous land strategy or a regional indigenous land strategy available to any person who asks for a copy.

Fee may be charged

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation may charge a fee for making the copy available.


 

Division 4Dealings in land granted by Indigenous Land Corporation

191S  Restriction on right to dispose of, or charge, property

When section applies

             (1)  This section applies if a body corporate has acquired an interest in land and:

                     (a)  the interest was acquired from the Indigenous Land Corporation under paragraph 191D(1)(a); or

                     (b)  the interest was acquired using money granted to the body corporate by the Indigenous Land Corporation under paragraph 191D(1)(c); or

                     (c)  the interest was acquired from a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation as a result of the performance by the subsidiary of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(a); or

                     (d)  the interest was acquired using money granted to the body corporate by a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation as a result of the performance by the subsidiary of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(c).

Disposals and charges prohibited

             (2)  The body corporate must not, without the consent of the Indigenous Land Corporation:

                     (a)  dispose of the interest; or

                     (b)  give a charge with respect to an asset of the body corporate that consists of, or includes, the interest.

Purported disposals to be of no effect

             (3)  If the body corporate purports to dispose of the interest without the consent of the Indigenous Land Corporation, the purported disposition is of no effect.

Purported charges to be of no effect

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  the body corporate purports to give a charge with respect to an asset of the body corporate that consists of, or includes, the interest; and

                     (b)  the purported charge is given without the consent of the Indigenous Land Corporation;

the purported charge is of no effect.

Definition

             (5)  In this section:

charge means a charge created in any way and includes a mortgage and an agreement to give or execute a charge or mortgage, whether upon demand or otherwise.

191SA  Indigenous Land Corporation’s interest in land

             (1)  Any liability or obligation of a body corporate to the Indigenous Land Corporation arising:

                     (a)  under the terms and conditions of a grant, loan or guarantee referred to in subsection 191D(2) or (2A) or 191E(2), (2A) or (2B); or

                     (b)  under section 191S;

is taken to be an interest of the Corporation in the land to which the liability or obligation relates.

             (2)  The land is charged with the payment of all costs and expenses incurred by the Corporation in respect of its enforcement of the liability or obligation.

191SB  Interest in land of subsidiary of Indigenous Land Corporation

             (1)  Any liability or obligation of a body corporate to a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation arising:

                     (a)  under the terms and conditions of a grant, loan or guarantee made or given by the subsidiary under an arrangement referred to in subsection 191G(1); or

                     (b)  under section 191S;

is taken to be an interest of the subsidiary in the land to which the liability or obligation relates.

             (2)  The land is charged with the payment of all costs and expenses incurred by the subsidiary in respect of its enforcement of the liability or obligation.

191T  Surrender of land to Indigenous Land Corporation

When this section applies

             (1)  This section applies if a body corporate has acquired an interest in land and:

                     (a)  the interest was acquired from the Indigenous Land Corporation under paragraph 191D(1)(a); or

                     (b)  the interest was acquired using money granted to the body corporate by the Indigenous Land Corporation under paragraph 191D(1)(c); or

                     (c)  the interest was acquired from a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation as a result of the performance by the subsidiary of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(a); or

                     (d)  the interest was acquired using money granted to the body corporate by a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation as a result of the performance by the subsidiary of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(c).

Surrender of interest to Indigenous Land Corporation

             (2)  The body corporate may dispose of the interest to the Indigenous Land Corporation. The disposal is subject to such terms and conditions as are agreed between the body corporate and the Indigenous Land Corporation.

Effect of surrender of interest

             (3)  If the Indigenous Land Corporation acquires an interest in land as a result of a disposal under subsection (2), this Part has effect as if the interest had been acquired by the Indigenous Land Corporation under paragraph 191D(1)(b).

191U  Land granted by Indigenous Land Corporation must not be claimed under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976

When section applies

             (1)  This section applies to land if a body corporate has acquired an interest in the land and:

                     (a)  the interest was acquired from the Indigenous Land Corporation under paragraph 191D(1)(a); or

                     (b)  the interest was acquired using money granted to the body corporate by the Indigenous Land Corporation under paragraph 191D(1)(c); or

                     (c)  the interest was acquired from a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation as a result of the performance by the subsidiary of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(a); or

                     (d)  the interest was acquired using money granted to the body corporate by a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation as a result of the performance by the subsidiary of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(c).

No claims

             (2)  An application of the kind referred to in paragraph 50(1)(a) of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 must not be made if it relates to a claim to the land.


 

Division 5Board of Directors of Indigenous Land Corporation

191V  Board of Directors of Indigenous Land Corporation

Board

             (1)  There is to be a Board of Directors of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

Composition of Board

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board consists of the following members:

                     (a)  a Chairperson;

                     (b)  a Deputy Chairperson;

                     (c)  an ordinary member (whose office may be referred to as the paragraph (c) office);

                     (d)  an ordinary member (whose office may be referred to as the paragraph (d) office);

                     (e)  an ordinary member (whose office may be referred to as the paragraph (e) office);

                      (f)  an ordinary member (whose office may be referred to as the paragraph (f) office);

                     (g)  an ordinary member (whose office may be referred to as the paragraph (g) office).

Vacancy not to affect performance of functions etc.

             (3)  The performance of the functions, or the exercise of the powers, of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board is not affected only because of there being a vacancy or vacancies in the membership of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board.

191W  Responsibilities of Indigenous Land Corporation Board

                   It is the responsibility of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board to ensure the proper and efficient performance of the functions of the Indigenous Land Corporation and to determine the policy of the Corporation with respect to any matter.

191X  Appointment of Indigenous Land Corporation Directors

Appointment by Minister

             (1)  An Indigenous Land Corporation Director is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument.

Aboriginal persons/Torres Strait Islanders

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson and at least 4 other Indigenous Land Corporation Directors must be Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

Consultation

             (3)  Before appointing a person as an Indigenous Land Corporation Director, the Minister must consult the Finance Minister about the appointment.

Qualifications

             (4)  Each ordinary member of the Board is to be a person who the Minister is satisfied has experience in:

                     (a)  land or environmental management; or

                     (b)  business or financial management; or

                     (c)  Aboriginal community life or Torres Strait Islander community life;

and the Minister must ensure that at least 2 ordinary members of the Board have experience in business or financial management.

191Y  Automatic re‑appointment of incumbent pending appointment of successor

When section applies

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  a person appointed under subsection 191X(1) (the incumbent) ceases to hold a particular office of Indigenous Land Corporation Director because of the expiry of the period specified in the instrument of appointment; and

                     (b)  there is not in force an instrument under subsection 191X(1) re‑appointing the incumbent, or appointing another person, to that office with effect from the end of that period.

Automatic re‑appointment

             (2)  The Minister is taken to have re‑appointed the incumbent to that office under this subsection with effect from the end of that period. Section 191X does not apply to the re‑appointment.

Tenure

             (3)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of the incumbent at any time if an appointment under subsection 191X(1) of another person to that office takes effect immediately after that time. This subsection has effect despite section 191Z.


 

Division 6Administrative provisions

191Z  Period of appointment

                   An Indigenous Land Corporation Director holds office for such period as is specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 4 years.

192  Basis on which Indigenous Land Corporation Directors hold office

General rule—part‑time basis

             (1)  Subject to this section, an Indigenous Land Corporation Director holds office on a part‑time basis.

Chairperson may hold office on a full‑time basis

             (2)  The instrument of appointment of the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson may declare that the Chairperson holds office on a full‑time basis.

192A  Remuneration and allowances

                   An Indigenous Land Corporation Director is entitled to remuneration and allowances in accordance with section 194.

192B  Outside employment—full‑time Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson

When section applies

             (1)  This section applies to the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson if the Chairperson holds office on a full‑time basis.

No outside employment

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson must not engage in any paid employment outside the duties of his or her office without the written agreement of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board.

192C  Leave of absence—part‑time Indigenous Land Corporation Directors

When this section applies

             (1)  This section applies to an Indigenous Land Corporation Director who holds office on a part‑time basis.

Grant of leave

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board may, by writing, grant leave of absence to an Indigenous Land Corporation Director from a meeting of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board.

Delegation

             (3)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board may, by writing, delegate to the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson the power under subsection (2) to grant leave of absence to the other Indigenous Land Corporation Directors.

192D  Leave of absence—full‑time Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson

Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson to whom this section applies

             (1)  This section applies to the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson if the Chairperson holds office on a full‑time basis.

Recreation leave

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson has such recreation leave entitlements as are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

Other leave

             (3)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board may grant the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on such terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise as the Minister determines in writing.

192E  Acting appointments

Acting Chairperson

             (1)  The Deputy Chairperson of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board is to act as the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Chairperson, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to that office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Chairperson is absent from duty or from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          For rules that apply to persons acting as the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Acting Deputy Chairperson

             (2)  The Minister may appoint an Indigenous Land Corporation Director to act as the Deputy Chairperson of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Deputy Chairperson, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Deputy Chairperson is absent from duty or from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office;

but a person appointed to act during a vacancy is not to continue so to act for more than 6 months.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Acting Director

             (3)  The Minister may appoint a person to act as an Indigenous Land Corporation Director (other than as the Chairperson or the Deputy Chairperson of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board):

                     (a)  during a vacancy in an office of Director, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when a Director is absent from duty or from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office;

but a person appointed to act during a vacancy is not to continue so to act for more than 6 months.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Eligibility for acting appointment

             (4)  The Minister must not appoint a person to act in an office unless, having regard to section 191X, the person could be appointed to that office.

192F  Disclosure of interests

Notification of business interests to Minister—full‑time Chairperson

             (3)  If the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson holds office on a full‑time basis, the Chairperson must give written notice to the Minister of all direct or indirect pecuniary interests that the Chairperson has or acquires in any business, or in any body corporate carrying on a business.

192G  Resignation

                   An Indigenous Land Corporation Director may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Minister.

192H  Termination of appointment

Misbehaviour or incapacity

             (1)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of an Indigenous Land Corporation Director because of misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

Bankruptcy, conflict of interest etc.

             (2)  If an Indigenous Land Corporation Director:

                     (a)  becomes bankrupt; or

                     (b)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                     (c)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                     (d)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (e)  fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 192F of this Act or section 27F or 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997;

the Minister must terminate the appointment of the Director.

Full‑time Chairperson—unauthorised absence, paid employment

             (3)  If the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson holds office on a full‑time basis and the Chairperson:

                     (a)  is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (b)  engages, except with the agreement of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board, in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office;

the Minister must terminate the appointment of the Chairperson.

Part‑time Directors—unauthorised absence

             (4)  If an Indigenous Land Corporation Director who holds office on a part‑time basis is absent, except on leave granted under section 192C, from 3 consecutive meetings of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board, the Minister must terminate the appointment of the Director.

192I  Other terms and conditions

                   An Indigenous Land Corporation Director holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette.


 

Division 7Operations of Indigenous Land Corporation Board

192J  Meetings of Indigenous Land Corporation Board

Chairperson to convene meetings

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson must convene such meetings of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board as, in his or her opinion, are necessary for the efficient performance of the Board’s responsibilities.

Quorum

             (2)  At a meeting of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board, a quorum is constituted by 4 Indigenous Land Corporation Directors.

Quorum if Director excluded under section 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  an Indigenous Land Corporation Director who is present at a meeting is required by section 27J of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 not to be present during the deliberations, or to take part in any decision, of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board with respect to a particular matter; and

                     (b)  when the Director leaves the meeting there is no longer a quorum present;

the Indigenous Land Corporation Directors remaining at the meeting constitute a quorum for the purpose of any deliberation or decision at that meeting with respect to that matter.

Chairperson to preside at meetings

             (4)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson is to preside at all meetings of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board at which he or she is present.

Arrangements if Chairperson not present at a meeting

             (5)  If the Indigenous Land Corporation Chairperson is not present at a meeting of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board:

                     (a)  if the Deputy Chairperson of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board is present—the Deputy Chairperson is to preside at the meeting; and

                     (b)  in any other case—the Indigenous Land Corporation Directors present must elect one of their number to preside at the meeting.

Voting

             (6)  Questions arising at a meeting of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board are to be determined by a majority of the votes of the Indigenous Land Corporation Directors present and voting.

Deliberative vote

             (7)  The person presiding at a meeting of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board has a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, also has a casting vote.

Procedure and minutes

             (8)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Board:

                     (a)  may regulate the conduct of proceedings at its meetings as it thinks fit; and

                     (b)  must cause minutes of those proceedings to be kept.

Note:          Section 33B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 provides for participation in meetings by telephone etc.


 

Division 8Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer

192K  Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer

Appointment

             (1)  There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Land Corporation, who is to be appointed by the Indigenous Land Corporation Board.

Day‑to‑day administration

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), the Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer must manage the day‑to‑day administration of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

Board’s policies and directions

             (3)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer must, in:

                     (a)  managing the administration of the Indigenous Land Corporation; and

                     (b)  exercising any powers conferred on the Chief Executive Officer by this Act;

act in accordance with any policies determined, and any directions given, by the Indigenous Land Corporation Board in writing.

192L  Term of appointment

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer holds office for such period as is specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 4 years.

192M  Holding of office

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer holds office during the pleasure of the Indigenous Land Corporation Board.

192N  Remuneration and allowances of Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer is to be paid such remuneration and allowances as are determined by the Indigenous Land Corporation Board in writing.

192P  Acting Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation Board may appoint a person to act as the Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Chief Executive Officer, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Chief Executive Officer is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office;

but a person appointed to act during a vacancy must not continue so to act for more than 6 months.

Note:          For rules that apply to acting appointments, see section 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

192Q  Resignation

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer may resign by writing signed by him or her and sent to the Indigenous Land Corporation Board.

192R  Other terms and conditions

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Indigenous Land Corporation Board in writing.


