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SR 1983 No 7 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to SR 2000 No. 201
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ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983



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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Privileges and Immunities) Regulations 1983

Statutory Rules 1983 No. 7 as amended
made under the
International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963
This compilation was prepared on 10 August 2000
taking into account amendments up to SR 2000 No. 201
Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting
Attorney-General's Department, Canberra
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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Privileges and Immunities) Regulations 1983

Statutory Rules 1983 No. 7 as amended
made under the
International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963


ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 1
Name of Regulations [see Note 1]

These Regulations are the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Privileges and Immunities) Regulations 1983.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 2
Definitions

In these Regulations:

Act means the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963.
member of the family or family member, in relation to a person (the first person), means a person who is:

(a)
a part of the first person's household; and

(b)
any of the following members of the first person's family:

(i)
the first person's spouse;
(ii)
an unmarried child who is under the age of 21 years;
(iii)
an unmarried child who is under the age of 25 years and is undertaking full-time studies at an Australian educational institution;
(iv)
an unmarried child who is incapable of self-support because of a physical or mental disability.

Organisation means the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
taxable supply has the meaning given by section 195-1 of the GST Act.
tax invoice has the meaning given by section 29-70 of the GST Act.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 3
Act applies to Organisation

The Organisation is an international organisation to which the Act applies.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 4
Organisation to have juridical personality and legal
capacities

The Organisation:


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(a)
is a body corporate with perpetual succession; and

(b)
has the capacity to contract; and

(c)
is capable, in its corporate name, of acquiring, holding and disposing of real and personal property and of instituting legal proceedings.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 5
Privileges and immunities of the Organisation

(1)
Subject to subregulations (2), (3) and (4), the Organisation has the privileges and immunities specified in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 of the First Schedule to the Act.

(2)
The Organisation is not, by virtue of subregulation (1), exempt from such national, regional or municipal dues and taxes in respect of the premises of the Organisation, whether owned or leased, as represent payment for specific services rendered.

(3)
Where goods (not being publications of the Organisation) are imported, manufactured or purchased by the Organisation for sale by it, subregulation (1) does not operate to prevent sales tax being payable by the Organisation or by any other person upon the sale value of the goods.

(4)
The Organisation's privileges in relation to indirect tax are limited to:

(a)
the exemption conferred by section 11B of the Act; and

(b)
concessions under section 11C of the Act in relation to acquisitions mentioned in subregulation 10A (1).

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 6
Privileges and immunities of the Secretary-General of the
Organisation

(1)
The office of Secretary-General of the Organisation is a high office in the Organisation.

(2)
A person who holds, or is performing the duties of, the office of Secretary-General of the Organisation has the privileges and immunities specified in Part I of the Second Schedule to the Act.

(3)
A person who has ceased to hold, or perform the duties of, the office of Secretary-General of the Organisation has the immunities specified in Part II of the Second Schedule to the Act.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 7
Privileges and immunities of a Deputy Secretary-General of the
Organisation

(1)
The office of Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation is a high office in the Organisation.

(2)
A person who holds, or is performing the duties of, the office of Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation has the privileges and immunities specified in Part I of the Second Schedule to the Act to the extent that those privileges and immunities are accorded to a member of the diplomatic staff of a diplomatic mission, being a member of comparable diplomatic rank.

(3)
A person who has ceased to hold, or perform the duties of, the office of Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation has the immunities specified in Part II of the Second Schedule to the Act.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 8
Privileges and immunities of representatives to the
Organisation

(1)
A person who is accredited to, or is in attendance at an international conference convened by, the Organisation as a representative of:


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(a)
a country other than Australia;

(b)
another international organisation to which the Act applies; or

(c)
an overseas organisation to which the Act applies,

has, while exercising his functions as such a representative, the privileges and immunities specified in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 of Part I of the Third Schedule to the Act.

(2)
A person who has ceased to be accredited to, or has attended an international conference convened by, the Organisation as a representative of:

(a)
a country other than Australia;

(b)
another international organisation to which the Act applies; or

(c)
an overseas organisation to which the Act applies,

has the immunities specified in Part II of the Third Schedule to the Act.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 9
Privileges and immunities of officers (other than high officers) of
the Organisation

(1)
Subject to subregulations (2) and (3), a person who holds an office in the Organisation, other than a person who holds, or is performing the duties of, an office specified in subregulation 6 (1) or 7 (1), has the privileges and immunities specified in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 of Part I of the Fourth Schedule to the Act.

