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A Bill for an Act to amend the Archives Act 1983 and the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and for related purposes
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Registered 19 Mar 2021
Introduced Senate 18 Mar 2021
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2019‑2020‑2021

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Archives and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

 

No.      , 2021

 

(Prime Minister)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Archives Act 1983 and the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Archives Act 1983                                                                                                        3

Freedom of Information Act 1982                                                                            4

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Archives Act 1983 and the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Archives and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021.

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Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted.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

  

Archives Act 1983

1  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

Independent Review means the Independent Review into the workplaces of Parliamentarians and their staff conducted under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner (within the meaning of that Act).

Note:          The Independent Review commenced in 2021.

Independent Review document means:

                     (a)  a document given to, or received by, the Independent Review, or a person performing functions in relation to the Review, for the purposes of the Review; or

                     (b)  a document brought into existence by the Independent Review or a person performing functions in relation to the Review.

2  Subsection 3(1) (after paragraph (b) of the definition of open access period)

Insert:

                   (ba)  for a record that is an Independent Review document—section 22C;

3  Subsection 3(7)

Omit “and 22B”, substitute “, 22B and 22C”.

4  Subsection 3(7) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          Cabinet notebooks, records containing Census information and Independent Review documents have different open access periods (see sections 22A, 22B and 22C).

5  After section 22B

Insert:

22C  Independent Review documents

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, a record that is an Independent Review document is in the open access period on and after 1 January in the year that is 99 years after the calendar year that the record came into existence.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies in relation to an Independent Review document, whether the Independent Review commenced before or after the commencement of this section.

             (3)  Subsection 3(7) and section 56 do not apply in relation to an Independent Review document.

Freedom of Information Act 1982

6  Subsection 4(1)

Insert:

Independent Review means the Independent Review into the workplaces of Parliamentarians and their staff conducted under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner (within the meaning of that Act).

Note:          The Independent Review commenced in 2021.

7  After subsection 7(2D)

Insert:

       (2DA)  A Minister and an agency are exempt from the operation of this Act in relation to the following documents (regardless of when the documents were brought into existence):

                     (a)  a document given to, or received by, the Independent Review, or a person performing functions in relation to the Review, for the purposes of the Review;

                     (b)  a document brought into existence by the Independent Review or a person performing functions in relation to the Review.