 

Division 9Staff

192S  Staff

Engagement of staff

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer may, on behalf of the Indigenous Land Corporation, engage such employees as are necessary for the performance of the Corporation’s functions under this Act.

Terms and conditions

             (2)  The terms and conditions of employment of persons engaged under this section are as determined by the Indigenous Land Corporation Board in writing.

192T  Arrangements for Indigenous Business Australia staff to perform duties on behalf of Indigenous Land Corporation

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer may make arrangements with the Indigenous Business Australia Chief Executive Officer for the performance of duties by the staff of Indigenous Business Australia on behalf of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

192U  Arrangements relating to staff

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer may, on behalf of the Indigenous Land Corporation, make arrangements for the services of officers or employees of:

                     (a)  the Public Service of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory; or

                     (b)  an authority of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  any other organisation or body;

to be made available to the Indigenous Land Corporation.

192V  Consultants

Engagement of consultants

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer may, on behalf of the Indigenous Land Corporation, engage as consultants to the Corporation persons having suitable qualifications and experience.

Terms and conditions

             (2)  The terms and conditions on which consultants are engaged are as determined by the Indigenous Land Corporation Board in writing.


 

Division 10Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account

192W  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account

Land Account

             (1)  There is continued in existence the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account.

Note:          The Account was established by subsection 5(3) of the Financial Management Legislation Amendment Act 1999.

             (2)  The Land Account is a Special Account for the purposes of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

             (3)  So far as practicable, an amount standing to the credit of the Land Account that is not required for the purpose of making payments must be invested under section 39 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

             (4)  If income is received by the Commonwealth from the investment of an amount standing to the credit of the Land Account, an amount equal to the income must be credited to the Land Account.

192X  Purpose of Land Account

                   The purpose of the Land Account is the making of payments to the Indigenous Land Corporation under this Division.

192Y  Indexation factor

             (1)  The indexation factor for a financial year is worked out using the formula:

where:

first June year means the period of 12 months ending on 30 June immediately before the financial year.

index number, for a quarter, means the All Groups Consumer Price Index number, being the weighted average of the 8 capital cities, published by the Australian Statistician in respect of that quarter.

second June year means the period of 12 months immediately before the first June year.

             (2)  An indexation factor is to be calculated to 3 decimal places, but increased by 0.001 if the fourth decimal place is more than 4.

             (3)  If an indexation factor worked out under subsections (1) and (2) would be less than 1, that indexation factor is to be increased to 1.

             (4)  Calculations under this section are to be made:

                     (a)  using only the index numbers published in terms of the most recently published reference base for the Consumer Price Index; and

                     (b)  disregarding index numbers published in substitution for previously published index numbers (except where the substituted numbers are published to take account of changes in the reference base).

193  Payments out of Land Account to Indigenous Land Corporation

Financial year beginning on 1 July 2010

             (1)  On the first business day in October in the financial year beginning on 1 July 2010, there is to be paid to the Indigenous Land Corporation, out of the Land Account, $45 million.

Later financial years

             (2)  On the first business day in October in a financial year beginning on or after 1 July 2011, there is to be paid to the Indigenous Land Corporation, out of the Land Account, the amount worked out using the following formula:

where:

indexation factor means the indexation factor for the financial year worked out under section 192Y.

relevant funding amount means:

                     (a)  for the financial year beginning on 1 July 2011—$45 million; or

                     (b)  for a later financial year—the amount worked out under this subsection for the previous financial year.

Additional payments

             (3)  On the first business day in December in a financial year (the current year) beginning on or after 1 July 2011, an amount is to be paid to the Indigenous Land Corporation, out of the Land Account, if the actual capital value of the Land Account for the current year exceeds the real capital value of the Land Account for the current year. The amount to be paid is an amount equal to the excess.

             (4)  For the purposes of subsection (3), the real capital value of the Land Account for the current year is the actual capital value of the Land Account for the financial year (the base year) beginning on 1 July 2010 multiplied, in turn, by the indexation factor for each financial year after the base year up to and including the current year.

             (5)  For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4), the actual capital value of the Land Account for a financial year is the sum of:

                     (a)  the amount standing to the credit of the Land Account immediately before the start of that year; and

                     (b)  the value, immediately before the start of that year, of current investments made under section 39 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 using amounts from the Land Account.

Rounding

             (6)  If an amount to be paid under subsection (2) or (3) is an amount of dollars and cents, the cents are to be disregarded.

Definition

             (7)  In this section:

business day means a day that is not a Saturday, a Sunday or a public holiday in the Australian Capital Territory.

193G  Consultative forum on investment policy of the Land Account

Consultative forum to be convened by Minister

             (1)  The Minister must convene, at least twice each financial year, a meeting between:

                     (a)  2 or more Indigenous Land Corporation Directors nominated by the Indigenous Land Corporation Board; and

                     (b)  any person to whom the Finance Minister has delegated powers conferred on the Finance Minister by section 39 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, in so far as those powers relate to the Land Account; and

                     (c)  such other persons (if any) as the Minister considers appropriate;

for the purpose of discussing the investment policy of the Land Account.

Minister may attend meeting

             (2)  The Minister may attend a meeting convened under subsection (1).

Minister to provide information

          (2A)  A person who is, or is to be, a participant in a meeting convened under subsection (1) may request the Minister to provide to each participant in the meeting such information as is specified in the request. The specified information must relate to the management and/or performance of the investments of the Land Account. The Minister must comply with the request.

193H  Accounts and financial statements

                   The Secretary of the Department must keep accounts, and prepare financial statements, in such form as the Finance Minister determines, in respect of the Land Account.

193I  Annual report about Land Account

Annual report—general

             (1)  The Minister must, as soon as practicable after the end of 30 June in each year, cause to be prepared a report about the administration of the Land Account, and the operation of this Division, during the financial year ended on that date.

Annual report—specific matters

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), a report relating to a financial year must include the following information:

                     (a)  particulars of amounts credited to the Land Account during the financial year;

                     (b)  particulars of amounts paid out of the Land Account during the financial year;

                     (c)  particulars of investments of the Land Account;

                     (d)  the return on investments of the Land Account in respect of the financial year;

                     (e)  such other information (if any) as is specified in the regulations.

Tabling of annual report

             (3)  The Minister must cause copies of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the completion of the preparation of the report.

Reporting obligations are in addition to other obligations

             (4)  The obligations imposed by this section are in addition to, and not instead of, obligations imposed by any other law of the Commonwealth.


 

Division 11Finances

193J  Application of money held by Indigenous Land Corporation

                   Money held by the Indigenous Land Corporation must be applied only:

                     (a)  in payment or discharge of the costs, expenses and other obligations incurred by the Corporation in the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers under this Act or any other law; and

                     (b)  in payment of any remuneration and allowances payable to any person under this Act or any other law; and

                     (c)  in making any other payments which the Corporation is authorised or required to make under this Act or any other law.

Note:          Paragraph 191H(2)(b) empowers the Indigenous Land Corporation to invest its money. This section is intended to authorise the Corporation to apply its money in making such investments.

193K  Modifications of Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act

             (1)  Subsection 18(3) of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 does not apply to the Indigenous Land Corporation.

             (2)  The annual report of the Indigenous Land Corporation under section 9 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 must include such additional information (if any) as is specified in the regulations under this Act.

193L  Borrowing

Power to borrow

             (1)  Subject to this section, the Indigenous Land Corporation may borrow money.

Borrowing

             (2)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must not borrow money in a financial year if the sum of:

                     (a)  the proposed borrowing; and

                     (b)  its current borrowings; and

                     (c)  the total of its liabilities (whether actual or contingent) in respect of guarantees; and

                     (d)  the current borrowings of its subsidiaries; and

                     (e)  the total of the liabilities (whether actual or contingent) of its subsidiaries in respect of guarantees;

is more than the borrowing limit for the year.

Borrowing limit

             (3)  For the purposes of this section, the borrowing limit for a financial year is the amount worked out using the formula:

where:

indexation factor means the indexation factor for the financial year worked out under section 192Y.

Validity of transactions

             (9)  A failure to comply with subsection (2) does not affect the validity of any transaction.

Section to be sole source of power to borrow

           (10)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must not borrow money except in accordance with this section.

Money not to be raised except by borrowing

           (11)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must not raise money except by borrowing.

193M  Giving of security over assets

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation may give security over the whole or any part of its assets:

                     (a)  for the repayment by the Indigenous Land Corporation of money borrowed under section 193L and the payment by the Indigenous Land Corporation of interest (including interest on interest) on money so borrowed; or

                     (b)  in connection with a guarantee given by the Indigenous Land Corporation;

and not otherwise.

193N  Limit on guarantees

Limit

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must not guarantee a loan in a financial year if the sum of:

                     (a)  the contingent liabilities to which it would be subject if the proposed guarantee were to be given; and

                     (b)  its current borrowings; and

                     (c)  the total of its liabilities (whether actual or contingent) in respect of guarantees; and

                     (d)  the current borrowings of its subsidiaries; and

                     (e)  the total of the liabilities (whether actual or contingent) of its subsidiaries in respect of guarantees;

is more than the guarantee limit for the financial year.

Guarantee limit

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, the guarantee limit for a financial year is the amount worked out using the formula:

where:

indexation factor means the indexation factor for the financial year worked out under section 192Y.

Validity of transactions

             (8)  A failure to comply with subsection (1) does not affect the validity of any transaction.

193P  Exemption from taxation

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation is not subject to taxation under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory.

193Q  Foreign subsidiaries

No foreign subsidiaries

             (1)  The Indigenous Land Corporation must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a company incorporated in a foreign country does not become a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

Exception—Minister’s consent

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the Minister has given written consent to the company becoming or being a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation.


 

Division 12Exemption from stamp duty etc.

193R  Exemption from stamp duty etc.

Definition

             (1)  In this section:

exempt matter means:

                     (a)  the grant of an interest in land by the Indigenous Land Corporation under paragraph 191D(1)(a), if the grant occurs within 12 months after the interest was acquired by the Indigenous Land Corporation; or

                     (b)  an agreement relating to such a grant; or

                     (c)  the grant of an interest in land by a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation as a result of the performance by the subsidiary of the function corresponding to the function of the Indigenous Land Corporation referred to in paragraph 191D(1)(a), if the grant occurs within 12 months after the interest was acquired by the subsidiary; or

                     (d)  an agreement relating to a grant referred to in paragraph (c); or

                     (g)  the disposal of an interest in land by a body corporate under section 191T; or

                     (h)  an agreement relating to a disposal referred to in paragraph (g); or

                      (i)  the receipt of money by a body corporate, or by a person acting on behalf of a body corporate, in respect of a disposal referred to in paragraph (g).

Exemption

             (2)  Stamp duty or other tax is not payable under a law of a State or Territory in respect of:

                     (a)  an exempt matter; or

                     (b)  anything done (including a transaction entered into or an instrument or document made, executed, lodged or given) because of, or for a purpose connected with or arising out of, an exempt matter.


 

Division 13Secrecy

193S  Secrecy

Definitions

             (1)  In this section:

court includes any tribunal, authority or person having power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions.

ILC officer means a person:

                     (a)  who is or has been an Indigenous Land Corporation Director or an acting Indigenous Land Corporation Director; or

                     (b)  who is or has been the Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer or an acting Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer; or

                     (c)  who is or has been employed or engaged under section 192S or 192V; or

                     (d)  who is performing, or who has performed, duties on behalf of the Indigenous Land Corporation under an arrangement under section 192T; or

                     (e)  whose services are being, or have been, made available to the Indigenous Land Corporation under an arrangement under section 192U; or

                      (f)  who is or has been a director or employee of a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

produce includes permit access to.

Information and documents to which this section applies

             (2)  This section applies to information acquired, or a document obtained, by an ILC officer:

                     (a)  in connection with the performance of a function, or the exercise of a power, of the Indigenous Land Corporation; or

                     (b)  in connection with the performance by a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation of a function that corresponds to a function of the Indigenous Land Corporation; or

                     (c)  in connection with the exercise of a power by a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation, where the power relates to such a corresponding function.

ILC officer not to disclose certain information

             (3)  Subject to this section, an ILC officer must not, either directly or indirectly:

                     (a)  disclose to any person any information concerning the affairs of another person acquired by the ILC officer, where:

                              (i)  the information was acquired by the ILC officer in the performance of duties in connection with an application for, or the giving of, a loan, grant or guarantee; or

                             (ii)  disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to prejudice substantially the commercial interests of the other person; or

                     (b)  disclose to any person information acquired by the ILC officer, where, to the knowledge of the ILC officer:

                              (i)  the information is considered sacred or otherwise significant by a particular group of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders; and

                             (ii)  the disclosure would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of those Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders; or

                     (c)  produce to any person a document relating to the affairs of another person, where:

                              (i)  the document was obtained by the ILC officer in the performance of duties in connection with an application for, or the giving of, a loan, grant or guarantee; or

                             (ii)  the production of the document could reasonably be expected to prejudice substantially the commercial interests of the other person; or

                     (d)  produce to any person a document obtained by the ILC officer, where, to the knowledge of the ILC officer:

                              (i)  the document contains information that is considered sacred or otherwise significant by a particular group of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders; and

                             (ii)  the production of the document would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of those Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

Offence

             (4)  A person who contravenes subsection (3) is guilty of an offence punishable on conviction by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.

