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Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002

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Act No. 30 of 2002 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014
An Act relating to Regional Forest Agreements, and for other purposes
Administered by: Agriculture
Registered 29 Oct 2014
Start Date 17 Oct 2014
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Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002

No. 30, 2002 as amended

Compilation start date:                     17 October 2014

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 109, 2014

 

About this compilation

The compiled Act

This is a compilation of the Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002 as amended and in force on 17 October 2014. It includes any amendment affecting the compiled Act to that date.

This compilation was prepared on 28 October 2014.

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

Uncommenced provisions and amendments

If a provision of the compiled Act is affected by an uncommenced amendment, the text of the uncommenced amendment is set out in the endnotes.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for amendments

If the operation of an amendment is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision, the provision is identified in the endnotes.

Modifications

If a provision of the compiled Act is affected by a textual modification that is in force, the text of the modifying provision is set out in the endnotes.

Provisions ceasing to have effect

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

  

  

  


 

Contents

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

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

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Act binds the Crown........................................................................... 4

6............ Certain Commonwealth Acts not to apply in relation to RFA wood or RFA forestry operations            4

7............ Termination of RFA by Commonwealth............................................. 5

8............ Compensation for breach of RFA by Commonwealth........................ 5

9............ Publication of information about RFAs.............................................. 6

10.......... Tabling of RFAs etc............................................................................ 6

10A....... Source of forestry information............................................................ 7

11.......... Forest and Wood Products Council.................................................... 8

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    10

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                            10

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                12

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             13

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           14

Endnote 5—Uncommenced amendments [none]                                          15

Endnote 6—Modifications [none]                                                                         15

Endnote 7—Misdescribed amendments [none]                                             15

Endnote 8—Miscellaneous [none]                                                                        15


An Act relating to Regional Forest Agreements, and for other purposes

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, 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

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

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent

5 April 2002

2.  Sections 3 to 12

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

3 May 2002 (see Gazette 2002, No. S133)

3.  Schedule 1

At the same time as the provisions covered by item 2 of this table

3 May 2002

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

             (2)  Column 3 of the table is for additional information that is not part of this Act. This information may be included in any published version of this Act.

             (3)  If a provision covered by item 2 of the table does not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, it commences on the first day after the end of that period.

3  Objects

                   The main objects of this Act are as follows:

                     (a)  to give effect to certain obligations of the Commonwealth under Regional Forest Agreements;

                     (b)  to give effect to certain aspects of the National Forest Policy Statement;

                     (c)  to provide for the existence of the Forest and Wood Products Council.

4  Definitions

                   In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system, in relation to an RFA, has the same meaning as in the RFA.

forest and wood products industry means:

                     (a)  the forest products industry; and

                     (b)  the wood products industry.

National Forest Policy Statement means the National Forest Policy Statement signed on behalf of the Commonwealth and each of the States (other than Tasmania) in December 1992, and on behalf of Tasmania in April 1995.

plantation means an intensively managed stand of trees of either native or exotic species that is created by the regular placement of seedlings or seed.

RFA or Regional Forest Agreement means an agreement that is in force between the Commonwealth and a State in respect of a region or regions, being an agreement that satisfies all the following conditions:

                     (a)  the agreement was entered into having regard to assessments of the following matters that are relevant to the region or regions:

                              (i)  environmental values, including old growth, wilderness, endangered species, national estate values and world heritage values;

                             (ii)  indigenous heritage values;

                            (iii)  economic values of forested areas and forest industries;

                            (iv)  social values (including community needs);

                             (v)  principles of ecologically sustainable management;

                     (b)  the agreement provides for a comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system;

                     (c)  the agreement provides for the ecologically sustainable management and use of forested areas in the region or regions;

                     (d)  the agreement is expressed to be for the purpose of providing long‑term stability of forests and forest industries;

                     (e)  the agreement is expressed to be a Regional Forest Agreement.

