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Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016

Authoritative Version
Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to Courts Administration (Consequential Amendments) Regulation 2016
Administered by: Finance
Registered 01 Jul 2016
Start Date 01 Jul 2016

Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016

made under the

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984

Compilation No. 1

Compilation date:                              1 July 2016

Includes amendments up to:            F2016L00767

Registered:                                         1 July 2016

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 July 2016 (the compilation date).

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 the Legislation Register (www.legislation.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 the Legislation Register 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.

Editorial changes

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Modifications

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If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.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

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                                        1

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Schedules...................................................................................................................... 1

5............ Definitions..................................................................................................................... 1

Part 2—Electoral roll matters                                                                                                                   3

6............ Prescribed authorities.................................................................................................... 3

7............ Arrangements with States—form of Roll...................................................................... 3

8............ Provision of information on Rolls to particular people and organisations..................... 3

9............ Permitted purposes for use of information—prescribed authorities............................... 4

10.......... Permitted purposes for use of information—Australian Red Cross Blood Service....... 4

11.......... Permitted purposes for use of information—other persons or organisations................. 4

Part 3—Enrolment matters                                                                                                                        5

12.......... Provisional enrolment by applicant for citizenship—prescribed electors....................... 5

13.......... Enrolment‑related claims or notices do not have to be signed in certain circumstances. 5

Part 4—Voting matters                                                                                                                                 6

Division 1—Electronically assisted voting for sight‑impaired people                           6

14.......... Purpose of Division...................................................................................................... 6

15.......... Authorised call centres.................................................................................................. 6

16.......... Registration................................................................................................................... 6

17.......... Who is entitled to vote by an electronically assisted vote............................................... 7

18.......... Electronically assisted voting—questions to be put to person....................................... 8

19.......... Enabling registered sight‑impaired voter to vote............................................................ 8

20.......... Requirements relating to ballot‑boxes............................................................................ 9

21.......... Role of scrutineers—authorised call centre.................................................................... 9

22.......... Record of electronically assisted votes........................................................................ 10

23.......... What must be done with the voter’s ballot papers....................................................... 10

24.......... Scrutiny of ballot papers.............................................................................................. 11

25.......... Offences related to electronically assisted voting......................................................... 11

26.......... Protection of electronic voting hardware or software.................................................. 12

Division 2—Enforcement of law in relation to compulsory voting                              13

27.......... Proceedings in court on failure of elector to vote......................................................... 13

28.......... Evidence in court of summary jurisdiction.................................................................. 13

Schedule 1—Prescribed authorities and permitted purposes for use of information 14

1............ Prescribed authorities and permitted purposes for use of information......................... 14

Schedule 2—Prescribed electors                                                                                              20

1............ Prescribed classes of electors—applications for provisional enrolment by persons about to become Australian citizens.................................................................................................................................... 20

Endnotes                                                                                                                                                               21

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                                                      21

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                                          22

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                                                       23

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                                                     24

 


Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Name

                   This is the Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the following:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918;

                     (b)  the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984.

4  Schedules

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

5  Definitions

Note:          A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in the Act or the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act, including the following:

(a)    approved list;

(b)    certified list of voters;

(c)    Electoral Commissioner;

(d)    Roll.

                   In this instrument:

Act means the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework means any of the following Acts and any instruments made under any of those Acts:

                     (a)  the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975;

                     (b)  the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Act 2015;

                     (c)  the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Act 2015.

authorised call centre means a call centre established in accordance with arrangements made by the Electoral Commissioner under subsection 15(1).

call centre operator means a person who:

                     (a)  works in an authorised call centre; and

                     (b)  is a pre‑poll voting officer under subsection 4(1) of the Act or section 73 of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act.

electronically assisted vote means a vote cast using the electronically assisted voting method.

electronically assisted voting means voting by an electronically assisted vote.

electronically assisted voting method means the procedures determined under subsection 19(1) for enabling a registered sight‑impaired voter to vote by an electronically assisted vote.

reference Roll means a Roll that may be consulted by an officer if a voter wishes to vote by an electronically assisted vote.

referendum has the same meaning as in the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act.

