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Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013

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Act No. 58 of 2013 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014
An Act to establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, and for related purposes
Administered by: Employment
Registered 29 Jul 2014
Start Date 01 Jul 2014
End Date 04 Mar 2016

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Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013

No. 58, 2013 as amended

Compilation start date:                     1 July 2014

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 62, 2014

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013 as in force on 1 July 2014. It includes any commenced amendment affecting the legislation to that date.

This compilation was prepared on 18 July 2014.

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of each amended provision.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not reflected in the text of the compiled law but the text of the amendments is included in the endnotes.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Modifications

If a provision of the compiled law is affected by a modification that is in force, details are included in the endnotes.

Provisions ceasing to have effect

If a provision of the compiled law has expired or otherwise ceased to have effect in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1

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

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

2A......... Object of this Act................................................................................ 2

3............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

4............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 3

5............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 3

Part 1A—National Strategic Plan                                                                                4

5A......... National Strategic Plan........................................................................ 4

Part 2—Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency                                             5

6............ Establishment...................................................................................... 5

7............ Constitution of the Agency................................................................. 5

8............ Functions of the Agency..................................................................... 5

9............ Agency to have the privileges and immunities of the Crown.............. 7

Part 3—Chief Executive Officer                                                                                   8

Division 1—Functions of the CEO etc.                                                                8

10.......... Chief Executive Officer....................................................................... 8

11.......... Functions of the CEO......................................................................... 8

12.......... Working with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council............... 8

14.......... Minister may give directions to the CEO............................................ 9

Division 2—Appointment of the CEO                                                                10

15.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 10

16.......... Acting appointment........................................................................... 10

Division 3—Terms and conditions of appointment                                     11

17.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 11

18.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 11

19.......... Outside work.................................................................................... 11

21.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 11

22.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 11

23.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 12

23A....... Delegation......................................................................................... 12

Division 4—Committees                                                                                            14

24.......... Committees....................................................................................... 14

Part 4—Staff etc.                                                                                                                  15

25.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 15

26.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 15

27.......... Persons assisting the Agency............................................................ 15

Part 5—Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council                                          16

Division 1—Functions of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council etc.       16

28.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 16

29.......... Functions of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council............... 16

30.......... Minister may give directions to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council         17

30A....... Committees....................................................................................... 17

Division 2—Membership of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council          18

31.......... Membership...................................................................................... 18

32.......... Appointment of Council members.................................................... 18

33.......... Term of appointment......................................................................... 20

34.......... Acting appointment........................................................................... 20

Division 3—Terms and conditions of appointment                                     22

35.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 22

36.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 22

37.......... Recording disclosures of interests..................................................... 23

38.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 23

39.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 23

40.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 24

Division 4—Procedures of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council            25

41.......... Meetings of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council................ 25

41A....... Quorum............................................................................................. 25

41B....... Voting at meetings............................................................................ 26

41C....... Minutes............................................................................................. 26

41D....... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 26

41E........ Decisions without meetings.............................................................. 26

Part 5A—Application of the finance law                                                              28

41F........ Application of the finance law........................................................... 28

Part 6—Planning                                                                                                                  29

42.......... Annual operational plan.................................................................... 29

43.......... Approval of annual operational plan................................................. 29

44.......... Variation of annual operational plan.................................................. 30

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                       31

46.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 31

47.......... Review of the Agency’s role and functions...................................... 31

48.......... Rules................................................................................................. 31

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    33

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                            33

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                35

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             36

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           37

Endnote 5—Uncommenced amendments [none]                                          38

Endnote 6—Modifications [none]                                                                         38

Endnote 7—Misdescribed amendments [none]                                             38

Endnote 8—Miscellaneous [none]                                                                        38

 


An Act to establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, and for related purposes

  

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013.

2  Commencement

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

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 and 2 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

21 June 2013

2.  Sections 3 to 48

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if the provision(s) do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

1 July 2013

(see F2013L01226)

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

2A  Object of this Act

                   The object of this Act is to establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency to administer the National Strategic Plan, which aims to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres in order to eliminate asbestos‑related disease in Australia.

