Federal Register of Legislation - Australian Government

Primary content

Schemes as amended, taking into account amendments up to Non-bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007
Administered by: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Registered 05 Mar 2008
Start Date 01 Mar 2008
End Date 01 Jul 2008
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2008
Repealed by Other
Repealing Comments Enabling legislation repealed by Wheat Export Marketing (Repeal and Consequential Amendments) Act 2008 (Act No. 66 of 2008).

Non‑bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007

as amended

made under subsection 67 (1) of the

This compilation was prepared on 4 March 2008
taking into account amendments up to Non-bulk Wheat Quality Assurance
Scheme 2007

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra


Contents

                        1     Name of Scheme [see Note 1]                                                              4

                        2     Commencement                                                                                  4

                        3     Amendment of this Scheme                                                                 4

Part 1                    Preliminary                                                                                     

                        4     Overview of Scheme                                                                             5

                        5     Definitions                                                                                           5

                        6     Shipments of wheat                                                                             6

Part 2                    Core provisions of Scheme                                                       

Division 1                Exemptions from the Scheme                                                            

                        7     When application for exemption must be made                                      8

                        8     Application for exemption from Scheme                                                 8

                        9     Commission to decide on exemption                                                     8

Division 2                Requirements on exporters                                                               

                       10     Application                                                                                          9

                       11     Exporter to give notice                                                                         9

                       12     Sampling and testing                                                                         10

                       13     Wheat must correspond to contractual description                                10

                       14     Requirements on exporters who are accredited persons                        10

Division 3                Sampling and quality testing                                                             

Subdivision A            Sampling requirements                                                                                                  

                       15     When must samples be taken etc                                                       10

                       16     What samples must be taken                                                             11

                       17     Dealing with the samples [see Note 2]                                                 11

                       18     Method of securing samples [see Note 2]                                            12

                       19     Sending of samples to accredited testing laboratory                              12

                       20     Return of samples                                                                              12

Subdivision B            Testing the samples                                                                                                        

                       21     General                                                                                             13

                       22     Sample A                                                                                          13

                       23     Sample B                                                                                          14

                       24     Return of samples                                                                              14

Subdivision C            When wheat is taken to meet the contract description                                         

                       25     Outcomes of testing [see Note 2]                                                        15

Subdivision D            Evidentiary certificates                                                                                                   

                       26     Proceedings to which Subdivision applies                                            15

                       27     Signing of certificate by accredited packer etc                                      16

                       28     Document taken to be a certificate unless contrary intention established 17

                       29     Certificate not to be admitted unless copy given                                   17

                       30     Person signing the certificate may be called to give evidence                 17

                       31     Rebuttal evidence                                                                              17

                       32     Commission may ask for full certificate                                                17

Subdivision E            Direction to exporter                                                                                                       

                       33     Direction to use a particular type of accredited person                           18

Division 4                Accreditation of packers                                                                    

                       34     Application for accreditation                                                                18

                       35     Further information                                                                             18

                       36     Decision on application for accreditation                                              19

                       37     Notice of accreditation decision                                                           19

                       38     Period of accreditation                                                                        19

Division 5                Accreditation of laboratories                                                             

                       39     Application for accreditation                                                                20

                       40     Further information                                                                             20

                       41     Decision on application for accreditation                                              20

                       42     Notice of accreditation decision                                                           21

                       43     Period of accreditation                                                                        21

Division 6                Conditions on accreditation                                                               

                       44     Conditions that apply to all accredited persons                                     21

                       45     Commission may impose further conditions                                         22

Division 7                Breach of conditions on accreditation                                               

                       46     Breach of conditions                                                                          22

                       47     Notices under this Division                                                                  22

Division 8                Miscellaneous                                                                                    

                       48     Fees may be charged                                                                        23

                       49     Commission may approve forms                                                          23

Schedule 1             Amendments commencing immediately after the commencement of Schedule 5 to the Wheat Marketing Amendment Act 2007                                           24

Schedule 2             Amendment commencing immediately after the commencement of Schedule 3 to the Wheat Marketing Amendment Act 2007                                                      26

Notes                                                                                                                              27

 

 


  

  

1              Name of Scheme [see Note 1]

                This Scheme is the Non‑bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007.

2              Commencement

         (1)   This Scheme commences on 27 August 2007.

         (2)   Schedule 1 commences immediately after the commencement of Schedule 5 to the Wheat Marketing Amendment Act 2007.

         (3)   Schedule 2 commences immediately after the commencement of Schedule 3 to the Wheat Marketing Amendment Act 2007.

3              Amendment of this Scheme

                Schedules 1 and 2 amend the Non‑bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007.

Part 1                 Preliminary

  

4              Overview of Scheme

Provision of the Act

         (1)   This Scheme is made under subsection 67 (1) of the Act.