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act means the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984.

registered sight‑impaired voter means a sight‑impaired person who is registered with the Electoral Commissioner for the purpose of voting by an electronically assisted vote.

sight‑impaired person has the meaning given by section 202AA of the Act.

Part 2Electoral roll matters

  

6  Prescribed authorities

                   For the definition of prescribed authority in subsection 4(1) of the Act, the Agencies and authorities of the Commonwealth mentioned in the column headed “Agency or authority” of the table in clause 1 of Schedule 1 to this instrument are specified.

Note:          The table also prescribes permitted purposes for which a prescribed authority may use certain information (see section 9).

7  Arrangements with States—form of Roll

                   For paragraph 84(2)(a) of the Act, the manner in which a Roll may indicate that a person is not enrolled as a Commonwealth elector is to put a circle (o) before the person’s name on the Roll.

8  Provision of information on Rolls to particular people and organisations

             (1)  The persons and organisations specified in the following table are prescribed for the provisions of subsection 90B(4) of the Act specified in the following table:

 

Prescribed persons and organisations who may be provided certain information on Rolls

Item

For this provision …

these persons and organisations are prescribed …

1

item 5 of the table in subsection 90B(4)

ACXIOM Australia Pty Limited

Betfair Pty Limited

Perceptive Communication Pty Ltd

The Global Data Company Pty. Ltd.

Veda Advantage Information Services and Solutions Limited

2

item 6 of the table in subsection 90B(4)

Betfair Pty Limited

3

item 7 of the table in subsection 90B(4)

ACXIOM Australia Pty Limited

Experian Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd.

Perceptive Communication Pty Ltd

The Global Data Company Pty. Ltd.

Veda Advantage Information Services and Solutions Limited

             (2)  For item 4 of the table in subsection 90B(4) of the Act, the provision to a prescribed authority of the information mentioned in that item is authorised.

9  Permitted purposes for use of information—prescribed authorities

                   For paragraph 91A(2AA)(b) of the Act, the purposes mentioned in an item of the table in clause 1 of Schedule 1 to this instrument are permitted purposes for the prescribed authority mentioned in the item.

Note:          See also section 6 (prescribed authorities).

10  Permitted purposes for use of information—Australian Red Cross Blood Service

                   For paragraph 91A(2A)(c) of the Act, the following purposes are prescribed for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service:

                     (a)  contacting any blood donor who has tested positive for a blood‑borne infection;

                     (b)  contacting any person who has received a transfusion of blood donated by a person mentioned in paragraph (a) of this section;

                     (c)  contacting any donor whose blood was transfused to a person who has since tested positive for a blood‑borne infection;

                     (d)  contacting any donor whose blood was transfused to a person who has had a suspected adverse reaction to the blood.

11  Permitted purposes for use of information—other persons or organisations

                   For paragraph 91A(2A)(c) of the Act, the following purposes are prescribed for a person or organisation that conducts medical research or provides a health screening program:

                     (a)  the conduct of medical research in accordance with the Guidelines under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988 issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council on 1 November 2014;

                     (b)  the provision of a public health screening program:

                              (i)  approved by the Secretary of the Department administered by the Minister administering the National Health Act 1953; and

                             (ii)  conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for the Conduct of Public Health Screening Programs with particular reference to Privacy and the Management of Personal Information published in the Gazette on 1 December 1993.

Part 3Enrolment matters

  

12  Provisional enrolment by applicant for citizenship—prescribed electors

                   For subparagraph 99B(4)(b)(i) of the Act and subparagraph 38(4)(b)(i) of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act, the classes of electors mentioned in the table in clause 1 of Schedule 2 to this instrument are prescribed.