RFA forestry operations means:

                     (a)  forestry operations (as defined by an RFA as in force on 1 September 2001 between the Commonwealth and New South Wales) that are conducted in relation to land in a region covered by the RFA (being land where those operations are not prohibited by the RFA); or

                     (b)  forestry operations (as defined by an RFA as in force on 1 September 2001 between the Commonwealth and Victoria) that are conducted in relation to land in a region covered by the RFA (being land where those operations are not prohibited by the RFA); or

                     (c)  harvesting and regeneration operations (as defined by an RFA as in force on 1 September 2001 between the Commonwealth and Western Australia) that are conducted in relation to land in a region covered by the RFA (being land where those operations are not prohibited by the RFA); or

                     (d)  forestry operations (as defined by an RFA as in force on 1 September 2001 between the Commonwealth and Tasmania) that are conducted in relation to land in a region covered by the RFA (being land where those operations are not prohibited by the RFA).

For the purposes of paragraph (b), the East Gippsland RFA (as in force on 1 September 2001) is taken to include a definition of forestry operations that is identical to the definition of forestry operations in the Central Highlands RFA (as in force on 1 September 2001).

RFA wood means processed or unprocessed wood (including woodchips) sourced from a region covered by an RFA, but does not include wood sourced from a plantation in a State unless:

                     (a)  a code of practice for that State has been approved under regulation 4B of the Export Control (Unprocessed Wood) Regulations; and

                     (b)  that approval has not been revoked under regulation 4C of those regulations.

State includes the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

5  Act binds the Crown

                   This Act binds the Crown in right of the Commonwealth.

6  Certain Commonwealth Acts not to apply in relation to RFA wood or RFA forestry operations

             (1)  RFA wood is not prescribed goods for the purposes of the Export Control Act 1982.

Note:          The Export Control Act 1982 regulates the export of “prescribed goods”.

             (2)  An export control law does not apply to RFA wood unless it expressly refers to RFA wood. For this purpose, export control law means a provision of a law of the Commonwealth (other than the Export Control Act 1982) that prohibits or restricts exports, or has the effect of prohibiting or restricting exports.

             (4)  Part 3 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 does not apply to an RFA forestry operation that is undertaken in accordance with an RFA.

Note:          This subsection does not apply to some RFA forestry operations. See section 42 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

7  Termination of RFA by Commonwealth

                   The termination of an RFA by the Commonwealth is of no effect unless it is done in accordance with the termination provisions of the RFA, being those provisions as in force:

                     (a)  at the time of commencement of this section; or

                     (b)  at the time the RFA comes into force;

whichever is later.

8  Compensation for breach of RFA by Commonwealth

             (1)  The Commonwealth is liable to pay any compensation that:

                     (a)  is in relation to reasonable loss or damage arising from the curtailment of legally exercisable rights; and

                     (b)  is calculated as at the time of the curtailment; and

                     (c)  the Commonwealth is required to pay to a State in accordance with the compensation provisions of an RFA, being those provisions as in force:

                              (i)  at the time of commencement of this section; or

                             (ii)  at the time the RFA comes into force;

                            whichever is later.

             (2)  The Commonwealth’s liability incurred under subsection (1) while an RFA is in force continues even though the RFA may subsequently have expired or been terminated.

             (3)  Compensation that the Commonwealth is liable to pay under this section:

                     (a)  may be recovered as a debt in a court of competent jurisdiction; and

                     (b)  is payable out of money appropriated by the Parliament.

9  Publication of information about RFAs

             (1)  As soon as practicable after an RFA is entered into, the Minister must publish a notice in the Gazette:

                     (a)  stating that the RFA has been entered into; and

                     (b)  giving details of the region and the date when the RFA comes into force or came into force.

             (2)  As soon as practicable after an RFA ceases to be in force, the Minister must publish a notice in the Gazette:

                     (a)  stating that the RFA has ceased to be in force; and

                     (b)  giving details of the region and the date when the RFA ceased to be in force.

10  Tabling of RFAs etc.

RFAs

             (1)  The Minister must cause a copy of an RFA to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after:

                     (a)  the commencement of this section; or

                     (b)  the RFA is entered into;

whichever is later.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not require an RFA to be tabled in a House of the Parliament if the RFA was tabled in that House before the commencement of this section.