General

         (2)   This Scheme provides for the sampling and quality testing of wheat to be exported in bags or containers to ensure the wheat corresponds with the relevant contractual description of the wheat.

Note   See Division 3 of Part 2 for sampling and quality testing.

Exporters

         (3)   This Scheme also imposes requirements on an exporter in relation to the export of wheat in bags or containers.

Note   See Division 2 of Part 2.

Accredited persons

         (4)   This Scheme also:

                (a)    provides for the accreditation of persons as accredited packers and accredited testing laboratories; and

               (b)    imposes certain conditions on accredited persons; and

                (c)    provides for the imposition of conditions on accredited persons; and

               (d)    provides for the suspension or revocation of the accreditation of accredited persons.

Note   See Divisions 4, 5, 6 and 7 of Part 2.

5              Definitions

                In this Scheme:

accredited testing laboratory means a laboratory accredited under section 41.

Note   Accredited testing laboratory is also defined in section 3 of the Act.

accredited packer means a packer accredited under section 36.

accredited person means an accredited packer or an accredited testing laboratory.

Act means the Wheat Marketing Act 1989.

approved means approved by the Commission under section 49.

business day, in relation to an accredited person, means a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, public holiday or bank holiday in the place in which the person is located.

export declaration number, or EDN, means the number issued by the Australian Customs Service in respect of an export declaration made under the Customs Act 1901.

exporter means an exporter of wheat who intends to export the wheat in bags or containers.

identified grade, in relation to wheat, means a grade included in the standards made by NACMA or the designated company as in force from time to time.

laboratory’s authorised person, in relation to an accredited testing laboratory, means a person who:

                (a)    works in a supervisory capacity in relation to testing samples for the accredited testing laboratory; or

               (b)    is a signatory authorised under the accredited testing laboratory’s accreditation or certification with an organisation specified in section 41.

NACMA is an acronym for the National Agricultural Commodities Marketing Association.

packer means a person who takes samples of wheat.

packer’s authorised person, in relation to an accredited packer, means a person who works in a supervisory capacity in relation to packing wheat for the accredited packer.

Sample A has the meaning given in subsection 17 (3).

Sample B has the meaning given in subsection 17 (3).

Scheme means the Non‑bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007.

shipment, in relation to wheat that is covered by one contract of sale and intended for export in bags or containers, means either:

                (a)    if the exporter of the wheat does not make a decision under section 6 to split the wheat into more than one lot — all of the wheat covered by the contract; or

               (b)    if the exporter of the wheat makes a decision under section 6 — each of the lots.

testing certificate means a notice given under section 22 or 23.

wheat includes wheat of the species Triticum durum, Triticum spelta and Triticum tauschii.

6              Shipments of wheat

         (1)   An exporter of wheat may, by notice in writing given to the Commission, decide to split into lots wheat covered by one contract of sale.

         (2)   The notice must:

                (a)    be in the form approved for the purposes of this paragraph; and

               (b)    be accompanied by such information as the Commission requests; and

                (c)    be given to the Commission at the same time that a notice is given to the Commission under section 11 for the wheat.

Part 2                 Core provisions of Scheme

Division 1              Exemptions from the Scheme

7              When application for exemption must be made

                If:

                (a)    an exporter has a contract of sale for wheat that the exporter intends to export in bags or containers; and

               (b)    the exporter wants an exemption from the requirements of Division 2 for the wheat;

the exporter must apply for the exemption under section 8 before the wheat is packed in bags or containers.

8              Application for exemption from Scheme

         (1)   If an exporter of wheat wants an exemption from the requirements of Division 2 for wheat covered by a particular contract of sale, the exporter must apply to the Commission for it.

         (2)   The application must be in a form approved by the Commission for the purposes of this subsection.

         (3)   In considering whether to exempt the wheat from the Scheme, the Commission may have regard to the following factors:

                (a)    the expense of complying with the Scheme compared to the value of the wheat as evidenced by the contract of sale for the wheat;

               (b)    the kind of packaging that the wheat will be packed into for export;

                (c)    the use for which the wheat is intended after export;

               (d)    any other matter the Commission considers relevant.

9              Commission to decide on exemption

         (1)   The Commission may exempt the exporter’s wheat from the requirements of Division 2.

         (2)   The Commission must make a decision under subsection (1) within 14 days after the Commission receives the application.

         (3)   If the Commission does not make a decision under this section within the period specified in subsection (2), on the twenty‑second day after receiving the application the Commission is taken to have made a decision to exempt the exporter’s wheat from the requirements set out in Division 2.

         (4)   The Commission must give the applicant notice of the decision within 7 days of making it.

         (5)   The notice:

                (a)    must be in writing; and

               (b)    if the decision is to refuse the application, must set out the reasons for the decision.