ILC officer not required to disclose certain information to a court

             (5)  Subject to this section, an ILC officer must not be required to:

                     (a)  disclose to a court any information concerning the affairs of another person acquired by the ILC officer, where:

                              (i)  the information was acquired by the ILC officer in the performance of duties in connection with an application for, or the giving of, a loan, grant or guarantee; or

                             (ii)  disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to prejudice substantially the commercial interests of the other person; or

                     (b)  disclose to a court information acquired by the ILC officer, where:

                              (i)  the information is considered sacred or otherwise significant by a particular group of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders; and

                             (ii)  the disclosure would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of those Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders; or

                     (c)  produce to a court a document relating to the affairs of another person, where:

                              (i)  the document was obtained by the ILC officer in the performance of duties in connection with an application for, or the giving of, a loan, grant or guarantee; or

                             (ii)  the production of the document could reasonably be expected to prejudice substantially the commercial interests of the other person; or

                     (d)  produce to a court a document obtained by the ILC officer, where:

                              (i)  the document contains information that is considered sacred or otherwise significant by a particular group of Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders; and

                             (ii)  the production of the document would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of those Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

Exception—disclosure for the purposes of performance of functions etc.

             (6)  Subsections (3) and (5) do not apply to the disclosure of information, or the production of a document, if the disclosure or production, as the case requires, is for the purposes of:

                     (a)  the performance of a function, or the exercise of a power, of the Indigenous Land Corporation; or

                     (b)  the performance by a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation of a function that corresponds to a function of the Indigenous Land Corporation; or

                     (c)  the exercise of a power by a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation, where the power relates to such a corresponding function.

Exception—prosecutions

             (7)  Paragraphs (3)(a), (3)(c), (5)(a) and (5)(c) do not apply to the disclosure of information, or the production of a document, if the disclosure or production, as the case requires, is for the purposes of a criminal proceeding.


 

Division 14Delegation

193T  Delegation to Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer or member of staff

                   The Indigenous Land Corporation may, by writing under its seal, delegate any or all of its functions and powers to the Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer or to a member of the staff of the Corporation.


 

Division 15Reviews

193U  Reviews

             (1)  The regulations must provide for independent reviews of the operation of this Part to be conducted.

             (2)  Regulations made for the purposes of this section must provide for:

                     (a)  the purpose of reviews; and

                     (b)  the timing of reviews; and

                     (c)  the content of reviews.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not limit subsection (1).

             (4)  The report of each review must be given to the Minister.


 

Part 5Miscellaneous

  

194  Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  The following provisions apply in relation to the holder of an office who is, by a provision of this Act, entitled to remuneration and allowances in accordance with this section:

                     (a)  the holder of the office shall be paid such remuneration as is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal;

                     (b)  if no determination of that remuneration by the Remuneration Tribunal is in operation, the holder of the office shall be paid such remuneration as is determined, in writing, by the Minister;

                     (c)  the holder of the office shall be paid such allowances as are determined, in writing, by the Minister.

             (2)  A determination by the Minister for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b) or (c) is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

195A  Review by TSRA of delegates’ decisions

             (1)  If a delegate of the TSRA:

                     (a)  refuses a loan under section 142F to an individual; or

                     (b)  refuses to give a guarantee under section 142G in respect of a loan made or to be made to an individual;

the individual may, within 30 days after being notified of the refusal, request the TSRA to reconsider the matter.

             (2)  If a request is made, the TSRA must reconsider the matter and must decide whether to make the loan or to give the guarantee.

196A  Review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal

             (1)  An application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of:

                     (a)  a decision made by the TSRA to refuse a loan under section 142F to an individual; or

                     (b)  a decision made by the TSRA to refuse to give a guarantee under section 142G in respect of a loan made or to be made to an individual; or

                     (c)  a decision made by the TSRA to give notice to a person or body under subsection 142H(1) or (3); or

                     (d)  a decision of the TSRA to make a declaration under subsection 143R(1) or (1A); or

                     (e)  any other decision of the TSRA included in a class of decisions declared by the regulations to be reviewable decisions for the purposes of this section; or

                      (f)  any decision made under the TSRA election rules included in a class of decisions declared by the regulations to be reviewable decisions for the purposes of this section.

             (2)  If the TSRA notifies a person of a decision of a kind referred to in subsection (1), the notice must include a statement to the effect that, subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the decision by or on behalf of a person whose interests are affected by the decision.

             (3)  A failure to comply with subsection (2) in relation to a decision does not affect the validity of the decision.

             (4)  In this section:

decision made by the TSRA does not include a decision made by a delegate of the TSRA.

197  Offences—guarantees, grants and loans

             (1)  A person shall not, in or in connection with a claim under a guarantee given under this Act, make a statement that the person knows to be false or misleading in a material particular or present a document that, to the person’s knowledge, contains information that is false or misleading in a material particular.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 5 years or 100 penalty units.

198  Offences—elections

             (1)  A person shall not, in relation to an election under this Act, ask for, receive or obtain, or offer or agree to ask for, or receive or obtain, any property or benefit of any kind for the person or any other person, on an understanding that:

                     (a)  any vote of the first‑mentioned person;

                     (b)  any candidature of the first‑mentioned person;

                     (c)  any support of, or opposition to, a candidate or a group of candidates by the first‑mentioned person; or

                     (d)  the doing of any act or thing by the first‑mentioned person:

                              (i)  with the intention of influencing the preferences set out in the vote of an elector; or

                             (ii)  with the likely result that the preferences set out in the vote of an elector are influenced;

will, in any manner, be influenced or affected.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (2)  A person shall not, in relation to an election under this Act, with the intention of influencing or affecting:

                     (a)  any vote of another person;

                     (b)  any candidature of another person;

                     (c)  any support of, or opposition to, a candidate or a group of candidates by another person; or

                     (d)  the doing of any act or thing by another person:

                              (i)  with the intention of influencing the preferences set out in the vote of an elector; or

                             (ii)  with the likely result that the preferences set out in the vote of an elector are influenced;

give or confer, or promise or offer to give or confer, any property or benefit of any kind to that other person or to a third person.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (3)  A person shall not hinder or interfere with the free exercise or performance, by any other person, of any political right or duty that is relevant to an election under this Act.

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

          (3A)  A person must not make a statement to another person, either orally or in writing, as to the other person’s right to vote in an election under this Act if the person making the statement knows that the statement is false or misleading in a material particular.

Penalty:  25 penalty units.

          (3B)  A person must not encourage another person to vote in an election under this Act if the first‑mentioned person knows that the other person is not entitled to vote in the election.

Penalty:  25 penalty units.

             (4)  This section does not apply in relation to a declaration of public policy or a promise of public action.

199  Conduct of directors, servants and agents

             (1)  Where, in proceedings for an offence against this Act, it is necessary to establish the state of mind of a body corporate in relation to particular conduct, it is sufficient to show:

                     (a)  that the conduct was engaged in by a director, servant or agent of the body corporate within the scope of his or her actual or apparent authority; and

                     (b)  that the director, servant or agent had the state of mind.

             (2)  Any conduct engaged in on behalf of a body corporate by a director, servant or agent of the body corporate within the scope of his or her actual or apparent authority shall be taken, for the purposes of a prosecution for an offence against this Act, to have been engaged in also by the body corporate unless the body corporate establishes that the body corporate took reasonable precautions and exercises due diligence to avoid the conduct.

             (3)  Where, in proceedings for an offence against this Act, it is necessary to establish the state of mind of a person other than a body corporate in relation to particular conduct, it is sufficient to show:

                     (a)  that the conduct was engaged in by a servant or agent of the person within the scope of his or her actual or apparent authority; and

                     (b)  that the servant or agent had the state of mind.

             (4)  Any conduct engaged in on behalf of a person other than a body corporate by a servant or agent of the person within the scope of his or her actual or apparent authority shall be taken, for the purposes of a prosecution for an offence against this Act, to have been engaged in also by the first‑mentioned person unless the first‑mentioned person establishes that the first‑mentioned person took reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence to avoid the conduct.

             (5)  Where:

                     (a)  a person other than a body corporate is convicted of an offence; and

                     (b)  the person would not have been convicted of the offence if subsections (3) and (4) had not been enacted;

the person is not liable to be punished by imprisonment for that offence.

             (6)  A reference in subsection (1) or (3) to the state of mind of a person includes a reference to:

                     (a)  the knowledge, intention, opinion, belief or purpose of the person; and

                     (b)  the person’s reasons for the intention, opinion, belief or purpose.

             (7)  A reference in this section to a director of a body corporate includes a reference to a constituent member of a body corporate incorporated for a public purpose by a law of the Commonwealth, of a State or of a Territory.

             (8)  A reference in this section to engaging in conduct includes a reference to failing or refusing to engage in conduct.

             (9)  A reference in this section to an offence against this Act includes a reference to:

                     (a)  an offence created by the regulations, the Regional Council election rules or the TSRA election rules; and

                     (b)  an offence created by:

                              (i)  section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914; or

                             (ii)  section 11.1, 11.2, 11.2A, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code; or

                            (iii)  section 134.1, 134.2, 135.1, 135.2, 135.4 or 136.1 of the Criminal Code;

                            being an offence that relates to this Act, the regulations, the Regional Council election rules or the TSRA election rules.

           (10)  Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code does not apply to an offence against this Act.

Note:          Part 2.5 of the Criminal Code deals with corporate criminal responsibility.

200  Aboriginal Hostels Limited

             (1)  The staff required to assist Aboriginal Hostels Limited in the performance of its functions shall, in spite of anything in the constituent documents of Aboriginal Hostels Limited, be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999:

                     (a)  the Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Hostels Limited, and the APS employees assisting Aboriginal Hostels Limited, together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the Chief Executive Officer of Aboriginal Hostels Limited is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

             (6)  For the purposes of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977, if Aboriginal Hostels Limited makes a decision relating to an application by an incorporated body for the provision of accommodation for one or more Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders, the decision is taken to be a decision of an administrative character made under an enactment.

             (7)  The Minister may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, enter into an agreement with Aboriginal Hostels Limited.

             (8)  The Minister must cause notice of the making of the agreement to be published in the Gazette.

             (9)  An agreement between the Commonwealth and Aboriginal Hostels Limited that was in force immediately before the commencement of this subsection is taken to have been made under subsection (7).

200A  Secrecy

             (1)  This section applies to a person who:

                     (a)  has been, at any time:

                              (i)  a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (the former Commission) before the abolition of Commission on ATSIC abolition day; or

                             (ii)  a member of a committee that was established by the former Commission to advise it in relation to the performance of its functions; or

                            (iii)  the Chief Executive Officer of the former Commission; or

                            (iv)  a member of the staff of the former Commission; or

                             (v)  engaged as a consultant by the former Commission; or

                            (vi)  a member of the body known as the Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board; or

                           (vii)  a member of a Regional Council before the abolition of Regional Councils on Regional Councils abolition day; or

                          (viii)  a member of an advisory committee established by such a Regional Council to advise it in relation to the performance of its functions; or

                            (ix)  an Administrator of such a Regional Council; or

                     (b)  is or has been:

                              (i)  a member of the TSRA; or

                             (ii)  a member of an advisory committee established under section 142M; or

                            (iii)  the TSRA Chief Executive Officer; or

                            (iv)  a member of the staff of the TSRA; or

                             (v)  engaged as a consultant under section 144T; or

                            (vi)  a TSRA Administrator; or

                     (c)  has been, before ATSIC abolition day, a Director of Evaluation and Audit.

             (2)  Subject to this section, a person to whom this section applies must not, either directly or indirectly:

                     (a)  make a record of, or divulge or communicate to any person, any information concerning the affairs of another person acquired by the first‑mentioned person in the performance of duties in connection with an application for, or the giving of, a loan, grant or guarantee under this Act; or

                     (b)  produce to any person a document relating to the affairs of another person furnished in connection with an application for, or the giving of, a loan, grant or guarantee under this Act;

unless that record is made, information divulged or document produced:

                     (c)  for the purposes of this Act or of a prosecution for an offence against this Act; or

                     (d)  if the person is a statutory office holder in, or an officer or employee of, a Department or agency that has taken over a function or functions previously performed by the former Commission—in the performance of the person’s duties as such a statutory office holder, officer or employee.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for one year.

             (3)  It is a defence to a prosecution for contravening subsection (2), if:

                     (a)  in relation to a prosecution for divulging information to a person or body—the information was communicated to a person authorised in writing by the person to whose affairs the document relates to receive the information; or

                     (b)  in relation to a prosecution for producing a document to a person or body—the document was produced to a person authorised in writing by the person to whose affairs the document relates to receive the document.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (4)  A person to whom this section applies must not be required:

                     (a)  to divulge or communicate to a court any information referred to in subsection (2); or

                     (b)  to produce in a court any document referred to in that subsection;

except when it is necessary to do so for the purposes of this Act, or of a prosecution for an offence against this Act.

             (5)  A reference in this section to an offence against this Act includes a reference to:

                     (a)  an offence relating to this Act against section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914; or

                     (b)  an offence against section 134.1, 134.2, 135.1, 135.2, 135.4 or 136.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (6)  In this section:

court includes any tribunal, authority or person having power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions.

produce includes permit access to.

this Act includes the regulations.

200B  Delegation by Finance Minister

             (1)  The Finance Minister may, by written instrument, delegate any of the Finance Minister’s powers or functions under section 142G, 144X, 153 or 183 to an official (within the meaning of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997).

             (2)  In exercising powers or functions under a delegation, the official must comply with any directions of the Finance Minister.

200C  Delegations

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2) the Minister may, by written instrument, delegate to:

                     (a)  the Secretary of the Department; or

                     (b)  an SES employee or acting SES employee;

all or any of the powers or functions conferred on the Minister under this Act.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the power to give directions to Indigenous Business Australia under section 151.

Note 1:       The expressions SES employee and acting SES employee are defined in section 2B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

Note 2:       See also sections 34AA and 34AB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

201  Regulations

             (1)  The Governor‑General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, the Regional Council election rules or the TSRA election rules, 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.

             (2)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the regulations may:

                     (b)  make provision in relation to the conduct of elections for the purposes of section 143L or 144D including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, provision for a system of optional preferential voting to be used in such elections;

                     (c)  make provision in relation to requests under subsection 195A(1) and the reconsideration of matters under subsection 195A(2);

                     (d)  prescribe fees payable in respect of any matter under this Act; and

                     (e)  provide penalties for breaches of the regulations not exceeding:

                              (i)  in the case of a natural person—$1,000; or

                             (ii)  in the case of a body corporate—$5,000.