Amendments of RFAs

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of an amendment of an RFA to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after:

                     (a)  the commencement of this section; or

                     (b)  the amendment is made;

whichever is later.

RFA annual reports

             (4)  The Minister must cause a copy of an RFA annual report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after:

                     (a)  the commencement of this section; or

                     (b)  the report is provided to the Minister;

whichever is later.

             (5)  Subsection (4) does not require an RFA annual report to be tabled in a House of the Parliament if the report was tabled in that House before the commencement of this section.

RFA review reports

             (6)  The Minister must cause a copy of an RFA review report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after:

                     (a)  the commencement of this section; or

                     (b)  the report is provided to the Minister;

whichever is later.

Definitions

             (7)  In this section:

RFA annual report means an annual report about the achievement of milestones under an RFA during one of the first 5 years of operation of the RFA.

RFA review report means a report of the 5 yearly review of the performance of an RFA.

10A  Source of forestry information

             (1)  The Minister must cause to be established a comprehensive and publicly available source of information:

                     (a)  for national and regional monitoring and reporting in relation to all of Australia’s forests; and

                     (b)  to support decision‑making in relation to all of Australia’s forests.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, subsection (1) does not, by implication, limit the sources of information that may be used for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b).

11  Forest and Wood Products Council

             (1)  The Minister must take all reasonable steps to ensure that, at all times, there is in existence a committee that is:

                     (a)  known as the Forest and Wood Products Council; and

                     (b)  established under the executive power of the Commonwealth.

Objects

             (2)  The main objects of subsection (1) are as follows:

                     (a)  the provision of a forum by which the Minister and stakeholders in the forest and wood products industry may:

                              (i)  consult together; and

                             (ii)  exchange advice and information;

                     (b)  the promotion of co‑operation between different sectors of the forest and wood products industry.

Functions

             (3)  The Minister must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the functions of the Council include the following:

                     (a)  to act as a means of liaison between the Minister and stakeholders in the forest and wood products industry, and between different sectors of that industry, in matters relating to that industry;

                     (b)  to facilitate co‑operation between different sectors of the forest and wood products industry;

                     (e)  to do anything else conducive to the achievement of the objects mentioned in subsection (2).

             (4)  The Council may perform its functions only to the extent that they are not in excess of the functions that may be conferred on the Council by virtue of any of the legislative powers of the Parliament and, in particular, may perform its functions:

                     (a)  in relation to matters arising in the course of, or that concern:

                              (i)  trade or commerce with other countries, or among the States; or

                             (ii)  the activities of a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies; or

                     (b)  for purposes in relation to any or all of the Territories.

Meetings

             (5)  The Minister:

                     (a)  may convene a meeting of the Council at any time; and

                     (b)  must convene a meeting of the Council on receipt of a written request from a majority of members of the Council.

             (6)  The Minister must ensure that the Council meets at least twice in every calendar year.


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

Regional Forest Agreements Act 2002

30, 2002

5 Apr 2002

ss. 3–12: 3 May 2002 (see Gazette 2002, No. S133)
Schedule 1: 3 May 2002
Remainder: Royal Assent

 

Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2003

86, 2003

23 Sept 2003

Schedules 1 and 2: 1 Jan 2004 (see s. 2 and Gazette 2003, No. GN47)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Statute Law Revision Act 2013

103, 2013

29 June 2013

Schedule 4 (items 28, 29): Royal Assent

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014

109, 2014

16 Oct 2014

Sch 1 (items 4–9): 17 Oct 2014 (s 2(1) item 2)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

s 3........................................

am No 109, 2014

s 4........................................

am No 109, 2014

s 6........................................

am No 86, 2003

s 11......................................

am No 109, 2014

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

rep No 103, 2013

Sch 1....................................

rep No 103, 2013

 

Endnote 5—Uncommenced amendments [none]

Endnote 6—Modifications [none]

Endnote 7—Misdescribed amendments [none]

Endnote 8—Miscellaneous [none]