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Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006

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Act No. 14 of 2006 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2021
An Act about petroleum exploration and recovery, and the injection and storage of greenhouse gas substances, in offshore areas, and for other purposes
Administered by: Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Registered 29 Sep 2021
Start Date 01 Sep 2021
End Date 02 Sep 2021
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006

No. 14, 2006

Compilation No. 49

Compilation date:                              1 September 2021

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 13, 2021

Registered:                                         29 September 2021

This compilation is in 3 volumes

Volume 1:       sections 1–465

Volume 2:       sections 466–791

Volume 3:       Schedules

                        Endnotes

Each volume has its own contents

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 September 2021 (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

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

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Modifications

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Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Chapter 4—Registration of transfers of, and dealings in, petroleum titles          1

Part 4.1—Introduction                                                                                                        1

466........ Simplified outline................................................................................ 1

467........ Definitions.......................................................................................... 1

468........ Dealing—series of debentures............................................................ 2

Part 4.2—Register of titles and petroleum special prospecting authorities             3

469........ Register to be kept............................................................................... 3

470........ Entries in Register—general................................................................ 3

471........ Entry in Register—cessation, revocation or expiry of title.................. 5

471A..... Notation in Register—applicable datum.............................................. 6

Part 4.3—Transfer of titles                                                                                              7

472........ Approval and registration of transfers................................................. 7

473........ Application for approval of transfer.................................................... 7

474........ Documents to accompany application................................................. 7

476........ Time limit for application.................................................................... 8

477........ Date of application to be entered in Register....................................... 8

478........ Approval of transfer............................................................................ 8

479........ Registration of transfer........................................................................ 9

480........ Instrument of transfer does not create an interest in the title.............. 10

481........ Limit on effect of approval of transfers............................................. 10

Part 4.4—Devolution of title                                                                                          11

482........ Application to have name entered on the Register as the holder of a title  11

483........ Entry of name in the Register............................................................ 11

Part 4.5—Change in name of company                                                                 12

484........ Application to have new name entered on the Register..................... 12

485........ Alteration in the Register................................................................... 12

Part 4.6—Dealings relating to existing titles                                                         13

486........ Dealings to which this Part applies................................................... 13

487........ Approval and registration of dealings............................................... 14

488........ Application for approval of dealing................................................... 14

489........ Documents to accompany application............................................... 15

491........ Timing of application........................................................................ 16

492........ Application date to be entered in Register......................................... 16

493........ Approval of dealing.......................................................................... 16

494........ Entry of dealing in Register............................................................... 17

495........ Retention, inspection and return of instruments................................ 18

496........ Strict compliance with application provisions not required............... 19

497........ Limit on effect of approval of dealing............................................... 19

Part 4.7—Dealings in future interests                                                                      20

498........ Provisional application for approval of dealing................................. 20

499........ Documents to accompany provisional application............................. 21

501........ Timing of provisional application...................................................... 21

502........ Provisional application to be treated as an application under section 488 when title comes into existence                22

503........ Limit on approval of dealing............................................................. 23

Part 4.8—Correction and rectification of Register                                         24

504........ Corrections of clerical errors or obvious defects............................... 24

505........ General power of correction of Register........................................... 24

506........ Rectification of Register.................................................................... 25

Part 4.9—Information‑gathering powers                                                              27

507........ Titles Administrator may obtain information from applicants........... 27

508........ Titles Administrator may obtain information from a party to an approved dealing   29

509........ Production and inspection of documents........................................... 31

510........ Titles Administrator may retain documents....................................... 33

Part 4.10—Other provisions                                                                                          34

511........ Titles Administrator etc. not concerned with the effect of instrument lodged under this Chapter             34

513........ Making a false entry in a Register..................................................... 34

514........ Falsified documents.......................................................................... 34

515........ Inspection of Register and instruments............................................. 35

516........ Evidentiary provisions...................................................................... 35

516A..... Application fee.................................................................................. 37

Chapter 5—Registration of transfers of, and dealings in, greenhouse gas titles             38

Part 5.1—Introduction                                                                                                      38

518........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 38

519........ Definitions........................................................................................ 38

520........ Dealing—series of debentures.......................................................... 39

Part 5.2—Register of titles and greenhouse gas search authorities       40

521........ Register to be kept............................................................................. 40

522........ Entries in Register—general.............................................................. 40

523........ Entry in Register—cessation or expiry of title................................... 42

523A..... Notation in Register—applicable datum............................................ 42

Part 5.3—Transfer of titles                                                                                            43

524........ Approval and registration of transfers............................................... 43

525........ Application for approval of transfer.................................................. 43

526........ Documents to accompany application............................................... 43

527........ Time limit for application.................................................................. 44

528........ Date of application to be entered in Register..................................... 44

529........ Approval of transfer.......................................................................... 44

530........ Registration of transfer...................................................................... 46

531........ Instrument of transfer does not create an interest in the title.............. 47

532........ Limit on effect of approval of transfers............................................. 47

Part 5.4—Devolution of title                                                                                          48

533........ Application to have name entered on the Register as the holder of a title  48

534........ Entry of name in the Register............................................................ 48

Part 5.5—Change in name of company                                                                 49

535........ Application to have new name entered on the Register..................... 49

536........ Alteration in the Register................................................................... 49

Part 5.6—Dealings relating to existing titles                                                         50

537........ Dealings to which this Part applies................................................... 50

538........ Approval and registration of dealings............................................... 51

539........ Application for approval of dealing................................................... 51

540........ Documents to accompany application............................................... 52

541........ Timing of application........................................................................ 53

542........ Application date to be entered in Register......................................... 53

543........ Approval of dealing.......................................................................... 53

544........ Entry of dealing in Register............................................................... 54

545........ Retention, inspection and return of instruments................................ 55

546........ Strict compliance with application provisions not required............... 56

547........ Limit on effect of approval of dealing............................................... 56

Part 5.7—Dealings in future interests                                                                      57

548........ Provisional application for approval of dealing................................. 57

549........ Documents to accompany provisional application............................. 58

550........ Timing of provisional application...................................................... 58

551........ Provisional application to be treated as an application under section 539 when title comes into existence                59

552........ Limit on approval of dealing............................................................. 60

Part 5.8—Correction and rectification of Register                                         61

553........ Corrections of clerical errors or obvious defects............................... 61

554........ General power of correction of Register........................................... 61

555........ Rectification of Register.................................................................... 62

Part 5.9—Information‑gathering powers                                                              64

556........ Titles Administrator may obtain information from applicants........... 64

557........ Titles Administrator may obtain information from a party to an approved dealing   65

558........ Production and inspection of documents........................................... 66

559........ Titles Administrator may retain documents....................................... 68

Part 5.10—Other provisions                                                                                          69

560........ Titles Administrator not concerned with the effect of instrument lodged under this Chapter    69

562........ Making a false entry in the Register.................................................. 69

563........ Falsified documents.......................................................................... 69

564........ Inspection of Register and instruments............................................. 70

565........ Evidentiary provisions...................................................................... 70

565A..... Application fee.................................................................................. 72

Chapter 6—Administration                                                                              73

Part 6.1—Operations                                                                                                         73

567........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 73

568........ Commencement of works or operations............................................ 73

569........ Work practices.................................................................................. 74

570........ Work practices.................................................................................. 79

571........ Financial assurance—petroleum titles............................................... 83

571A..... Insurance—greenhouse gas titles...................................................... 85

572........ Maintenance and removal of property etc. by titleholder................... 86

Part 6.1A—Polluter pays                                                                                                 89

Division 1—General                                                                                                    89

572A..... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 89

572AA.. Land or waters of a State or the Northern Territory.......................... 90

572AB.. Land or waters of a designated external Territory............................. 90

572B..... Relationship with significant offshore petroleum incident directions 90

Division 2—Polluter pays                                                                                         91

572C..... Escape of petroleum—titleholder’s duty........................................... 91

572D..... Escape of petroleum—reimbursement of NOPSEMA...................... 92

572E...... Escape of petroleum—reimbursement of responsible Commonwealth Minister      93

572F...... Escape of petroleum—reimbursement of State or Northern Territory 94

572G..... Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws.............................. 96

572H..... Constitutional basis of this Part......................................................... 96

572J...... Additional operation of this Part....................................................... 96

Part 6.2—Directions relating to petroleum                                                           97

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                97

573........ Simplified outline.............................................................................. 97

Division 2—General power to give directions                                              99

574........ General power to give directions—NOPSEMA............................... 99

574A..... General power to give directions—responsible Commonwealth Minister                101

574B..... Directions may extend outside of title area...................................... 105

575........ Notification of a direction that has an extended application............. 105

576........ Directions under sections 574 and 574A—compliance................... 108

Division 2A—Directions for significant offshore petroleum incidents 111

576A..... Directions for significant offshore petroleum incidents—definitions for Division 2A             111

576B..... Directions for significant offshore petroleum incidents—NOPSEMA power to give directions             112

576C..... Directions for significant offshore petroleum incidents—related matters 116

576D..... Directions for significant offshore petroleum incidents—compliance 117

576E...... Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws............................ 119