Division 2              Requirements on exporters

10            Application

         (1)   The requirements of this Division apply to an exporter of wheat in relation to wheat covered by a particular contract of sale if the exporter is not exempted from this Scheme in relation to that wheat under Division 1.

Note   Under subsection 66 (1) of the Act, it is an offence for an exporter of wheat to contravene a requirement imposed on the person by this Scheme in relation to the export of wheat.

         (2)   These requirements apply to each shipment of the wheat.

11            Exporter to give notice

         (1)   The exporter of wheat must, before the wheat is packed in bags or containers, give the following notices:

                (a)    a notice to an accredited packer;

               (b)    a notice to an accredited testing laboratory;

                (c)    a notice to the Commission.

         (2)   The notices must each:

                (a)    be in the form approved by the Commission for the purposes of this paragraph; and

               (b)    contain the EDN for the wheat.

         (3)   If the description of the wheat in the relevant contract is that the wheat is of an identified grade, the exporter of the wheat must, in the notice under paragraph (1) (b), specify that the following things must be tested for:

                (a)    protein content;

               (b)    moisture content;

                (c)    Falling Number;

               (d)    screenings;

                (e)    test weight.

         (4)   If a notice under paragraph (1) (b) does not contain the information required by subsection (3), the notice is taken never to have been given.

         (5)   If a notice under this section does not contain the EDN for the wheat, the notice is taken never to have been given.

         (6)   If a notice under paragraph (1) (c) is not accompanied by the description of the wheat set out in the relevant contract the notice is taken never to have been given.

         (7)   The effect of subsection (4), (5) or (6) (as the case may be) must be specified in the relevant approved form.

12            Sampling and testing

         (1)   The exporter must have the wheat sampled in accordance with this Scheme before the wheat is exported.

         (2)   The exporter must ensure that only an accredited packer packs the wheat in bags or containers.

         (3)   The exporter must have the wheat quality tested in accordance with this Scheme.

         (4)   The exporter must ensure that only an accredited packer takes samples of the wheat for quality testing.

         (5)   The exporter must ensure that only an accredited testing laboratory carries out the quality testing required by the Scheme.

         (6)   If the exporter receives a direction under section 33, the exporter must comply with the direction.

13            Wheat must correspond to contractual description

         (1)   The exporter must ensure that a sample of wheat taken in accordance with this Scheme corresponds with the description of the wheat in the relevant contract.

Note   Section 25 sets out circumstances in which wheat is taken to correspond with its contractual description.

         (2)   A reference in subsection (1) to the description of the wheat is a reference to those aspects of the wheat’s description that are capable of being objectively tested.

14            Requirements on exporters who are accredited persons

                If:

                (a)    the exporter is also an accredited person; and

               (b)    the exporter samples or quality tests its own wheat;

the exporter must comply with the requirements of Division 3 in respect of the sampling or quality testing.

Division 3              Sampling and quality testing

Subdivision A              Sampling requirements

15            When must samples be taken etc

                If:

                (a)    an accredited packer receives a notice under section 11; and

               (b)    the packer decides to take samples following the notice;

the accredited packer must:

                (c)    take the samples at the time of packing the wheat into bags or containers for export; and

               (d)    deal with the samples in accordance with this Subdivision.

16            What samples must be taken

         (1)   In order to form a representative sample of the wheat, the accredited packer must take at least 3 samples of 300 grams each from every 25 tonnes of wheat being packed in bags or containers.

         (2)   If:

                (a)    the original tonnage of wheat is less than 25 tonnes; or

               (b)    after complying with subsection (1), there is a tonnage of wheat of less than 25 tonnes remaining;

the accredited packer must take 3 samples of 300 grams each from that original tonnage or remainder (as the case may be).

17            Dealing with the samples [see Note 2]

         (1)   The accredited packer must place the samples in a container and thoroughly mix them together to form a composite sample.

         (2)   The container must be in such a condition that it does not affect the quality of the samples taken.

         (3)   The accredited packer must divide the composite sample into a minimum of 2 sample lots to be known as Sample A and Sample B as soon as practicable after the composite sample is taken.

         (4)   Sample A must be taken from the composite sample on the same day as Sample B is taken from it.

         (5)   Sample A and Sample B must be placed in separate containers.

Note   See section 18 for matters concerning the containers.

         (6)   The amounts of wheat in Sample A and Sample B must be sufficient to allow accurate quality testing to occur.

         (7)   The accredited packer must record, in writing, the following information in respect of Sample A and Sample B:

                (a)    the EDN;

               (b)    the accredited packer’s name and location;

                (c)    the name of the exporter intending to export the wheat;

               (d)    the tonnage that the samples represent;

                (e)    the date on which the samples were collected;

                (f)    the name and location of the accredited testing laboratory that will test the samples;

                (g)    the date the samples are sent to the accredited testing laboratory for testing;

                (h)    the unique identifier used by the packer for the relevant shipment of wheat;

                 (i)    any other information that the Authority requests.