13  Enrolment‑related claims or notices do not have to be signed in certain circumstances

                   For subsection 382(7) of the Act, the requirements that must be satisfied in relation to an enrolment‑related claim or notice are:

                     (a)  that the person include his or her date of birth on the claim or notice; and

                     (b)  that the person include his or her driver’s licence number on the claim or notice.

Part 4Voting matters

Division 1Electronically assisted voting for sight‑impaired people

14  Purpose of Division

                   This Division is made for the purposes of:

                     (a)  Part XVB of the Act; and

                     (b)  Part IVB of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act.

15  Authorised call centres

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner must make arrangements for the establishment of one or more call centres to receive telephone calls from sight‑impaired persons who wish to:

                     (a)  register for the purpose of being eligible to vote by an electronically assisted vote; or

                     (b)  vote by an electronically assisted vote.

             (2)  The Electoral Commissioner may approve forms and other documents to be used by call centre operators and other officers for the purposes of:

                     (a)  registering a sight‑impaired person for the purpose of being eligible to vote by an electronically assisted vote; and

                     (b)  assisting a registered sight‑impaired voter to vote by an electronically assisted vote.

Example:    Statements and responses that allow call centre operators to explain to a sight‑impaired person how to register or vote.

16  Registration

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner must determine, in writing:

                     (a)  the days on which and times when a person may apply to be registered by the Electoral Commissioner as a registered sight‑impaired voter; and

                     (b)  procedures for assessing whether a person may be registered by the Electoral Commissioner as a registered sight‑impaired voter.

Note:          The procedures may include requirements for the person to:

(a)    be on an approved list of voters, a certified list of voters or a reference Roll; and

(b)    affirm that he or she is sight‑impaired.

             (2)  A person who wishes to apply to be registered by the Electoral Commissioner as a registered sight‑impaired voter must:

                     (a)  contact an authorised call centre on a day and time determined under paragraph (1)(a); and

                     (b)  comply with the procedures determined under paragraph (1)(b).

             (3)  The Electoral Commissioner must:

                     (a)  register a person who complies with subsection (2) as a registered sight‑impaired voter; and

                     (b)  make and keep a register for that purpose.

Note:          The person will have a personal identification number and a registration number for requesting an electronically assisted vote.

             (4)  A registered sight‑impaired voter may vote by an electronically assisted vote at:

                     (a)  a general election; and

                     (b)  a Senate election; and

                     (c)  a by‑election (within the meaning of section 202AA of the Act); and

                     (d)  a referendum.

17  Who is entitled to vote by an electronically assisted vote

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner:

                     (a)  must determine, in writing, the days on which and times when electronically assisted voting is to be available; and

                     (b)  must determine, in writing, procedures for assessing whether a person is a registered sight‑impaired voter; and

                     (c)  may give directions to officers in relation to requests for voting by an electronically assisted vote.

Example:    For paragraph (b), if a call centre operator is not satisfied that a person is the registered sight‑impaired voter whose name the person has used, the procedures may include a requirement for the operator to ask the person one or more questions about information provided on an approved list of voters, a certified list of voters or a reference Roll about the voter whose name the person has used.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), a person is entitled to vote by an electronically assisted vote if:

                     (a)  the person calls an authorised call centre on a day on which and at a time when electronically assisted voting is available; and

                     (b)  the person informs a call centre operator that the person wishes to vote by an electronically assisted vote; and

                     (c)  a call centre operator is satisfied that the person is a registered sight‑impaired voter; and

                     (d)  the person’s name is on an approved list of voters, a certified list of voters or a reference Roll.

