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SR 2003 No. 50 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to Wool Services Privatisation (Wool Levy Poll) Amendment (Frequency of Recommendations) Regulation 2015
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Start Date 14 Mar 2015
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Wool Services Privatisation (Wool Levy Poll) Regulations 2003

Statutory Rules No. 50, 2003

made under the

Wool Services Privatisation Act 2000

Compilation No. 2

Compilation date:                              14 March 2015

Includes amendments up to:            SLI No. 19, 2015

Registered:                                         16 March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Wool Services Privatisation (Wool Levy Poll) Regulations 2003 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 14 March 2015 (the compilation date).

This compilation was prepared on 16 March 2015.

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on ComLaw (www.comlaw.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on ComLaw for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

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

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on ComLaw for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Name of Regulations........................................................................... 1

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

3............ Object.................................................................................................. 1

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 1

5............ Eligibility to vote................................................................................. 2

6............ Voting entitlement............................................................................... 3

7............ Cut‑off and return dates...................................................................... 3

8............ Determination of eligibility.................................................................. 4

9............ The poll............................................................................................... 5

10.......... Conduct of poll................................................................................... 5

11.......... Ballot‑paper......................................................................................... 5

12.......... Voting instructions.............................................................................. 5

13.......... Information memorandum................................................................... 6

14.......... Minister to approve forms................................................................... 7

15.......... Voting................................................................................................. 8

16.......... Faxed ballot‑papers............................................................................. 9

16A....... Multiple ballot papers.......................................................................... 9

17.......... Returning officer................................................................................. 9

18.......... Counting the votes............................................................................ 10

18A....... When must research body make rate‑setting recommendations......... 11

19.......... Report to accompany research body’s recommendation.................... 12

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    13

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                            13

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                14

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             15

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           16

 


 

1  Name of Regulations

                   These Regulations are the Wool Services Privatisation (Wool Levy Poll) Regulations 2003.

2  Commencement

                   These Regulations commence on gazettal.

3  Object

                   The object of these Regulations is to set out the requirements for the conduct of a poll under section 32 of the Act in relation to the rate of wool levy.

4  Definitions

                   In these Regulations:

Act means the Wool Services Privatisation Act 2000.

cut‑off date means the cut‑off date determined by the research body under regulation 7.

entity means:

                     (a)  an individual; or

                     (b)  a corporation; or

                     (c)  a partnership; or

                     (d)  a trustee, in relation to a particular trust.

funding contract means the contract between the Commonwealth and the research body under section 31 of the Act.

information memorandum means the information memorandum mentioned in regulation 13.

intermediary means:

                     (a)  a person who pays wool tax as an intermediary within the meaning of the Wool Services Privatisation (Eligible Woolgrowers) Regulations 2000; or

                     (b)  a person who pays an amount of wool levy under subsection 7 (1), (2), (3) or (3A) of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 on behalf of a producer (within the meaning of that Act).

poll means a poll mentioned in section 32 of the Act.

poll year means a financial year in which a poll is conducted under these Regulations.

research body means the body declared to be the research body under section 30 of the Act.

return date means the return date determined by the research body under regulation 7.

voting instructions means the voting instructions mentioned in regulation 12.

wool levy includes wool tax.

5  Eligibility to vote

             (1)  An entity is eligible to vote in a poll if the entity has paid, other than as an intermediary, wool levy totalling at least $100 during the last 3 financial years before the poll year.

             (2)  A trustee of the estate of an individual who dies before the cut‑off date for a poll is eligible to vote in the poll if:

                     (a)  the individual has paid, other than as an intermediary, wool levy totalling at least $100 during the last 3 financial years before the poll year; or

                     (b)  the individual and the estate have collectively paid, other than as intermediaries, wool levy totalling at least $100 during the last 3 financial years before the poll year.

6  Voting entitlement

             (1)  An entity who is eligible to vote in a poll is entitled to 1 vote for each whole $100 of wool levy the entity has paid, other than as an intermediary, during the last 3 financial years before the poll year.

             (2)  A trustee of the estate of an individual who dies before the cut‑off date for a poll is entitled to 1 vote for each whole $100 of wool levy paid by the individual or the estate, other than as an intermediary, during the last 3 financial years before the poll year.

7  Cut‑off and return dates

             (1)  Before conducting a poll, the research body must determine a cut‑off date, and a return date, for the poll.