         (8)   The accredited packer must make the record as soon as practicable after sending the sample to the accredited testing laboratory under section 19.

         (9)   The accredited packer must keep the record for 7 years from the time the record is made.

18            Method of securing samples [see Note 2]

                The containers containing Samples A and B must be:

                (a)    in such a condition that they do not affect the quality of the samples taken; and

               (b)    securely sealed; and

                (c)    containers of a kind that cannot be opened without breaking either the seal or the container; and

               (d)    labelled with the following information:

                          (i)    the name of the exporter;

                         (ii)    the EDN for the wheat;

                         (iii)    the date or dates on which the composite sample for the wheat was collected;

                        (iv)    the date on which Samples A and B were derived from the composite sample;

                         (v)    the unique identifier used by the packer for the relevant shipment of wheat;

                        (vi)    whether the sample is Sample A or Sample B;

                        (vii)    any other information that the Authority requests.

19            Sending of samples to accredited testing laboratory

         (1)   By the end of the next business day following the day Samples A and B are derived from the composite sample, after securing Samples A and B, the accredited packer must send the samples to the accredited testing laboratory nominated by the exporter.

         (2)   The samples must be stored prior to transport and transported in such a way that the integrity of the samples is preserved.

20            Return of samples

                An exporter of wheat may request the accredited packer who took a sample of the wheat to return to the exporter, at the exporter’s expense, any unused portion of the sample.

Subdivision B              Testing the samples

21            General

Only some tests required under the Scheme

         (1)   Despite a notice given under paragraph 11 (1) (b) by an exporter of wheat to an accredited testing laboratory, for the purposes of this Scheme the laboratory is only required to test for things specified in the notice in relation to the wheat that are capable of being objectively tested.

Testing must be of a certain standard

         (2)   An accredited testing laboratory that tests wheat under this Scheme must test the wheat in accordance with the standards of the accreditation or certification mentioned in section 41 that the laboratory holds.

Storing of samples

         (3)   An accredited testing laboratory must store and secure samples received by it under this Scheme in such a way that the quality of the sample is preserved.

22            Sample A

         (1)   Upon receiving samples of wheat from an accredited packer, an accredited testing laboratory must, if it decides to test the samples following a notice given by an exporter under section 11, test Sample A.

         (2)   Subject to subsection 21 (1), the accredited testing laboratory must test Sample A for the matters specified by the exporter in the notice.

         (3)   By the end of the next business day after the test results for the sample become known to the accredited testing laboratory, the accredited testing laboratory must, in writing, notify the exporter and the Commission of the following matters in respect of the sample:

                (a)    the name and location of the accredited testing laboratory;

               (b)    the EDN for the wheat tested;

                (c)    the name of the packer;

               (d)    the name of the exporter;

                (e)    the date or dates that the testing was carried out;

                (f)    the testing requested in the form provided under section 11;

                (g)    the results of the testing done;

                (h)    the name of the person in the laboratory who supervised the testing;

                 (i)    whether the sample is Sample A or Sample B;

                (j)    the unique identifier used by the packer for the relevant shipment of wheat.

         (4)   The notice must also contain a signed statement by the accredited testing laboratory’s authorised person stating that the sample was tested in accordance with the standards of the accreditation or certification mentioned in section 41 that the laboratory holds.

         (5)   The accredited testing laboratory must make a record of the matters covered in the notice as soon as practicable after sending the notice to the exporter.

         (6)   The accredited testing laboratory must keep the record for 7 years from the time the record is made.

23            Sample B

         (1)   The accredited testing laboratory must retain Sample B for 14 days after the day that the testing certificate for Sample A is given to the exporter.

         (2)   Within 14 days after the testing certificate is given for Sample A, the exporter may ask the accredited testing laboratory to test Sample B.

         (3)   If the accredited testing laboratory is asked to test Sample B as provided for in subsection (2), the laboratory must, subject to subsection 21 (1), test Sample B for the matters specified by the exporter in the notice given to the accredited testing laboratory by the exporter under section 11.

         (4)   For the purposes of this Scheme, the exporter must make a request under subsection (2) within the period specified in that subsection.

         (5)   By the end of the next business day after the test results for Sample B become known to the accredited testing laboratory:

                (a)    the accredited testing laboratory must notify the exporter and the Commission of the matters, in respect of the sample, that are specified in subsection 22 (3); and

               (b)    the accredited testing laboratory must comply with subsection 22 (4) in respect of the notice.

         (6)   The accredited testing laboratory must make a record of the matters covered in the notice as soon as practicable after sending the notice to the exporter.

         (7)   The accredited testing laboratory must keep the record for 7 years from the time the record is made.

