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Consular Fees Regulations 1990

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SR 1990 No. 44 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to Consular Fees Amendment (Fees and Indexation) Regulation 2016
Administered by: Foreign Affairs and Trade
Registered 03 Jan 2017
Start Date 01 Jan 2017
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Consular Fees Regulations 1990

Statutory Rules No. 44, 1990

made under the

Consular Fees Act 1955

Compilation No. 4

Compilation date:                              1 January 2017

Includes amendments up to:            F2016L01379

Registered:                                         3 January 2017

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Consular Fees Regulations 1990 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 January 2017 (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

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Contents

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

1A......... Definitions.......................................................................................... 1

2............ Consular act........................................................................................ 1

3............ Fee for consular act............................................................................. 1

4............ Acts performed for the governments of other countries...................... 1

5............ Payment in local currency................................................................... 1

6............ Indexation of fees................................................................................ 1

7............ Application of amendments made by the Consular Fees Amendment (Fees and Indexation) Regulation 2016.................................................................................. 3

Schedule 1—Fees for consular acts                                                              4

Endnotes                                                                                                                                      5

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                              5

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                  6

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                               7

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                             8

 


 

 

 

1  Name of Regulations

                   These Regulations are the Consular Fees Regulations 1990.

1A  Definitions

                   In these Regulations:

Act means the Consular Fees Act 1955.

2  Consular act

                   For the purposes of the definition of consular act in section 2 of the Act, each act described in column 1 of Schedule 1 is a consular act.

3  Fee for consular act

             (1)  Under section 3 of the Act, the regulations may provide for the imposition of fees, to be collected on behalf of the Commonwealth, for the performance, whether in Australia or elsewhere, of consular acts by people mentioned in the section.

             (2)  The fee mentioned in column 2 of an item in Schedule 1, as indexed under regulation 6, is imposed for performing the consular act mentioned in the item.

4  Acts performed for the governments of other countries

                   A fee imposed for a consular act is not payable if the consular act is performed at the request, and for the purposes, of the government of a foreign country.

5  Payment in local currency

                   If a consular act for which a fee is imposed is performed in a place outside Australia, payment of the fee may be made by the payment, in the currency of that place, of the equivalent of the amount of the fee.

6  Indexation of fees

             (1)  The amount of a fee mentioned in column 2 of Schedule 1 is to be indexed on 1 January each year (the indexation day), commencing from 1 January 2018, in accordance with this regulation. This regulation explains how to work out the amount (the indexed amount) of a fee for the calendar year starting on 1 January 2018 and later calendar years.

Indexation method

             (2)  The indexed amount of the fee is worked out in accordance with the following formula:

where:

indexation factor, for an indexation day, means the number worked out by dividing:

                     (a)  the sum of the index numbers for the quarters of the 12 month period (the reference year) ending on 30 September immediately before the indexation day; by

                     (b)  the sum of the index numbers for the quarters of the 12 month period ending on 30 September in the year immediately before the reference year.

index number, for a quarter, means the All Groups Consumer Price Index number (being the weighted average of the 8 capital cities) published by the Australian Statistician for that quarter.

quarter means a period of 3 months ending on 31 March, 30 June, 30 September or 31 December.

             (3)  The indexation factor is to be calculated to 3 decimal places (rounding up if the fourth decimal place is 5 or more).

             (4)  The indexed amount is to be rounded to the nearest whole dollar (rounding 50 cents upwards).

             (5)  The indexed amount is to be worked out:

                     (a)  using only the index numbers published in terms of the most recently published index reference period for the Consumer Price Index; and

                     (b)  disregarding index numbers that are published more than 2 weeks after the original publication in substitution for previously published index numbers (except where the substituted numbers are published to take account of changes in the index reference period).

Indexation method to be used only to increase fees

             (6)  However, if the indexed amount as worked out under subregulations (2) to (5) for a calendar year (the current calendar year) would be less than the amount of the fee applying immediately before the indexation day, the indexed amount for the current calendar year is the same as the amount of the fee applying immediately before the indexation day.

Application of indexed fee

             (7)  The indexed amount for a calendar year applies to consular acts performed on or after the indexation day in that calendar year, even if an application or request relating to the consular act was made before that day.

7  Application of amendments made by the Consular Fees Amendment (Fees and Indexation) Regulation 2016

                   The amendments of these Regulations made by Schedule 1 to the Consular Fees Amendment (Fees and Indexation) Regulation 2016 apply to a consular act performed on or after 1 January 2017, even if an application or request relating to the consular act was made before that day.


Schedule 1Fees for consular acts

Note:       See regulation 2 and subregulation 3(2).

  

 

 

Fees for consular acts

 

Column 1

Column 2

Item

Consular act

Fee

1

Administering an oath or receiving a declaration or affirmation

$70

2

Effecting, or attempting to effect, service of a document and issuing a certificate or affidavit of service or attempted service of a document

$70

3

Witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration

$70

4

Preparing a declaration or other document

$70

5

Verifying and certifying a copy of a document or part of a document

$70

6

Signing a document, or affixing a seal to a document or other article

$70

7

Witnessing the execution of a will

$70

8

Transmitting a document or other article through official channels

$70

9

Transferring funds through official accounts, other than for the purposes of the realisation of a deceased estate

$70

10

Preparation and issue of an Apostille certificate

$80

11

Preparation and issue of an Authentication certificate

$80

12

Preparation and issue of a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

$140

 


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

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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

 

Number and year

FRLI registration or gazettal

Commencement
date

Application, saving and transitional provisions

1990 No. 44

27 Feb 1990

27 Feb 1990

 

1995 No. 37

14 Mar 1995

16 Mar 1995

1998 No. 43

25 Mar 1998

25 Mar 1998

2000 No. 156

28 June 2000

1 July 2000

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Consular Fees Amendment (Fees and Indexation) Regulation 2016

2 Sept 2016 (F2016L01379)

Sch 1: 1 Jan 2017 (s 2(1) item 2)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

r 1.............................................

rs 2000 No. 156

r 1A..........................................

ad 1998 No. 43

 

am F2016L01379

r 2.............................................

rs 1998 No. 43; F2016L01379

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

rs 1998 No. 43

 

am F2016L01379

r 6.............................................

rs F2016L01379

r 7.............................................

ad F2016L01379

Schedule...................................

am 1995 No. 37; 1998 No. 43; 2000 No. 156

 

rep F2016L01379

Schedule 1................................

ad F2016L01379