             (2)  The cut‑off date must be at least 8 weeks before the return date.

             (3)  If it becomes apparent that 1 or more eligible entities will be unable to return their ballot papers to the research body by the return date for a poll, because of circumstances that:

                     (a)  were not foreseen when the return date was determined under subregulation (1); and

                     (b)  are outside the control of the entity or entities;

the research body may vary the return date to allow a reasonable amount of time for all eligible entities to return their ballot‑papers to the research body before the return date.

             (4)  If the research body varies the return date for a poll under subregulation (3), the research body must:

                     (a)  tell every eligible entity who has not already returned its ballot‑paper, in writing, the new return date for the poll; or

                     (b)  publish a notice, stating the new return date for the poll, in 1 or more newspapers that have circulation generally in areas where there are eligible entities.

8  Determination of eligibility

             (1)  The research body must determine, as at the cut‑off date, the eligibility to vote, and voting entitlement, of each entity who is to participate in the poll.

             (2)  To make a determination under subregulation (1), the research body may use any information available to it, including:

                     (a)  any register it maintains, including its register of shareholders; and

                     (b)  information provided by any entity who claims to be eligible to vote.

             (3)  The research body may invite entities who may be eligible to vote to provide information to the research body, or to another person on behalf of the research body, about the amount of wool levy they have paid in the last 3 financial years before the poll year.

             (4)  The research body may issue an invitation under subregulation (3) in any manner that it chooses, including by publishing a notice in 1 or more newspapers.

             (5)  If the research body invites entities to provide information under subregulation (3):

                     (a)  there must be a sufficient period between the issuing of the invitation and the cut‑off date to allow a reasonable time for the provision of that information; and

                     (b)  the research body must take into account any information received before the cut‑off date.

             (6)  If the research body does not have enough information about the amount of wool levy paid by an entity in a financial year to determine the entity’s eligibility to vote, or voting entitlement, the research body may determine the entity’s eligibility or entitlement by reference to the amount of wool levy paid by the entity in another financial year.

9  The poll

             (1)  The research body must propose 3 to 5 different rates of wool levy at the poll, including a zero rate.

             (2)  Each proposed rate, other than the zero rate, must be a whole multiple of 0.5.

10  Conduct of poll

                   Not later than 6 weeks before the return date, but after the cut‑off date, for a poll, the research body must send to each eligible entity:

                     (a)  a ballot‑paper; and

                     (b)  a copy of the voting instructions; and

                     (c)  a copy of the information memorandum; and

                     (d)  a reply‑paid envelope, addressed to the research body, for the return of the ballot‑paper.

11  Ballot‑paper

             (1)  The ballot‑paper sent to each entity must set out:

                     (a)  the name of the entity; and

                     (b)  the entity’s voting entitlement; and

                     (c)  the rates proposed by the research body.

             (2)  The ballot‑paper approved under regulation 14 may be made available for voting in electronic form using the Internet, at an address stated in the voting instructions.

             (3)  The research body may make changes to the form of the ballot‑paper approved under regulation 14 only if necessary to facilitate the display of the ballot‑paper in electronic form.

12  Voting instructions

             (1)  The voting instructions must state that, to vote, an entity must:

                     (a)  mark the ballot‑paper by:

                              (i)  recording the number ‘1’ in the square next to the rate that the entity most prefers from among the rates listed on the ballot‑paper; and

                             (ii)  if the entity wishes, recording the numbers ‘2’, ‘3’ and so on in the squares next to as many of the other rates listed on the ballot‑paper as the entity wishes to indicate a preference for, in the order of the entity’s preference for them; and

                     (b)  if using the ballot‑paper provided under regulation 10:

                              (i)  place the completed ballot‑paper inside the reply‑paid envelope; and

                             (ii)  seal the envelope; and

                            (iii)  return the envelope to the research body, so that it is received not later than the return date; and

                     (c)  if voting in electronic form using the Internet—save and send the completed ballot‑paper in accordance with the directions displayed online with the electronic form of the ballot‑paper.

             (2)  The voting instructions do not need to state the detail in paragraph (1) (c) if the ballot‑paper is not to be made available for voting in electronic form.

             (3)  If the ballot‑paper is to be made available for voting in electronic form, the voting instructions must state the Internet address where the ballot‑paper may be accessed.

             (4)  The voting instructions must state the return date.

