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A Bill for an Act to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, and for related purposes
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Registered 19 Jun 2017
Introduced HR 19 Jun 2017
Table of contents.

2016‑2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Paper Bills and Statements) Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

(Mr Wilkie)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Competition and Consumer Amendment Act 2010                                               3

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Paper Bills and Statements) Act 2017.

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

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this Act

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted.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.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Competition and Consumer Amendment Act 2010

 

1  Subsection 100(1) of Schedule 2

After “a proof of transaction”, insert “in the required form”.

2  After subsection 100(1) of Schedule 2

Insert:

          (1A)  The supplier must not charge the consumer for the proof of transaction.

Note:          A pecuniary penalty may be imposed for a contravention of this subsection.

3  Subsection 100(3) of Schedule 2

After “proof of transaction”, insert “in the required form”.

4  After subsection 100(3) of Schedule 2

Insert:

          (3A)  The supplier must not charge the consumer for the proof of transaction.

Note:          A pecuniary penalty may be imposed for a contravention of this subsection.

5  After subsection 100(4) of Schedule 2

Insert:

          (4A)  A proof of transaction is given to a consumer in the required form if:

                     (a)  a paper copy of the proof of transaction is given to the consumer; or

                     (b)  where the consumer consents to the proof of transaction being given by way of electronic communication—the proof is given to the consumer electronically.

This subsection has effect despite any provision of the Electronic Transactions Act 1999.

6  Subsection 101(3) of Schedule 2

After “itemised bill”, insert “in the required form”.

7  After subsection 101(4) of Schedule 2

Insert:

          (4A)  An itemised bill is given to a consumer in the required form if:

                     (a)  a paper copy of the itemised bill is given to the consumer; or

                     (b)  where the consumer consents to the itemised bill being given by way of electronic communication—the itemised bill is given to the consumer electronically.

This subsection has effect despite any provision of the Electronic Transactions Act 1999.

8  After section 101 of Schedule 2

Insert:

101A  No charge for receiving a bill in a paper form

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person (the supplier), in trade or commerce, supplies goods or services to a consumer; and

                     (b)  the supplier gives the consumer an invoice or other document that states the amount of a payment, or sets out the charge, for supplying the goods or services (the bill);

the bill must be given to the consumer in the required form.

Note:          A pecuniary penalty may be imposed for a contravention of this subsection.

             (2)  A bill is given to a consumer in the required form if:

                     (a)  a paper copy of the bill is given to the consumer; or

                     (b)  where the consumer consents to the bill being given by way of electronic communication—the bill is given to the consumer electronically.

This subsection has effect despite any provision of the Electronic Transactions Act 1999.

             (3)  The supplier must not charge the consumer for the bill.

Note:          A pecuniary penalty may be imposed for a contravention of this subsection.

             (4)  The supplier must ensure that the bill is transparent.

9  Subparagraph 224(1)(a)(vi) of Schedule 2

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (vi)  section 100(1), (1A), (3) or (3A), 101(3) or (4) or 101A(1) or (3);

10  Subsection 224(3) (cell at item 7, column 2 of the table)

Omit “section 100(1) or (3) or 101(3) or (4)”, substitute “section 100(1), (1A), (3) or (3A), 101(3) or (4) or 101A(1) or (3)”.

11  Application

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in relation to the supply of goods or services on or after the commencement of the Schedule.