(2)
The salary and emoluments received from the Organisation by a person on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by subregulation (1), being a resident of Australia within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, are not, to the extent to which they are for services rendered in Australia, exempt from taxation unless the person is not an Australian citizen and came to Australia solely for the purpose of performing duties of the office in the Organisation held by him.

(3)
A person to whom subregulation (1) applies and who is an Australian citizen does not have the privileges and immunities specified in paragraph 7 of Part I of the Fourth Schedule to the Act.

(4)
A person who has ceased to hold an office in the Organisation, other than an office specified in subregulation 6 (1) or 7 (1), has the immunities specified in Part II of the Fourth Schedule to the Act.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 10
Privileges and immunities of persons performing missions for the
Organisation

(1)
Subject to subregulations (2) and (3), a person who is performing, whether alone or jointly with other persons, a mission on behalf of the Organisation has the privileges and immunities specified in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Part I of the Fifth Schedule to the Act.

(2)
The privileges and immunities specified in paragraph 3 of Part I of the Fifth Schedule to the Act extend, in relation to a person, to papers and documents that relate to the mission that he is performing on behalf of the Organisation, but not to any other papers and documents.

(3)
A person who has performed a mission on behalf of the Organisation has the immunities specified in Part II of the Fifth Schedule to the Act.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 10A
Indirect tax concession scheme — acquisitions

(1)
For paragraph 11C (1) (a) of the Act, the following acquisitions by the Organisation are covered by these Regulations:

(a)
an acquisition of any of the following, on a single tax invoice for a taxable supply of at least $200 (including indirect tax):


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(i)
goods (by purchase or lease);
(ii)
mail services;
(iii)
telecommunications services;
(iv)
electricity or gas services;
(v)
protection of premises services;
(vi)
removal of goods services;
(vii)
freight and cartage other than removal of goods;
(b)
an acquisition of goods that are freed from duties of excise by subregulation 5 (1);

(c)
an acquisition of warehoused goods (within the meaning of the Customs Act 1901), the importation of which is covered by an immunity from taxation (including customs duties) conferred by these Regulations;

(d)
an acquisition of any of the following, if the acquisition is subject to an arrangement between the Organisation and the Commonwealth for reimbursement of indirect tax:

(i)
construction or renovation services;
(ii)
real property;
(iii)
any other thing.
(2)
However, an acquisition by the Organisation is covered by these Regulations only if, at the time of the acquisition, it was intended for the official use of the Organisation.

(3)
For paragraph 11C (1) (a) of the Act, the following acquisitions by a person mentioned in subregulation (4) are covered by these Regulations:

(a)
an acquisition of any of the following, on a single tax invoice for a taxable supply of at least $200 (including indirect tax):

(i)
goods (by purchase or lease);
(ii)
removal of goods services;
(b)
an acquisition of goods that are freed from duties of excise by subregulation 6 (2) or 7 (2);

(c)
an acquisition of warehoused goods (within the meaning of the Customs Act 1901), the importation of which is covered by an immunity from taxation (including customs duties) conferred by these Regulations.

(4)
For subregulation (3), the persons are:

(a)
the Secretary-General of the Organisation; and

(b)
the Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation.

(5)
However:

(a)
an acquisition by a person mentioned in subregulation (4) is covered by these Regulations only if, at the time of the acquisition, it was intended for the personal use of the person, or of a member of the family of the person; and

(b)
an acquisition of a motor vehicle for the personal use of a person mentioned in subregulation (4) is covered by these Regulations only if:

(i)
the vehicle was acquired in exceptional circumstances to replace a motor vehicle for which the person received:

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(A)
a concession under section 11C of the Act; or
(B)
an exemption from indirect tax under section 11B of the Act; or
(ii)
within the previous 3 years, the person has not received:
(A)
a concession under section 11C of the Act for the acquisition of another motor vehicle; or
(B)
an exemption from indirect tax under section 11B of the Act on the importation of another motor vehicle; and
(c)
an acquisition of a motor vehicle for the personal use of a member of the family of a person mentioned in subregulation (4) is covered by these Regulations only if:

(i)
the vehicle is acquired in exceptional circumstances to replace a motor vehicle that has been stolen or damaged beyond repair and for which the person received:
(A)
a concession under section 11C of the Act; or
(B)
an exemption under section 11B of the Act; or
(ii)
the family member is eligible to hold a driver's licence that is valid in Australia and, within the previous 3 years, the person has not received:
(A)
a concession under section 11C of the Act for the acquisition of another motor vehicle for the personal use of a family member; or
(B)
an exemption from indirect tax under section 11B of the Act on the importation of another motor vehicle for the personal use of a family member.
(6)
For paragraph 11C (1) (a) of the Act, the acquisition of a locally-manufactured motor vehicle by a person who holds an office in the Organisation (other than a person mentioned in subregulation (4)), for the personal use of the person or of a member of the family of the person, is covered by these Regulations if:

(a)
the vehicle is acquired within the first 6 months of the person's installation in Australia and the person has not previously received:

(i)
a concession under section 11C of the Act for the acquisition of another motor vehicle; or
(ii)
an exemption from indirect tax under section 11B of the Act on the importation of another motor vehicle; or
(b)
the vehicle is acquired in exceptional circumstances to replace a motor vehicle for which the person has received:

(i)
a concession under section 11C of the Act; or
(ii)
an exemption from indirect tax under section 11B of the Act.
(7)
In subparagraphs (5) (b) (i) and (c) (i) and paragraph (6) (b):


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exceptional circumstances, in relation to the replacement of a motor vehicle, includes the original vehicle being stolen or damaged beyond repair.

Note   Section 11C of the Act establishes an indirect tax concession scheme that provides for reimbursement by the Commissioner of Taxation of indirect tax payable for acquisitions covered by these Regulations.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 10B
Indirect tax concession scheme — conditions

(1)
For paragraph 11C (3) (a) of the Act, the amount mentioned in subsection 11C (1) of the Act is payable only if the following conditions are satisfied:

(a)
the person who made the acquisition is subject to an agreement in writing between the Organisation and the Commonwealth to repay to the Commonwealth the amount worked out under subregulation (2) if:

(i)
for a payment in relation to an acquisition of a motor vehicle — the person disposes of the motor vehicle (except to another person entitled to an indirect tax concession under these Regulations or another law of the Commonwealth in relation to similar acquisitions) in Australia or an external Territory within 3 years after it was acquired; or
(ii)
for a payment in relation to an acquisition of goods other than a motor vehicle — the person disposes of the goods (except to another person entitled to an indirect tax concession under these Regulations or another law of the Commonwealth in relation to similar acquisitions) in Australia or an external Territory within 2 years after they were acquired; or
(iii)
for a payment in relation to an acquisition of services or any other acquisition (except an acquisition covered by paragraph 10A (1) (d)) — the person assigns the services to another person (except to another person entitled to an indirect tax concession under these Regulations or another law of the Commonwealth in relation to similar acquisitions) in Australia or an external Territory;
(b)
if the person has breached a previous agreement under paragraph (a) — the person complies with any written requirements, including a requirement to give security, that the Minister considers necessary to ensure that the person complies with the agreement.

(2)
For subparagraphs (1) (a) (i) and (ii):

(a)
a sale of goods to a finance company as part of a sale and lease-back arrangement is not a disposal of the goods; and

(b)
a person (the first person) is taken to have disposed of goods to which 1 of those subparagraphs applies within the period mentioned in that subparagraph to a person who is not entitled to an indirect tax concession in relation to similar acquisitions if:

(i)
the first person disposes of the goods to a person (the second person) who is entitled to the concession; and
(ii)
the second person disposes of the goods to another person; and
(iii)
the series of disposals of the goods to other persons continues (if necessary) until the goods are eventually acquired, within the period mentioned in that paragraph, by a person who is not entitled to the concession.
(3)
For paragraph (1) (a), the amount to be repaid is:

(a)
for an acquisition to which subparagraph (1) (a) (i) or (ii) applies — the proportion of the amount paid under section 11C of the Act in relation to the acquisition that is equal to the proportion of the period mentioned in that subparagraph remaining after the person disposes of the goods; and

(b)
for an acquisition to which subparagraph (1) (a) (iii) applies — the amount paid under section 11C of the Act in relation to the acquisition.


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(4)
However, for an acquisition to which subparagraph (1) (a) (i) or (ii) applies, a person is not required to repay an amount paid under section 11C of the Act in relation to a lease payment that relates to a period before the person disposes of the goods.