 

Part 6Transitional provisions

Division 1Preliminary

202  Interpretation

                   In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

ADC Act means the Aboriginal Development Commission Act 1980.

assets means property of every kind, and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes:

                     (a)  choses in action; and

                     (b)  rights, interests and claims of every kind in or to property, whether arising under or by virtue of an instrument or otherwise, and whether liquidated or unliquidated, certain or contingent, accrued or accruing.

authorised officer means the Minister, the Chief Executive Officer or a member of the staff of the successor Commission authorised by the Minister in writing for the purposes of this Part.

commencement means the commencement of this Act.

liabilities means liabilities of every kind, and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes obligations of every kind, whether arising under or by virtue of an instrument or otherwise, and whether liquidated or unliquidated, certain or contingent, accrued or accruing.

old Commission means the Aboriginal Development Commission.

old Commission instrument means an instrument:

                     (a)  to which the old Commission was a party;

                     (b)  that was given to or in favour of the old Commission;

                     (c)  in which a reference is made to the old Commission; or

                     (d)  under which money is, or may become, payable, or any other property is to be, or may become liable to be, transferred to or by the old Commission;

being an instrument subsisting immediately before the commencement.

old Department means the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

successor Commission means the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.


 

Division 3Transitional provisions relating to Aboriginal Development Commission and Department of Aboriginal Affairs

206  Transfer of assets and liabilities of old Department

             (1)  The Minister may, in writing, declare that a specified asset of the Commonwealth that was, before the commencement, used by the old Department is to be transferred to Indigenous Business Australia or to the Indigenous Land Corporation.

             (2)  Where the Minister makes a declaration under subsection (1), the asset specified in the declaration becomes an asset of Indigenous Business Australia or of the Indigenous Land Corporation, as provided by the declaration.

             (3)  The Minister may, in writing, declare that a specified liability of the Commonwealth incurred before the commencement in connection with the operation of the old Department is to become a liability of Indigenous Business Australia or of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

             (4)  Where the Minister makes a declaration under subsection (3), the liability specified in the declaration becomes a liability of Indigenous Business Australia or of the Indigenous Land Corporation, as provided by the declaration.

             (5)  Liabilities of the Commonwealth that have become liabilities of Indigenous Business Australia or of the Indigenous Land Corporation because of subsection (4) are, after the commencement, taken to be liabilities incurred by Indigenous Business Australia or by the Indigenous Land Corporation, as the case requires, in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers.

211  Old Commission instruments

             (1)  An old Commission instrument continues to have effect after the commencement but, in its operation in relation to acts, transactions, matters or things done, entered into or occurring after that commencement, has effect as if a reference in the instrument to the old Commission were a reference to the appropriate new body.

             (2)  For the purposes of the application of subsection (1) in relation to an old Commission instrument, the appropriate new body is:

                     (a)  in the case of an instrument relating to an asset or liability that has, because of section 208 of this Act as in force before 17 April 2001, or because of section 210 of this Act as in force before ATSIC abolition day, become an asset or liability of the body previously known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation and now known as Indigenous Business Australia—Indigenous Business Australia; or

                     (b)  in the case of an instrument relating to a liability that has, because of a declaration under subsection 209(1) of this Act as in force before ATSIC abolition day, become a liability of the Commonwealth—the Commonwealth; or

                     (c)  in any other case—the successor Commission.

215  Certificates relating to assets, liabilities and instruments

             (1)  An authorised officer may certify, in writing, that:

                     (a)  an asset or liability specified or described in the certificate became, because of section 207 of this Act as in force before ATSIC abolition day, an asset or liability of the successor Commission; or

                     (b)  an asset or liability specified or described in the certificate became, because of section 208 of this Act as in force before 17 April 2001, an asset or liability of the body previously known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation and now known as Indigenous Business Australia; or

                     (c)  an instrument specified or described in the certificate is an old Commission instrument for the purposes of section 211 of this Act as in force before ATSIC abolition day.

             (2)  A certificate under subsection (1) is, in all courts and for all purposes, evidence of the matter stated in the certificate.

             (3)  Where a document purports to be a certificate under subsection (1) signed by a person purporting to be an authorised officer, judicial notice shall be taken of the signature of the person and of the fact that the person is or was an authorised officer.

216  Exemption from taxation

                   An instrument is not subject to stamp duty or any other tax under a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory if an authorised officer certifies, in writing, that the instrument was made or given because of, or for a purpose connected with, or arising out of, the operation of this Division.


 

Division 4General transitional provisions

219  Transfer of staff to Australian Public Service

                   Section 81B of the Public Service Act 1922 has effect in relation to any person who, immediately before the commencement:

                     (a)  was employed by the old Commission or Aboriginal Hostels Limited; and

                     (b)  was an unattached officer for the purposes of the Public Service Act 1922;

as if the person had ceased to be an officer of the Australian Public Service immediately before the commencement.

220  Operation of Superannuation Benefit (Interim Arrangement) Act

             (1)  The Superannuation Act and any related law apply in relation to any person who:

                     (a)  before the commencement, was employed by the old Commission; and

                     (b)  after the commencement, is employed under the Public Service Act 1922 in the successor Commission;

as if:

                     (c)  the person’s employer was in each case the same body; and

                     (d)  the continuity of the person’s employment was not affected by the abolition of the old Commission and the establishment of the successor Commission.

             (2)  The Superannuation Act and any related law apply in relation to any person who:

                     (a)  before the commencement, was employed by Aboriginal Hostels Limited; and

                     (b)  after the commencement, is employed under the Public Service Act 1922 in Aboriginal Hostels Limited;

as if:

                     (c)  the person’s employer was in each case the same body; and

                     (d)  the continuity of the person’s employment was not affected by the changes made by this Act to the staffing arrangements in respect of Aboriginal Hostels Limited.

             (3)  In this section:

related law means any law of the Commonwealth to the extent that it relates to the superannuation benefits covered by the Superannuation Act.

Superannuation Act means the Superannuation Benefit (Interim Arrangement) Act 1988.

222  State or Territory officer may act on certificate

                   Where:

                     (a)  under section 206 or 207, or under section 208 of this Act as previously in force, an estate or interest in land has become or becomes an asset of the new Commission, or of the body previously known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation and now known as Indigenous Business Australia; and

                     (b)  a certificate that:

                              (i)  identifies the land and the estate or interest;

                             (ii)  states that the estate or interest has, because of that section, become an asset of the new Commission, or of the body previously known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commercial Development Corporation and now known as Indigenous Business Australia, as the case may be; and

                            (iii)  is signed by an officer of the Attorney‑General’s Department authorised by the Secretary to that Department to give such certificates;

                            is lodged with the Registrar‑General, Registrar of Titles or other proper officer of the State or Territory in which the land is situated;

the officer with whom the certificate is lodged may deal with and give effect to the certificate as if it were a grant, conveyance, memorandum or instrument of transfer of the estate or interest to the new Commission or Indigenous Business Australia, as the case may be, duly executed under the laws in force in that state or Territory.


Schedule 2Method of counting votes and determining successful candidates at elections for 2 or more members for a TSRA ward

Note:       See section 143E.

  

 

1.                In a TSRA ward election for 2 or more members for the ward concerned, the scrutiny shall be conducted, and the several vacancies shall be filled, in the manner set out in this Schedule.

2.                Where, for the purposes of this Schedule:

                     (a)  the number of ballot papers or votes in any category is required to be ascertained;

                     (b)  a quota, a transfer value or the order of standing of continuing candidates in a poll is required to be determined; or

                     (c)  a candidate is required to be identified;

the authorised electoral officer shall ascertain the number, determine the quota, transfer value or order, or identify the candidate, as the case may be.

3.                The number of first preference votes given for each candidate and the total number of all such votes shall be ascertained and a quota shall be determined by dividing the total number of first preference votes by one more than the designated number in relation to the ward and by increasing the quotient so obtained (disregarding any remainder) by 1, and any candidate who has received a number of first preference votes equal to or greater than the quota shall be elected.

4.                Unless all the vacancies have been filled, the number (if any) of votes in excess of the quota (in this clause called surplus votes) of each elected candidate shall be transferred to the continuing candidates as follows:

                     (a)  the number of surplus votes of the elected candidate shall be divided by the number of first preference votes received by him or her and the resulting fraction shall be the transfer value;

                     (b)  the total number of ballot papers of the elected candidate that express the first preference vote for him or her and the next available preference for a particular continuing candidate shall be multiplied by the transfer value, the number so obtained (disregarding any fraction) shall be added to the number of first preference votes of the continuing candidate and all those ballot papers shall be transferred to the continuing candidate;

and any continuing candidate who has received a number of votes equal to or greater than the quota on the completion of any such transfer shall be elected.

5.                Unless all the vacancies have been filled, the surplus votes (if any) of any candidate elected under clause 4, or elected subsequently under this clause, shall be transferred to the continuing candidates in accordance with paragraphs 4(a) and (b), and any continuing candidate who has received a number of votes equal to or greater than the quota on the completion of any such transfer shall be elected.

6.                Where a continuing candidate has received a number of votes equal to or greater than the quota on the completion of a transfer under clause 4 or 5 of the surplus votes of a particular elected candidate, no votes of any other candidate shall be transferred to the continuing candidate.

7.                For the purposes of the application of paragraphs 4(a) and (b) in relation to a transfer under clause 5 or 12 of the surplus votes of an elected candidate, each ballot paper of the elected candidate that was obtained by him or her on a transfer under this section shall be dealt with as if any vote it expressed for the elected candidate were a first preference vote, as if the name of any other candidate previously elected or excluded had not been on the ballot paper and as if the numbers indicating subsequent preferences had been altered accordingly.

8.                Where, after the counting of first preference votes or the transfer of surplus votes (if any) of elected candidates, no candidate has, or fewer than the number of candidates required to be elected have, received a number of votes equal to the quota, the candidate who stands lowest in the poll shall be excluded or, if a bulk exclusion can be effected in accordance with clause 9, the candidates who may be excluded in accordance with that clause shall be excluded, and:

                     (a)  the total number of ballot papers expressing a first preference vote for an excluded candidate and the next available preference for a particular continuing candidate shall be transferred, each ballot paper at a transfer value of 1 vote, to the continuing candidate and added to the number of votes of the continuing candidate; and

                     (b)  the total number (if any) of other ballot papers obtained by an excluded candidate or candidates, as the case may be, shall be transferred beginning with the ballot papers received by that candidate or those candidates at the highest transfer value and ending with the ballot papers received at the lowest transfer value, as follows:

                              (i)  the total number of ballot papers received by the excluded candidate or candidates, as the case may be, at a particular transfer value and expressing the next available preference for a particular continuing candidate shall be multiplied by that transfer value;

                             (ii)  the number so obtained (disregarding any fraction) shall be added to the number of votes of the continuing candidate;

                            (iii)  all those ballot papers shall be transferred to the continuing candidate.

9.          (1)  The procedure for a bulk exclusion, and the circumstances in which such an exclusion may be made, are as provided by this clause.

             (2)  A continuing candidate (in this clause called Candidate A) shall be identified, if possible, who, of the continuing candidates who each have a number of notional votes equal to or greater than the vacancy shortfall, stands lower or lowest in the poll.

             (3)  A continuing candidate (in this clause called Candidate B) shall be identified, if possible, who:

                     (a)  stands lower in the poll than Candidate A, or if Candidate A cannot be identified, has a number of notional votes that is fewer than the vacancy shortfall;

                     (b)  has a number of notional votes that is fewer than the number of votes of the candidate standing immediately higher than him or her in the poll; and

                     (c)  if 2 or more candidates satisfy paragraphs (a) and (b)—is the candidate who of those candidates stands higher or highest in the poll.

             (4)  In a case where Candidate B has been identified and has a number of notional votes fewer than the leading shortfall, Candidate B and any other continuing candidates who stand lower in the poll than that candidate may be excluded in a bulk exclusion.

             (5)  In a case where Candidate B has been identified and has a number of notional votes equal to or greater than the leading shortfall:

                     (a)  a continuing candidate (in this clause called Candidate C) shall be identified who:

                              (i)  has a number of notional votes that is fewer than the leading shortfall; and

                             (ii)  if 2 or more candidates satisfy subparagraph (i)—is the candidate who of those candidates stands higher or highest in the poll; and

                     (b)  Candidate C and all other continuing candidates who stand lower in the poll than that candidate may be excluded in a bulk exclusion.

10.              Where, apart from this clause, the number of continuing candidates after a bulk exclusion under clause 9 would be fewer than the number of remaining unfilled vacancies, clause 9 shall operate to exclude only the number of candidates, beginning with the candidate who stands lowest in the poll, that would leave sufficient continuing candidates to fill the remaining unfilled vacancies.

11.              Notwithstanding any other provision of this Schedule (other than clause 16), where a candidate or candidates has or have been elected and there are surplus votes as a result of that election, subclauses 9(2), (3), (4) and (5) may be applied as if references in those paragraphs to notional votes were references to adjusted notional votes.

12.              Any continuing candidate who has received a number of votes equal to or greater than the quota on the completion of a transfer under clause 8 or 13 of ballot papers of an excluded candidate or candidates, as the case may be, shall be elected, and, unless all the vacancies have been filled, the surplus votes (if any) of the candidate so elected shall be transferred in accordance with paragraphs 4(a) and (b), except that, where the candidate so elected is elected before all the ballot papers of the excluded candidate or candidates, as the case may be, have been transferred, the surplus votes (if any) of the candidate so elected shall not be transferred until the remaining ballot papers of the excluded candidate or candidates, as the case may be, have been transferred in accordance with paragraphs 8(a) and (b) to continuing candidates.