576F...... Constitutional basis of this Division............................................... 119

576G..... Additional operation of this Division.............................................. 119

Division 3—NOPSEMA or the responsible Commonwealth Minister may take action if there is a breach of a direction                                                                                       121

577........ NOPSEMA may take action if there is a breach of a direction........ 121

577A..... Responsible Commonwealth Minister may take action if there is a breach of a direction         122

Division 4—Defence of taking reasonable steps to comply with a direction       124

578........ Defence of taking reasonable steps to comply with a direction....... 124

Part 6.3—Directions relating to greenhouse gas                                             125

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                              125

579........ Simplified outline of this Part.......................................................... 125

Division 2—General power to give directions                                            126

579A..... General power to give directions—NOPSEMA............................. 126

580........ General power to give directions—responsible Commonwealth Minister                128

580A..... Directions may extend outside of title area...................................... 131

581........ Notification of a direction that has an extended application............. 132

582........ Compliance with directions............................................................. 134

Division 3—NOPSEMA or the responsible Commonwealth Minister may take action if there is a breach of a direction                                                                                       135

582A..... NOPSEMA may take action if there is a breach of a direction........ 135

583........ Responsible Commonwealth Minister may take action if there is a breach of a direction         136

Division 4—Defence of taking reasonable steps to comply with a direction       138

584........ Defence of taking reasonable steps to comply with a direction....... 138

Part 6.4—Restoration of the environment                                                          139

Division 1—Petroleum                                                                                             139

585........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 139

585A..... Remedial directions for petroleum—power to issue directions under different provisions       140

586........ Remedial directions to current holders of permits, leases and licences—NOPSEMA              140

586A..... Remedial directions to current holders of permits, leases and licences—responsible Commonwealth Minister       143

587........ Remedial directions to former holders of permits, leases, licences and authorities etc.—NOPSEMA     145

587A..... Remedial directions to former holders of permits, leases, licences and authorities etc.—responsible Commonwealth Minister........................................................................................... 148

587B..... Remedial directions—compliance................................................... 150

588........ NOPSEMA may take action if a direction has been breached......... 152

589........ Removal, disposal or sale of property by NOPSEMA—breach of direction           153

590........ Removal, disposal or sale of property—limitation of action etc...... 156

590A..... Responsible Commonwealth Minister may take action if a direction has been breached          157

Division 2—Greenhouse gas                                                                                 158

591........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 158

591A..... Remedial directions for greenhouse gas—power to issue directions under different provisions              158

591B..... Remedial directions to current holders of permits, leases and licences—NOPSEMA              159

592........ Remedial directions to current holders of permits, leases and licences—responsible Commonwealth Minister       161

593........ Site closing directions to current holders of greenhouse gas injection licences         164

594........ Consultation—directions................................................................. 168

594A..... Remedial directions to former holders of permits, leases, licences and authorities etc.—NOPSEMA     170

595........ Remedial directions to former holders of permits, leases, licences and authorities etc.—responsible Commonwealth Minister........................................................................................... 172

595A..... NOPSEMA may take action if a direction has been breached......... 174

596........ Responsible Commonwealth Minister may take action if a direction has been breached          175

596A..... Removal, disposal or sale of property by NOPSEMA—breach of direction           177

597........ Removal, disposal or sale of property by responsible Commonwealth Minister—breach of direction     180

598........ Removal, disposal or sale of property—limitation of action etc...... 182

Part 6.5—Compliance and enforcement                                                              184

Division 1—Petroleum and greenhouse gas                                                 184

599........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 184

600........ Definitions—this Division.............................................................. 184

601........ Meaning of listed NOPSEMA law................................................... 185

602........ NOPSEMA inspectors—appointment............................................ 188

602A..... NOPSEMA inspectors—directions by CEO.................................. 189

602B..... NOPSEMA inspectors—reimbursement for exercise of powers relating to the Titles Administrator      189

602C..... Listed NOPSEMA laws—monitoring powers (general)................ 190

602D..... Listed NOPSEMA laws—investigation powers (general).............. 193

602E...... Listed NOPSEMA laws—additional powers................................. 195

602F...... Listed NOPSEMA laws—monitoring and investigation powers (special provisions)             197

602G..... Listed NOPSEMA laws—monitoring and investigation powers (reasonable facilities and assistance)   198

602H..... Listed NOPSEMA laws—monitoring and investigation powers (Greater Sunrise visiting inspectors)   199

602J...... Environmental management laws—additional powers.................... 200

602JA... Well integrity laws—additional powers.......................................... 200

602K..... NOPSEMA inspections—titleholder’s representative.................... 200

602L...... Listed NOPSEMA laws—monitoring and investigation powers (relationship with other powers)         203

603........ Interfering with offshore petroleum installations or operations....... 203

604........ Forfeiture orders etc........................................................................ 204

609........ Interfering with greenhouse gas installations or operations............. 205

610........ Forfeiture orders etc........................................................................ 206

Division 3—Time for bringing proceedings for offences                       208

611........ Time for bringing proceedings for offences.................................... 208

Division 4—Civil penalties                                                                                     209

611A..... Simplified outline............................................................................ 209

611B..... Civil penalty provisions.................................................................. 209

611C..... Contravening civil penalty provisions............................................. 212

Division 5—Infringement notices                                                                       213

611D..... Simplified outline............................................................................ 213

611E...... Infringement notices........................................................................ 213

611F...... Infringement notice—multiple contraventions................................. 216

611G..... Evidentiary matters.......................................................................... 216

Division 6—Injunctions                                                                                           218

611H..... Simplified outline............................................................................ 218

611J...... Injunctions...................................................................................... 218

Division 7—Adverse publicity orders                                                              224

611K..... Simplified outline............................................................................ 224

611L...... Adverse publicity orders................................................................. 224

Division 8—Enforceable undertakings                                                            227

611M.... Simplified outline of this Division.................................................. 227

611N..... Enforceable undertakings................................................................ 227

611P...... Publication of enforceable undertakings.......................................... 232

611Q..... Compliance with enforceable undertaking....................................... 234

Part 6.6—Safety zones and the area to be avoided                                       235

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        235

612........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 235

613........ Simplified map of the area to which Schedule 2 applies.................. 236

614........ Definitions...................................................................................... 237

615........ Authorised persons......................................................................... 241

Division 2—Petroleum safety zones                                                                  242

616........ Petroleum safety zones.................................................................... 242

Division 3—Greenhouse gas safety zones                                                     244

617........ Greenhouse gas safety zones.......................................................... 244

Division 4—Unauthorised vessel not to enter area to be avoided    246

618........ NOPSEMA may authorise entry into area to be avoided................ 246

619........ Unauthorised vessel not to enter area to be avoided........................ 246

Division 5—Powers of authorised persons                                                    249

620........ Requirement to move vessel etc...................................................... 249

621........ Other powers of authorised persons............................................... 250

622........ Warrants.......................................................................................... 253

623........ Exercise of powers in serious circumstances.................................. 254

Part 6.7—Collection of fees and royalties                                                           255

Division 3—Royalties payable under the Royalty Act                           255

631........ When royalty due for payment........................................................ 255

632........ When adjusted amount due for payment......................................... 255

633........ Late payment penalty....................................................................... 256

634........ Recovery of royalty debts............................................................... 256

635........ Amounts payable to the Titles Administrator.................................. 257

Division 4—Fees payable under this Act                                                        258

636........ Fees payable under this Act............................................................ 258

Part 6.8—Occupational health and safety                                                          259

637........ Occupational health and safety........................................................ 259

638........ Listed OHS laws............................................................................. 259

639........ Regulations relating to occupational health and safety..................... 260

640........ Commonwealth maritime legislation does not apply in relation to facilities located in offshore areas       260

641........ Commonwealth maritime legislation does not apply in relation to facilities located in designated coastal waters     261

Part 6.9—National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority   263

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        263

642........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 263

643........ Definitions...................................................................................... 264

644........ Designated coastal waters............................................................... 269

Division 2—Establishment, functions and powers of NOPSEMA     270

645........ National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority    270

646........ NOPSEMA’s functions.................................................................. 270

646A..... Limits on functions conferred on NOPSEMA................................ 274

647........ Policy principles.............................................................................. 280

648........ NOPSEMA’s ordinary powers...................................................... 281

649........ Functions and powers of NOPSEMA under State or Territory PSLA 282

650........ Additional functions and powers.................................................... 282

652........ NOPSEMA is a body corporate..................................................... 284

Division 3—National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Board                                                                                                                    286

Subdivision A—Establishment, functions and membership                        286

653........ National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Board          286

654........ Functions of the Board.................................................................... 286

655........ Powers of the Board....................................................................... 288

656........ Membership.................................................................................... 288

Subdivision B—Board procedures                                                                    289

657........ Board procedures............................................................................ 289

Subdivision C—Terms and conditions for Board members                       289

658........ Term of appointment and related matters for Board members......... 289

659........ Remuneration and allowances of Board members........................... 290

660........ Leave of absence of Board members............................................... 290

