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A Bill for an Act to deal with consequential matters arising from the enactment of the Nature Repair Market Act 2023, and for other purposes
Administered by: Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
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Registered 29 Mar 2023
Introduced HR 29 Mar 2023
Table of contents.

2022‑2023

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Nature Repair Market (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2023

 

No.      , 2023

 

(Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to deal with consequential matters arising from the enactment of the Nature Repair Market Act 2023, and for other purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011                                                                           3

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007                                       8

 


A Bill for an Act to deal with consequential matters arising from the enactment of the Nature Repair Market Act 2023, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Nature Repair Market (Consequential Amendments) Act 2023.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this Act

The later of:

(a) the start of the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(b) the commencement of the Nature Repair Market Act 2023.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

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

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011

1  Section 3

Omit:

•      The Regulator has such functions as are conferred on it by or under:

       (a)     the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011; and

      (b)     the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007; and

       (c)     the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000; and

      (d)     the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011.

substitute:

•      The Regulator has such functions as are conferred on it by or under:

       (a)     the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011; and

      (b)     the Nature Repair Market Act 2023; and

       (c)     the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007; and

      (d)     the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000; and

       (e)     the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011.

2  Section 4

Insert:

biodiversity has the same meaning as in the Nature Repair Market Act 2023.

Biodiversity Convention means the Convention on Biological Diversity, done at Rio de Janeiro on 5 June 1992, as in force for Australia from time to time.

Note:          The Convention is in Australian Treaty Series 1993 No. 32 ([1993] ATS 32) and could in 2023 be viewed in the Australian Treaties Library on the AustLII website (http://www.austlii.edu.au).

Biodiversity Department means the Department administered by the Biodiversity Minister.

biodiversity law means:

                     (a)  the Nature Repair Market Act 2023 or a legislative instrument under that Act; or

                     (b)  the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 as applied by the Nature Repair Market Act 2023.

Biodiversity Minister means the Minister who administers the Nature Repair Market Act 2023.

biodiversity project has the same meaning as in the Nature Repair Market Act 2023.

international biodiversity agreement means:

                     (a)  the Biodiversity Convention; or

                     (b)  any other international agreement, signed on behalf of Australia, that:

                              (i)  relates to biodiversity; and

                             (ii)  imposes obligations on Australia to take action to enhance or protect biodiversity; or

                     (c)  an international agreement, signed on behalf of Australia, that:

                              (i)  relates to biodiversity; and

                             (ii)  is specified in a legislative instrument made by the Biodiversity Minister for the purposes of this definition.

international biodiversity body means:

                     (a)  a body established under an international biodiversity agreement; or

                     (b)  a body established by a body mentioned in paragraph (a).

3  Section 4 (definition of methodology determination)

Repeal the definition.

4  Section 4 (definition of objectives of the Regulator)

Repeal the definition.

5  Paragraph 12(a)

After “climate change law”, insert “or a biodiversity law”.

6  At the end of subsection 18(2)

Add:

                  ; (m)  agriculture;

                     (n)  biological or ecological science.

7  After paragraph 35(1)(e)

Insert:

               ; or (f)  a person who is:

                              (i)  a person assisting the Regulator under section 37; and

                             (ii)  an SES employee or acting SES employee in the Biodiversity Department; or

                     (g)  a person who is:

                              (i)  a person assisting the Regulator under section 37; and

                             (ii)  an APS employee who holds or performs the duties of an Executive Level 2 position, or an equivalent position, in the Biodiversity Department.

8  At the end of subsection 41(3)

Add:

               ; or (e)  the Nature Repair Market Act 2023.

9  At the end of section 41

Add:

             (5)  If the Minister is not the Biodiversity Minister, then, before giving a direction to the Regulator under subsection (1) in relation to the performance of its functions, or the exercise of its powers, under a biodiversity law, the Minister must consult the Biodiversity Minister.

10  Subsection 43(3)

After “climate change law”, insert “or a biodiversity law”.

11  Section 44 (heading)

After “climate change law”, insert “or a biodiversity law”.

12  Paragraphs 44(a) and (b)

After “climate change law”, insert “or a biodiversity law”.

13  After subsection 45(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  If protected information:

                     (a)  was obtained under a biodiversity law; or

                     (b)  is covered by section 222 of the Nature Repair Market Act 2023;

an official of the Regulator may disclose that information to the Biodiversity Minister.

14  Subsection 45(3)

Omit “or (2)”, substitute “, (2) or (2A)”.

15  At the end of section 46

Add:

             (3)  An official of the Regulator may disclose protected information to:

                     (a)  the Secretary of the Biodiversity Department; or

                     (b)  an officer of the Biodiversity Department who is authorised by the Secretary of the Biodiversity Department, in writing, for the purposes of this subsection;

if the disclosure is for the purposes of:

                     (c)  advising the Biodiversity Minister; or

                     (d)  monitoring the operation of a biodiversity law; or

                     (e)  evaluating the effectiveness of a biodiversity law; or

                      (f)  facilitating the monitoring of Australia’s compliance with its international obligations under an international biodiversity agreement; or

                     (g)  facilitating the development of an international agreement that relates to biodiversity.

16  Section 47 (at the end of the heading)

Add “under the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011”.

17  Paragraph 47(1)(d)

After “methodology determinations”, insert “under that Act”.

18  After section 47

Insert:

47A  Disclosure or use for purposes of development of methodology determinations under the Nature Repair Market Act 2023

             (1)  The Regulator may disclose or use protected information that relates to a particular biodiversity project if:

                     (a)  under section 15 of the Nature Repair Market Act 2023, the Regulator has approved the registration of the biodiversity project; and

                     (b)  more than 7 years have passed since the application under section 11 of that Act was made for the approval; and

                     (c)  the information was:

                              (i)  contained in the application; or

                             (ii)  given in connection with the application; or

                            (iii)  contained in a biodiversity project report; and

                     (d)  the disclosure or use is for the purposes of facilitating the development of one or more methodology determinations under that Act.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to personal information (within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988).

19  After paragraph 49(1)(n)

Insert:

                   (na)  the Director of National Parks;

                   (nb)  the Regional Investment Corporation;

20  After paragraph 49(1)(x)

Insert:

                   (xa)  a prescribed international biodiversity body;

21  Section 56A

Omit “or (2)(e)”, substitute “, (2)(e) or (3)(b)”.

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007

22  Section 7

Insert:

biodiversity audit has the same meaning as in the Nature Repair Market Act 2023.

biodiversity audit report has the same meaning as in the Nature Repair Market Act 2023.

23  At the end of subsection 75(1)

Add:

             ; and (g)  preparing for and carrying out biodiversity audits; and

                     (h)  preparing biodiversity audit reports.

24  Subsection 75A(1)

After “this Act”, insert “, the Nature Repair Market Act 2023”.

25  After paragraph 75A(5)(h)

Insert:

                   (ha)  inspection of the performance of registered greenhouse and energy auditors in carrying out biodiversity audits;