3  Definitions

                   In this Act:

Agency means the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency established by section 6.

asbestos safety includes, but is not limited to, matters relating to asbestos awareness, education and information sharing, and the identification, management, removal, transportation, storage or disposal of asbestos in Australia or internationally.

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council means the Council established by section 28.

CEO means the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency.

Chair means the Chair of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council.

Council member means a member of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council (and includes the Chair).

National Strategic Plan has the meaning given by section 5A.

paid work means work for financial gain or reward (whether as an employee, a self‑employed person or otherwise).

rules means the rules made by the Minister under section 48.

4  Crown to be bound

                   This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

5  Extension to external Territories

                   This Act extends to every external Territory.

Part 1ANational Strategic Plan

  

5A  National Strategic Plan

             (1)  The National Strategic Plan means the plan that:

                     (a)  is known as the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness; and

                     (b)  aims to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres in order to eliminate asbestos‑related disease in Australia; and

                     (c)  addresses the following priority areas:

                              (i)  the systematic identification of material containing asbestos in the built environment and of asbestos dump sites;

                             (ii)  systems, timelines and processes for the prioritised safe removal of material containing asbestos from public and commercial buildings and the safe disposal of such material;

                            (iii)  measures to assist the residential sector to minimise the risks of asbestos, including raising awareness, education and mechanisms for identifying and classifying risks associated with asbestos;

                            (iv)  improving education and information about asbestos;

                             (v)  improving asbestos safety;

                            (vi)  improving the sharing of information about asbestos and asbestos safety; and

                     (d)  deals with any other relevant matters.

             (2)  The National Strategic Plan is taken to be a corporate plan for the purposes of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Part 2Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

  

6  Establishment

                   The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is established by this section.

7  Constitution of the Agency

                   The Agency consists of:

                     (a)  the CEO; and

                     (b)  the staff of the Agency.

Note:          The Agency does not have a legal identity separate from the Commonwealth.

8  Functions of the Agency

             (1)  The Agency has the following functions:

                     (a)  to encourage, coordinate, monitor and report on the implementation of the National Strategic Plan;

                     (b)  to review and amend the National Strategic Plan as required by the National Strategic Plan or at the request of the Minister;

                     (c)  to publish and promote the National Strategic Plan;

                     (d)  to provide advice to the Minister about asbestos safety, if requested to do so by the Minister;

                     (e)  to liaise with Commonwealth, State, Territory, local and other governments, agencies or bodies about:

                              (i)  the implementation, review or amendment of the National Strategic Plan; or

                             (ii) asbestos safety;

                      (f)  to commission, monitor and promote research about asbestos safety;

                     (g)  such other functions as are conferred on the Agency by or under this Act, the rules or any other law of the Commonwealth;

                     (h)  to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.

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

             (3)  In performing it functions, the Agency must act in accordance with the National Strategic Plan and any annual operational plan.

Constitutional limits

             (4)  The Agency may perform its functions only:

                     (a)  for purposes relating to the collection of statistics; or

                     (b)  for purposes relating to a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies; or

                     (c)  for purposes relating to trade and commerce:

                              (i)  between Australia and places outside Australia; or

                             (ii)  among the States; or

                            (iii)  within a Territory, between a State and a Territory or between 2 Territories; or

                     (d)  for purposes relating to a postal, telegraphic, telephonic or other like service within the meaning of paragraph 51(v) of the Constitution; or

                     (e)  for purposes relating to a service to:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  an authority of the Commonwealth;

                            for a purpose of the Commonwealth; or

                      (f)  in, or for purposes relating to, a Territory; or

                     (g)  in or with respect to a Commonwealth place (within the meaning of the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970); or

                     (h)  for purposes relating to external affairs, including:

                              (i)  giving effect to an international agreement to which Australia is a party; or

                             (ii)  addressing matters of international concern; or

                      (i)  for purposes relating to the defence of Australia; or

                      (j)  for purposes relating to the implied power of the Parliament to make laws with respect to nationhood; or

                     (k)  for purposes relating to the executive power of the Commonwealth; or

                      (l)  for purposes relating to matters incidental to the execution of any of the legislative powers of the Parliament or the executive power of the Commonwealth.