             (3)  A person is not entitled to vote by an electronically assisted vote if:

                     (a)  the person does not call an authorised call centre on a day on which and at a time when electronically assisted voting is available; or

                     (b)  a call centre operator is not satisfied that the person is a registered sight‑impaired voter after complying with the procedures for assessing whether the person is a registered sight‑impaired voter; or

                     (c)  the person’s name is not on an approved list of voters, a certified list of voters or a reference Roll; or

                     (d)  the person refuses to answer a question asked in accordance with subsection 18(2); or

                     (e)  the person answers a question asked in accordance with subsection 18(2) in the affirmative; or

                      (f)  the person has already voted; or

                     (g)  the person is provisionally enrolled; or

                     (h)  on the basis of any of the person’s answers to questions mentioned in section 18, a call centre operator is not satisfied that the person is the voter whose name the person has used; or

                      (i)  the person does not otherwise comply with the procedures for:

                              (i)  assessing whether the person is a registered sight‑impaired voter; or

                             (ii)  voting by an electronically assisted vote.

Note:          The person may be eligible to vote by an assisted provisional vote on polling day or an assisted pre‑poll vote.

18  Electronically assisted voting—questions to be put to person

             (1)  If a person requests an electronically assisted vote, a call centre operator must be satisfied that the person is a registered sight‑impaired voter in accordance with the procedures determined under paragraph 17(1)(b).

Note:          The person will have a personal identification number and a registration number for requesting an electronically assisted vote.

             (2)  If the person is a registered sight‑impaired voter, a call centre operator must then ask the person the appropriate question from the following questions:

                     (a)  Have you voted before in this election?

                     (b)  Have you voted before in these elections?

                     (c)  Have you voted before in this by‑election?

                     (d)  Have you voted before in this referendum?

19  Enabling registered sight‑impaired voter to vote

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner must determine, in writing, procedures for enabling a registered sight‑impaired voter to vote by an electronically assisted vote.

Example 1: The procedures may require a call centre operator to ensure that the voter:

(a)    receives the same information (in the same order), and has the same voting options, as would appear in the ballot paper for the election that the voter would be given if the voter were voting under Part XVI of the Act; and

(b)    is able to indicate the voter’s vote in a way that, if the voter were marking a ballot paper, would satisfy the requirements of section 239 or 240 of the Act.

Example 2: The procedures may permit the voter’s ballot papers to be checked to ensure that they have been marked in accordance with the voter’s instructions (if any).

             (2)  A call centre operator who is satisfied that a registered sight‑impaired voter is entitled to vote by an electronically assisted vote must assist the voter in accordance with the procedures determined under subsection (1).

             (3)  The voter may tell the call centre operator how the voter wants the ballot papers to be marked.

             (4)  If the voter tells the call centre operator how the voter wants the ballot papers to be marked, the call centre operator must:

                     (a)  initial the voter’s ballot papers on the top front of each ballot paper; and

                     (b)  mark the voter’s ballot papers in accordance with the voter’s instructions; and

                     (c)  read the voter’s voting preferences back to the voter; and

                     (d)  put the voter’s ballot papers in an envelope marked with the name of the voter’s Division; and

                     (e)  place the envelope in a ballot‑box used at the authorised call centre for electronically assisted voting.

20  Requirements relating to ballot‑boxes

             (1)  For an election for which electronically assisted voting is available, the requirements in relation to ballot‑boxes in Subdivision C of Division 3 of Part XVA of the Act, other than section 200DR, are taken to apply to ballot‑boxes used at an authorised call centre for electronically assisted voting as if the electronically assisted voting were pre‑poll ordinary voting.

             (2)  For a referendum for which electronically assisted voting is available, the requirements in relation to ballot‑boxes in Subdivision C of Division 3 of Part IVA of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act, other than section 73CR, are taken to apply to ballot‑boxes used at an authorised call centre for electronically assisted voting as if the electronically assisted voting were pre‑poll ordinary voting.

21  Role of scrutineers—authorised call centre

             (1)  A candidate in an election for which electronically assisted voting is available may appoint one scrutineer to attend at each authorised call centre for the purpose of monitoring the duties of call centre operators.

             (2)  For a referendum for which electronically assisted voting is available, a person (the appointer) who may appoint persons to act as scrutineers under section 27 of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act may appoint one scrutineer to attend at each authorised call centre for the purpose of monitoring the duties of call centre operators.