661........ Resignation of Board members....................................................... 290

662........ Termination of appointment of Board members.............................. 291

663........ Other terms and conditions of Board members............................... 291

664........ Acting Board members................................................................... 292

Division 4—Chief Executive Officer and staff of NOPSEMA            293

665........ Appointment of the CEO................................................................ 293

666........ Duties of the CEO........................................................................... 293

667........ Working with the Board.................................................................. 293

668........ Remuneration and allowances of the CEO...................................... 294

669........ Leave of absence of the CEO.......................................................... 294

670........ Resignation of the CEO.................................................................. 295

672........ Termination of CEO’s appointment................................................ 295

673........ Other terms and conditions............................................................. 296

674........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 296

675........ Delegation by CEO......................................................................... 297

676........ Staff of NOPSEMA....................................................................... 297

677........ Consultants and persons seconded to NOPSEMA......................... 298

Division 5—Corporate plans                                                                                299

678........ Corporate plan................................................................................. 299

679........ Responsible Commonwealth Minister’s response to corporate plan 299

Division 7—NOPSEMA’s finances                                                                    301

682........ Commonwealth payments to NOPSEMA...................................... 301

683........ Application of money by NOPSEMA............................................ 303

Division 8—Other financial matters                                                                 304

685........ Fees for expenses incurred by NOPSEMA.................................... 304

686........ Safety investigation levy................................................................. 305

687........ Safety case levy............................................................................... 306

688........ Well investigation levy.................................................................... 307

688A..... Annual well levy............................................................................. 308

688B..... Well activity levy............................................................................. 309

688C..... Environment plan levy.................................................................... 310

689........ Liability to taxation.......................................................................... 312

Division 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                     313

690........ Annual reports................................................................................ 313

691........ Ministers may require NOPSEMA to prepare reports or give information              314

692........ Responsible Commonwealth Minister may give directions to NOPSEMA             315

693........ Prosecutions by the Director of Public Prosecutions under mirror provisions         317

694........ Fair Work Commission may exercise powers under mirror provisions 317

695........ Reviews of operations of NOPSEMA............................................ 318

Part 6.10—National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator             320

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        320

695AB.. Simplified outline............................................................................ 320

Division 2—National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator       321

695A..... National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator.......................... 321

695B..... Functions of the Titles Administrator.............................................. 321

695C..... Acting Titles Administrator............................................................. 323

695D..... Delegation by the Titles Administrator............................................ 324

695E...... Titles Administrator to be assisted by APS employees in the Department               325

695F...... Other persons assisting the Titles Administrator............................. 325

695G..... Consultants..................................................................................... 325

Division 3—National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator Special Account           326

695H..... National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator Special Account 326

695J...... Credits to the Account..................................................................... 326

695K..... Purposes of the Account and transfers to general CRF................... 327

Division 4—Other financial matters                                                                 328

695L...... Fees................................................................................................. 328

695M.... Annual titles administration levy..................................................... 328

Division 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                     331

695N..... Annual report.................................................................................. 331

695P...... Reviews of activities of Titles Administrator.................................. 331

695Q..... Judicial notice of signature of Titles Administrator......................... 333

695R..... Communications with responsible Commonwealth Minister.......... 333

Part 6.11—Using and sharing offshore information and things           334

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        334

695S...... Simplified outline............................................................................ 334

695T...... Definitions...................................................................................... 334

695U..... Scope of Part................................................................................... 335

Division 2—NOPSEMA’s use of offshore information or things      337

695V..... Purposes for which NOPSEMA may use offshore information or things               337

Division 3—Sharing offshore information or things                                338

695W.... Sharing offshore information or things for the purposes of this Act 338

695X..... CEO of NOPSEMA may share offshore information or things with other agencies               338

695XA.. CEO of NOPSEMA may share offshore information or things with Timorese Designated Authority    339

695Y..... Personal information....................................................................... 339

Chapter 7—Information relating to petroleum                         341

Part 7.1—Data management and gathering of information                    341

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        341

696........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 341

Division 2—Data management                                                                            342

697........ Direction to keep records................................................................ 342

698........ Regulations about data management................................................ 344

Division 3—Information‑gathering powers                                                  346

699........ Titles Administrator or NOPSEMA inspector may obtain information and documents           346

700........ Copying documents—reasonable compensation............................. 349

701........ Power to examine on oath or affirmation........................................ 349

702........ Self‑incrimination............................................................................ 349

703........ Copies of documents....................................................................... 350

704........ Titles Administrator or NOPSEMA inspector may retain documents 350

705........ False or misleading information...................................................... 350

706........ False or misleading documents....................................................... 351

707........ False or misleading evidence........................................................... 351

707A..... Directions by Titles Administrator.................................................. 351

Part 7.2—Release of regulatory information                                                    353

708........ Notifiable events—Gazette notice................................................... 353

709........ Titles Administrator to make documents available to responsible Commonwealth Minister    354

Part 7.3—Release of technical information                                                        355

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        355

710........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 355

711........ Definitions...................................................................................... 355

Division 2—Protection of confidentiality of information and samples 357

Subdivision A—Information and samples obtained by the Titles Administrator          357

712........ Protection of confidentiality of documentary information obtained by the Titles Administrator               357

713........ Protection of confidentiality of petroleum mining samples obtained by the Titles Administrator             357

714........ Titles Administrator may make information or samples available to a Minister, a State Minister or a Northern Territory Minister........................................................................................... 358

Subdivision B—Information and samples obtained by a recipient Minister  358

715........ Protection of confidentiality of information obtained by a recipient Minister           358

716........ Protection of confidentiality of petroleum mining samples obtained by a recipient Minister    359

Subdivision C—Miscellaneous                                                                            360

717........ Fees................................................................................................. 360

718........ Review by Minister......................................................................... 360

719........ Privacy Act..................................................................................... 361

Division 3—Copyright                                                                                             362

720........ Publishing or making copies of applicable documents not an infringement of copyright         362

Division 4—Release of technical information given to the Designated Authority before 7 March 2000                                                                                                                    363

721........ Release of technical information given to the Designated Authority before 7 March 2000      363

Chapter 8—Information relating to greenhouse gas           364

Part 8.1—Data management and gathering of information                    364

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        364

722........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 364

Division 2—Data management                                                                            365

723........ Direction to keep records................................................................ 365

724........ Regulations about data management................................................ 366

Division 3—Information‑gathering powers (general)                             368

725........ Titles Administrator or NOPSEMA inspector may obtain information and documents           368

726........ Copying documents—reasonable compensation............................. 370

727........ Power to examine on oath or affirmation........................................ 370

728........ Self‑incrimination............................................................................ 370

729........ Copies of documents....................................................................... 371

730........ Titles Administrator or NOPSEMA inspector may retain documents 371

731........ False or misleading information...................................................... 371

732........ False or misleading documents....................................................... 372

733........ False or misleading evidence........................................................... 372

733A..... Directions by Titles Administrator.................................................. 372

Division 4—Information‑gathering powers (cross‑boundary)           374

733B..... Responsible Commonwealth Minister may obtain information and documents       374

733C..... Copying documents—reasonable compensation............................. 375

733D..... Self‑incrimination............................................................................ 376

733E...... Copies of documents....................................................................... 376

733F...... Responsible Commonwealth Minister may retain documents......... 376

733G..... False or misleading information...................................................... 377

733H..... False or misleading documents....................................................... 377

733J...... Crown to be bound......................................................................... 377

Part 8.2—Release of regulatory information                                                    379

734........ Notifiable events—Gazette notice................................................... 379

734A..... Titles Administrator to make documents available to responsible Commonwealth Minister    380

Part 8.3—Release of technical information                                                        381

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        381

735........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 381

736........ Definitions...................................................................................... 381

737........ Documents and samples given to the responsible Commonwealth Minister            382

Division 2—Protection of confidentiality of information and samples 384

Subdivision A—Information and samples obtained by the responsible Commonwealth Minister or the Titles Administrator                                                                            384

738........ Protection of confidentiality of documentary information obtained by the responsible Commonwealth Minister or the Titles Administrator........................................................................ 384

739........ Protection of confidentiality of eligible samples obtained by the responsible Commonwealth Minister or the Titles Administrator.................................................................................. 384

740........ Responsible Commonwealth Minister or the Titles Administrator may make information or samples available to a Minister, a State Minister or a Northern Territory Minister............ 385

Subdivision AA—Information and samples obtained by a recipient Minister               385

740A..... Protection of confidentiality of information obtained by a recipient Minister           385

740B..... Protection of confidentiality of eligible samples obtained by a recipient Minister     386

Subdivision B—Miscellaneous                                                                            387

741........ Fees................................................................................................. 387

742........ Privacy Act..................................................................................... 387

Division 3—Copyright                                                                                             388

743........ Publishing or making copies of applicable documents not an infringement of copyright         388

Chapter 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                389

Part 9.1—Review of decisions                                                                                    389

744........ Simplified outline............................................................................ 389

745........ Definitions...................................................................................... 389

747........ Review of reviewable Ministerial decision...................................... 390