9  Agency to have the privileges and immunities of the Crown

                   The Agency has the privileges and immunities of the Crown in right of the Commonwealth.

Part 3Chief Executive Officer

Division 1Functions of the CEO etc.

10  Chief Executive Officer

                   There is to be a Chief Executive Officer of the Agency.

11  Functions of the CEO

             (1)  The functions of the CEO are:

                     (a)  to manage the affairs of the Agency; and

                     (b)  to ensure the Agency performs its functions.

             (2)  The CEO has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of his or her functions.

12  Working with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

             (1)  If the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council provides advice or makes recommendations to the CEO under section 29, the CEO must have regard to that advice or those recommendations in performing the CEO’s functions.

          (1A)  The CEO must comply with any guidelines issued by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council under section 29.

          (1B)  Subsection (1A) does not apply to the extent that:

                     (a)  compliance with the guidelines would be inconsistent with the CEO’s performance of functions or exercise of powers under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 in relation to the Agency; or

                     (b)  the guidelines relate to the CEO’s performance of functions or exercise of powers under the Public Service Act 1999 in relation to the Agency.

             (2)  The CEO may attend Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council meetings.

14  Minister may give directions to the CEO

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, give written directions to the CEO about the performance of the Agency’s functions.

Note:          Section 42 (disallowance) and Part 6 (sunsetting) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 do not apply to the directions (see sections 44 and 54 of that Act).

             (2)  The CEO must comply with a direction given under subsection (1).

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply to the extent that the direction relates to the CEO’s performance of functions or exercise of powers under the Public Service Act 1999 in relation to the Agency.

Division 2Appointment of the CEO

15  Appointment

             (1)  The CEO is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument, on a full‑time basis.

             (2)  The CEO holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          The CEO may be reappointed: see section 33AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

16  Acting appointment

                   The Minister may, by written instrument, appoint a person to act as CEO:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of CEO, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to that office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the CEO:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any other reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          See sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 for rules that apply to acting appointments.

Division 3Terms and conditions of appointment

17  Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  The CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the CEO is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the rules.

             (2)  The CEO is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the rules.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

18  Leave of absence

             (1)  The CEO has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant to the CEO leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Minister determines.

19  Outside work

                   The CEO must not engage in paid work outside the duties of his or her office without the Minister’s approval.

21  Other terms and conditions

                   The CEO holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

22  Resignation

             (1)  The CEO may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

23  Termination of appointment

                   The Minister may terminate the appointment of the CEO:

                     (a)  for misbehaviour; or

                     (b)  if the CEO is unable to perform the duties of his or her office because of physical or mental incapacity; or

                     (c)  if the CEO:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

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

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

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

                     (d)  if the CEO is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (e)  if the CEO engages, except with the Minister’s approval, in paid work outside the duties of his or her office (see section 19); or

                      (f)  if the CEO fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) or rules made for the purposes of that section; or

                     (g)  if the Minister is satisfied that the CEO’s performance has been unsatisfactory.

23A  Delegation

             (1)  The CEO may, in writing, delegate all or any of the CEO’s functions or powers to a person who is a member of the staff of the Agency.

             (2)  In exercising any powers or performing any functions under the delegation, the delegate must comply with any directions of the CEO.

Division 4Committees

24  Committees

             (1)  The CEO may, by writing, establish committees to assist:

                     (a)  the CEO in the performance of his or her functions; or

                     (b)  the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council in the performance of its functions.

             (2)  A committee is to consist of such persons as the CEO determines.

             (3)  If the CEO establishes a committee under subsection (1), the CEO must, in writing, determine:

                     (a) the committee’s terms of reference; and

                     (b)  the terms and conditions of appointment of the members of the committee; and

                     (c)  the procedures to be followed by the committee.

             (4)  An instrument made under subsection (1) or (3) is not a legislative instrument.

Part 4Staff etc.

  

25  Staff

             (1)  The staff of the Agency must be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999.