24            Return of samples

         (1)   An exporter of wheat may request the accredited testing laboratory that is testing the exporter’s wheat to return to the exporter, at the exporter’s expense, any unused portions of samples that the accredited testing laboratory has of the exporter’s wheat.

         (2)   The laboratory must return the unused portions:

                (a)    for Sample A — at any time up to 3 months after the period mentioned in subsection 23 (1) has ended; and

               (b)    for Sample B if the accredited testing laboratory has not tested that sample — at any time up to 3 months after the period mentioned in subsection 23 (1) has ended; and

                (c)    for Sample B if the accredited testing laboratory has tested that sample — at any time up to 3 months after the testing certificate for that sample has been given to the exporter and the Commission.

Subdivision C              When wheat is taken to meet the contract description

25        Outcomes of testing [see Note 2]

         (1)   An exporter is taken to satisfy the requirement in subsection 13 (1), in relation to wheat that is exported by the exporter, if the testing outcome for the wheat is as provided for in subsection (2) or (3).

         (2)   If:

                (a)    the description of the wheat set out in the testing certificate for Sample A corresponds with the description of the wheat set out in the notice given by the exporter of the wheat to the Authority under section 11; and

               (b)    the description of the wheat set out in the testing certificate corresponds with the description of the wheat in the relevant contract;

then the wheat, when exported in bags or containers, corresponds with the relevant contractual description of the wheat.

         (3)   If:

                (a)    the description of the wheat set out in the testing certificate for Sample A does not correspond to the description of the wheat set out in the notice given by the exporter of the wheat to the Commission under section 11; and

               (b)    Sample B of the wheat is tested and the description of the wheat set out in the testing certificate for that sample corresponds with the description of the wheat set out in the notice given by the exporter of the wheat to the Commission under section 11; and

                (c)    the description of the wheat in the testing certificate for Sample B corresponds with description of the wheat in the relevant contract;

then the wheat, when exported in bags or containers, corresponds with the relevant contractual description of the wheat.

         (4)   A reference in this section to the description of the wheat is a reference to those aspects of the wheat’s description that relate to matters that are capable of being objectively tested.

Subdivision D              Evidentiary certificates

26            Proceedings to which Subdivision applies

                This Subdivision applies to any proceedings (offence proceedings) for an offence against section 66 of the Act.

27            Signing of certificate by accredited packer etc

         (1)   Subject to section 28, in any offence proceedings, a certificate signed by:

                (a)    an accredited packer; or

               (b)    the packer’s authorised person;

stating, in respect of wheat, any one or more of the following:

                (c)    the EDN;

               (d)    that the person who signed the certificate was an accredited packer or the packer’s authorised person (as the case may be);

                (e)    when wheat covered by a particular EDN was sampled and packed by the accredited packer;

                (f)    when and from whom the wheat sampled was received;

                (g)    a description of the method of sampling;

                (h)    a description of how the samples were secured, stored and transported to the accredited testing laboratory;

                 (i)    when the samples were sent to an accredited testing laboratory;

                (j)    which accredited testing laboratory the samples were sent to;

               (k)    a description of the way in which the samples were stored by the packer;

is admissible as prima facie evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

Signing of certificate by accredited testing laboratory

         (2)   Subject to section 28, in any offence proceedings, a certificate signed by:

                (a)    an accredited testing laboratory; or

               (b)    the laboratory’s authorised person;

stating, in respect of wheat, any one or more of the following:

                (c)    the EDN;

               (d)    that the person who signed the certificate was an accredited testing laboratory or the laboratory’s authorised person (as the case may be);

                (e)    when and from whom the samples of wheat were received;

                (f)    what, if any, labels or other means of identifying the wheat accompanied it when it was received;

                (g)    what container or containers the wheat was contained in when it was received;

                (h)    the state of the seals on the container or containers when the wheat was received;

                 (i)    the state of the container or containers when the wheat was received;

                (j)    a description of the wheat received;

               (k)    when the samples of wheat were tested;

                 (l)    a description of the way in which the samples were stored by the laboratory;

               (m)    a description of the method of testing;

                (n)    the results of the testing;

is admissible as prima facie evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

28            Document taken to be a certificate unless contrary intention established

                For the purposes of this Subdivision, a document purporting to be a certificate referred to in section 27 is, unless the contrary intention is established, taken to be such a certificate and to have been duly given.

29            Certificate not to be admitted unless copy given

                A certificate must not be admitted in evidence under section 27 in offence proceedings 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 reasonable evidence of the intention to produce the certificate as evidence in the proceedings.

30            Person signing the certificate may be called to give evidence

         (1)   Subject to subsection (2), if, under section 27, a certificate is admitted in evidence in offence proceedings, the person charged with the offence may require the person who signed the certificate to be called as a witness for the prosecution and cross‑examined as if he or she had given evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

         (2)   Subsection (1) 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.