747A..... Review of reviewable Titles Administrator decision....................... 390

Part 9.2—Expert advisory committees                                                                  391

748........ Establishment of expert advisory committees.................................. 391

749........ Function of expert advisory committees.......................................... 391

750........ Appointment of expert advisory committee members etc................ 394

751........ Procedures of expert advisory committees...................................... 394

752........ Remuneration and allowances......................................................... 395

753........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 396

754........ Resignation..................................................................................... 396

755........ Disclosure of interests to the responsible Commonwealth Minister 396

756........ Disclosure of interests to an expert advisory committee.................. 396

757........ Other terms and conditions............................................................. 397

758........ Protection of information................................................................ 397

Part 9.3—Information relevant to the making of designated agreements               400

Division 1—Information‑gathering powers of the responsible Commonwealth Minister            400

759........ Responsible Commonwealth Minister may obtain information and documents       400

760........ Copying documents—reasonable compensation............................. 402

761........ Self‑incrimination............................................................................ 402

762........ Copies of documents....................................................................... 403

763........ Responsible Commonwealth Minister may retain documents......... 403

764........ False or misleading information...................................................... 403

765........ False or misleading documents....................................................... 404

Division 2—Protection of information given to the responsible Commonwealth Minister under section 759 etc.                                                                                   405

766........ Protection of information................................................................ 405

767........ Disclosure of information to titleholder etc..................................... 406

Division 3—Protection of certain information given to the responsible Commonwealth Minister under section 733B etc.                                                                               407

767A..... Protection of information................................................................ 407

767B..... Disclosure of information to titleholder etc..................................... 408

Part 9.4—Liability for acts and omissions                                                          409

768........ Liability for acts and omissions....................................................... 409

Part 9.5—Jurisdiction of courts                                                                                411

769........ Jurisdiction of State courts.............................................................. 411

770........ Jurisdiction of Territory courts........................................................ 411

Part 9.6A—Multiple titleholders                                                                               412

Division 1—Eligible voluntary action by multiple titleholders           412

775A..... Definitions...................................................................................... 412

775B..... Eligible voluntary action by multiple holders of a petroleum title.... 413

775C..... Eligible voluntary action by multiple holders of a greenhouse gas title (other than a cross‑boundary greenhouse gas title)........................................................................................................ 415

775CA.. Eligible voluntary action by multiple holders of a cross‑boundary greenhouse gas title           417

Division 2—Obligations of multiple titleholders                                         420

775D..... Obligations of multiple holders of a petroleum title......................... 420

775E...... Obligations of multiple holders of a greenhouse gas title................ 421

Part 9.7—Publication in Gazette                                                                              422

776........ Publication in Gazette—State or external Territory......................... 422

777........ Publication in Gazette—Northern Territory.................................... 422

Part 9.8—Delegation by responsible Commonwealth Minister             423

778........ Delegation by responsible Commonwealth Minister....................... 423

Part 9.9—Public interest                                                                                                425

779........ Public interest.................................................................................. 425

Part 9.10—Compensation for acquisition of property                                426

780........ Compensation for acquisition of property....................................... 426

Part 9.10A—Inquiries into significant offshore incidents                         427

780A..... Appointment of Commissioner....................................................... 427

780B..... Hearings.......................................................................................... 429

780C..... Commissioner not bound by the rules of evidence.......................... 429

780D..... Departmental officers...................................................................... 429

780E...... Application of the Royal Commissions Act 1902............................ 430

780F...... Conferral of inspection powers....................................................... 430

780G..... Application of laws relating to disclosure....................................... 433

Part 9.10B—Personal property securities                                                           434

780H..... Titles, and interests etc. in titles, are not personal property for the purposes of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009........................................................................................................ 434

Part 9.10C—Commonwealth reserves                                                                  435

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                        435

780J...... Simplified outline of this Part.......................................................... 435

Division 2—Validation etc.                                                                                    436

780K..... Validation of certain renewals and extensions................................. 436

780L...... Application of EPIC exemption regime to certain petroleum titles.. 437

Part 9.10D—Greater Sunrise special regime area                                         440

Division 1—Bodies exercising Australia’s rights and responsibilities 440

780M.... Bodies exercising Australia’s rights and responsibilities relating to the Greater Sunrise special regime area           440

Division 2—Limits on Australian law in Greater Sunrise special regime area 441

780N..... Australian law subject to legislation made under the Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty  441

Division 3—Declaration of Greater Sunrise pipeline international offshore area          442

780P...... Declaration of Greater Sunrise pipeline international offshore area. 442

Part 9.11—Regulations                                                                                                   443

781........ Regulations..................................................................................... 443

782........ Regulations dealing with specific matters........................................ 443

782A..... Regulations—service of documents................................................ 447

783........ Regulations may provide for matters by reference to codes of practice or standards                447

784........ Unconditional or conditional prohibition......................................... 448

785........ Regulations not limited by conditions provisions............................ 448

786........ Exercise of Australia’s rights under international law—petroleum in the continental shelf      448

787........ Exercise of Australia’s rights under international law—injection and storage of greenhouse gas substances in the continental shelf.............................................................................. 448

788........ Exercise of Australia’s rights under international law—petroleum within territorial limits       449

789........ Exercise of Australia’s rights under international law—injection and storage of greenhouse gas substances within territorial limits................................................................................ 449

790........ Offences.......................................................................................... 450

790A..... Regulations dealing with the Regulatory Powers Act..................... 450

790B..... Environment.................................................................................... 453

790C..... Constitutional basis of Environment Regulations............................ 453

790D..... Additional operation of Environment Regulations.......................... 453

Part 9.12—Transitional provisions                                                                          455

791........ Transitional provisions.................................................................... 455


Chapter 4Registration of transfers of, and dealings in, petroleum titles

Part 4.1Introduction

  

466  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Chapter:

•      The Titles Administrator must keep a Register, for each offshore area, of petroleum titles and petroleum special prospecting authorities that relate to that offshore area.

•      A transfer of a petroleum title must be approved by the Titles Administrator, and an instrument of transfer must be registered under this Part.

•      A dealing in a petroleum title must be approved by the Titles Administrator, and the approval must be entered in the relevant Register.

467  Definitions

                   In this Chapter:

Register means a Register kept under section 469.

relevant Register:

                     (a)  in relation to a title or a petroleum special prospecting authority—means the Register for the offshore area to which the title or petroleum special prospecting authority relates; or

                     (b)  in relation to a notice under subsection 191(5), (6) or (7) that relates to a petroleum pool that is wholly or partly situated in an offshore area—means the Register for the offshore area.

title means:

                     (a)  a petroleum exploration permit; or

                     (b)  a petroleum retention lease; or

                     (c)  a petroleum production licence; or

                     (d)  an infrastructure licence; or

                     (e)  a pipeline licence; or

                      (f)  a petroleum access authority.

468  Dealing—series of debentures

                   For the purposes of this Chapter, if a dealing forms a part of the issue of a series of debentures, all of the dealings constituting the issue of that series of debentures are taken to be one dealing.

Part 4.2Register of titles and petroleum special prospecting authorities

  

469  Register to be kept

                   The Titles Administrator must keep a Register, for each offshore area, of:

                     (a)  titles; and

                     (b)  petroleum special prospecting authorities;

relating to the offshore area.

470  Entries in Register—general

Memorial

             (1)  The Titles Administrator must enter in the relevant Register a memorial for each title and petroleum special prospecting authority.

             (2)  The memorial must comply with the table:

 

Content of memorial

Item

In the case of...

the memorial must...

1

a title or petroleum special prospecting authority

specify the name of the holder of the title or petroleum special prospecting authority.

2

a petroleum exploration permit, petroleum retention lease, petroleum production licence, petroleum special prospecting authority or petroleum access authority

set out an accurate description (including, where convenient, a map) of the permit area, lease area, licence area or authority area.

3

an infrastructure licence

set out details of the licence area.

4

a pipeline licence

set out an accurate description of the route of the pipeline.

5

a title or petroleum special prospecting authority

specify the term of the title or petroleum special prospecting authority.

6

a title or petroleum special prospecting authority

set out such other matters and things as are required by this Act to be entered in the Register.

7

a title or petroleum special prospecting authority

set out such further matters relating to the registered holder, or to the conditions of the title or petroleum special prospecting authority, as the Titles Administrator thinks proper and expedient in the public interest.

             (3)  The Titles Administrator must enter in the relevant Register a memorial of:

                     (a)  a notice or instrument:

                              (i)  varying; or

                             (ii)  cancelling (to any extent); or

                            (iii)  surrendering (to any extent); or

                            (iv)  otherwise affecting;

                            a title or petroleum special prospecting authority; or

                     (b)  a notice under subsection 191(5), (6) or (7); or

                     (c)  a notice or instrument varying or revoking a notice or instrument referred to in paragraph (a) or (b).

Note 1:       Subparagraph (a)(iv) would cover, for example, a notice terminating a petroleum production licence, infrastructure licence or pipeline licence, or a notice revoking a petroleum retention lease or petroleum access authority.