             (2)  For the purposes of that Act:

                     (a)  the CEO and the staff of the Agency together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the CEO is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

26  Consultants

             (1)  The CEO may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, engage consultants to assist in the performance of the Agency’s functions.

             (2)  The consultants are to be engaged on the terms and conditions that the CEO determines in writing.

27  Persons assisting the Agency

                   The Agency may be assisted:

                     (a)  by employees of Agencies (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999); or

                     (b)  by officers or employees of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  by officers or employees of authorities of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

whose services are made available to the Agency in connection with the performance of the Agency’s functions.

Part 5Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

Division 1Functions of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council etc.

28  Establishment

                   The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council is established by this section.

29  Functions of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

             (1)  The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council’s functions are:

                     (a)  to provide advice, and make recommendations, to the CEO about the performance of the Agency’s functions, on its own initiative or at the request of the CEO; and

                     (b)  to provide advice to the Minister about asbestos safety; and

                     (c)  to monitor the implementation of the National Strategic Plan by Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments; and

                     (d)  to provide advice, and make recommendations, about the National Strategic Plan and annual operational plans.

             (2)  The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council may issue written guidelines to the CEO about the performance of the Agency’s functions.

          (2A)  The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council must not issue guidelines that are inconsistent with any directions given under section 14 (Minister’s directions to CEO).

          (2B)  Any guidelines that are inconsistent with a direction of the kind referred to in subsection (2A) have no effect to the extent of the inconsistency.

             (3)  The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.

             (5)  Guidelines issued under subsection (2) are not a legislative instrument.

30  Minister may give directions to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, give written directions to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council about the performance of the Council’s functions.

Note:          Section 42 (disallowance) and Part 6 (sunsetting) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 do not apply to the directions (see sections 44 and 54 of that Act).

             (2)  The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council must comply with a direction given under subsection (1).

30A  Committees

             (1)  The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council may, by writing, establish committees to assist the Council in the performance of its functions.

             (2)  A committee is to consist of such persons as the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council determines.

             (3)  If the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council establishes a committee under subsection (1), the Council must, in writing, determine:

                     (a)  the committee’s terms of reference; and

                     (b)  the terms and conditions of appointment of the members of the committee; and

                     (c)  the procedures to be followed by the committee.

             (4)  An instrument made under subsection (1) or (3) is not a legislative instrument.

Division 2Membership of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

31  Membership

                   The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council is to consist of:

                     (a)  the Chair; and

                     (b)  one member representing the Commonwealth; and

                     (c)  4 members representing State, Territory and local governments; and

                     (d)  1 member representing the interests of workers in Australia; and

                     (e)  1 member representing the interests of employers in Australia; and

                      (f)  2 other members.

32  Appointment of Council members

             (1)  The Council members are to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument, on a part‑time basis.

             (2)  The instrument of appointment of a Council member must specify whether the member is appointed as:

                     (a)  the Chair; or

                     (b)  the member representing the Commonwealth; or

                     (c)  a member representing State, Territory and local governments; or

                    (ca)  the member representing the interests of workers in Australia; or

                   (cb)  the member representing the interests of employers in Australia; or

                     (d)  one of the other members.

             (3)  A person is eligible for appointment as a Council member under paragraph 31(a), (d), (e) or (f) only if the Minister is satisfied that the person has knowledge or experience in one or more of the following:

                     (a)  asbestos safety;

                     (b)  public health issues relating to asbestos;

                     (c)  asbestos‑related diseases;

                     (d)  the representation of, or the provision of support to, persons with asbestos‑related diseases and their families;

                     (e)  financial management;

                      (f)  corporate governance.

             (4)  A person is eligible for appointment as a Council member under paragraph 31(d) only if:

                     (a)  the person has been nominated for the appointment by an authorised worker body; and

                     (b)  the Minister agrees to the person being appointed.

             (5)  If an authorised worker body nominates a person but the Minister does not agree to the person being appointed, an authorised worker body (which may be the same or a different body) may nominate another person for the appointment.

             (6)  The Minister may authorise a body for the purposes of subsections (4) and (5) if the Minister considers that the body represents the interests of workers in Australia. If the Minister does so, the body is an authorised worker body.