13.              Subject to clause 15, where, after the transfer of all of the ballot papers of an excluded candidate or candidates, as the case may be, no continuing candidate has received a number of votes greater than the quota, the continuing candidate who stands lowest in the poll shall be excluded and his or her ballot papers transferred in accordance with paragraphs 8(a) and (b).

14.              Where a candidate is elected during a transfer of ballot papers under clause 8 or 13, no other ballot papers of an excluded candidate or candidates, as the case may be, shall be transferred to the candidate so elected.

15.              In respect of the last vacancy for which 2 continuing candidates remain, the continuing candidate who has the larger number of votes shall be elected notwithstanding that that number is below the quota, and if those candidates have an equal number of votes the authorised electoral officer shall decide by lot which candidate shall be elected.

16.              Notwithstanding any other provision of this Schedule, where the number of continuing candidates is equal to the number of remaining unfilled vacancies, those candidates shall be elected.

17.              Subject to clauses 18 and 19, where, after any count under this Schedule, 2 or more candidates have surplus votes, the order of any transfers of the surplus votes of those candidates shall be in accordance with the relative sizes of the surpluses, the largest surplus being transferred first.

18.              Subject to clause 19, where, after any count under this Schedule, 2 or more candidates have equal surpluses, the order of any transfers of the surplus votes of those candidates shall be in accordance with the relative numbers of votes of those candidates at the last count at which each of those candidates had a different number of votes, the surplus of the candidate with the largest number of votes at that count being transferred first, but if there has been no such count the authorised electoral officer shall determine the order in which the surpluses shall be dealt with.

19.              Where, after any count under this section, a candidate obtains surplus votes, those surplus votes shall not be transferred before the transfer of any surplus votes obtained by any other candidate on an earlier count.

20.              Where a candidate is elected by reason that the number of first preference votes received by him or her, or the aggregate of first preference votes received by him or her and all other votes obtained by him or her, on transfers under this Schedule, is equal to the quota, all the ballot papers expressing those votes shall be set aside as finally dealt with.

21.              A ballot paper shall be set aside as exhausted where on a transfer it is found that the paper expresses no preference for any continuing candidate.

22.              Where a candidate dies before the scrutiny, a vote indicated on a ballot paper opposite the name of that candidate shall be counted to the candidate next in the order of the voter’s preference, and the numbers indicating subsequent preferences shall be deemed to be altered accordingly.

23.              For the purposes of this Schedule, each of the following is a separate transfer:

                     (a)  a transfer under clause 4, 5 or 12 of all the surplus votes of an elected candidate;

                     (b)  a transfer under paragraph 8(a) of all ballot papers expressing a first preference vote for an excluded candidate;

                     (c)  a transfer under paragraph 8(b) of all ballot papers received by the excluded candidate or candidates, as the case may be, at a particular transfer value.

24.              In this Schedule:

adjusted notional vote, in relation to a continuing candidate, means, in a case where a candidate or candidates has or have been elected, the sum of:

                     (a)  the number of notional votes of the continuing candidate; and

                     (b)  the number, before the transfer of any of the surplus votes, of those surplus votes.

continuing candidate means a candidate not already elected or excluded from the count.

leading shortfall, in relation to a particular stage during the scrutiny in a TSRA ward election, means the shortfall of the continuing candidate standing highest in the poll at that stage.

notional vote, in relation to a continuing candidate, means the aggregate of the votes obtained by that candidate and the votes obtained by each other candidate who stands lower in the poll than him or her.

shortfall, in relation to a continuing candidate at a particular stage during the scrutiny in a TSRA ward election, means the number of votes that the candidate requires at that stage in order to reach the quota referred to in clause 3.

vacancy shortfall, in relation to a particular stage during the scrutiny in a TSRA ward election, means the aggregate of the shortfalls of that number of leading candidates equal to the number of remaining unfilled vacancies, the leading candidates being ascertained by taking the continuing candidate who stands highest in the poll, the continuing candidate who stands next highest in the poll, and so on in the order in which the continuing candidates stand in the poll.

25.              In this Schedule, a reference to votes or ballot papers, as the case may be, of or obtained or received by a candidate includes votes or ballot papers, as the case may be, obtained or received by the candidate on any transfer under this Schedule.

26.              For the purposes of this Schedule, at any time after the counting of first preference votes the order of standing of the continuing candidates in the poll shall be determined as follows:

                     (a)  subject to paragraph (b), the continuing candidates shall stand in the poll in the order of the relative number of votes of each continuing candidate, with the continuing candidate with the greatest number of votes standing highest in the poll and the continuing candidate with the fewest number of votes standing lowest in the poll;

                     (b)  if 2 or more continuing candidates have the same number of votes, those candidates shall stand in the poll in the order of the relative number of votes of each of those candidates at the last count at which each of them had a different number of votes, with the continuing candidate with the greater or greatest number of votes at that count standing higher in the poll and the continuing candidate with the fewer or fewest number of votes at that count standing lower in the poll, but if there has been no such count the authorised electoral officer shall determine the order of standing of those candidates in the poll.


Schedule 2AMethod of determining the successful candidate at an election for a single member for a TSRA ward

Note:       See section 143E.

  

  

1  Absolute majority required for election

                   A candidate needs an absolute majority of votes to be elected.

2  Candidate with absolute majority of first preference votes elected

                   A candidate who receives an absolute majority of first preference votes is elected.

3  Distribution of preferences

             (1)  If there is no candidate who receives an absolute majority of first preference votes, the candidate who has received the fewest first preference votes must be excluded, and each of that candidate’s ballot papers must be transferred to the unexcluded candidate for whom the next available preference is expressed.

             (2)  If there is then no candidate who has an absolute majority of votes, the process of excluding the candidate who has the fewest votes, and transferring that candidate’s ballot papers to the unexcluded candidates for whom the next available preferences are expressed, must be repeated as often as necessary until one candidate receives an absolute majority of votes.

             (3)  A candidate who receives an absolute majority of votes at any stage of the process described in this clause is elected.

             (4)  Without limiting the generality of section 143G, the rules made by the Minister under that section may include provisions about:

                     (a)  the determination of an absolute majority of votes; and

                     (b)  the method of choosing between 2 or more candidates, each of whom has the same number of votes, in order to work out which candidate to exclude; and

                     (c)  determining when a ballot paper is exhausted.


Schedule 4Disputes about electoral matters

Section 140            

Part 1Interpretation

  

1  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Schedule:

bribery or corruption means a contravention of subsection 198(1) or (2).

Court means the Federal Court of Australia.

election means a TSRA election.

election petition means a petition addressed to the Court under subclause 2(1).

Electoral Commission means the Australian Electoral Commission.

illegal practice means a contravention of this Act or the TSRA election rules.

reference means a reference of a question to the Court under clause 17.

returned means declared to be elected at a poll for an election.

undue influence means a contravention of subsection 198(3) of this Act or section 28 of the Crimes Act 1914.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Schedule, a person who aids, abets, counsels or procures, or by act or omission is in any way directly or indirectly knowingly concerned in, or party to, the contravention of a provision of this Act, the Crimes Act 1914 or the TSRA election rules shall be deemed to have contravened that provision.


 

Part 2Disputed elections

  

2  Method of disputing elections

             (1)  The validity of any election, or of the declaration of a poll for an election, may be disputed by petition addressed to the Court and not otherwise.

             (2)  The Court has jurisdiction to try election petitions.

             (3)  The jurisdiction of the Court to try election petitions may be exercised by a single judge of the Court.

3  Requisites of election petitions

                   Subject to clause 5, every election petition shall:

                     (a)  set out the facts relied on to invalidate the election or declaration;

                     (b)  contain a request for the relief the petitioner claims to be entitled to;

                     (c)  be signed by a candidate at the election in dispute or by a person who was, or who claimed to be, qualified to vote at that election;

                     (d)  be attested by 2 witnesses whose occupations and addresses are stated.

3A  Deadline for filing a petition

             (1)  Any petition disputing an election held as part of a general election must be filed in a Registry of the Court within 40 days after the last day on which a poll is declared in relation to the general election.

             (2)  Any petition disputing any other election must be filed in a Registry of the Court within 40 days after the poll is declared in relation to the election.

             (3)  In this clause:

general election means:

                     (c)  a TSRA election for all wards.

4  Deposit as security for costs

                   At the time of filing an election petition the petitioner shall deposit with the Registrar, a Deputy Registrar, a District Registrar or a Deputy District Registrar of the Court the sum of $100 as security for costs.

5  Petition by Electoral Commission

             (1)  The Electoral Commission is entitled to file an election petition disputing an election.

             (2)  Paragraphs 3(c) and (d) do not apply in relation to an election petition filed by the Electoral Commission disputing an election but such a petition shall be signed by the Electoral Commissioner for and on behalf of the Commission.

6  No proceedings unless requisites complied with

                   No proceedings shall be had on an election petition unless the requirements of clauses 3, 3A, 4 and 5 are complied with.

7  Right of Electoral Commission to be represented

             (1)  The Electoral Commission shall be entitled by leave of the Court to enter an appearance in any proceedings in which the validity of any election or declaration of a poll is disputed.

             (2)  Where the Electoral Commission enters an appearance in such proceedings the Electoral Commission:

                     (a)  is entitled to be represented and heard in the proceedings; and

                     (b)  shall be taken to be a party respondent to the proceedings.

8  Right of Minister to be represented

             (1)  If the Minister thinks that it is in the public interest to do so, the Minister is entitled to enter an appearance in any proceedings in which the validity of any election or declaration of a poll is disputed.

             (2)  When the Minister enters an appearance in such proceedings, the Minister:

                     (a)  is entitled to be represented and heard in the proceedings; and

                     (b)  shall be taken to be a party respondent to the proceedings.

9  Election petitions to be tried in open court

                   When trying an election petition, the Court shall sit as an open court.

10  Powers of Court

             (1)  The powers of the Court in trying an election petition, include, but are not limited to, the following powers:

                     (a)  to adjourn the proceedings;

                     (b)  to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents;

                     (c)  to grant to any party to the petition leave to inspect, in the presence of a person who was an authorised electoral officer for the purposes of Division 4 or 7 of Part 3 in relation to the election concerned, the documents (except ballot papers) used at or in connection with the election and to take, in the presence of the prescribed officer, extracts from those documents;

                    (ca)  to grant to any party to the petition leave to inspect, in the presence of a person who was an authorised electoral officer for the purposes of Division 5 of Part 3A in relation to the election concerned, the documents (except ballot papers) used at or in connection with the election and to take, in the presence of the prescribed officer, extracts from those documents;

                     (d)  to examine witnesses on oath;

                     (e)  to declare that any person who was returned was not duly elected;

                      (f)  to declare any candidate duly elected who was not returned;

                     (g)  to declare the election absolutely void;

                     (h)  to dismiss or uphold the petition in whole or in part;

                      (j)  to make any order, or give any direction, that the Court thinks is necessary or convenient for the purpose of giving effect to any declaration or other decision of the Court in the proceedings;

                     (k)  to award costs;

                    (m)  to punish any contempt of its authority by fine or imprisonment.

             (2)  The Court may exercise all or any or its powers under this clause on such grounds as the Court in its discretion thinks just and sufficient.

             (3)  Without limiting the powers conferred by this clause, it is hereby declared that the power of the Court to declare that any person who was returned was not duly elected, or to declare an election absolutely void, may be exercised on the ground that illegal practices were committed in connection with the election.

             (4)  The power of the Court under paragraph (1)(k) to award costs includes the power to order costs to be paid by the Commonwealth where the Court considers it appropriate to do so.

11  Inquiries by Court

                   The Court shall inquire whether or not an election petition is duly signed, and so far as rolls and voting are concerned may inquire into the identity of persons, and whether their votes were improperly admitted or rejected, assuming the Commonwealth Electoral Roll to be correct, but the Court shall not inquire into the correctness of the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.

12  Voiding election for illegal practices

             (1)  If the Court finds that a candidate at an election has committed or has attempted to commit bribery or undue influence, the candidate’s election, if he or she is a successful candidate, shall be declared void.

             (2)  No finding by the Court shall bar or prejudice any prosecution for any illegal practice.

             (3)  The Court shall not declare that any person returned was not duly elected, or declare any election void:

                     (a)  on the ground of any illegal practice committed by any person other than the candidate and without his or her knowledge or authority; or

                     (b)  on the ground of any illegal practice other than bribery or corruption or attempted bribery or corruption;

unless the Court is satisfied that the result of the election was likely to be affected, and that it is just that the candidate should be declared not to be duly elected or that the election should be declared void.

13  Court to report cases of illegal practices

                   When the Court finds that any person has committed an illegal practice, the Registrar of the Court shall forthwith report the finding to the Minister.

14  Immaterial errors not to vitiate election

             (1)  No election shall be avoided on account of any delay in the declaration of nominations, the polling, or the declaration of the poll, or on account of the absence or error of or omission by any officer which did not affect the result of the election.

             (2)  Where any elector was, on account of the absence or error of, or omission by, any officer, prevented from voting in any election, the Court shall not, for the purpose of determining whether the absence or error of, or omission by, the officer did or did not affect the result of the election, admit any evidence of the way in which the elector intended to vote in the election.

15  Evidence that person not permitted to vote

                   On the trial of any election petition the Court shall not admit the evidence of any witness that he or she was not permitted to vote in the election during the hours of polling on a polling day unless the witness satisfies the Court:

                     (a)  that he or she claimed to vote, in the election, pursuant to that provision of this Act or the TSRA election rules under which he or she was entitled or might be permitted to vote; and

                     (b)  that he or she complied with the requirements of this Act and the TSRA election rules, relative to voting by electors in so far as he or she was permitted so to do.

16  Deposit applicable for costs

                   If costs are awarded to any party against a petitioner, the deposit shall be applicable in payment of the sum ordered, but otherwise the deposit shall be repaid to the petitioner.