Note 2:       Subsections 191(5), (6) and (7) deal with unit development.

Copy of title may be entered instead of memorial

             (4)  It is a sufficient compliance with the requirements of subsection (1), (2) or (3) if the Titles Administrator enters a copy of the title, petroleum special prospecting authority, notice or instrument in the relevant Register.

Date of entry to be endorsed

             (5)  The Titles Administrator must endorse on:

                     (a)  the memorial; or

                     (b)  the copy of the title, petroleum special prospecting authority, notice or instrument;

a memorandum of the date on which the memorial or copy was entered in the relevant Register.

471  Entry in Register—cessation, revocation or expiry of title

                   If an event specified in the table happens, the Titles Administrator must enter in the relevant Register a memorial of the fact.

 

Cessation of title etc.

Item

Event

1

A petroleum exploration permit or petroleum retention lease ceases to be in force over a block in relation to which a petroleum production licence is granted.

2

A petroleum exploration permit ceases to be in force over a block in relation to which a petroleum retention lease is granted.

3

A petroleum exploration permit is wholly or partly revoked.

4

A petroleum retention lease is wholly or partly revoked otherwise than under section 158.

5

A petroleum exploration permit, petroleum retention lease, petroleum production licence, petroleum special prospecting authority or petroleum access authority expires.

471A  Notation in Register—applicable datum

                   The Titles Administrator may make a notation in the relevant Register about the applicable datum for a title, petroleum special prospecting authority, notice or instrument.

Part 4.3Transfer of titles

  

472  Approval and registration of transfers

                   A transfer of a title is of no force until:

                     (a)  it has been approved by the Titles Administrator; and

                     (b)  an instrument of transfer is registered as provided by this Part.

473  Application for approval of transfer

             (1)  One of the parties to a proposed transfer of a title may apply to the Titles Administrator for approval of the transfer.

             (2)  The application must be in writing.

Note:          Section 516A requires the application to be accompanied by an application fee.

474  Documents to accompany application

                   An application for approval of a transfer must be accompanied by:

                     (a)  an instrument of transfer in the prescribed form executed by:

                              (i)  the registered holder or, if there are 2 or more registered holders, by each registered holder; and

                             (ii)  the transferee or, if there are 2 or more transferees, by each transferee; and

                     (b)  if the transferee, or one or more of the transferees, is not a registered holder or are not registered holders of the title—a document setting out:

                              (i)  the technical qualifications of that transferee or those transferees; and

                             (ii)  details of the technical advice that is or will be available to that transferee or those transferees; and

                            (iii)  details of the financial resources that are or will be available to that transferee or those transferees; and

                     (d)  in any case—a copy of the instrument referred to in paragraph (a).

476  Time limit for application

             (1)  An application for approval of a transfer must be made within:

                     (a)  90 days after the day on which the party who last executed the instrument of transfer so executed the instrument of transfer; or

                     (b)  such longer period as the Titles Administrator allows.

             (2)  The Titles Administrator may allow a longer period under paragraph (1)(b) only if there are sufficient grounds to warrant allowing the longer period.

477  Date of application to be entered in Register

                   If an application is made for approval of a transfer, the Titles Administrator:

                     (a)  must enter a memorandum in the relevant Register of the date on which the application was lodged; and

                     (b)  may make such other notation in the relevant Register as the Titles Administrator considers appropriate.

478  Approval of transfer

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if an application is made for approval of a transfer.

Decision

             (2)  The Titles Administrator must:

                     (a)  approve the transfer; or

                     (b)  refuse to approve the transfer.

             (4)  The Titles Administrator must, by written notice given to the applicant, notify the applicant of the Titles Administrator’s decision.

             (5)  If the Titles Administrator refuses to approve the transfer, the Titles Administrator must make a notation of the refusal in the relevant Register.

479  Registration of transfer

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Titles Administrator approves the transfer of a title.

Endorsement

             (2)  The Titles Administrator must immediately endorse on:

                     (a)  the instrument of transfer; and

                     (b)  the copy of the instrument of transfer;

a memorandum of approval.

             (3)  The Titles Administrator must enter in the relevant Register a memorandum of:

                     (a)  the transfer; and

                     (b)  the name of the transferee or of each transferee.

             (4)  On the entry in the relevant Register of the memorandum:

                     (a)  the transfer is taken to be registered; and

                     (b)  the transferee becomes the registered holder, or the transferees become the registered holders, of the title.

             (5)  If the transfer is registered:

                     (a)  the copy of the instrument of transfer endorsed with the memorandum of approval must be:

                              (i)  retained by the Titles Administrator; and

                             (ii)  made available for inspection in accordance with this Chapter; and

                     (b)  the instrument of transfer endorsed with the memorandum of approval must be returned to the person who applied for approval of the transfer.

480  Instrument of transfer does not create an interest in the title

                   The mere execution of an instrument of transfer of a title creates no interest in the title.

481  Limit on effect of approval of transfers

                   The approval of a transfer of a title does not give to the transfer any force, effect or validity that the transfer would not have had if this Chapter had not been enacted.

Part 4.4Devolution of title

  

482  Application to have name entered on the Register as the holder of a title

             (1)  If the rights of the registered holder of a particular title have devolved on a person by operation of law, the person may apply to the Titles Administrator to have the person’s name entered in the relevant Register as the holder of the title.

             (2)  The application must be in writing.

483  Entry of name in the Register

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if an application is made under section 482 in relation to a title.

Entry in Register

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  the Titles Administrator is satisfied that the rights of the holder have devolved on the applicant by operation of law; and

                     (b)  the applicant has paid the prescribed fee;

the Titles Administrator must enter the name of the applicant in the relevant Register as the holder of the title.

             (3)  On that entry being made, the applicant becomes the registered holder of the title.

Part 4.5Change in name of company

  

484  Application to have new name entered on the Register

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a company is the registered holder of a particular title; and

                     (b)  the company has changed its name;

the company may apply to the Titles Administrator to have its new name substituted for its previous name in the relevant Register in relation to that title.

             (2)  The application must be in writing.

485  Alteration in the Register

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if a company applies under section 484 to have its new name substituted for its previous name in the relevant Register in relation to a particular title.

Alteration

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  the Titles Administrator is satisfied that the company has changed its name; and

                     (b)  the company has paid the prescribed fee;

the Titles Administrator must make the necessary alterations in the relevant Register.

Part 4.6Dealings relating to existing titles

  

486  Dealings to which this Part applies

                   This Part applies to a dealing (other than a transfer of a title) that would have one or more of the effects set out in the table:

 

Effects of dealings

Item

Effect

1

The creation or assignment of an interest in an existing title.

2

The creation or assignment of a right (conditional or otherwise) to the assignment of an interest in an existing title.

3

The determination of the manner in which persons may:

(a) exercise the rights conferred by an existing title; or

(b) comply with the obligations imposed by an existing title; or

(c) comply with the conditions of an existing title;

(including the exercise of those rights, or the compliance with those obligations or conditions, under cooperative arrangements to recover petroleum).

4

The creation or assignment of an interest in relation to an existing petroleum exploration permit, petroleum retention lease or petroleum production licence, where the interest is known as:

(a) an overriding royalty interest; or

(b) a production payment; or

(c) a net profits interest; or

(d) a carried interest.

5

The creation or assignment of an interest that is similar to an interest covered by item 4, where the interest relates to:

(a) petroleum produced from operations authorised by an existing petroleum exploration permit, petroleum retention lease or petroleum production licence; or

(b) revenue derived as a result of the carrying out of operations authorised by an existing petroleum exploration permit, petroleum retention lease or petroleum production licence.

6

The creation or assignment of an option (conditional or otherwise) to enter into a dealing, where the dealing would have one or more of the effects referred to in items 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

7

The creation or assignment of a right (conditional or otherwise) to enter into a dealing, where the dealing would have one or more of the effects referred to in items 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

8

The alteration or termination of a dealing, where the dealing would have one or more of the effects referred to in items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

487  Approval and registration of dealings

                   A dealing is of no force, in so far as the dealing would have an effect of a kind referred to in the table in section 486 in relation to a particular title, until:

                     (a)  the Titles Administrator has approved the dealing, in so far as it relates to that title; and

                     (b)  the Titles Administrator has made an entry in the relevant Register in relation to the dealing under section 494.

488  Application for approval of dealing

             (1)  An application for approval of a dealing must be made in accordance with subsection (2) or (3).

Application—dealing relates to only one title

             (2)  If a dealing relates to only one title, a party to the dealing may apply to the Titles Administrator for approval of the dealing in so far as it relates to that title.

Application—dealing relates to 2 or more titles

             (3)  If a dealing relates to 2 or more titles, a party to the dealing may make a separate application to the Titles Administrator for approval of the dealing in so far as it relates to each title.

Written application

             (4)  An application must be in writing.

Note:          Section 516A requires the application to be accompanied by an application fee.

489  Documents to accompany application

Instrument evidencing dealing

             (1)  An application for approval of a dealing must be accompanied by:

                     (a)  the instrument evidencing the dealing; or

                     (b)  if that instrument has already been lodged with the Titles Administrator for the purposes of another application—a copy of that instrument.