             (3)  The appointment of a scrutineer must be made by notice, in writing:

                     (a)  addressed to the Returning Officer; and

                     (b)  signed by the candidate or the appointer (as the case requires); and

                     (c)  stating the scrutineer’s name and address.

             (4)  A scrutineer appointed under subsection (1) who has not complied with subsection 202A(3) of the Act must not attend an authorised call centre to discharge a scrutineer’s functions.

             (5)  A scrutineer appointed under subsection (2) who has not complied with subsection 16A(3) of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act must not attend an authorised call centre to discharge a scrutineer’s functions.

             (6)  A scrutineer commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the scrutineer attends an authorised call centre; and

                     (b)  the scrutineer attempts to interfere with the duties of a call centre operator or an Assistant Returning Officer.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

             (7)  A scrutineer commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the scrutineer attends an authorised call centre; and

                     (b)  the scrutineer communicates with a person in the authorised call centre; and

                     (c)  the communication is not reasonably necessary for the discharge of the scrutineer’s functions.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

22  Record of electronically assisted votes

             (1)  The Electoral Commissioner must make a record of an electronically assisted vote.

             (2)  The record of an electronically assisted vote must be:

                     (a)  a mark on an approved list of voters or a certified list of voters beside the voter’s name; or

                     (b)  a record on a document other than an approved list of voters or a certified list of voters which states:

                              (i)  the voter’s name (whether or not it also states the voter’s address or date of birth); and

                             (ii)  the Division in which the voter is enrolled to vote.

             (3)  If the record is in the form mentioned in paragraph (2)(b):

                     (a)  it must be forwarded to a Divisional Returning Officer for the Division in which the voter is enrolled to vote; and

                     (b)  the Divisional Returning Officer must place a mark beside the voter’s name on an approved list of voters or a certified list of voters.

23  What must be done with the voter’s ballot papers

             (1)  As soon as the close of the poll for all Divisions, an Assistant Returning Officer must:

                     (a)  open each ballot‑box mentioned in paragraph 19(4)(e); and

                     (b)  sort the envelopes, unopened, into bundles corresponding to Divisions.

             (2)  An Assistant Returning Officer must forward each bundle to a Divisional Returning Officer for the appropriate Division for the conduct of a scrutiny.

             (3)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if the person:

                     (a)  is not an Assistant Returning Officer, or a person performing tasks under the direction of an Assistant Returning Officer; and

                     (b)  does something mentioned in subsection (1) or (2).

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

24  Scrutiny of ballot papers

             (1)  The Divisional Returning Officer must conduct the scrutiny of the ballot papers forwarded by the Assistant Returning Officer under subsection 23(2).

             (2)  For a general election, Senate election or by‑election, the procedures in Part XVIII of the Act apply to the scrutiny with the modifications necessary to ensure that:

                     (a)  no preliminary scrutiny mentioned in section 266 of the Act is to be conducted; and

                     (b)  the electronically assisted vote is taken to be a pre‑poll ordinary vote; and

                     (c)  it is irrelevant that the voter did not complete the ballot paper personally; and

                     (d)  it is irrelevant that the vote can be identified as being cast by a sight‑impaired person.

             (3)  For a referendum, the procedures in Part VI of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act apply to the scrutiny with the modifications necessary to ensure that:

                     (a)  no preliminary scrutiny mentioned in section 89A of that Act is to be conducted; and

                     (b)  the electronically assisted vote is taken to be a pre‑poll ordinary vote; and

                     (c)  it is irrelevant that the voter did not complete the ballot paper personally; and

                     (d)  it is irrelevant that the vote can be identified as being cast by a sight‑impaired person.