 

Part 3Qualifications and vacancies

  

17  Reference of question as to qualification or vacancy

             (1)  Any question respecting:

                     (c)  the qualifications of a member of the TSRA; or

                     (d)  a vacancy in the TSRA;

may be referred to the Court by the Minister.

             (2)  The Court has jurisdiction to hear and determine the question.

             (3)  The jurisdiction of the Court to hear and determine questions may be exercised by a single Judge of the Court.

18  Minister to state case

                   Where the Minister refers a question to the Court under this Part, the Minister shall also give to the Court a statement of the question upon which the determination of the Court is desired, and any documents relating to the question that are in the Minister’s possession.

19  Parties to the reference

             (1)  The Court may:

                     (a)  allow any person who, in the Court’s opinion, is interested in the determination of a question to be heard on the hearing of the reference; or

                     (b)  direct notice of a reference to be served on any person.

             (2)  A person who is:

                     (a)  allowed to be heard under paragraph (1)(a); or

                     (b)  directed to be served under paragraph (1)(b);

is a party to the reference.

20  References to be heard in open court

                   When hearing a reference, the Court shall sit as an open court.

21  Powers of Court

                   The powers of the Court in hearing a reference include, but are not limited to, the following powers:

                     (a)  the powers conferred on the Court under clause 10, so far as they are applicable;

                     (d)  the power to declare that any person was not qualified to be a member of the TSRA;

                     (e)  the power to declare that there is a vacancy in the TSRA.

22  Order etc. to be sent to Minister and TSRA

                   After the hearing and determination of a reference, the Registrar of the Court shall send a copy of the declaration or other decision of the Court to:

                     (a)  the Minister; and

                     (d)  if the reference relates to the TSRA—the TSRA.


 

Part 4General

  

23  Real justice to be observed

                   The Court shall be guided by the substantial merits and good conscience of each case without regard to legal forms or technicalities, or whether the evidence before it is in accordance with the law of evidence or not.

24  Decisions to be final

                   All decisions of the Court shall be final and conclusive and without appeal, and shall not be questioned in any way.

25  Counsel or solicitor

             (1)  No party to an election petition or a reference shall, except by consent of all parties, or by leave of the Court, be represented by counsel or solicitor.

             (2)  In no case shall more than one counsel or one solicitor appear on behalf of any party.

26  Costs

                   The Court may award costs against an unsuccessful party to a petition or reference.

27  Effect of declarations etc.

             (1)  A declaration made by the Court in proceedings under this Schedule has effect according to its terms.

             (4)  The validity of anything done by the TSRA is not affected by the fact that a person has since ceased to be a member of the TSRA because of a declaration of the Court under this Schedule.

28  Power to make Rules of Court

                   The judges of the Court or a majority of them may make Rules of Court not inconsistent with this Act and the TSRA election rules for carrying this Schedule into effect and in particular for regulating the practice and procedure of the Court and the forms to be used.

Note:          Section 59 of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 provides that certain provisions of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 apply, with modification, to rules of court made by the Court. Section 59A of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 provides that regulations may be made modifying or adapting certain provisions of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 in their application to the Court.


Notes to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005

Note 1

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 150, 1989 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

For application, saving or transitional provisions made by the Corporations (Repeals, Consequentials and Transitionals) Act 2001, see Act No. 55, 2001.

All relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions prior to 12 September 1996 is not included in this compilation. For subsequent information see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989

150, 1989

27 Nov 1989

5 Mar 1990 (see Gazette 1990, No. S48)

 

Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 1991

122, 1991

27 June 1991

Ss. 4(1), 10(b) and 15–20: 1 Dec 1988
Ss. 28(b)–(e), 30 and 31: 10 Dec 1991 (see Gazette 1991, No. S332)
Remainder: Royal Assent

S. 31(2)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1993

26, 1993

9 June 1993

S. 6: 2 Aug 1993 (see Gazette 1993, No. S231)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Ss. 4(2), 6(2), (3), 8(2), 19(2), 20(2) and 24

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act (No. 2) 1993

37, 1993

20 Sept 1993

20 Sept 1993

Ss. 6, 20, 32, 38 and Part 10 (ss. 39–42)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act (No. 3) 1993

1, 1994

14 Jan 1994

Ss. 1–43, 53–68, 73–75, 81–83,
105–112 and
116–118: Royal Assent
Part 25 (ss. 69–72): 15 Jan 1994
Part 31
(ss. 113–115): 1 July 1996
Remainder: 1 July 1994

Ss. 4, 16, 21, 22, 24, 28, 31, 35–40, 42, 47–52, 59, 63, 66, 68, 75, 79(2),
81–104, 111, 112, 115 and 117

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1994

100, 1994

30 June 1994

S. 32: (see 100, 1994 below)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1994

100, 1994

30 June 1994

Ss. 1, 2, 4 and 32: Royal Assent
Remainder: (a)

S. 4(2)

Land Fund and Indigenous Land Corporation (ATSIC Amendment) Act 1995

20, 1995

29 Mar 1995

1 June 1995 (see Gazette 1995, No. GN18)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1996

35, 1996

12 Sept 1996

Schedule 1 (item 68): 10 Oct 1996
Schedule 2: 7 Dec 1999 (b)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 1 (items 5, 37, 39, 69) [see Table A]

Statute Law Revision Act 1996

43, 1996

25 Oct 1996

Schedule 2 (items 1–5): (c)
Schedule 4 (item 2): Royal Assent (c)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment (TSRA) Act 1997

98, 1997

30 June 1997

30 June 1997

Sch. 1 (item 8) [see Table A]

Aged Care (Consequential Provisions) Act 1997

114, 1997

7 July 1997

Schedule 5 (item 1): (d)

Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 1997

152, 1997

24 Oct 1997

Schedule 2 (items 1–70): 1 Jan 1998 (see Gazette 1997, No. GN49) (e)

Sch. 4 (item 4) [see Table A]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1998

20, 1998

17 Apr 1998

Schedule 1 (items 4, 8): (f)
Schedule 1 (item 10): (f)
Schedule 1 (item 11): (f)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 1 (items 12, 13) [see Table A]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999

120, 1999

1 Oct 1999

Schedule 1: (g)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999

146, 1999

11 Nov 1999

Schedule 1 (items 1–19): 5 Dec 1999 (see Gazette 1999, No. S584) (h)

Corporate Law Economic Reform Program Act 1999

156, 1999

24 Nov 1999

Schedule 10 (items 1–11): 13 Mar 2000 (see Gazette 2000, No. S114) (i)

Criminal Code Amendment (Theft, Fraud, Bribery and Related Offences) Act 2000

137, 2000

24 Nov 2000

Ss. 1–3 and Schedule 1 (items 1, 4, 6, 7, 9–11, 32): Royal Assent
Remainder: 24 May 2001

Sch. 2 (items 418, 419) [see Table A]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2001

4, 2001

20 Mar 2001

17 Apr 2001

Sch. 1 (items 61, 74, 77, 89) [see Table A]

Corporations (Repeals, Consequentials and Transitionals) Act 2001

55, 2001

28 June 2001

Ss. 4–14 and Schedule 3 (item 1): 15 July 2001 (see Gazette 2001, No. S285) (j)

Ss. 4–14 [see Note 1]

Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001

112, 2001

17 Sept 2001

15 Oct 2001

S. 4 [see Table A]

Abolition of Compulsory Age Retirement (Statutory Officeholders) Act 2001

159, 2001

1 Oct 2001

29 Oct 2001

Sch. 1 (item 97) [see Table A]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2002

40, 2002

27 June 2002

27 June 2002

S. 4 [see Table A]

Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003

140, 2003

17 Dec 2003

Schedule 1 (items 1, 2): (k)

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2004

62, 2004

26 May 2004

Schedule 1 (item 1): 26 Nov 2004

Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Act 2004

80, 2004

23 June 2004

Schedule 1 (items 188, 189, 212, 213, 215): 1 Dec 2004 (see Gazette 2004, No. GN34)

Sch. 1 (items 212, 213, 215) [see Table A]

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act 2005

8, 2005

22 Feb 2005

Schedule 2 (items 1–10) (l)
Schedule 2 (item 174): Royal Assent

Sch. 2 (item 174) [see Table A]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005

32, 2005

22 Mar 2005

Schedules 1 and 2: 24 Mar 2005 (see F2005L00768)
Schedule 3: 1 July 2005
Schedule 4: 24 Mar 2005
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 1 (items
191–213), Sch. 2 (items
2–6) and Sch. 3 (items
47–53) [see Table A]

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2006

30, 2006

6 Apr 2006

Schedule 1 (items 1–19) and Schedule 3 (item 1): 7 Apr 2006

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Act 2006

93, 2006

5 Sept 2006

Schedule 1 (items 1, 206): 1 Oct 2006 (see F2006L03153)

Sch. 1 (item 206) [see Table A]

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Consequential, Transitional and Other Measures Act 2006

125, 2006

4 Nov 2006

Schedules 1–3: 1 July 2007 (see s. 2(1))
Remainder: Royal Assent

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Act (No. 2) 2010

4, 2010

19 Feb 2010

Schedule 10 (item 1): 20 Feb 2010

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2010

33, 2010

13 Apr 2010

Schedule 3 (items 1–3): Royal Assent

Social Security and Indigenous Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Act 2010

89, 2010

29 June 2010

Schedule 3: 1 July 2010

Sch. 3 (item 24) [see Table A]

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act 2010

148, 2010

17 Dec 2010

Schedule 11 (item 7): 18 Dec 2010

Statute Law Revision Act 2011

5, 2011

22 Mar 2011

Schedule 1 (item 1): Royal Assent

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011

46, 2011

27 June 2011

Schedule 2 (items 1–25) and Schedule 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011

Sch. 3 (items 10, 11) [see Table A]

Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment Act 2011

97, 2011

15 Sept 2011

Schedule 3: 5 Nov 2011 (see F2011L02238)

Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2011

188, 2011

7 Dec 2011

Schedule 1 (items 1–72,
74–80): 8 Dec 2011

Sch. 1 (items 72, 80) [see Table A]


(a)     Subsection 2(2) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1994 provides as follows:

                 (2)   The remainder of this Act commences immediately after the commencement of Division 1 of Part 28 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act (No. 3) 1993.

         Division 1 of Part 28 commenced on 1 July 1994.

(b)     Subsection 2(5) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1996 provides as follows:

                 (5)   Schedule 2 commences on the day, or the earliest day, on which the Minister appoints a person as a Commissioner after the person has been elected in the 1999 round of Regional Council elections.

(c)     The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 was amended by Schedule 2 (items 1–5) and Schedule 4 (item 2) only of the Statute Law Revision Act 1996, subsections 2(1) and (2) of which provide as follows:

                 (1)   Subject to subsections (2) and (3), this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

                 (2)   Each item in Schedule 2 commences or is taken to have commenced (as the case requires) at the time specified in the note at the end of the item.

         Schedule 2 (items 1 and 3–5) are taken to have commenced immediately after the commencement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005.

         Schedule 2 (item 2) is taken to have commenced immediately after the commencement of the Land Fund and Indigenous Land Corporation (ATSIC Amendment) Act 1995.

         The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 came into operation on 5 March 1990 (see Gazette 1990, No. S48).

         The Land Fund and Indigenous Land Corporation (ATSIC Amendment) Act 1995 came into operation on 1 June 1995 (see Gazette 1995, No. GN18).

(d)     The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 was amended by Schedule 5 (item 1) only of the Aged Care (Consequential Provisions) Act 1997, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                 (1)   Subject to this section, this Act commences immediately after the commencement of the Aged Care Act 1997 (other than Division 1 of that Act).

         The Aged Care Act 1997 other than Division 1 commenced on 1 October 1997.

(e)     The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1998 was amended by Schedule 2 (items 1–70) only of the Audit (Transitional and Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 1997, subsection 2(2) of which provides as follows:

                 (2)   Schedules 1, 2 and 4 commence on the same day as the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

(f)      Subsections 2(2)–(4) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1998 provide as follows:

                 (2)   Items 4 and 8 of Schedule 1 are taken to have commenced immediately after the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1996 received the Royal Assent.

                 (3)   Item 10 of Schedule 1 is taken to have commenced immediately after the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 received the Royal Assent.

                 (4)   Item 11 of Schedule 1 is taken to have commenced immediately after the commencement of section 79 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act (No. 3) 1993.

         The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1996 received the Royal Assent on 12 September 1996.

         The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 received the Royal Assent on 27 November 1989.

         Section 79 commenced on 1 July 1994.

(g)     Subsection 2(2) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act (No. 1) 1999 provides as follows:

                 (2)   If Schedule 2 to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1996 commences on or after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, then the amendments made by Schedule 1 to this Act commence immediately after the commencement of Schedule 2 to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1996.

         Schedule 2 commenced on 7 December 1999.

(h)     The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 was amended by Schedule 1 (items 1–19) only of the Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999, subsections 2(1) and (2) of which provide as follows:

                 (1)   In this Act, commencing time means the time when the Public Service Act 1999 commences.

                 (2)   Subject to this section, this Act commences at the commencing time.

(i)      The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 was amended by Schedule 10 (items
1–11) only of the Corporate Law Economic Reform Program Act 1999, subsection 2(2)(c) of which provides as follows:

                 (2)   The following provisions commence on a day or days to be fixed by Proclamation:

                              (c)   the items in Schedules 10, 11 and 12.

(j)      The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 was amended by Schedule 3 (item 1) only of the Corporations (Repeals, Consequentials and Transitionals) Act 2001, subsection 2(3) of which provides as follows:

                 (3)   Subject to subsections (4) to (10), Schedule 3 commences, or is taken to have commenced, at the same time as the Corporations Act 2001.