Supplementary instrument

             (2)  An application for approval of a dealing may be accompanied by an instrument setting out such details (if any) as are prescribed for the purposes of an application for approval of a dealing of that kind.

             (3)  An instrument under subsection (2) is called a supplementary instrument.

          (4A)  An application for approval of the dealing must be accompanied by:

                     (b)  a copy, or an additional copy, of the instrument referred to in subsection (1); and

                     (c)  a copy of any supplementary instrument.

491  Timing of application

             (1)  An application for approval of a dealing must be made within:

                     (a)  90 days after the day on which the party who last executed the instrument evidencing the dealing so executed the instrument; or

                     (b)  such longer period as the Titles Administrator allows.

             (2)  The Titles Administrator may allow a longer period under paragraph (1)(b) only if there are sufficient grounds to warrant allowing the longer period.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to section 503.

Note:          Section 503 is about approval of a dealing that was entered into before the title came into existence.

492  Application date to be entered in Register

                   If an application is made for approval of a dealing, the Titles Administrator:

                     (a)  must enter a memorandum in the relevant Register of the date on which the application was lodged; and

                     (b)  may make such other notation in the relevant Register as the Titles Administrator considers appropriate.

493  Approval of dealing

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if an application is made for approval of a dealing in so far as it relates to a particular title.

Decision

             (2)  The Titles Administrator must:

                     (a)  approve the dealing; or

                     (b)  refuse to approve the dealing;

in so far as it relates to that title.

Note:          Section 503 limits the power conferred on the Titles Administrator by this section. Section 503 is about approval of a dealing that was entered into before the title came into existence.

Notification of decision

             (4)  The Titles Administrator must, by written notice given to the applicant, notify the applicant of the Titles Administrator’s decision.

Refusal to approve dealing—notation in Register

             (5)  If the Titles Administrator refuses to approve the dealing in so far as it relates to that title, the Titles Administrator must make a notation of the refusal in the relevant Register.

494  Entry of dealing in Register

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Titles Administrator approves a dealing in so far as it relates to a particular title.

Endorsement

             (2)  The Titles Administrator must immediately endorse a memorandum of approval:

                     (a)  on the original instrument evidencing the dealing and on the copy of that instrument; or

                     (b)  if the original instrument was not lodged with the application for approval—on both of the copies of that instrument.

Entry in Register

             (3)  The Titles Administrator must make an entry of the approval of the dealing in the relevant Register on:

                     (a)  the memorial relating to that title; or

                     (b)  the copy of that title.

495  Retention, inspection and return of instruments

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Titles Administrator makes an entry of the approval of a dealing in the relevant Register.

Application accompanied by supplementary instrument

             (2)  If the application for approval of the dealing was accompanied by a supplementary instrument:

                     (a)  a copy of the supplementary instrument, endorsed with a copy of the memorandum of approval, must be:

                              (i)  retained by the Titles Administrator; and

                             (ii)  made available for inspection in accordance with this Chapter; and

                     (b)  the supplementary instrument must be returned to the person who applied for approval; and

                     (c)  a copy of the instrument evidencing the dealing must not be made available for inspection in accordance with this Chapter; and

                     (d)  the original instrument evidencing the dealing, or a copy of the original instrument, as the case requires, endorsed with a memorandum of approval, must be returned to the person who applied for approval.

Note:          For inspection, see section 515.

Application not accompanied by supplementary instrument

             (3)  If the application for approval of the dealing was not accompanied by a supplementary instrument:

                     (a)  one copy of the instrument evidencing the dealing, endorsed with a memorandum of approval, must be:

                              (i)  retained by the Titles Administrator; and

                             (ii)  made available for inspection in accordance with this Chapter; and

                     (b)  the original instrument evidencing the dealing, or a copy of the original instrument, as the case requires, endorsed with a memorandum of approval, must be returned to the person who applied for approval.

Note:          For inspection, see section 515.

Definition

             (4)  In this section:

supplementary instrument has the meaning given by subsection 489(3) or 499(3).

496  Strict compliance with application provisions not required

                   The approval of a dealing, or the making of an entry in a Register in relation to a dealing, is not made ineffective because of any failure to comply, in relation to the application for approval of the dealing, with the requirements of this Part.

497  Limit on effect of approval of dealing

                   The approval of a dealing does not give to the dealing any force, effect or validity that the dealing would not have had if this Chapter had not been enacted.

Part 4.7Dealings in future interests

  

498  Provisional application for approval of dealing

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  2 or more persons enter into a dealing relating to a title that may come into existence in the future; and

                     (b)  that dealing would, if the title came into existence, become a dealing to which Part 4.6 applies.

Provisional application—dealing relates to only one title

             (2)  If the dealing relates to only one title that may come into existence in the future, a party to the dealing may make a provisional application to the Titles Administrator for approval of the dealing.

Provisional application—dealing relates to 2 or more titles

             (3)  If the dealing relates to 2 or more titles that may come into existence in the future, a party to the dealing may make a separate provisional application to the Titles Administrator for approval of the dealing in relation to each title that may come into existence in the future.

Written provisional application

             (4)  A provisional application must be in writing.

Note:          Section 516A requires the provisional application to be accompanied by an application fee.

499  Documents to accompany provisional application

Instrument evidencing dealing

             (1)  A provisional application for approval of a dealing must be accompanied by:

                     (a)  the instrument evidencing the dealing; or

                     (b)  if that instrument has already been lodged with the Titles Administrator for the purposes of another provisional application—a copy of that instrument.

Supplementary instrument

             (2)  A provisional application for approval of a dealing may be accompanied by an instrument setting out such details (if any) as are prescribed for the purposes of a provisional application for approval of a dealing of that kind.

             (3)  An instrument under subsection (2) is called a supplementary instrument.

          (4A)  A provisional application for approval of the dealing must be accompanied by:

                     (b)  a copy, or an additional copy, of the instrument referred to in subsection (1); and

                     (c)  a copy of any supplementary instrument.

501  Timing of provisional application

                   A provisional application must be made within the period worked out using the table:

 

Period for making a provisional application

Item

In this case...

the period begins on...

and ends on...

1

a provisional application for approval of a dealing relating to any of the following titles that may come into existence in the future:

(a) a petroleum exploration permit;

(b) a petroleum retention lease;

(c) a petroleum production licence;

(d) an infrastructure licence;

(e) a pipeline licence

the day on which an offer document that relates to the application for the title is given to the applicant for the title

the day on which the title comes into existence.

2

a provisional application for approval of a dealing relating to a petroleum access authority that may come into existence in the future

the day on which the application for the grant of the petroleum access authority is made

the day on which the petroleum access authority comes into existence.

502  Provisional application to be treated as an application under section 488 when title comes into existence

                   If:

                     (a)  a provisional application is made for approval of a dealing; and

                     (b)  the title to which the dealing relates comes into existence; and

                     (c)  on that title coming into existence, the dealing becomes a dealing to which Part 4.6 applies;

the provisional application is to be treated as if it were an application made under section 488 on the day on which that title came into existence.

503  Limit on approval of dealing

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  Part 4.6 applies to a dealing relating to a title; and

                     (b)  immediately before the title came into existence, the dealing was a dealing referred to in subsection 498(1);

the Titles Administrator may approve the dealing under section 493 only if:

                     (c)  a provisional application for approval of the dealing was made under section 498; or

                     (d)  an application for approval of the dealing was made under section 488 within:

                              (i)  90 days after the day on which the title came into existence; or

                             (ii)  such longer period as the Titles Administrator allows.

             (2)  The Titles Administrator may allow a longer period under subparagraph (1)(d)(ii) only if there are sufficient grounds to warrant allowing the longer period.

Part 4.8Correction and rectification of Register

  

504  Corrections of clerical errors or obvious defects

                   The Titles Administrator may alter a Register for the purposes of correcting a clerical error or an obvious defect in the Register.

505  General power of correction of Register

Power of correction

             (1)  The Titles Administrator may make such entries in a Register as the Titles Administrator considers appropriate for the purposes of ensuring that the Register accurately records the interests and rights existing in relation to a title.

             (2)  The Titles Administrator may exercise the power conferred by subsection (1):

                     (a)  on written application being made to the Titles Administrator by a person; or

                     (b)  on the Titles Administrator’s own initiative.

Consultation

             (3)  Before the Titles Administrator makes an entry in a Register under subsection (1), the Titles Administrator must cause to be published in the Gazette a notice:

                     (a)  setting out the terms of the entry that the Titles Administrator proposes to make in the Register; and

                     (b)  inviting interested persons to give the Titles Administrator written submissions about the making of the entry; and

                     (c)  specifying a time limit for the making of those submissions.

             (4)  The time limit must not be shorter than 45 days after the publication of the notice.

             (5)  In deciding whether to make the entry in the Register, the Titles Administrator must take into account any submissions made in accordance with the notice.

Gazettal of terms of entry

             (6)  If the Titles Administrator makes an entry in a Register under subsection (1), the Titles Administrator must cause to be published in the Gazette a notice setting out the terms of the entry.