(5)
The amount mentioned in subsection 11C (1) of the Act is not payable if:

(a)
an amount was payable for a similar acquisition; and

(b)
the Minister tells the person in writing that, in his or her opinion, the person's reasonable needs were met by that acquisition.

(6)
In this regulation, person includes the Organisation.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 10C
Indirect tax concession scheme — claims for
payment

A claim for payment under regulation 10A:

(a)
must be signed by, or for, the Secretary-General of the Organisation; and

(b)
must be sent with the tax invoice for the acquisition; and

(c)
must be sent:

(i)
for an acquisition of a motor vehicle — to the Protocol Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; or
(ii)
in any other case — to the Australian Taxation Office; and
(d)
for an acquisition of a motor vehicle or an acquisition of real property by lease — may be sent at any time after the acquisition; and

(e)
for an acquisition of a kind mentioned in paragraph 10A (1) (d), except an acquisition of real property by lease — may only be sent:

(i)
in accordance with the arrangement mentioned in that paragraph; or
(ii)
if the arrangement does not specify a time when a claim may be sent:
(A)
with another claim; or
(B)
at least 3 months after another claim from the Organisation is sent; and
(f)
for an acquisition that is not mentioned in paragraph (d) or (e) — may only be sent:

(i)
with another claim; or
(ii)
at least 3 months after another claim from the Organisation.

Note   Paragraphs 10C (e) and (f) are intended to limit the number of claims from the Organisation to one in each quarter, to minimise delays in the processing of claims.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 10D
Indirect tax concession scheme — manner of payment

For paragraph 11C (3) (b) of the Act, the amount is to be paid to a single recipient, or an account, nominated by, or for, the Secretary-General of the Organisation.


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ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 11
Waiver of privileges and immunities

(1)
The Council of the Organisation may waive any privileges and immunities to which:

(a)
the Organisation; or

(b)
a person upon whom privileges and immunities are conferred by regulation 6 or 7,

is entitled by virtue of the Act or these Regulations.

(2)
The Secretary-General of the Organisation may waive any privileges and immunities to which:

(a)
a person upon whom privileges and immunities are conferred by regulation 9; or

(b)
a person upon whom privileges and immunities are conferred by regulation 10,

is entitled by virtue of the Act or these Regulations.

(3)
The government of a country may waive any privileges and immunities to which a person upon whom privileges and immunities are conferred by regulation 8 is entitled by virtue of the Act or these Regulations.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 12
Privileges and immunities subject to quarantine laws, etc

Nothing in these Regulations affects the application of any law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory relating to quarantine, or prohibiting or restricting the importation into, or the exportation from, Australia or that Territory, as the case may be, of any animals, plants or goods, but this regulation does not prejudice the immunity from suit or from other legal process conferred by these Regulations.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
- REG 13
Delegation

(1)
The Minister may, either generally or as otherwise provided by the instrument of delegation, by writing signed by the Minister, delegate to a person the Minister's powers under paragraphs 10B (1) (b) and (5) (b) of these Regulations.

(2)
A power delegated under subregulation (1), when exercised by the delegate, is taken to have been exercised by the Minister.

(3)
A delegation of power under subregulation (1) does not prevent the exercise of the power by the Minister.

ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES) REGULATIONS 1983
Notes to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Privileges and Immunities) Regulations 1983

Note 1

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Privileges and Immunities) Regulations 1983 (in force under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963) as shown in this compilation comprise Statutory Rules 1983 No. 7 amended as indicated in the Tables below.
See Table A for information about application, saving or transitional provisions.

Table of Statutory Rules


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Year and
number
Date of notification
in Gazette
Date of
commencement
Application, saving or
transitional provisions
1983 No. 7
4 Feb 1983
4 Feb 1983

2000 No. 201
31 July 2000
1 July 2000 (see r. 2)
R. 3

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted am. = amended rep. = repealed rs. = repealed and substituted
Provision affected
How affected
Rr. 1-3
rs. 2000 No. 201
R. 5
am. 2000 No. 201
R. 8
am. 2000 No. 201
Rr. 10A-10D
ad. 2000 No. 201
R. 13
ad. 2000 No. 201

Table A Application, saving or transitional provisions

Statutory Rules 2000 No. 201

3 Purpose of Regulations

These Regulations amend Regulations made under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 (the Act) to apply the indirect tax concession scheme under section 11C of the Act to the organisations covered by those Regulations and officers and high officers of those organisations.