             (4)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if the person:

                     (a)  is not the Divisional Returning Officer, or a person performing tasks under the direction of the Divisional Returning Officer; and

                     (b)  conducts the scrutiny.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

25  Offences related to electronically assisted voting

             (1)  A person commits an offence if the person:

                     (a)  interferes with a voter while the voter votes by an electronically assisted vote; or

                     (b)  communicates with a voter who votes by an electronically assisted vote about the voter’s vote; or

                     (c)  does anything to find out how a voter who votes by an electronically assisted vote voted.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person is a call centre operator who is assisting the voter to vote.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

26  Protection of electronic voting hardware or software

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  he or she destroys or interferes with:

                              (i)  a computer program; or

                             (ii)  a data file; or

                            (iii)  an electronic device; and

                     (b)  the program, file or device is used, or intended to be used, for or in connection with electronically assisted voting.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person is an officer acting in the course of his or her duties.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

Division 2Enforcement of law in relation to compulsory voting

27  Proceedings in court on failure of elector to vote

             (1)  This section applies in relation to proceedings that are instituted in a court of summary jurisdiction against an elector for a contravention of:

                     (a)  subsection 245(15) of the Act; or

                     (b)  subsection 45(14) of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act.

             (2)  The Divisional Returning Officer must send to the court the elector’s response (if any) under subparagraph 245(5)(c)(i) or (ii) of the Act or subparagraph 45(5)(c)(i) or (ii) of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act (as applicable).

             (3)  The court must, whether the defendant is present or not, consider the contents of the response as if it were given in evidence before the court.

28  Evidence in court of summary jurisdiction

             (1)  This section applies in relation to a prosecution in a court of summary jurisdiction against an elector for a contravention of:

                     (a)  subsection 245(15) or (15C) of the Act; or

                     (b)  subsection 45(14) or (14C) of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act.

             (2)  If the prosecuting officer lodges with the court a statutory declaration and a certified extract in the approved form, the officer is not required to attend the hearing.

             (3)  If a statutory declaration and certified extract have been lodged as provided by subsection (2), and the prosecuting officer is not present at the hearing, the court must:

                     (a)  proceed with the hearing and determination of the case in the prosecuting officer’s absence; and

                     (b)  consider the statutory declaration and certified extract as if the matters set out in those documents had been given in evidence before the court; and

                     (c)  notwithstanding the absence of the prosecuting officer, permit evidence for the prosecution to be given by any witness who is summoned by, or attends on behalf of, the prosecuting officer.

             (4)  For the purposes of this section, any document purporting to be a statutory declaration must be accepted as such by the court without proof of:

                     (a)  the signatures on the declaration; or

                     (b)  the authority of the person before whom the declaration purports to have been made to take statutory declarations.


Schedule 1Prescribed authorities and permitted purposes for use of information

Note:       See sections 6 and 9.

  

  

1  Prescribed authorities and permitted purposes for use of information

                   For sections 6 and 9, the following table sets out:

                     (a)  the Agencies or authorities of the Commonwealth that are prescribed authorities; and

                     (b)  the purposes that are prescribed as permitted purposes for a particular prescribed authority.

 

Prescribed authorities and permitted purposes for use of information

Item

Agency or authority

Purpose

1

Australia Post

investigating postal and criminal offences committed against the Commonwealth under the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989 or the Crimes Act 1914

2

Australian Bureau of Statistics

collecting, compiling, analysing and disseminating statistics and related information

3

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

(a) identifying or locating offenders, suspects or witnesses in relation to the investigation of, or reporting on, a corruption issue within the meaning of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 (the LEIC Act); or

(b) collecting, correlating, analysing or disseminating information or intelligence in relation to:

(i) corruption generally in a law enforcement agency within the meaning of the LEIC Act (a LEIC agency); or

(ii) the integrity of a staff member of a LEIC agency; or

(c) collecting, correlating, analysing or disseminating information or intelligence in relation to corruption generally in, or the integrity of a staff member of, a Commonwealth government agency (other than a LEIC agency) that has a law enforcement function within the meaning of the LEIC Act; or