             (7)  A person is eligible for appointment as a Council member under paragraph 31(e) only if:

                     (a)  the person has been nominated for the appointment by an authorised employer body; and

                     (b)  the Minister agrees to the person being appointed.

             (8)  If an authorised employer body nominates a person but the Minister does not agree to the person being appointed, an authorised employer body (which may be the same or a different body) may nominate another person for the appointment.

             (9)  The Minister may authorise a body for the purposes of subsections (7) and (8) if the Minister considers that the body represents the interests of employers in Australia. If the Minister does so, the body is an authorised employer body.

33  Term of appointment

                   A Council member holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not be more than 3 years.

Note:          For reappointment, see section 33AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

34  Acting appointment

Appointment to act as Chair

             (1)  The Minister may, by written instrument, appoint a Council member to act as the Chair:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of Chair, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to that office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Chair:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any other reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Appointment to act as member other than Chair

             (2)  The Minister may, by written instrument, appoint a person to act as a Council member (other than the Chair):

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of a Council member (other than the Chair), whether or not an appointment has previously been made to that office; or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when a Council member (other than the Chair):

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any other reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          See sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 for rules that apply to acting appointments.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  paragraph (2)(a) applies; and

                     (b)  the vacancy is in the office of a Council member referred to in paragraph 31(d), (e) or (f);

a person is not eligible for appointment to act as that member unless the person is eligible for appointment as that member (see subsection 32(3)).

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  paragraph (2)(b) applies; and

                     (b)  the Council member referred to in that paragraph was appointed under paragraph 31(d), (e) or (f);

a person is not eligible for appointment to act as that member unless the person is eligible for appointment as that member (see subsection 32(3)).

Division 3Terms and conditions of appointment

35  Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  A Council member is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the rules.

             (2)  However, a Council member is not entitled to be paid remuneration if he or she holds an office or appointment, or is otherwise employed, on a full‑time basis in the service or employment of:

                     (a)  a State; or

                     (b)  a corporation (a public statutory corporation) that:

                              (i)  is established for a public purpose by a law of a State; and

                             (ii)  is not a tertiary education institution; or

                     (c)  a company limited by guarantee, where the interests and rights of the members in or in relation to the company are beneficially owned by a State; or

                     (d)  a company in which all the stock or shares are beneficially owned by a State or by a public statutory corporation.

Note:          A similar rule applies to a member who has a similar relationship with the Commonwealth or a Territory. See subsection 7(11) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

             (3)  A Council member is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the rules.

             (4)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

36  Leave of absence

             (1)  The Minister may grant leave of absence to the Chair on the terms and conditions that the Minister determines.

             (2)  The Chair may grant leave of absence to another Council member on the terms and conditions that the Chair determines.

             (3)  The Chair must notify the Minister if the Chair grants another Council member leave of absence for a period that exceeds 3 months.

37  Recording disclosures of interests

             (1)  A disclosure by a Council member under section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) to each other member of the Council must be recorded:

                     (a)  in any advice provided, or recommendations made, to the CEO by the Council; and

                     (b)  in any guidelines issued to the CEO by the Council.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies in addition to any rules made for the purposes of that section.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the member is taken not to have complied with section 29 of that Act if the disclosure is not recorded as required by subsection (1) of this section.

38  Other terms and conditions

                   A Council member holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

39  Resignation

             (1)  A Council member may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

40  Termination of appointment

                   The Minister may terminate the appointment of a Council member:

                     (a)  for misbehaviour; or

                     (b)  if the member is incapable of performing the duties of his or her office; or

                     (c)  if the member:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

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

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

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

                     (d)  if the member is absent, except on leave of absence, from 3 consecutive meetings of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council; or

                     (e)  if the member fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) or rules made for the purposes of that section.

Division 4Procedures of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

41  Meetings of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

             (1)  The Chair must hold such meetings as are necessary for the efficient performance of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council’s functions.

             (2)  The Chair must preside at all meetings at which he or she is present.

             (3)  If the Chair is not present at a meeting, the other Council members must appoint one of themselves to preside.