506  Rectification of Register

Application for rectification

             (1)  If a person is aggrieved by any of the following:

                     (a)  the omission of an entry from a Register;

                     (b)  an entry made in a Register without sufficient cause;

                     (c)  an entry wrongly existing in a Register;

                     (d)  an error or defect in an entry in a Register;

the person may apply to:

                     (e)  the Federal Court; or

                      (f)  the Supreme Court of, or having jurisdiction in, the State or Territory to which the relevant offshore area relates;

for the rectification of the Register.

Court orders

             (2)  If an application is made under subsection (1) to a court for the rectification of a Register, the court may make such order as it thinks fit directing the rectification of the Register.

             (3)  In proceedings under this section, the court may decide any question that it is necessary or expedient to decide in connection with the rectification of the Register.

Appearance of Titles Administrator

             (4)  Notice of an application under this section must be given to the Titles Administrator concerned, who:

                     (a)  may appear and be heard; and

                     (b)  must appear if so directed by the court.

Copy of order to be given to Titles Administrator

             (5)  An office copy of an order made by the court may be given to the Titles Administrator.

Compliance with order

             (6)  The Titles Administrator must, on receipt of the order, rectify the Register accordingly.

Principal Northern Territory offshore area and Eastern Greater Sunrise offshore area

             (7)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(f):

                     (a)  the Principal Northern Territory offshore area; and

                     (b)  the Eastern Greater Sunrise offshore area;

are taken to relate to the Northern Territory.

Part 4.9Information‑gathering powers

  

507  Titles Administrator may obtain information from applicants

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an application for approval of the transfer of a title is made under section 473; or

                     (b)  an application is made under section 482 or 484 in relation to a title; or

                     (c)  an application for approval of a dealing is made under section 488; or

                     (d)  a provisional application for approval of a dealing is made under section 498; or

                     (e)  an application is made under section 505 in relation to a title.

Requirement to give information

             (2)  The Titles Administrator may, by written notice given to the applicant, require the applicant to give the Titles Administrator, within the period and in the manner specified in the notice, such information about the matter to which the application relates as the Titles Administrator considers necessary or advisable.

             (3)  A period specified under subsection (2) must not be shorter than 14 days after the notice is given.

Offences

             (4)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person has been given a notice under subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the person omits to do an act; and

                     (c)  the omission contravenes a requirement in the notice.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the Titles Administrator requires the person to give information under subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the person gives information; and

                     (c)  the person does so knowing that the information is false or misleading in a material particular.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Civil penalty

          (5A)  A person is liable to a civil penalty if the person contravenes a requirement in a notice under subsection (2).

Civil penalty:          90 penalty units.

Continuing offences and continuing contraventions of civil penalty provisions

          (5B)  The maximum penalty for each day that an offence under subsection (4) continues is 10% of the maximum penalty that can be imposed in respect of that offence.

Note:          Subsection (4) is a continuing offence under section 4K of the Crimes Act 1914.

          (5C)  The maximum civil penalty for each day that a contravention of subsection (5A) continues is 10% of the maximum civil penalty that can be imposed in respect of that contravention.

Note:          Subsection (5A) is a continuing civil penalty provision under section 93 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Notice to set out the effect of offence and civil penalty provisions

             (6)  A notice under subsection (2) must set out the effect of the following provisions:

                     (a)  subsection (4);

                     (b)  subsection (5);

                     (c)  subsection (5A);

                     (d)  subsection (5B);

                     (e)  subsection (5C).

Note:          The same conduct may be an offence against both subsection (5) of this section and section 137.1 of the Criminal Code.

508  Titles Administrator may obtain information from a party to an approved dealing

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  a person is a party to a dealing relating to a title; and

                     (b)  the dealing has been approved under section 493.

Requirement to give information

             (2)  The Titles Administrator may, by written notice given to the person, require the person to give to the Titles Administrator, within the period and in the manner specified in the notice, such information about alterations in the interests or rights existing in relation to the title as the Titles Administrator considers necessary or advisable.

             (3)  A period specified under subsection (2) must not be shorter than 14 days after the notice is given.

Offences

             (4)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if:

                     (a)  the person has been given a notice under subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the person omits to do an act; and

                     (c)  the omission contravenes a requirement in the notice.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the Titles Administrator requires the person to give information under subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the person gives information; and

                     (c)  the person does so knowing that the information is false or misleading in a material particular.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Civil penalty

          (5A)  A person is liable to a civil penalty if the person contravenes a requirement in a notice under subsection (2).

Civil penalty:          90 penalty units.

Continuing offences and continuing contraventions of civil penalty provisions

          (5B)  The maximum penalty for each day that an offence under subsection (4) continues is 10% of the maximum penalty that can be imposed in respect of that offence.

Note:          Subsection (4) is a continuing offence under section 4K of the Crimes Act 1914.

          (5C)  The maximum civil penalty for each day that a contravention of subsection (5A) continues is 10% of the maximum civil penalty that can be imposed in respect of that contravention.

Note:          Subsection (5A) is a continuing civil penalty provision under section 93 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Notice to set out the effect of offence and civil penalty provisions

             (6)  A notice under subsection (2) must set out the effect of the following provisions:

                     (a)  subsection (4);

                     (b)  subsection (5);

                     (c)  subsection (5A);

                     (d)  subsection (5B);

                     (e)  subsection (5C).

Note:          The same conduct may be an offence against both subsection (5) of this section and section 137.1 of the Criminal Code.

509  Production and inspection of documents

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if the Titles Administrator has reason to believe that a document:

                     (a)  is in the possession or under the control of a person; and

                     (b)  relates to:

                              (i)  a transfer or dealing for which approval is sought under this Chapter; or

                             (ii)  an application under section 482, 484 or 505.

Requirement

             (2)  The Titles Administrator may, by written notice given to the person, require the person:

                     (a)  to produce the document to the Titles Administrator, within the period and in the manner specified in the notice; or

                     (b)  to make the document available for inspection by or on behalf of the Titles Administrator.

             (3)  A period specified under subsection (2) must not be shorter than 14 days after the notice is given.

Offences

             (4)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if:

                     (a)  the person has been given a notice under subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the person omits to do an act; and

                     (c)  the omission contravenes a requirement in the notice.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (6)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person has been given a notice under subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the person:

                              (i)  produces a document to the Titles Administrator; or

                             (ii)  makes a document available for inspection by or on behalf of the Titles Administrator; and

                     (c)  the person does so knowing that the document is false or misleading in a material particular; and

                     (d)  the document is produced or made available in compliance or purported compliance with the notice.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Civil penalty

          (6A)  A person is liable to a civil penalty if the person contravenes a requirement in a notice under subsection (2).

Civil penalty:          90 penalty units.

Continuing offences and continuing contraventions of civil penalty provisions

          (6B)  The maximum penalty for each day that an offence under subsection (4) continues is 10% of the maximum penalty that can be imposed in respect of that offence.

Note:          Subsection (4) is a continuing offence under section 4K of the Crimes Act 1914.

          (6C)  The maximum civil penalty for each day that a contravention of subsection (6A) continues is 10% of the maximum civil penalty that can be imposed in respect of that contravention.

Note:          Subsection (6A) is a continuing civil penalty provision under section 93 of the Regulatory Powers Act.

Notice to set out the effect of offence and civil penalty provisions

             (7)  A notice under subsection (2) must set out the effect of the following provisions:

                     (a)  subsection (4);

                     (b)  subsection (6);

                     (c)  subsection (6A);

                     (d)  subsection (6B);

                     (e)  subsection (6C).

Note:          The same conduct may be an offence against both subsection (6) of this section and section 137.2 of the Criminal Code.

510  Titles Administrator may retain documents

             (1)  The Titles Administrator may take possession of a document produced under section 509, and retain it for as long as is necessary.

             (2)  The person otherwise entitled to possession of the document is entitled to be supplied, as soon as practicable, with a copy certified by the Titles Administrator to be a true copy.

             (3)  The certified copy must be received in all courts and tribunals as evidence as if it were the original.

             (4)  Until a certified copy is supplied, the Titles Administrator must provide the person otherwise entitled to possession of the document, or a person authorised by that person, reasonable access to the document for the purposes of inspecting and making copies of, or taking extracts from, the document.

Part 4.10Other provisions

  

511  Titles Administrator etc. not concerned with the effect of instrument lodged under this Chapter

                   None of the following is concerned with the effect in law of an instrument lodged under this Chapter:

                     (a)  the Joint Authority;

                     (b)  the Titles Administrator;

                     (c)  a person acting under the direction or authority of the Joint Authority or the Titles Administrator.

513  Making a false entry in a Register

                   A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person:

                              (i)  makes an entry in a Register; or

                             (ii)  causes an entry to be made in a Register; or

                            (iii)  concurs in the making of an entry in a Register; and

                     (b)  the person does so knowing that the entry is false.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          The same conduct may be an offence against both this section and section 145.4 of the Criminal Code.