31            Rebuttal evidence

                Any evidence given in support, or in rebuttal, of a matter stated in a certificate given under section 27 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 Subdivision.

32            Commission may ask for full certificate

         (1)   The Commission may, by notice in writing, ask an accredited packer or accredited testing laboratory to provide a certificate under section 27 in respect of wheat that contains all of the matters listed in subsection 27 (1) or (2), as the case may be.

         (2)   The accredited packer or accredited testing laboratory must comply with the notice within 7 days of being given it.

Subdivision E              Direction to exporter

33            Direction to use a particular type of accredited person

         (1)   If an exporter intends to export wheat in bags or containers, the Commission may direct the exporter to use a person who has the following characteristics to take samples from and quality test the exporter’s wheat:

                (a)    the person is both an accredited packer and an accredited testing laboratory;

               (b)    the person is at arm’s length from the exporter.

         (2)   The direction:

                (a)    must be in writing; and

               (b)    if the direction is to operate for an indefinite period — must specify the date from which the direction operates; and

                (c)    if the direction is to operate for a period — must specify the period; and

               (d)    must set out the reasons for the direction.

         (3)   The direction only applies to wheat exported during the period of the direction if that wheat is not exempted from the Scheme for that exporter under Division 1.

         (4)   A date under paragraph (2) (b), or the date of the start of the period mentioned in paragraph (2) (c), must not be a date before the date the notice is given.

Division 4              Accreditation of packers

34            Application for accreditation

         (1)   A person (the applicant) who wants to be accredited as a packer of wheat in bags or containers under this Scheme must apply to the Commission for the accreditation.

         (2)   The application:

                (a)    must be in the form approved by the Commission for this paragraph; and

               (b)    must be accompanied by such information relating to the application as the Commission requests.

35            Further information

         (1)   For the purposes of making a decision under section 36, the Commission may, by notice in writing, require the applicant to provide such further information relating to the application as the Commission directs within the period specified in the notice.

         (2)   The notice must set out:

                (a)    the information sought; and

               (b)    the date by which the information is to be provided to the Commission.

         (3)   The information must be provided within the period specified in the notice.

         (4)   The Commission is not required to consider an application while waiting for the information to be provided.

         (5)   If the information is not provided within the period specified in the notice, the application is taken to have been withdrawn.

36            Decision on application for accreditation

         (1)   The Commission may accredit the applicant as an accredited packer for a specified period if:

                (a)    the applicant holds a certification or accreditation from, or under, any of the following:

                          (i)    the Grain and Feed Trade Association;

                         (ii)    the International Standards Organisation;

                         (iii)    the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point;

                        (iv)    any other body that the Commission is satisfied provides appropriate accreditation or certification for accredited packers under this Scheme; and

               (b)    the Commission is satisfied that the applicant, if accredited, is able to comply with the requirements for an accredited packer under this Scheme.

         (2)   If the Commission decides to accredit the applicant it may do so subject to conditions.

37            Notice of accreditation decision

         (1)   The Commission must give the applicant notice of the decision within 14 days of making it.

         (2)   The notice must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    if the accreditation is granted subject to conditions — set out the conditions; and

                (c)    if the decision is to grant accreditation — specify the day from which the accreditation comes into effect; and

               (d)    specify the period of the accreditation; and

                (e)    if the decision is to refuse the application — set out the reasons for the decision.

38            Period of accreditation

         (1)   The accreditation commences on the day specified in the notice.

         (2)   The day must not be a day before the day the notice is given.

         (3)   The Commission must not accredit a packer for a period that exceeds 2 years.

         (4)   An accreditation of a packer remains in force for the period specified in the notice given under section 37 unless suspended or revoked by the Commission sooner.

Division 5              Accreditation of laboratories

39            Application for accreditation

         (1)   A person (the applicant) who wants to be accredited as a laboratory under this Scheme must apply to the Commission for the accreditation.

         (2)   The application:

                (a)    must be in the form approved by the Commission for this paragraph; and

               (b)    must be accompanied by such information relating to the application as the Commission requests.

40            Further information

         (1)   For the purposes of making a decision under section 41, the Commission may, by notice in writing, require the applicant to provide such further information relating to the application as the Commission directs within the period specified in the notice.

         (2)   The notice must set out:

                (a)    the information sought; and

               (b)    the date by which the information is to be provided to the Commission.

         (3)   The information must be provided within the period specified in the notice.

         (4)   The Commission is not required to consider an application while waiting for the information to be provided.

         (5)   If the information is not provided within the period specified in the notice, the application is taken to have been withdrawn.

41            Decision on application for accreditation

         (1)   The Commission may accredit the applicant as an accredited testing laboratory for a specified period if:

                (a)    the applicant holds a certification or accreditation from, or under, any of the following:

                          (i)    the Grain and Feed Trade Association;

                         (ii)    the International Standards Organisation;

                         (iii)    the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point;

                        (iv)    the National Association of Testing Authorities.

