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Act No. 63 of 1989 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014
An Act to enact certain transitional provisions, make certain amendments, and effect certain repeals, in consequence of the enactment of the Telecommunications Act 1989, the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 and the Australian Telecommunications Corporation Act 1989, and for other purposes
Administered by: Communications and the Arts
Registered 06 Nov 2014
Start Date 17 Oct 2014
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Telecommunications and Postal Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1989

No. 63, 1989 as amended

Compilation start date:                     17 October 2014

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 109, 2014

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Telecommunications and Postal Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1989 as in force on 17 October 2014. It includes any commenced amendment affecting the legislation to that date.

This compilation was prepared on 29 October 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 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

Part 9—Transitional provisions, amendments and repeals relating to Australia Post    2

Division 1—Interpretation                                                                                         2

60.......... Interpretation—definitions.................................................................. 2

61.......... Interpretation—expressions used in new Act...................................... 2

Division 2—Taxation matters                                                                                  3

62.......... Stamp duty not payable in relation to certain property etc................... 3

63.......... Stamp duty not payable in relation to certain transactions................... 3

64.......... Stamp duty not payable in relation to certain securities etc.................. 3

65.......... Commencement of Australia Post’s liability to pay income tax........... 3

66.......... Value of trading stock for income tax purposes.................................. 4

67.......... Accelerated depreciation not available for income tax purposes.......... 4

68.......... Transitional provisions for capital gains tax........................................ 5

Division 3—Non-taxation matters                                                                         7

69.......... Certain existing liabilities to the Commonwealth................................. 7

72.......... Employment of staff members to continue.......................................... 7

73.......... Unclaimed amounts............................................................................. 7

Part 10—Transitional provisions, amendments and repeals relating to Telecom               8

Division 1—Interpretation                                                                                         8

76.......... Interpretation—definitions.................................................................. 8

77.......... Interpretation—expressions used in new Act...................................... 8

Division 3—Non-taxation matters                                                                         9

85.......... Certain existing liabilities to the Commonwealth................................. 9

88.......... Employment of staff members to continue.......................................... 9

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]                                          17

Endnote 6—Modifications [none]                                                                         17

Endnote 7—Misdescribed amendments [none]                                             17

Endnote 8—Miscellaneous [none]                                                                        17

 


An Act to enact certain transitional provisions, make certain amendments, and effect certain repeals, in consequence of the enactment of the Telecommunications Act 1989, the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 and the Australian Telecommunications Corporation Act 1989, and for other purposes

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Telecommunications and Postal Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1989.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Subject to this section, this Act commences on a day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

             (2)  Sections 1 and 2 commence on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

             (4)  If a provision of this Act (other than section 1 or 2) does not commence under subsection (1) 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.

Part 9Transitional provisions, amendments and repeals relating to Australia Post

Division 1Interpretation

60  Interpretation—definitions

                   In this Part:

commencing day means the day on which the new Act commences.

new Act means the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989.

previous Act means the Postal Services Act 1975.

61  Interpretation—expressions used in new Act

                   Unless the contrary intention appears, expressions used in this Part, and in the new Act, have the same respective meanings as in that Act.

Division 2Taxation matters

62  Stamp duty not payable in relation to certain property etc.

             (1)  Stamp duty or similar tax is not payable by Australia Post under a law of a State or Territory in relation to property:

                     (a)  acquired by Australia Post before the commencing day; or

                     (b)  constructed by Australia Post before the commencing day.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), stamp duty or similar tax is not payable under a law of a State or Territory on the registration under a law of the State or Territory of a motor vehicle acquired by Australia Post before the commencing day.

63  Stamp duty not payable in relation to certain transactions

                   Stamp duty or similar tax is not payable by Australia Post under a law of a State or Territory in relation to a transaction entered into by it before the commencing day.

64  Stamp duty not payable in relation to certain securities etc.

                   Stamp duty or any similar tax is not payable under a law of a State or Territory in relation to:

                     (a)  a security issued by Australia Post before the commencing day;

                     (b)  the issue, redemption, transfer, sale or purchase of such a security (other than a transaction entered into without consideration or for an inadequate consideration); or

                     (b)  any document executed by or on behalf of Australia Post, or any transaction, in relation to money borrowed by Australia Post before the commencing day.

65  Commencement of Australia Post’s liability to pay income tax

                   Income derived by Australia Post in a year of income commencing before 1 July 1990 is exempt income for the purposes of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.

66  Value of trading stock for income tax purposes

             (1)  For the purpose of ascertaining under Subdivision B of Division 2 of Part III of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 the value to be taken into account at the beginning of the year of income commencing on 1 July 1990 in relation to Australia Post’s trading stock on hand at that time, Australia Post may, in accordance with subsection (2), exercise any option, and give any notice, in relation to the value of its trading stock on hand at the end of the preceding year of income.

             (2)  The option or notice:

                     (a)  shall be exercised or given in writing to the Commissioner of Taxation; and

                     (b)  shall be lodged with the Commissioner of Taxation on or before the day of lodgment of Australia Post’s return of income for the year of income commencing on 1 July 1990, or before such later day as the Commissioner of Taxation allows.

             (3)  If Australia Post does not exercise an option under subsection (1) in relation to particular trading stock, the value to be taken into account in accordance with the subsection in relation to that trading stock shall be the cost price.

             (4)  If Australia Post, under Subdivision B of Division 2 of Part III of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, adopts cost price as the basis of valuation in relation to any of its trading stock on hand at the end of the year of income commencing on 1 July 1990 that was on hand at the end of the preceding year of income, the cost price of that trading stock shall be taken to be equal to the value at which the trading stock was taken into account in accordance with subsection (1).