(k)     Subsection 2(1) (item 3) of the Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003 provides as follows:

                 (1)   Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences on the day or at the time specified in column 2 of the table.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

3.  Schedule 1

Immediately after the commencement of sections 3 to 62 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003

1 January 2005

(l)      Subsection 2(1) (item 11) of the Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act 2005 provides as follows:

                 (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.

 

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

11.  Schedule 2, items 1 to 10

The later of:

(a)  the start of the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(b)  immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 2005.

However, the provision(s) do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

24 March 2005

(paragraph (b) applies)


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted     am. = amended     rep. = repealed     rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Title.....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

Preamble............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Part 1

 

S. 1......................................

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 4......................................

am. Nos. 26 and 37, 1993; Nos. 1 and 100, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 35, 1996; No. 152, 1997; Nos. 4 and 55, 2001; Nos. 8 and 32, 2005; Nos. 30 and 125, 2006; No. 89, 2010; Nos. 97 and 188, 2011

S. 4A...................................

ad. No. 37, 1993

S. 4B...................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

S. 5A...................................

ad. No. 112, 2001

Part 2..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 6......................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Note to s. 6(2)....................

ad. No. 152, 1997

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 7......................................

am. No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 8, 9................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 10....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 11....................................

am. No. 1, 1994 (as am. by No. 100, 1994)

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 12....................................

am. No. 43, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 13....................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 13A–13C.......................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 14–17............................

rs. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 18, 19............................

rep. No. 1, 1994

S. 20....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1998

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Subhead. to s. 21(1) .........

ad. No. 20, 1998

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 21....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1998

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 21A.................................

ad. No. 35, 1996

 

am. No. 20, 1998

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 22....................................

rs. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 23–25............................

rep. No. 1, 1994

S. 26....................................

rs. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 27....................................

rs. No. 26, 1993

 

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rs. No. 35, 1996; No. 120, 1999

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 28....................................

rep. No. 26, 1993

S. 29....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 30....................................

rs. No. 26, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 31A.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rs. No. 35, 1996

 

am. No. 120, 1999

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 31....................................

am. No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 32....................................

am. No. 26, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 32A.................................

ad. No. 35, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 33....................................

am. No. 26, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 34....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 35....................................

am. No. 122, 1991; No. 26, 1993; No. 35, 1996; No. 146, 1999

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 36....................................

am. No. 26, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 20, 1998

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 37 ...................................

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 38....................................

rs. No. 35, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 39....................................

am. No. 26, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 120, 1999

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 40....................................

am. No. 122, 1991; No. 26, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 41....................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 41A.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 42....................................

am. No. 152, 1997

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 43....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 44....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 45....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1998; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 45A.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 20, 1998

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 45B.................................

ad. No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 46....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 47....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 159, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 48....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 49....................................

rs. No. 122, 1991

 

am. No. 146, 1999

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 50....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 51....................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 52–54............................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 55....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 146, 1999

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 56....................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 57....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 58....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 98, 1997; No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 40, 2002

S. 59....................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 40, 2002

S. 60....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 61....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; Nos. 98 and 152, 1997; No. 4, 2001; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 62....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 63....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 98, 1997; No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 64, 65............................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 66....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 98, 1997; No. 4, 2001; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 67....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 152, 1997; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 68....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; Nos. 35 and 43, 1996; No. 152, 1997

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 69 ...................................

am. No. 152, 1997

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 70....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 71....................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 72....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 152, 1997

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 73 ...................................

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 74....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 152, 1997

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 75....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 76....................................

rs. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 35, 1996; No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 77....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 77A.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 159, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 77B.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 77C.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 77D.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 77E.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 77F–77H.......................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 77J..................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 78....................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 78A.................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 35, 1996; No. 20, 1998; No. 112, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Heading to Div. 10 of Part 2...............................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 79....................................

rep. No. 1, 1994

S. 80....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 81....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 82....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 83, 84............................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 85, 86............................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 86A–86C.......................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 87....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 88, 89............................

rep. No. 1, 1994

S. 90....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 137, 2000; No. 112, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Part 3..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Heading to Part 3..............

rs. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 91....................................

am. No. 26, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 35, 1996; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 92....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 93....................................

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 94....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1998; No. 40, 2002; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 95....................................

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 96....................................

am. No. 37, 1993; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 96A–96C.......................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 97....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 98....................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 99....................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 152, 1997; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 100..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 100A...............................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 101..................................

am. No. 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 102..................................

am. Nos. 26 and 37, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 40, 2002; No. 80, 2004; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 103..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 104..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 104A...............................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 1, 1994

S. 105..................................

am. Nos. 26 and 37, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 106..................................

am. Nos. 26 and 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 107..................................

rs. No. 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 108–110........................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 111..................................

am. No. 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 112..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 113..................................

am. Nos. 26 and 37, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 40, 2002; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 114..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 115..................................

am. No. 37, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996; No. 40, 2002; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 115A...............................

ad. No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 116..................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 1, 1994

 

ad. No. 35, 1996

 

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 117..................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 118..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 119..................................

am. No. 37, 1993; No. 35, 1996; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 119A...............................

ad. No. 35, 1996

 

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 120..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 121..................................

am. Nos. 26 and 37, 1993; No. 1, 1994; Nos. 35 and 43, 1996; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 122..................................

am. No. 37, 1993; No. 35, 1996; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Subheads. to s. 122A(1), (2)....................................

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Subheads. to s. 122A(5)....

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 122A, 122B...................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 123..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 123A...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 124..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 124A, 124B...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 124C...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 124D...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 124E...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Subheads. to s. 124F(1), (2)....................................

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 124F–124H...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 124J............

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 124J................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 125..................................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 126..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127..................................

am. Nos. 26 and 37, 1993; No. 40, 2002; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127A...............................

ad. No. 26, 1993

 

am. No. 40, 2002; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127B...............................

ad. No. 26, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127C...............................

ad. No. 26, 1993

 

am. No. 37, 1993; No. 35, 1996; No. 40, 2002; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127D...............................

ad. No. 26, 1993

 

am. No. 146, 1999; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127E...............................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

am. No. 35, 1996; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127F...............................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127G...............................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

am. No. 35, 1996; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127H...............................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 127J................................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

am. No. 35, 1996; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 128..................................

am. No. 37, 1993; No. 35, 1996; No. 40, 2002; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 128A–128C...................

ad. No. 35, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 129..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Div. 7 of Part 3...................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 130, 131........................

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 132..................................

am. No. 26, 1993

 

rs. No. 100, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 133..................................

am. Nos. 1 and 100, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 134–137........................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 138..................................

am. No. 26, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 139..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 139A...............................

ad. No. 35, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 140..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Div. 9 of Part 3 ..................

rs. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 141..................................

rs. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 35, 1996

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 141A...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 141B...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 40, 2002

Ss. 141C–141H..................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 141J–141N...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 141P–141R...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 141S...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 141T...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 40, 2002

Ss. 141U–141Z...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 141ZA–141ZE..............

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Part 3A

 

Part 3A................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Division 1

 

S. 142..................................

rs. No. 1, 1994

Note to s. 142(2)................

ad. No. 152, 1997

Division 2

 

S. 142A...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 142AA.............................

ad. No. 100, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 142B...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 142C...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

S. 142D...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 188, 2011

S. 142E...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Division 3

 

S. 142F...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 142G...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 8, 2005

S. 142GA............................

ad. No. 100, 1994

S. 142H...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 142J................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

S. 142JA.............................

ad. No. 35, 1996

S. 142K...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994; No. 188, 2011

S. 142L................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 142M, 142N..................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Ss. 142P, 142Q..................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Division 4

 

S. 142R...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994; No. 97, 2011

S. 142S...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

 

rs. No. 97, 2011

Division 5

 

S. 142T...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 142TA.............................

ad. No. 100, 1994

 

am. No. 97, 2011

S. 142U...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

S. 142V...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994; No. 80, 2004; No. 32, 2005

S. 142W..............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

S. 142X...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 142Y...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 97, 2011

S. 142Z...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

S. 143..................................

rs. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

S. 143A...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rs. No. 100, 1994

Ss. 143B–143D...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 143E...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rs. No. 100, 1994

S. 143F...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Ss. 143G, 143H..................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994

S. 143I.................................

ad. No. 32, 2005

Division 6

 

Ss. 143J, 143K...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 143L................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 143M...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 46, 2011

Note to s. 143M(1).............

ad. No. 46, 2011

S. 143N...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 143P...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999

S. 143Q...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Subhead. to s. 143R(3).....

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 143R...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994; No. 32, 2005; No. 97, 2011

S. 143S...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999

S. 143T...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 143U...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 152, 1997

S. 143V...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 143W..............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 143X, 143Y...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 143Z...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999

S. 144..................................

rs. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 144A–144C...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 144D...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 144E...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999

Heading to s. 144F............

rs. No. 188, 2011

Subhead. to s. 144F(2)......

rs. No. 188, 2011

S. 144F...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005; Nos. 46 and 188, 2011

Division 7

 

Heading to Div. 7 of Part 3A............................

rs. No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 144G...........

rs. No. 188, 2011

S. 144G...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 188, 2011

S. 144H...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 159, 2001; No. 188, 2011

S. 144J................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 188, 2011

S. 144K...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999; No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 144L............

rs. No. 188, 2011

S. 144L................................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005; Nos. 46 and 188, 2011

Note to s. 144L...................

ad. No. 46, 2011

Ss. 144M, 144N..................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Ss. 144P, 144Q..................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Division 8

 

S. 144R...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999; No. 188, 2011

Notes 1, 2 to s. 144R.........

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 144S...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 144T...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Notes 1, 2 to s. 144T.........

am. No. 32, 2005

Division 9

 

S. 144TA.............................

ad. No. 98, 1997

 

am. No. 8, 2005

S. 144U...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Ss. 144V, 144W..................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994; No. 152, 1997

S. 144X...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 8, 2005

Ss. 144Y, 144Z...................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 144ZA.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. Nos. 98 and 152, 1997

Heading to s. 144ZB.........

am. No. 152, 1997

S. 144ZB.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 152, 1997

S. 144ZC.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 144ZD.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 188, 2011

Division 10

 

Heading to Div. 10 of........
Part 3A

rs. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 144ZE.........

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 144ZE.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Division 11

 

S. 144ZF.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 144ZG, 144ZH.............

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 144ZJ.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 144ZK.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999

S. 144ZL.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 144ZM............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 146, 1999

S. 144ZN.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 144ZP.............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 46, 2011

Note to s. 144ZP................

ad. No. 46, 2011

S. 144ZQ............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

Part 4

 

Heading to Part 4..............

rs. No. 4, 2001

Division 1

 

Heading to Div. 1 of Part 4........................................

rs. No. 4, 2001

Heading to s. 145..............

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 145..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

Note to s. 145(2) ...............

ad. No. 152, 1997

 

am. No. 4, 2001

Heading to s. 146..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 146..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

Division 2

 

Heading to Div. 2 of Part 4........................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

Heading to s. 147..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 147..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 148..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

S. 149..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

S. 150..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

S. 151..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 152, 1997; No. 4, 2001

 

rs. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 152..............

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

S. 152..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

S. 153..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; Nos. 8 and 32, 2005

Heading to s. 154..............

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 154..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

Division 3

 

Heading to Div. 3 of Part 4........................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

Heading to s. 155..............

am. No. 4, 2001

S. 155..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

Heading to s. 156..............

am. No. 20, 1995

S. 156..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 157..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 157..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 158..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

S. 158..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

Division 4

 

S. 159..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; Nos. 4 and 159, 2001

S. 160..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

S. 161..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 162..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 46, 2011

Notes to s. 162(1)–(3).......

ad. No. 46, 2011

S. 163..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 164..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 165..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 20, 1995; No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 166..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

Division 5

 

Heading to Div. 5 of Part 4........................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

Heading to s. 167..............

am. No. 20, 1995

S. 167..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999; No. 4, 2001

Division 6

 

Heading to Div. 6 of Part 4........................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001; No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 168..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001; No. 188, 2011

S. 168..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 188, 2011

S. 169..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; Nos. 4 and 159, 2001; No. 188, 2011

Ss. 170, 171........................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 172..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001; No. 188, 2011

S. 172..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; Nos. 46 and 188, 2011

Note to s. 172.....................

ad. No. 46, 2011

S. 172A...............................

ad. No. 35, 1996

 

am. No. 4, 2001; No. 188, 2011

Ss. 173, 174........................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 188, 2011

Division 7

 

S. 175..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 176..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 176..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 177..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 188, 2011

S. 178..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 20, 1998

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Division 8

 

Heading to s. 179..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 179..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 180..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

Heading to s. 181..............

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

S. 181..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

Ss. 181A, 181B...................

ad. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 182..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

S. 182..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. No. 188, 2011

S. 183..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; Nos. 8 and 32, 2005

Heading to s. 184..............

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

S. 184..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

S. 185..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 186..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 186..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

Heading to s. 187..............

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

Ss. 187, 188........................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

S. 189..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

 

ad. No. 32, 2005

Division 9

 

Heading to s. 190..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001; No. 188, 2011

S. 190..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 4, 2001

 

am. Nos. 46 and 188, 2011

Subhead. to s. 191(2A)......

ad. No. 188, 2011

Subheads. to s. 191(3), (4)........................................

ad. No. 188, 2011

S. 191..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; Nos. 35 and 43, 1996; No. 137, 2000; Nos. 4 and 112, 2001; No. 32, 2005; No. 188, 2011

S. 191AA.............................

ad. No. 188, 2011

Part 4A

 

Heading to Part 4A............

rs. No. 30, 2006

Part 4A................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

Division 1

 

S. 191A...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

Note to s. 191A(2) .............

ad. No. 152, 1997

S. 191B...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

Division 2

 

Ss. 191C, 191D..................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 191E...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

S. 191EA.............................

ad. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 191F–191J...................

ad. No. 20, 1995

S. 191K...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 191L................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 32, 2005; No. 89, 2010

S. 191M...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

Division 3

 

S. 191N...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 191P–191R...................

ad. No. 20, 1995

Division 4

 

S. 191S...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

Ss. 191SA, 191SB..............

ad. No. 35, 1996

Ss. 191T, 191U...................

ad. No. 20, 1995

Division 5

 

S. 191V...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 191W..............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005; No. 89, 2010

S. 191X...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. Nos. 8 and 32, 2005

S. 191Y...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

Division 6

 

S. 191Z...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 192..................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

S. 192A...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Ss. 192B, 192C...................

ad. No. 20, 1995

S. 192D...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 146, 1999

S. 192E...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 46, 2011

Notes to s. 192E(1)–(3).....

ad. No. 46, 2011

S. 192F...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 152, 1997

S. 192G...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 192H...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999; No. 32, 2005

S. 192I.................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005

Division 7

 

Subhead. to s. 192J(3)......

