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Astronomical Functions Act 2010

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Act No. 11 of 2010 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transition) Act 2018
An Act to provide for astronomical functions, and for other purposes
Administered by: Industry, Innovation and Science
Registered 02 Aug 2018
Start Date 01 Jul 2018

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Astronomical Functions Act 2010

No. 11, 2010

Compilation No. 3

Compilation date:                              1 July 2018

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 59, 2018

Registered:                                         2 August 2018

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Astronomical Functions Act 2010 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 July 2018 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

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Editorial changes

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Modifications

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Self‑repealing provisions

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Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1

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

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

3............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 1

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 1

5............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 2

6............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 2

7............ Extra‑territorial application.................................................................. 2

Part 3—Astronomical functions                                                                                    3

11.......... Astronomical functions....................................................................... 3

12.......... Fees..................................................................................................... 4

Part 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                                         5

23.......... Delegation by the Secretary................................................................. 5

24.......... Executive power of the Commonwealth.............................................. 5

25.......... Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws................................ 5

26.......... Regulations......................................................................................... 5

Endnotes                                                                                                                                      6

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                              6

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                  8

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                               9

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           10


An Act to provide for astronomical functions, and for other purposes

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Astronomical Functions Act 2010.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on 1 July 2010.

3  Simplified outline of this Act

This Act provides that the Secretary has various functions relating to optical astronomy.

The Commonwealth may charge fees in connection with things done in the performance of the Secretary’s functions.

The Secretary may delegate functions and powers under this Act to APS employees in the Department.

4  Definitions

                   In this Act:

optical includes radiation in the near‑ultraviolet, visible and infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

optical astronomy facility means a telescope, or other facility, for making optical astronomical observations, and includes any associated equipment, buildings or infrastructure.

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department.

5  Crown to be bound

                   This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

6  Extension to external Territories

                   This Act extends to every external Territory.

7  Extra‑territorial application

                   This Act applies both within and outside Australia.

Part 3Astronomical functions

  

11  Astronomical functions

             (1)  The Secretary has functions relating to optical astronomy.

             (2)  Those functions include the following:

                     (a)  to operate, construct, develop and maintain national optical astronomy facilities;

                     (b)  to support optical astronomy facilities;

                     (c)  to consult and co‑operate with other persons, organisations and governments on matters relating to optical astronomy;

                     (d)  to facilitate access to optical astronomy facilities;

                     (e)  to develop, manufacture and provide instrumentation for optical astronomy facilities;

                      (f)  to support the development, manufacture and provision of instrumentation for optical astronomy facilities;

                     (g)  to support, encourage, conduct and evaluate research about matters relating to optical astronomy;

                     (h)  to support, encourage, conduct and evaluate educational, promotional and community awareness programs that are relevant to optical astronomy;

                      (i)  to publish (whether on the internet or otherwise) reports, papers and information relating to optical astronomy;

                      (j)  to advise the Minister about matters relating to optical astronomy;

                     (k)  to implement Australia’s international obligations in relation to optical astronomy;

                      (l)  such other functions (if any) as are specified in the regulations;

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

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not limit subsection (1).

Note:          For delegation of functions, see section 23.

12  Fees

                   The Commonwealth may charge fees for things done in the performance of the functions conferred by section 11.

Part 5Miscellaneous

  

23  Delegation by the Secretary

             (1)  The Secretary may, by writing, delegate all or any of the Secretary’s functions or powers under this Act to an APS employee in the Department who has expertise appropriate to the function or power delegated.

             (3)  In exercising functions or powers under a delegation, the delegate must comply with any directions of the Secretary.

24  Executive power of the Commonwealth

                   This Act does not limit the executive power of the Commonwealth.

25  Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws

                   This Act is not intended to exclude or limit the operation of a law of a State or Territory that is capable of operating concurrently with this Act.

26  Regulations

                   The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters:

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

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key 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 (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any 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 (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Australian Astronomical Observatory Act 2010

11, 2010

11 Mar 2010

1 July 2010 (s 2)

 

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011

46, 2011

27 June 2011

Sch 2 (items 100–106) and Sch 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011 (s 2(1) items 3, 12)

Sch 3 (items 10, 11)

Australian Astronomical Observatory (Transition) Act 2018

59, 2018

29 June 2018

Sch 1 (items 1–6) and Sch 2: 1 July 2018 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 2

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Title.....................................

am No 59, 2018

Part 1

 

s 1........................................

am No 59, 2018

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

rs No 59, 2018

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

am No 59, 2018

Part 2...................................

rep No 59, 2018

s 8........................................

rep No 59, 2018

s 9........................................

am No 46, 2011

 

rep No 59, 2018

s. 10.....................................

am. No. 46, 2011

 

rep No 59, 2018

Part 4...................................

rep No 59, 2018

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

rep No 59, 2018

s 14......................................

rep No 59, 2018

s 15......................................

am No 46, 2011

 

rep No 59, 2018

s 16......................................

rep No 59, 2018

s 17......................................

rep No 59, 2018

s 18......................................

rep No 59, 2018

s 19......................................

rep No 59, 2018

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

rep No 59, 2018

s 21......................................

rep No 59, 2018

s 22......................................

rep No 59, 2018

Part 5

 

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

am No 59, 2018