514  Falsified documents

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person produces or tenders in evidence a document; and

                     (b)  the document falsely purports to be:

                              (i)  a copy of or extract from an entry in a Register; or

                             (ii)  a copy of or extract from an instrument given to the Titles Administrator under this Chapter.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Note:          The same conduct may be an offence against both this section and section 137.2 of the Criminal Code.

             (2)  An offence against subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

515  Inspection of Register and instruments

Inspection of Register

             (1)  The Titles Administrator must ensure that each Register is open for inspection, at all convenient times, by any person on payment of a fee calculated under the regulations.

Instruments

             (2)  The Titles Administrator must ensure that all instruments, or copies of instruments, subject to inspection under this Chapter are open for inspection, at all convenient times, by any person on payment of a fee calculated under the regulations.

516  Evidentiary provisions

Register

             (1)  A Register is to be received in all courts and proceedings as prima facie evidence of all matters required or authorised by this Chapter to be entered in the Register.

Certified copies and extracts

             (2)  The Titles Administrator may, on payment of a fee calculated under the regulations, supply:

                     (a)  a copy of or extract from a Register; or

                     (b)  a copy of or extract from any instrument lodged with the Titles Administrator under this Chapter;

certified by the Titles Administrator to be a true copy or true extract, as the case may be.

             (3)  The certified copy or extract is admissible in evidence in all courts and proceedings without further proof or production of the original.

Evidentiary certificate

             (4)  The Titles Administrator may, on payment of a fee calculated under the regulations, issue a written certificate:

                     (a)  stating that an entry, matter or thing required or permitted by or under this Chapter to be made or done:

                              (i)  has been made or done; or

                             (ii)  has not been made or done; or

                     (b)  stating that an entry, matter or thing required by or under this Chapter not to be made or done:

                              (i)  has not been made or done; or

                             (ii)  has been made or done.

             (5)  The certificate is to be received in all courts and proceedings as prima facie evidence of the statements in the certificate.

Criminal proceedings—copy of certificate to be given to defendant 14 days before certificate admitted in evidence

             (6)  A certificate must not be admitted in evidence under subsection (5) in proceedings for an offence unless:

                     (a)  the person charged with the offence; or

                     (b)  a barrister or solicitor who has appeared for the person in those proceedings;

has, at least 14 days before the certificate is sought to be so admitted, been given a copy of the certificate together with notice of the intention to produce the certificate as evidence in the proceedings.

Person signing the certificate may be called to give evidence

             (7)  If, under subsection (5), a certificate is admitted in evidence in proceedings for an offence, the person charged with the offence may require the person who signed the certificate to be:

                     (a)  called as a witness for the prosecution; and

                     (b)  cross‑examined as if the person who signed the certificate had given evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

             (8)  However, subsection (7) does not entitle the person charged to require the person who signed the certificate to be called as a witness for the prosecution unless:

                     (a)  the prosecutor has been given at least 4 days notice of the person’s intention to require the person who signed the certificate to be so called; or

                     (b)  the court, by order, allows the person charged to require the person who signed the certificate to be so called.

Evidence in support, or in rebuttal, of matters in certificate to be considered on its merits

             (9)  Any evidence given in support, or in rebuttal, of a matter stated in a certificate issued under subsection (4) must be considered on its merits, and the credibility and probative value of such evidence must be neither increased nor diminished by reason of this section.

516A  Application fee

             (1)  An eligible application must be accompanied by the fee (if any) prescribed by the regulations.

Note:          For eligible application, see subsection (4).

             (2)  Different fees may be prescribed for different eligible applications.

             (3)  A fee must not be such as to amount to taxation.

             (4)  For the purposes of this section, each of the following is an eligible application:

                     (a)  an application for the approval of the transfer of a title;

                     (b)  an application for the approval of a dealing (other than an application covered by section 502);

                     (c)  a provisional application for the approval of a dealing.

Chapter 5Registration of transfers of, and dealings in, greenhouse gas titles

Part 5.1Introduction

  

518  Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Chapter:

•      The Titles Administrator must keep a Register of greenhouse gas titles and greenhouse gas search authorities.

•      A transfer of a greenhouse gas title must be approved by the Titles Administrator, and an instrument of transfer must be registered under this Part.

•      A dealing in a greenhouse gas title must be approved by the Titles Administrator, and the approval must be entered in the Register.

519  Definitions

                   In this Chapter:

Register means the Register kept under section 521.

title means:

                     (a)  a greenhouse gas assessment permit; or

                     (b)  a greenhouse gas holding lease; or

                     (c)  a greenhouse gas injection licence; or

                     (d)  a greenhouse gas special authority.

520  Dealing—series of debentures

                   For the purposes of this Chapter, if a dealing forms a part of the issue of a series of debentures, all of the dealings constituting the issue of that series of debentures are taken to be one dealing.

Part 5.2Register of titles and greenhouse gas search authorities

  

521  Register to be kept

                   The Titles Administrator must keep a Register of:

                     (a)  titles; and

                     (b)  greenhouse gas search authorities.

522  Entries in Register—general

Memorial

             (1)  The Titles Administrator must enter in the Register a memorial for each title and greenhouse gas search authority.

             (2)  The memorial must comply with the table:

 

Content of memorial

Item

In the case of...

the memorial must...

1

a title or greenhouse gas search authority

specify the name of the holder of the title.

2

a greenhouse gas assessment permit, greenhouse gas holding lease, greenhouse gas injection licence, greenhouse gas search authority or greenhouse gas special authority

set out an accurate description (including, where convenient, a map) of the permit area, lease area, licence area or authority area.

3

a title or greenhouse gas search authority

specify the term of the title or greenhouse gas search authority.

4

a title or greenhouse gas search authority

set out such other matters and things as are required by this Act to be entered in the Register.

5

a title or greenhouse gas search authority

set out such further matters relating to the registered holder, or to the conditions of the title or greenhouse gas search authority, as the Titles Administrator thinks proper and expedient in the public interest.

             (3)  The Titles Administrator must enter in the Register a memorial of:

                     (a)  a notice or instrument:

                              (i)  varying; or

                             (ii)  cancelling; or

                            (iii)  surrendering (to any extent); or

                            (iv)  otherwise affecting;

                            a title or greenhouse gas search authority; or

                     (b)  a notice or instrument varying or revoking a notice or instrument referred to in paragraph (a).

Note:          Subparagraph (a)(iv) would cover, for example, a notice revoking a greenhouse gas special authority.

Copy of title may be entered instead of memorial

             (4)  It is a sufficient compliance with the requirements of subsection (1), (2) or (3) if the Titles Administrator enters a copy of the title, greenhouse gas search authority, notice or instrument in the Register.

Date of entry to be endorsed

             (5)  The Titles Administrator must endorse on:

                     (a)  the memorial; or

                     (b)  the copy of the title, greenhouse gas search authority, notice or instrument;

a memorandum of the date on which the memorial or copy was entered in the Register.

523  Entry in Register—cessation or expiry of title

                   If an event specified in the table happens, the Titles Administrator must enter in the Register a memorial of the fact.

 

Cessation of title etc.

Item

Event

1

A greenhouse gas assessment permit or greenhouse gas holding lease ceases to be in force over a block in relation to which a greenhouse gas injection licence is granted.

2

A greenhouse gas assessment permit ceases to be in force over a block in relation to which a greenhouse gas holding lease (other than a special greenhouse gas holding lease) is granted.

3

A greenhouse gas assessment permit or a greenhouse gas holding lease (other than a special greenhouse gas holding lease) ceases to be in force over a block in relation to which a special greenhouse gas holding lease is granted.

4

A greenhouse gas injection licence ceases to be in force over a block in relation to which a greenhouse gas holding lease is granted.

5

A greenhouse gas assessment permit, greenhouse gas holding lease (other than a special greenhouse gas holding lease), greenhouse gas search authority or greenhouse gas special authority expires.

523A  Notation in Register—applicable datum

                   The Titles Administrator may make a notation in the Register about the applicable datum for a title, greenhouse gas search authority, notice or instrument.

Part 5.3Transfer of titles

  

524  Approval and registration of transfers

                   A transfer of a title is of no force until:

                     (a)  it has been approved by the Titles Administrator; and

                     (b)  an instrument of transfer is registered as provided by this Part.

525  Application for approval of transfer

             (1)  One of the parties to a proposed transfer of a title may apply to the Titles Administrator for approval of the transfer.

             (2)  The application must be in writing.

Note:          Section 565A requires the application to be accompanied by an application fee.

526  Documents to accompany application

                   An application for approval of a transfer must be accompanied by:

                     (a)  an instrument of transfer in the prescribed form executed by:

                              (i)  the registered holder or, if there are 2 or more registered holders, by each registered holder; and

                             (ii)  the transferee or, if there are 2 or more transferees, by each transferee; and

                     (b)  if the transferee, or one or more of the transferees, is not a registered holder or are not registered holders of the title—a document setting out:

                              (i)  the technical qualifications of that transferee or those transferees; and

                             (ii)  details of the technical advice that is or will be available to that transferee or those transferees; and