                         (v)    any other body that the Commission is satisfied provides appropriate accreditation or certification for accredited testing laboratories under this Scheme; and

               (b)    the Commission is satisfied that the applicant, if accredited, is able to comply with the requirements for an accredited testing laboratory under this Scheme.

         (2)   If the Commission decides to accredit the applicant it may do so subject to conditions.

42            Notice of accreditation decision

         (1)   The Commission must give the applicant notice of the decision within 14 days of making it.

         (2)   The notice must:

                (a)    be in writing; and

               (b)    if the accreditation is granted subject to conditions — set out the conditions; and

                (c)    if the decision is to grant accreditation — specify the day from which the accreditation comes into effect; and

               (d)    specify the period of the accreditation; and

                (e)    if the decision is to refuse the application — set out the reasons for the decision.

43            Period of accreditation

         (1)   The accreditation commences on the day specified in the notice.

         (2)   The day must not be a day before the day the notice is given.

         (3)   The Commission must not accredit a laboratory for a period that exceeds 2 years.

         (4)   An accreditation of a laboratory remains in force for the period specified in the notice given under section 42 unless suspended or revoked by the Commission sooner.

Division 6              Conditions on accreditation

44            Conditions that apply to all accredited persons

                The following conditions apply to an accredited person:

                (a)    the person must, when taking samples or quality testing under the Scheme, comply with the requirements of Division 3;

               (b)    the person must comply with a notice given under section 32;

                (c)    the person must continue to hold accreditation or certification of a kind mentioned in section 36 or 41, as the case may be;

               (d)    if the person loses an accreditation or certification referred to in section 36 or 41 (as the case may be), the person must notify the Commission in writing as soon as practicable after ceasing to be so accredited or certified;

                (e)    the person must comply with the conditions of accreditation.

Note   Conditions may be imposed on accreditation, under this section, section 45 or 46.

45            Commission may impose further conditions

         (1)   In addition to any condition imposed on an accredited person at the time of accreditation or under section 44, the Commission may, after the accreditation, impose on the person a further condition of accreditation.

         (2)   If the Commission imposes a further condition after accreditation, the Commission must give the person notice in writing of the imposition of the condition and the terms of the condition.

         (3)   The notice must also include a statement setting out the reason that the condition was imposed.

Division 7              Breach of conditions on accreditation

46            Breach of conditions

         (1)   If an accredited person breaches a condition of accreditation, the Commission may do any or all of the following in respect of the breach:

                (a)    impose a further condition of accreditation;

               (b)    suspend the person’s accreditation;

                (c)    revoke the person’s accreditation.

         (2)   If:

                (a)    the Commission takes an action mentioned in paragraph (1) (a) or (b) because of a breach of a condition (the first breach); and

               (b)    the Commission later becomes satisfied that the accredited person is not complying with a condition of the accreditation;

the Commission may revoke the person’s accreditation even if the period for fulfilling any condition or the period of any suspension for the first breach has not ended.

47            Notices under this Division

         (1)   If the Commission imposes on an accredited person a further condition of accreditation under paragraph 46 (1) (a), the Commission must give the person notice in writing of the imposition of the condition, the terms of the condition and the date from which the condition takes effect.

         (2)   If the Commission suspends the person’s accreditation under paragraph 46 (1) (b), the Commission must give the person notice in writing of the suspension, the date that the suspension takes effect and the period of the suspension.

         (3)   If the Commission revokes the person’s accreditation under paragraph 46 (1) (c), the Commission must give the person notice in writing of the revocation and the date from which the revocation takes effect.

         (4)   The date under this section must not be a date before the day the notice is given.

         (5)   A notice under this section must also include a statement setting out the reason that the condition was imposed or that the accreditation was suspended or revoked, as the case may be.

Division 8              Miscellaneous

48        Fees may be charged

         (1)   An accredited person may charge a fee for a service provided to an exporter of wheat under this Scheme.

         (2)   The fee must not be such as to amount to taxation.

49            Commission may approve forms

                The Commission may, in writing, approve a form for the purposes of a provision of this instrument.