13  Information memorandum

                   The information memorandum must set out:

                     (a)  for each of the rates listed on the ballot‑paper:

                              (i)  the amount of funds the research body estimates it will receive under the funding contract if that rate is adopted; and

                             (ii)  how the research body proposes to expend those funds; and

                     (b)  the research body’s recommended rate from among the rates listed on the ballot‑paper; and

                     (c)  the reasons for the research body’s recommendation; and

                     (d)  any other information the research body considers appropriate.

14  Minister to approve forms

             (1)  The ballot‑paper, voting instructions and information memorandum must be in a form approved by the Minister.

             (2)  The research body must submit a draft of the ballot‑paper, voting instructions and information memorandum that are to be used at a poll to the Minister for approval at least 8 weeks before the cut‑off date for the poll.

             (3)  The Minister may approve the forms of the ballot‑paper, voting instructions and information memorandum only if he or she is satisfied that the research body has:

                     (a)  consulted, in the preparation of the draft forms, with a representative, or representatives, of the entities that will be, or are likely to be, eligible to vote in the poll; and

                     (b)  confirmed that the draft forms and the process for conducting the ballot have been examined and assessed as appropriate by a panel formed for the poll.

             (4)  For paragraph (3) (b):

                     (a)  the composition of the panel is to be agreed between the research body and a representative, or representatives, of the entities that will be, or are likely to be, eligible to vote in the poll; and

                     (b)  the panel must include a representative, or representatives, of those entities.

Requirements for electronic voting

             (5)  If the process for conducting the ballot is to include the ballot‑paper being made available for voting in electronic form, the panel must, before assessing the process as appropriate, be satisfied that the electronic voting facility complies with the following requirements:

                     (a)  if properly used, it gives the same result in the poll as would be obtained if the poll were conducted without electronic voting;

                     (b)  it allows an entity to record preferences in accordance with regulation 15;

                     (c)  it gives an entity an opportunity to correct mistakes before processing the entity’s vote;

                     (d)  it allows votes to be securely stored and recounted (if necessary);

                     (e)  it allows an entity to vote only once in a poll;

                      (f)  it is secure from interference.

15  Voting

             (1)  To record a valid vote, an entity must:

                     (a)  mark the ballot‑paper in accordance with subregulations (2), (3) and (4); and

                     (b)  send the ballot‑paper to the research body, so that it is received not later than the return date.

             (2)  The entity must record the number ‘1’ in the square next to the rate that the entity selects as the entity’s first preference.

             (3)  The entity may also record the numbers ‘2’, ‘3’ and so on in the squares next to as many of the remaining rates as the entity wishes to indicate a preference for, in the order of the entity’s preference for them.

             (4)  The numbers referred to in subregulation (3) must be consecutive whole numbers, without the repetition of any number.

16  Faxed ballot‑papers

             (1)  An entity satisfies paragraph 15 (1) (b) by returning a faxed copy of the ballot‑paper to the research body if:

                     (a)  every page of the ballot‑paper clearly identifies the entity to which it is issued; and

                     (b)  all pages of the faxed copy of the ballot‑paper are received by the research body.

             (2)  If the research body receives 2 or more faxed copies of the same ballot‑paper, all copies except the copy that is first received must be disregarded.

16A  Multiple ballot papers

                   If the research body receives 2 or more ballot‑papers on or before the return date, whether in faxed, electronic or original form, the first ballot‑paper received must be included in the count and all other ballot‑papers must be disregarded.

17  Returning officer

             (1)  The research body must appoint an individual with relevant expertise to be the returning officer.

             (2)  The returning officer must not be:

                     (a)  an employee of the research body; or

                     (b)  an entity, or an associate of an entity, who is entitled to vote in the poll.

             (3)  For paragraph (2) (b), an entity (the first entity) is an associate of another entity (the second entity) if the first entity is:

                     (a)  a member of the second entity’s family, if the second entity is an individual; or

                     (b)  an employee of the second entity; or

                     (c)  an entity connected with the second entity, or an associate of the second entity (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001), if the second entity is a corporation; or

                     (d)  a beneficiary under a trust administered by the second entity.

             (4)  The returning officer may appoint 1 or more assistant returning officers to assist with counting the votes.

18  Counting the votes

             (1)  After the close of polling, the returning officer must, for each rate proposed in the poll, add the number of votes represented by the ballot‑papers on which a first preference is indicated for the rate.

