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Proclamations/Commencement of Act as made
This Proclamation provides for the commencement of Schedule 2 of the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Pre-poll Voting and Other Measures) Act 2010.
Administered by: Finance
Registered 20 Jul 2010
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR28-Sep-2010
Tabled Senate28-Sep-2010
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Finance (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014

 

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

 

Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Pre-poll Voting

and Other Measures) Act 2010

 

Proclamation

 

Subsection 2(1) of the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Pre-poll Voting and Other Measures) Act 2010 (the Act) provides that Schedule 2 to the Act will commence on a single day to be fixed by Proclamation.  However, if any of the provisions in Schedule 2 do not commence within the period of six months beginning on the day on which the Act receives the Royal Assent, they will commence on the first day after the end of that period.  The Act received Royal Assent recently.

 

The purpose of the Proclamation is to fix 19 July 2010 as the day on which Schedule 2 to the Act commences.

 

All the provisions of the Act commenced on Royal Assent, with the exception of Schedule 2. 

 

The Act amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act) and the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984.  The amendments mainly introduce reforms following recommendations made in the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ Report on the Conduct of the 2007 Federal Election and Matters Related Thereto.

 

The Government Response to this Report included introducing legislation to improve efficiency in processing enrolment transactions and provide the capacity to enable an elector to update his or her address details electronically.

 

Schedule 2 to the Act inserts new provisions into the Electoral Act to provide for the efficient and effective management of the Australian Electoral Commission’s (AEC) workload and enable electors to update their address details electronically.

 

Schedule 2 enables the AEC to manage its workload in non-election periods by allocating work, principally enrolment applications and enrolment changes, throughout the AEC divisional office network.  The Electoral Act as it currently stands provides that such workload sharing can only take place during the election period.  Such changes will allow the AEC to manage its workload more efficiently by enabling enrolment transactions to be processed outside the relevant Division.  These amendments provide the AEC with additional tools to maintain the electoral Roll in a timely and efficient manner. 

 

Schedule 2 enables persons who are already on the electoral Roll to update their address details by providing this information to the AEC in an electronic format. 

 

Consultation was unnecessary for this legislative instrument as this instrument is of a machinery nature only.