41A  Quorum

             (1)  At a meeting of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council, a quorum is constituted by:

                     (a)  2 members appointed under paragraph 31(c) (members representing State, Territory and local governments); and

                     (b)  any 4 other Council members.

             (2)  However, if:

                     (a)  a member is required by rules made for the purposes of section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 not to be present during the deliberations or to take part in any decision of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council with respect to a particular matter; and

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

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

41B  Voting at meetings

             (1)  A question arising at a meeting of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council is to be determined by a majority of the votes of the Council members present and voting.

             (2)  The person presiding at a meeting has:

                     (a)  a deliberative vote; and

                     (b)  if necessary, also a casting vote.

41C  Minutes

                   The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council must keep minutes of its meetings.

41D  Conduct of meetings

                   The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council may regulate proceedings at its meetings as it considers appropriate.

Note:          Section 33B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 contains further information about the ways in which Council members may participate in meetings.

41E  Decisions without meetings

             (1)  The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council is taken to have made a decision at a meeting if:

                     (a)  without meeting, a majority of the Council members entitled to vote on the proposed decision indicate agreement with the decision; and

                     (b)  that agreement is indicated in accordance with the method determined by the Council under subsection (2); and

                     (c)  all the Council members were informed of the proposed decision, or reasonable efforts were made to inform all the members of the proposed decision.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies only if the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council:

                     (a)  has determined that it may make decisions of that kind without meeting; and

                     (b)  has determined the method by which Council members are to indicate agreement with proposed decisions.

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), a Council member is not entitled to vote on a proposed decision if the member would not have been entitled to vote on that proposal if the matter had been considered at a meeting of the Council.

             (4)  The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council must keep a record of decisions made in accordance with this section.

Part 5AApplication of the finance law

  

41F  Application of the finance law

                   For the purposes of the finance law (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013):

                     (a)  the following combination of bodies is a listed entity:

                              (i)  the Agency;

                             (ii)  the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council; and

                     (b)  the listed entity is to be known as the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency; and

                     (c)  the CEO is the accountable authority of the listed entity; and

                     (d)  the following persons are officials of the listed entity:

                              (i)  the CEO;

                             (ii)  the members of a committee established under section 24;

                            (iii)  the staff of the Agency;

                            (iv)  consultants engaged under section 26;

                             (v)  persons whose services are made available to the Agency under section 27;

                            (vi)  the Council members;

                           (vii)  the members of a committee established under section 30A; and

                     (e)  the purposes of the listed entity include:

                              (i)  the functions of the Agency referred to in section 8; and

                             (ii)  the functions of the CEO referred to in section 11; and

                            (iii)  the functions of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council referred to in section 29.

Part 6Planning

  

42  Annual operational plan

             (1)  The CEO must, before the start of the 12‑month period that starts on 1 July in a year, give the Minister for approval an annual operational plan relating to that period.

Content etc.

             (2)  The annual operational plan must set out:

                     (a)  the activities to be undertaken by the Agency during the 12‑month period in the performance of the Agency’s functions; and

                     (b)  performance indicators for the assessment of the Agency’s performance of its functions during that period.

             (3)  The annual operational plan must not be inconsistent with the National Strategic Plan.

43  Approval of annual operational plan

             (1)  The Minister may, by written notice given to the CEO:

                     (a)  approve an annual operational plan given to the Minister under section 42; or

                     (b)  request the CEO to amend an annual operational plan given to the Minister under section 42 and to resubmit it for approval.

             (2)  An annual operational plan comes into force on the later of the following days:

                     (a)  the day it is approved by the Minister;

                     (b)  the first day of the period to which it relates.

44  Variation of annual operational plan

             (1)  The CEO may, on his or her own initiative or at the request of the Minister, vary an annual operational plan and give the variation to the Minister for approval.

             (2)  The Minister may, by written notice given to the CEO, approve the variation of the annual operational plan.

             (5)  The variation of the annual operational plan takes effect on the day it is approved by the Minister.