             (2)  If a rate has a majority of votes, based on the number of votes represented by ballot‑papers on which a first preference is indicated for each rate, the returning officer must declare that rate to be elected as the rate that must, under subsection 32 (4) of the Act, be recommended by the research body.

             (3)  If, after ascertaining the total number of first preference votes for each rate in accordance with subregulation (1), no rate has a majority of votes, the returning officer must take the following steps:

                     (a)  the rate with the fewest votes must be excluded, and each ballot‑paper marked with a vote for that rate must be re‑allocated to the rate (if any) indicated next in order of preference on the ballot‑paper;

                     (b)  the process of excluding the rate with the fewest votes, and re‑allocating ballot‑papers marked with a vote for that rate to the unexcluded rate (if any) indicated next in order of preference on the ballot‑paper must be repeated (if necessary) until 1 rate has a majority of votes;

                     (c)  the returning officer must declare the rate that has a majority of votes after the exclusion of other rates under this subregulation to be elected as the rate that must, under subsection 32 (4) of the Act, be recommended by the research body.

             (4)  For subregulation (1), the number of votes represented by a ballot‑paper is the same as the voting entitlement stated on the ballot‑paper.

             (5)  In paragraphs (3) (b) and (c), majority means a majority of the votes represented by formal ballot‑papers other than any ballot‑papers that do not indicate a preference for any unexcluded rate.

             (6)  For paragraphs (3) (a) and (b), a ballot‑paper is marked with a vote for a rate if:

                     (a)  the ballot‑paper indicates a first preference vote for the rate; or

                     (b)  all rates for which the ballot‑paper indicates higher preferences have been excluded from the count by a previous operation of paragraph (3) (a).

             (7)  If, on any count:

                     (a)  2 or more rates (lowest ranking rates) have an equal number of votes; and

                     (b)  one of them has to be excluded;

the rate to be excluded is the rate with fewer votes than any of the other lowest ranking rates at the last count at which one of those rates had fewer votes than any of the others, but, if there has been no such count, the returning officer must decide by lot which of them is to be excluded.

             (8)  For counting votes under this regulation, the returning officer may use a computer program for counting votes electronically.

18A  When must research body make rate‑setting recommendations

                   For subsection 32(3) of the Act, each recommendation must be made not later than 3 years after the previous recommendation made under that subsection.

19  Report to accompany research body’s recommendation

                   The research body’s recommendation under subsection 32 (2) or (3) of the Act must be accompanied by:

                     (a)  a summary of the results of the poll; and

                     (b)  a statement as to how the recommendation is in accordance with the results of the poll.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Endnotes about misdescribed amendments and other matters are included in a compilation only as necessary.

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the amendment is set out in the endnotes.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

A = Act

orig = original

ad = added or inserted

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

am = amended

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

amdt = amendment

pres = present

c = clause(s)

prev = previous

C[x] = Compilation No. x

(prev…) = previously

Ch = Chapter(s)

Pt = Part(s)

def = definition(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Dict = Dictionary

Reg = Regulation/Regulations

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

reloc = relocated

Div = Division(s)

renum = renumbered

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

rep = repealed

    effect

rs = repealed and substituted

F = Federal Register of Legislative Instruments

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

gaz = gazette

Sch = Schedule(s)

LI = Legislative Instrument

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

(md) = misdescribed amendment

SR = Statutory Rules

mod = modified/modification

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

No. = Number(s)

SubPt = Subpart(s)

o = order(s)

underlining = whole or part not

Ord = Ordinance

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Number and year

FRLI registration or gazettal

 

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

50, 2003

14 Apr 2003 (gaz 2003, No S116

14 Apr 2003 (s 2)

 

207, 2006

11 Aug 2006 (F2006L02638)

12 Aug 2006 (s 2)

r 4

19, 2015

13 Mar 2015 (F2015L00296)

14 Mar 2015 (s 2)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

r 3........................................

am No 19, 2015

r 11......................................

am No 207, 2006

r 12......................................

rs No 207, 2006

r 14......................................

am No 207, 2006

r 15......................................

am No 207, 2006

r 16......................................

am No 207, 2006

r 16A....................................

ad No 207, 2006

r 18......................................

am No 207, 2006

r 18A....................................

ad No 19, 2015