67  Accelerated depreciation not available for income tax purposes

                   Section 57AL of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, as in force immediately after the commencement of section 38 of the Taxation Laws Amendment Act (No. 4) 1988, does not apply in relation to any unit of property of Australia Post.

68  Transitional provisions for capital gains tax

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  Australia Post owns an asset at the end of 30 June 1990 (in this subsection called the “changeover time”); and

                     (b)  the market value of the asset at the changeover time is greater than the amount that would be the indexed cost base to Australia Post in relation to the asset if Australia Post disposed of the asset at that time;

the following provisions have effect for the purpose of ascertaining under Part IIIA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 whether a capital gain accrues in the event of a subsequent disposal of the asset by it:

                     (c)  Australia Post shall be taken to have disposed of the asset at the changeover time for a consideration equal to the amount of that indexed cost base;

                     (d)  Australia Post shall be taken to have immediately re-acquired the asset for a consideration equal to the market value of the asset at the changeover time;

                     (e)  the reference in subsection 160Z(3) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to the day on which the asset was acquired by the taxpayer shall be taken to be a reference to the day on which the asset was actually acquired by Australia Post.

             (2)  If the asset is disposed of within 12 months of its actual acquisition by Australia Post, subsection (1) has effect as if the references in that subsection to the indexed cost base to Australia Post in relation to the asset were references to the cost base to Australia Post in relation to the asset.

             (3)  Where:

                     (a)  Australia Post owns an asset at the end of 30 June 1990 (in this subsection called the “changeover time”); and

                     (b)  the market value of the asset at the changeover time is less than the amount that would be the reduced cost base to Australia Post in relation to the asset if Australia Post disposed of the asset at that time;

the following provisions have effect for the purpose of ascertaining under Part IIIA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 whether Australia Post incurred a capital loss in the event of a subsequent disposal of the asset by it:

                     (c)  Australia Post shall be taken to have disposed of the asset at the changeover time for a consideration equal to the amount of that reduced cost base;

                     (d)  Australia Post shall be taken to have immediately re-acquired the asset for a consideration equal to the market value of the asset at the changeover time.

             (4)  Expressions used in this section, and in Part IIIA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, have the same respective meanings as in that Part.

Division 3Non-taxation matters

69  Certain existing liabilities to the Commonwealth

                   Subject to any regulations made under the new Act, section 74 of the previous Act, as in force immediately before the commencement of this Part, continues to have effect as if the previous Act had not been repealed.

72  Employment of staff members to continue

                   Each person who, immediately before the commencing day, was an employee of Australia Post continues to be employed by it as if the person had been engaged under section 89 of the new Act.

73  Unclaimed amounts

             (1)  Amounts paid into the Unclaimed Moneys Fund kept by Australia Post under section 107 of the previous Act shall be dealt with as if they had been paid into the Unclaimed Money Fund kept under section 98 of the new Act.

             (2)  Amounts paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund under section 107 of the previous Act shall be dealt with as if that Act had not been repealed.

Part 10Transitional provisions, amendments and repeals relating to Telecom

Division 1Interpretation

76  Interpretation—definitions

                   In this Part:

commencing day means the day on which the new Act commences.

new Act means the Australian Telecommunications Corporation Act 1989.

previous Act means the Telecommunications Act 1975.

77  Interpretation—expressions used in new Act

                   Unless the contrary intention appears, expressions used in this Part, and in the new Act, have the same respective meanings as in that Act.

Division 3Non-taxation matters

85  Certain existing liabilities to the Commonwealth

                   Subject to any regulations made under the new Act, section 71 of the old Act, as in force immediately before the commencement of this Part, continues to have effect as if the previous Act had not been repealed.

88  Employment of staff members to continue

                   Each person who, immediately before the commencing day, was an employee of Telecom continues to be employed by it as if the person had been engaged under section 85 of the new 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

Telecommunications and Postal Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1989

63, 1989

19 June 1989

s 1 and 2: 19 June 1989 (s 2(2))
s 17 and 18: 30 June 1989 s 2(3))
Remainder: 1 July 1989
(Gazette 1989, No. S230)

 

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014

109, 2014

16 Oct 2014

Sch 2 (items 196–200): 17 Oct 2014
(s 2(1) item 2)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Pt 1

 

s 2........................................

am No109, 2014

Pt 2......................................

rep No 109, 2014

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

rep No 109, 2014

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

rep No 109, 2014

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rep No 109, 2014

Pt 3......................................

rep No 109, 2014

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rep No 109, 2014

Pt 4......................................

rep No 109, 2014

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Pt 5......................................

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Pt 7......................................

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rep No 109, 2014

Pt 8......................................

rep No 109, 2014

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s 59......................................

rep No 109, 2014

Pt 9

 

Div 3

 

s 70......................................

rep No 109, 2014

s 71......................................

rep No 109, 2014

s 74......................................

rep No 109, 2014

s 75......................................

rep No 109, 2014

Pt 10

 

Div 2 of Pt 10......................

rep No 109, 2014

s 78......................................

rep No 109, 2014

s 79......................................

rep No 109, 2014

s 80......................................

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rep No 109, 2014

Div 3

 

s 86......................................

rep No 109, 2014

s 87......................................

rep No 109, 2014

s 89......................................

rep No 109, 2014

s 90......................................

rep No 109, 2014

Schedule..............................

rep No 109, 2014

Endnote 5—Uncommenced amendments [none]

Endnote 6—Modifications [none]

Endnote 7—Misdescribed amendments [none]

Endnote 8—Miscellaneous [none]