Part 7Miscellaneous

  

46  Delegation

             (1)  The Agency may, in writing, delegate all or any of its functions or powers under this Act to:

                     (a)  the CEO; or

                     (b)  an SES employee, or acting SES employee, who is a member of the staff of the Agency.

Note:          SES employee and acting SES employee are defined in section 2B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  In exercising any powers or performing any functions under the delegation, the delegate must comply with any directions of the Agency.

47  Review of the Agency’s role and functions

             (1)  The Minister must cause a review of the Agency’s ongoing role and functions to be conducted.

             (2)  The review must:

                     (a)  start 5 years after the commencement of this section; and

                     (b)  be completed within 6 months.

             (3)  The Minister must cause a written report about the review to be prepared.

             (4)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of Parliament within 15 sitting days after the completion of the report.

48  Rules

                   The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules prescribing matters:

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

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed in order to carry out or give effect to this Act.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide details of the history of this legislation and its provisions. The following endnotes are included in each compilation:

 

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Endnote 5—Uncommenced amendments

Endnote 6—Modifications

Endnote 7—Misdescribed amendments

Endnote 8—Miscellaneous

 

If there is no information under a particular endnote, the word “none” will appear in square brackets after the endnote heading.

 

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key in this endnote sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

 

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

 

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended the compiled law. The information includes commencement information for amending laws and details of application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

 

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision level. It also includes information about any provisions that have expired or otherwise ceased to have effect in accordance with a provision of the compiled law.

 

Uncommenced amendments—Endnote 5

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not reflected in the text of the compiled law but the text of the amendments is included in endnote 5.

 

Modifications—Endnote 6

If the compiled law is affected by a modification that is in force, details of the modification are included in endnote 6.

 

Misdescribed amendments—Endnote 7

An amendment is a misdescribed amendment if the effect of the amendment cannot be incorporated into the text of the compilation. Any misdescribed amendment is included in endnote 7.

 

Miscellaneous—Endnote 8

Endnote 8 includes any additional information that may be helpful for a reader of the compilation.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

pres = present

am = amended

prev = previous

c = clause(s)

(prev) = previously

Ch = Chapter(s)

Pt = Part(s)

def = definition(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Dict = Dictionary

Reg = Regulation/Regulations

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

reloc = relocated

Div = Division(s)

renum = renumbered

exp = expired or ceased to have effect

rep = repealed

hdg = heading(s)

rs = repealed and substituted

LI = Legislative Instrument

s = section(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

mod = modified/modification

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

No = Number(s)

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

o = order(s)

SR = Statutory Rules

Ord = Ordinance

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

orig = original

SubPt = Subpart(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

/sub‑subparagraph(s)

 

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act 2013

58, 2013

21 June 2013

s 3–48: 1 July 2013 (s 2(1) item 2 and F2013L01226)
Remainder: 21 June 2013 (s 2(1) item 1)

 

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014

62, 2014

30 June 2014

Sch 6 (item 4) and Sch 7 (items 128–144): 1 July 2014 (s 2(1) item 6)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Pt 1A

 

s 5A...................................

am No 62, 2014

Pt 3

 

Div 1

 

s 12....................................

am No 62, 2014

s 13....................................

rep No 62, 2014

Div 3

 

s 20....................................

rep No 62, 2014

s 23....................................

am No 62, 2014

Pt 5

 

Div 3

 

s 37....................................

rs No 62, 2014

s 40....................................

am No 62, 2014

Div 4

 

s 41A.................................

am No 62, 2014

Pt 5A

 

Pt 5A..................................

ad No 62, 2014

s 41F..................................

ad No 62, 2014

Pt 6

 

hdg to Pt 6..........................

rs No 62, 2014

hdg to Div 1 of Pt 6............

rep No 62, 2014

s 42....................................

am No 62, 2014

s 43....................................

am No 62, 2014

s 44....................................

am No 62, 2014

Div 2 of Pt 6......................

rep No 62, 2014

s 45....................................

rep No 62, 2014

 

Endnote 5—Uncommenced amendments [none]

Endnote 6—Modifications [none]

Endnote 7—Misdescribed amendments [none]

Endnote 8—Miscellaneous [none]