 


Schedule 1        Amendments commencing immediately after the commencement of Schedule 5 to the Wheat Marketing Amendment Act 2007

(section 3)

  

[1]           Amendments — Commission

                The following provisions are amended by omitting ‘Authority’ (wherever occurring) and inserting ‘Commission’:

                   ·     section 5, definition of approved

                   ·     subsection 6 (1)

                   ·     paragraph 6 (2) (b)

                   ·     paragraph 6 (2) (c)

                   ·     subsection 8 (1)

                   ·     subsection 8 (2)

                   ·     subsection 8 (3)

                   ·     paragraph 8 (3) (d)

                   ·     section 9, heading

                   ·     subsection 9 (1)

                   ·     subsection 9 (2)

                   ·     subsection 9 (3)

                   ·     subsection 9 (4)

                   ·     paragraph 11 (1) (c)

                   ·     paragraph 11 (2) (a)

                   ·     paragraph 17 (7) (h)

                   ·     subparagraph 18 (d) (vi)

                   ·     subsection 22 (3)

                   ·     paragraph 23 (5) (a)

                   ·     paragraph 24 (2) (c)

                   ·     paragraph 25 (2) (b)

                   ·     paragraph 25 (3) (a)

                   ·     paragraph 25 (3) (b)

                   ·     section 32, heading

                   ·     subsection 32 (1)

                   ·     subsection 33 (1)

                   ·     subsection 34 (1)

                   ·     paragraph 34 (2) (a)

                   ·     paragraph 34 (2) (b)

                   ·     subsection 35 (1)

                   ·     paragraph 35 (2) (b)

                   ·     subsection 35 (4)

                   ·     subsection 36 (1)

                   ·     subparagraph 36 (1) (a) (iv)

                   ·     paragraph 36 (1) (b)

                   ·     subsection 36 (2)

                   ·     subsection 37 (1)

                   ·     subsection 38 (3)

                   ·     subsection 38 (4)

                   ·     subsection 39 (1)

                   ·     paragraph 39 (2) (a)

                   ·     paragraph 39 (2) (b)

                   ·     subsection 40 (1)

                   ·     paragraph 40 (2) (b)

                   ·     subsection 40 (4)

                   ·     subsection 41 (1)

                   ·     subparagraph 41 (1) (a) (v)

                   ·     paragraph 41 (1) (b)

                   ·     subsection 41 (2)

                   ·     subsection 42 (1)

                   ·     subsection 43 (3)

                   ·     subsection 43 (4)

                   ·     paragraph 44 (d)

                   ·     section 45, heading

                   ·     subsection 45 (1)

                   ·     subsection 45 (2)

                   ·     subsection 46 (1)

                   ·     paragraph 46 (2) (a)

                   ·     paragraph 46 (2) (b)

                   ·     section 46

                   ·     subsection 47 (1)

                   ·     subsection 47 (2)

                   ·     subsection 47 (3)

                   ·     section 49, heading

                   ·     section 49

Schedule 2        Amendment commencing immediately after the commencement of Schedule 3 to the Wheat Marketing Amendment Act 2007

(section 3)

  

[1]           Section 5, definition of identified grade

omit

nominated company B

insert

the designated company

 


Notes to the Non-bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007

Note 1

The Non-bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007 (in force under subsection 67 (1) of the Wheat Marketing Act 1989) as shown in this compilation is amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Instruments

Title

Date of FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

Non-bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007

10 Aug 2007 (see F2007L02478)

Ss. 1–49: 27 Aug 2007
Schedule 1: (a)
Schedule 2: (b)

 

(a)    Subsection 2 (2) of the Non-bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007 provides as follows:

           (2)   Schedule 1 commences immediately after the commencement of Schedule 5 to the Wheat Marketing Amendment Act 2007.

Schedule 5 commenced on 1 October 2007.

(b)    Subsection 2 (3) of the Non-bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007 provides as follows:

           (3)   Schedule 2 commences immediately after the commencement of Schedule 3 to the Wheat Marketing Amendment Act 2007.

Schedule 3 commenced on 1 March 2008.

 

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

S. 5.........................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 6.........................................

am. F2007L02478

Part 2

 

Division 1

 

S. 8.........................................

am. F2007L02478

Heading to s. 9.....................

am. F2007L02478

S. 9.........................................

am. F2007L02478

Division 2

 

S. 11.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Division 3

 

Subdivision B

 

S. 22.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 23.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 24.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Subdivision C

 

S. 25.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Subdivision D

 

Heading to s. 32..................

am. F2007L02478

S. 32.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Subdivision E

 

S. 33.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Division 4

 

S. 34.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 35.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 36.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 37.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 38.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Division 5

 

S. 39.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 40.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 41.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 42.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 43.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Division 6

 

S. 44.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Heading to s. 45..................

am. F2007L02478

S. 45.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Division 7

 

S. 46.......................................

am. F2007L02478

S. 47.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Division 8

 

Heading to s. 49..................

am. F2007L02478

S. 49.......................................

am. F2007L02478

Note 2

Schedule 1 [item 1] of the Non-bulk Wheat Quality Assurance Scheme 2007 provides as follows:

[1]           Amendments — Commission

                The following provisions are amended by omitting ‘Authority’ (wherever occurring) and inserting ‘Commission’:

                   ·     paragraph 17 (7) (h)

                   ·     subparagraph 18 (d) (vi)

                   ·     paragraph 25 (2) (b)

The proposed amendments were misdescribed and are not incorporated in this compilation.