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999

S. 192J................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 156, 1999

Division 8

 

Heading to Div. 8 of..........
Part 4A

rs. No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 192K............

rs. No. 188, 2011

Ss. 192K–192M..................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 192N...........

rs. No. 188, 2011

S. 192N...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 192P............

rs. No. 188, 2011

Subhead. to s. 192P(1)......

rep. No. 46, 2011

S. 192P...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. Nos. 46 and 188, 2011

Note to s. 192P..................

ad. No. 46, 2011

Ss. 192Q, 192R..................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Division 9

 

S. 192S...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Heading to s. 192T............

am. No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

Subhead. to s. 192T(2)......

rep. No. 188, 2011

S. 192T...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005; No. 188, 2011

Ss. 192U, 192V...................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Division 10

 

Heading to Div. 10 of........
Part 4A

rs. No. 30, 2006

S. 192W..............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 152, 1997

 

rs. No. 30, 2006

Heading to s. 192X............

am. No. 30, 2006

S. 192X...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005; No. 30, 2006

S. 192Y...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 89, 2010

S. 192Z...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

Heading to s. 193..............

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rs. No. 89, 2010

S. 193..................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rs. No. 89, 2010

Heading to s. 193AA.........

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

S. 193AA.............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 8, 2005; No. 30, 2006

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

Heading to s. 193A............

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

S. 193A...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

S. 193B...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 193C...........

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

S. 193C...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

S. 193D...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

S. 193E...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 30, 2006

 

rep. No. 89, 2010

Note to s. 193E(3)..............

rep. No. 30, 2006

S. 193F...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 152, 1997

Heading to s. 193G...........

am. No. 30, 2006

S. 193G...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 152, 1997; No. 30, 2006; No. 89, 2010

Note to s. 193G(1).............

rep. No. 152, 1997

S. 193H...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. Nos. 8 and 32, 2005; No. 30, 2006; No. 89, 2010

Heading to s. 193I.............

am. No. 30, 2006

S. 193I.................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005; No. 30, 2006; No. 89, 2010

Division 11

 

S. 193J................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

S. 193K...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

rs. No. 152, 1997

 

am. No. 89, 2010

S. 193L................................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 89, 2010

Note to s. 193L(2)..............

rep. No. 89, 2010

S. 193M...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005; No. 89, 2010

S. 193N...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 89, 2010

Note to s. 193N(1).............

rep. No. 89, 2010

Ss. 193P, 193Q..................

ad. No. 20, 1995

Division 12

 

S. 193R...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 32, 2005; No. 89, 2010

Division 13

 

S. 193S...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 112, 2001; No. 188, 2011

Division 14

 

Heading to s. 193T............

rs. No. 188, 2011

S. 193T...............................

ad. No. 20, 1995

 

am. No. 188, 2011

Division 15

 

Div. 15 of Part 4A...............

ad. No. 89, 2010

S. 192
Renumbered s. 193U.....


No. 20, 1995

S. 193U...............................

rep. No. 32, 2005

 

ad. No. 89, 2010

Part 4B ...............................

ad. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 148, 2010

S. 193
Renumbered s. 193V.....


No. 20, 1995

S. 193V...............................

rep. No. 152, 1997

 

ad. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 148, 2010

S. 193W..............................

ad. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 148, 2010

S. 193X...............................

ad. No. 32, 2005

 

am. No. 93, 2006

 

rep. No. 148, 2010

Ss. 193Y, 193Z...................

ad. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 148, 2010

Ss. 193ZA–193ZG .............

ad. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 148, 2010

Part 5

 

Heading to Part 5..............

am. No. 1, 1994

S. 194..................................

am. No. 43, 1996

S. 194A...............................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 195..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 40, 2002

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 195A...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

S. 196..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 4, 2001; No. 40, 2002; No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 196A...............................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

am. No. 100, 1994; No. 20, 1998

S. 197..................................

am. No. 35, 1996; No. 137, 2000

S. 198..................................

am. No. 35, 1996; No. 112, 2001

S. 199..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; No. 137, 2000; No. 112, 2001; No. 32, 2005; No. 4, 2010

S. 200..................................

am. No. 1, 1994; Nos. 114 and 152, 1997; No. 146, 1999; No. 188, 2011

S. 200A...............................

ad. No. 32, 2005

 

am. No. 32, 2005; No. 188, 2011

S. 200B...............................

ad. No. 8, 2005

S. 200B...............................

Renumbered s. 200C.....

ad. No. 32, 2005
am. No. 32, 2005
No. 30, 2006

S. 200C...............................

am. No. 89, 2010

Note 1 to s. 200C(2)..........

am. No. 46, 2011

S. 201..................................

am. No. 37, 1993; No. 1, 1994; No. 43, 1996; No. 32, 2005

Part 6

 

Heading to Part 6..............

am. No. 1, 1994

Division 1

 

S. 202..................................

am. No. 32, 2005

Div. 2 of Part 6 ..................

rep. No. 1, 1994

S. 203..................................

rep. No. 1, 1994

Division 3

 

Ss. 204, 205........................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 206..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

S. 207..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 208..............

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 4, 2001

S. 208..................................

am. No. 20, 1995

 

rep. No. 4, 2001

S. 209..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Heading to s. 210..............

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 210..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

 

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 211..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

Ss. 212–214........................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 215..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001; No. 32, 2005

S. 217..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Division 4

 

S. 218..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 220..................................

am. No. 32, 2005

S. 221..................................

rep. No. 32, 2005

S. 222..................................

am. No. 20, 1995; No. 4, 2001

Div. 5 of Part 6 ..................

rep. No. 1, 1994

Ss. 223–232........................

rep. No. 1, 1994

Schedule 1.........................

rs. Nos. 26 and 37, 1993

 

am. No. 1, 1994

 

rs. No. 32, 2005

 

rep. No. 33, 2010

Schedule 2

 

Heading to Schedule 2.....

rs. No. 32, 2005

Note to heading of............
Schedule 2

rs. No. 33, 2010

Schedule 2.........................

am. No. 37, 1993; No. 100, 1994; No. 32, 2005

Schedule 2A

 

Heading to Schedule 2A...

rs. No. 32, 2005

Note to heading of............
Schedule 2A

rs. No. 33, 2010

Schedule 2A.......................

ad. No. 37, 1993

 

am. No. 100, 1994; No. 32, 2005

Schedule 2B.......................

ad. No. 1, 1994

 

rep. No. 100, 1994

Schedule 3.........................

rep. No. 32, 2005

Schedule 4

 

Schedule 4.........................

am. Nos. 1 and 100, 1994; No. 140, 2003; No. 62, 2004; No. 32, 2005; No. 5, 2011


Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Amendment Act 1996
(No. 35, 1996)

Schedule 1 

5  Transitional

(1)       This item applies only if this Act receives the Royal Assent on or before 12 September 1996.

(2)       The amendment made by item 4 extends to the round of Regional Council elections for which the election period started on 12 July 1996 (the current round of Regional Council elections).

(3)       The Regional Council Election Rules are amended by repealing Schedule 1 and substituting the Schedule set out at the end of this item.

(4)       The amendment of the Regional Council Election Rules made by subitem (3) is taken to have been duly made by the Minister under section 113 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 and may be amended or repealed by further rules made by the Minister under that section.

(5)       Despite paragraph 100(b) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989, the current round of Regional Council elections is to be conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission in accordance with the Regional Council Election Rules referred to in that paragraph as amended by subitem (3).

(6)       If:

                     (a)  before the commencement of this Act, the authorised electoral officer, under subsection 107(1) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989, declared, in relation to the current round of Regional Council elections, a candidate or candidates who nominated for election as the member or members for a Regional Council ward to be duly elected; and

                     (b)  the number of candidates nominated for election as the member or members for that Regional Council ward was greater than the number that, under that Act as amended by this Act, is the designated number in relation to the ward;

            the declaration is taken not to have been made and a poll must be held.

SCHEDULE TO BE INSERTED IN REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTION RULES

SCHEDULE 1                                 Rule 2A

WARDS

 

Column 1

Region that contains the following place

Column 2

Ward

Column 3

Designated number for ward

Column 4

Map depicting boundaries of wards

PART 1  NEW SOUTH WALES

Coffs Harbour

Gattang
Northern Rivers

7
5

ATSIC Coffs Harbour Region ‑ ATSIC 96/1

Tamworth

Gomilaroi
Tingha
Quirindi

5
3
4

ATSIC Tamworth Region ‑ ATSIC 96/2

Sydney

Sydney

12

ATSIC Sydney Region ‑ ATSIC 96/3

Bourke

Wangkumara
NSW Far West

7
3

ATSIC Bourke Region ‑ ATSIC 96/4

Wagga Wagga

Deniliquin
Wirawongam
Murrumbidgee/
    Lachlan

1
7
4

ATSIC Wagga Wagga Region ‑ ATSIC 96/5

Queanbeyan

Bogong
Umbara

5
6

ATSIC Queanbeyan Region ‑ ATSIC 96/6

PART 2 – NORTHERN TERRITORY

Katherine

Ward 1
Ward 2
Ward 3
Ward 4
Ward 5

1
2
3
2
3

ATSIC Katherine Region ‑ ATSIC 96/7

Jabiru

Tiwi Islands
Jabiru
Coburg
Wadeye
Daly River

3
4
1
2
1

ATSIC Jabiru Region ‑ ATSIC 96/8

Nhulunbuy

West
East
South

5
3
3

ATSIC Nhulunbuy Region ‑ ATSIC 96/9

Darwin

Ward 1
Ward 2
Ward 3
Ward 4

6
3
1
1

ATSIC Darwin Region ‑ ATSIC 96/10

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

10

ATSIC Alice Springs Region ‑ ATSIC 96/11

Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek

9

ATSIC Tennant Creek Region ‑ ATSIC 96/12

Apatula

Papunya
Impiyara
Arltarlpilta

6
1
3

ATSIC Apatula Region ‑ ATSIC 96/13

PART 3 ‑ QUEENSLAND

Cooktown

Cooktown

10

ATSIC Cooktown Region ‑ ATSIC 96/14

Mt Isa

Burke
Mornington
Mount Isa
South East
Carpentaria

2
1
4
2
1

ATSIC Mt Isa Region ‑ ATSIC 96/15

Brisbane

Brisbane
Brisbane North
Brisbane South

6
2
4

ATSIC Brisbane Region ‑ ATSIC 96/16

Cairns

Cairns

12

ATSIC Cairns Region ‑ ATSIC 96/17

Townsville

Townsville
Palm Island
Mackay
Ingham
Charters Towers

4
2
4
1
1

ATSIC Townsville Region ‑ ATSIC 96/18

Roma

Roma

11

ATSIC Roma Region ‑ ATSIC 96/19

Rockhampton

Rockhampton

11

ATSIC Rockhampton Region ‑ ATSIC 96/20

PART 4 ‑ SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide

Kaurna
Murrundi

8
4

ATSIC Adelaide Region ‑ ATSIC 96/21

Port Augusta

Amata
Indulkana
Coober Pedy
Nulla Wanga
    Tjuta South
Nulla Wanga
    Tjuta North

2
2
1
4

1

ATSIC Port Augusta Region ‑ ATSIC 96/22

Ceduna

Wangka Pulka
    North
Wangka Pulka
    South
Kakarrara
    Wilurrara

4

3

2

ATSIC Ceduna Region ‑ ATSIC 96/23

PART 5 ‑ TASMANIA

Hobart

Hobart

12

ATSIC Hobart Region ‑ ATSIC 96/24

PART 6 ‑ VICTORIA

Wangaratta

Gippsland
Goulburn Valley
East Melbourne

3
3
5

ATSIC Wangaratta Region ‑ ATSIC 96/26

Ballarat

Tumbukka
West Melbourne

7
5

ATSIC Ballarat Region ‑ ATSIC 96/27

PART 7 ‑ WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth

Perth

12

ATSIC Perth Region ‑ ATSIC 96/28

Narrogin

Moora
Northam
Bunbury
Narrogin
Albany

1
2
3
1
3

ATSIC Narrogin Region ‑ ATSIC 96/29

Derby

Jayida Buru
Bandaral Ngadu

5
5

ATSIC Derby Region ‑ ATSIC 96/30

Kununurra

Wunan
Yarleyel
Kutjungka

5
3
2

ATSIC Kununurra Region ‑ ATSIC 96/31

Broome

Broome
Outer Areas

5
4

ATSIC Broome Region ‑ ATSIC 96/32

South Hedland

Port Hedland
Roebourne
Ashburton
East Pilbara

4
3
1
2

ATSIC South Hedland Region ‑ ATSIC 96/33

Geraldton

Geraldton

10

ATSIC Geraldton Region ‑ ATSIC 96/34

Kalgoorlie

Town
North
South

4
2
3

ATSIC Kalgoorlie Region ‑ ATSIC 96/35

Warburton

Western Desert
Warburton
Cundeelee

4
4
1