(d) security vetting of employees or potential employees

4

Australian Communications and Media Authority

identifying offences relating to interference with radiocommunications or telecommunications

5

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

(a) identifying or locating offenders, suspects or witnesses; or

(b) verifying the identity of individuals for enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty in relation to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

6

Australian Crime Commission

(a) collecting, correlating, analysing and disseminating criminal information and intelligence; or

(b) undertaking intelligence operations; or

(c) investigating matters relating to relevant criminal activity; or

(d) assembling or analysing evidence about offences and suspected offences; or

(e) conducting criminal and operational investigations to support authorised national security functions; or

(f) security vetting of employees or potential employees

7

Australian Federal Police (AFP)

(a) identifying or locating offenders, suspects or witnesses; or

(b) deciding whether suspects can be eliminated from an investigation; or

(c) target development; or

(d) intelligence checks; or

(e) protecting the safety of officers, staff members, AFP employees and special members; or

(f) law enforcement; or

(g) surveillance; or

(h) identification of potential or actual disaster victims, and notification of victims’ families; or

(i) security vetting of AFP officers or potential AFP officers

8

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

(a) identifying or locating suspects or witnesses; or

(b) surveillance; or

(c) law enforcement

9

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

(a) confirming the identity of Australian citizens to determine whether or not they are of security interest; or

(b) security vetting of employees or potential employees

10

Australian Taxation Office (the Statutory Agency consisting of the Commissioner of Taxation and staff)

(a) identifying or locating taxpayers; or

(b) preventing, detecting or investigating taxation fraud; or

(c) administering Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework

11

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

conducting investigations in relation to the enforcement of:

(a) the criminal law; or

(b) a law imposing a pecuniary penalty;

in relation to the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988

12

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

locating members and former members for the purpose of protecting public revenue in relation to the payment of benefits, the recovery of overpayments and the review of entitlement to benefits

13

Department administered by the Minister administering the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act 1994

investigating, monitoring and enforcing the following Acts:

(a) the Quarantine Act 1908;

(b) the Export Control Act 1982;

(c) the Australian Meat and Live‑stock Industry Act 1997;

(d) the Biological Control Act 1984

14

Department administered by the Minister administering the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982

(a) identifying or locating an individual suspected of fraud or another criminal offence under:

(i) a law of the Commonwealth administered by the Department; or

(ii) another law of the Commonwealth, or a law of a State or Territory, that is connected with the defence of Australia or the operations or activities of the Department; or

(b) security vetting of employees or potential employees

15

Department administered by the Minister administering the Australian Education Act 2013

preventing, detecting or investigating fraud and other criminal offences in relation to the Department’s programs and relevant money (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013) managed by the Department

16

Department administered by the Minister administering the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

identifying or locating suspects, debtors or witnesses in relation to criminal investigations

17

Department administered by the Minister administering the Australian Passports Act 2005

(a) confirming the identity of passport applicants or identifiers of documents; or

(b) verifying information relating to a passport or an application for a passport; or

(c) locating parents who have not lodged an application for a passport, in connection with seeking consent to issue a passport to a minor; or

(d) assisting in consular operations to locate next of kin in Australia

18

Department administered by the Minister administering the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973

(a) preventing and detecting fraud relating to identity or incorrect payments; or

(b) identifying or locating clients for debt management, determination or correction purposes; or

(c) undertaking compliance, investigation or enforcement activities relating to the Chief Executive Medicare’s functions under section 5 of the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973; or

(d) recovering overpayments or other amounts due to the Commonwealth in relation to the performance of the Chief Executive Medicare’s functions under section 5 of the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973

19

Department administered by the Minister administering the Australian Border Force Act 2015

(a) verifying the identity or status of travellers and consignees of cargo or postal articles; or

(b) verifying the identity and status of importers and exporters; or

(c) checking the accuracy of information given to the Department or to a Collector (within the meaning of the Customs Act 1901); or

(d) verifying the identity of individuals on behalf of:

(i) the government of another country; or

(ii) a law enforcement administration under an international agreement or arrangement; or

(e) surveillance purposes; or

(f) facilitating travel to Australia, or entry to Australia, for an Australian citizen who may have lost his or her passport; or

(g) enabling airport officers to identify travellers and confirm their status; or

(h) assisting investigations and compliance staff in the detection of persons suspected of:

(i) being in Australia unlawfully; or

(ii) working without authority; or

(iii) being involved in people smuggling; or

(iv) committing offences against legislation administered by the Department

20

Department administered by the Minister administering the Industry Research and Development Act 1986

preventing, detecting or investigating fraud and other criminal offences in relation to:

(a) the Department’s purposes (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013); and

(b) relevant money (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013) managed by the Department

21

Department administered by the Treasurer

administering Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework, except the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Act 2015 and any instrument made under that Act

22

Department administered by the Minister administering the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

(a) undertaking reviews of, or research into, the health of former members of the Defence Force; or

(b) protection of the public revenue in relation to reviews of entitlement to benefits

23

Director of Public Prosecutions

verifying the identity of, or locating, persons of interest in relation to property ownership matters conducted under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

24

Federal Court of Australia (the Statutory Agency consisting of the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Federal Court and the APS employees referred to in section 18N of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 assisting the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Federal Court)

(a) preparing a written jury roll for a jury district; or

(b) determining if a person included on a jury list is not qualified to serve as a juror or should be excused from serving as a juror; or

(c) giving the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police the name and other details of any or all of the persons included on a jury list so that the Commissioner may give information about the criminal history (if any) of each of those persons; or

(d) disclosing to an officer responsible for convening juries for trials before a court of a State or Territory information identifying a juror or former juror so that the officer can consider whether to summons the juror or former juror when convening a trial before the State or Territory court

Note:       The purposes described in this item relate to functions performed under Division 1A of Part III of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976.

25

Australian Financial Security Authority

(a) locating and investigating bankrupts and their associates in relation to obligations under the Bankruptcy Act 1966; or

(b) conducting criminal investigations in relation to the Bankruptcy Act 1966; or

(c) investigating identity fraud

 

Schedule 2Prescribed electors

Note:       See section 12.

  

  

1  Prescribed classes of electors—applications for provisional enrolment by persons about to become Australian citizens

                   For section 12, the following table sets out the classes of electors that are prescribed for the purposes of applications for provisional enrolment by persons who are about to become Australian citizens.

 

Prescribed classes of electors—applications for provisional enrolment by persons about to become Australian citizens

Item

Class of elector

1

Commissioner for Oaths of a State or Territory

2

Family counsellor within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975

3

Holder of a current liquor licence

4

Holder of a current pilot’s licence

5

Licensed or registered real estate agent

6

Licensed or registered surveyor

7

Manager of a community or ethnic centre

8

Manager of a women’s refuge, or of a crisis and counselling service that provides counselling or assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or sexual abuse

9

Master of a merchant vessel

10

Member of the Governance Institute of Australia

11

Member of the ground staff of an airline that operates a regular passenger service

12

Member of the staff of a person who is a member of:

(a) the Parliament of the Commonwealth; or

(b) the Parliament of a State; or

(c) a Territory legislature; or

(d) a local government authority of a State or Territory

13

Member of the staff of a State or Territory electoral authority

14

Member of the staff of the Australian Electoral Commission

15

Prison officer

16

A person who is not described in a preceding item in this Schedule before whom statutory declarations may be made under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory

 


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

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.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

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 abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

 disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016

29 Mar 2016 (F2016L00399)

30 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) (item 1)

 

Courts Administration (Consequential Amendments) Regulation 2016

10 May 2016 (F2016L00767)

Sch 1 (item 1): 1 July 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

s 2.............................................

rep LA s 48D

Schedule 1

 

c 1.............................................

am F2016L00767

Schedule 3................................

rep LA s 48C