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This instrument amends multiple instruments to prescribe the list of offence, civil penalty and key requirement provisions that are subject to an infringement notice regime, ensure penalties and some offences in regulations are consistent with the strengthened penalty framework inserted by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Act 2019, update a number of cross-references and provide for contingent amendments.
Administered by: Treasury
Registered 25 Mar 2019
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR02-Apr-2019
Tabled Senate02-Apr-2019
Date of repeal 12 Sep 2019
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Regulations 2019

I, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulations.

Dated 21 March 2019

Peter Cosgrove

Governor‑General

By His Excellency’s Command

Josh Frydenberg

Treasurer

 

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

4............ Schedules...................................................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                                          3

Part 1—Amendment of the Corporations Regulations 2001                                              3

Corporations Regulations 2001                                                                                                         3

Part 2—Amendment of the National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010    9

Division 1—Main amendments                                                                                                          9

National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010                                                             9

Division 2—Amendments of penalties under civil penalty provisions                                       12

National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010                                                           12

Division 3—Application provisions                                                                                                  12

National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010                                                           12

Part 3—Amendment of the Insurance Contracts Regulations 2017                             13

Insurance Contracts Regulations 2017                                                                                           13

Part 4—Other consequential amendments                                                                                  14

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Regulations 2017                               14

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009                                                           14

Schedule 2—Contingent amendments                                                                                               15

National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010                                                           15

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Regulations 2019.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 4 and anything in this instrument not elsewhere covered by this table

The day after this instrument is registered.

26 March 2019

2.  Schedule 1

The later of:

(a) the day after this instrument is registered; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedules 1 to 4 of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Act 2019.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

26 March 2019

(paragraph (a) applies)

3.  Schedule 2

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 2; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mandatory Comprehensive Credit Reporting) Regulations 2019.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

Never commenced

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the following:

                     (a)  the Corporations Act 2001;

                     (b)  the Insurance Contracts Act 1984;

                     (c)  the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009.

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.

Schedule 1Amendments

Part 1Amendment of the Corporations Regulations 2001

Corporations Regulations 2001

1  Subregulation 5D.2.01(2) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

2  After subregulation 5D.2.01(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  A person commits an offence if the person is involved in a contravention of subregulation (1) by a licensed trustee company.

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

3  Subregulations 5D.2.05(1) and (2) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

4  At the end of regulation 5D.2.05

Add:

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person is involved in a contravention of subregulation (1) or (2) by a licensed trustee company.

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

5  Subregulations 5D.2.06(3), (4), (5), (7), (8) and (11) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

6  At the end of regulation 5D.2.06

Add:

Offence for involvement in contravention

           (12)  A person commits an offence if the person is involved in a contravention of subregulation (3), (4), (5), (7), (8) or (11) by a licensed trustee company.

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

7  Subregulation 5D.2.07(1) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

8  At the end of regulation 5D.2.07

Add:

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person is involved in a contravention of subregulation (1) by a licensed trustee company.

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

9  Subregulations 5D.2.08(2), (3), (4), and (6) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

10  At the end of regulation 5D.2.08

Add:

Offence for involvement in contravention

             (8)  A person commits an offence if the person is involved in a contravention of subregulation (2), (3), (4), or (6) by a licensed trustee company.

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

11  Paragraphs 7.2.06(b) and 7.2.07(j)

Omit “subparagraph 792A(c)(i)”, substitute “subparagraph 792A(1)(c)(i)”.

12  Paragraph 7.2.16(1)(b)

Omit “paragraph 792A(a)”, substitute “paragraph 792A(1)(a)”.

13  Paragraph 7.2.16(3)(b)

Omit “subparagraph 792A(c)(i)”, substitute “subparagraph 792A(1)(c)(i)”.

14  Subregulation 7.2A.07(1) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          See subsection 798K(2) of the Act for the maximum penalty payable.

15  Paragraphs 7.3.04(b) and 7.3.05(i)

Omit “subparagraph 821A(c)(i)”, substitute “subparagraph 821A(1)(c)(i)”.

16  Subregulation 7.6.01AB(3) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

17  Subregulations 7.6.08D(3) and (4) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—20 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—200 penalty units.

18  Subregulations 7.6.08E(3) and (4) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—20 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—200 penalty units.

19  Subregulation 7.7.10AF(1) (cell at table item 4, column 2)

Repeal the cell, substitute:

paragraph 952E(2)(a)

20  Subregulation 7.7.10AG(1) (cell at table item 2, column 2)

Repeal the cell, substitute:

paragraph 952E(2)(a)

21  Subregulations 7.7.20A(1) and (2) (note)

Repeal the note.

22  Subregulation 7.8.02(1)

Omit “paragraph 981C(a)”, substitute “paragraph 981C(1)(a)”.

23  Subregulation 7.8.02(1A)

Omit “paragraph 981C(a)”, substitute “paragraph 981C(1)(a)”.

24  Subregulation 7.8.02(2)

Omit “paragraph 981C(a)”, substitute “paragraph 981C(1)(a)”.

25  Subregulation 7.8.02(6)

Omit “paragraph 981C(b)”, substitute “paragraph 981C(1)(b)”.

26  Subregulation 7.8.02(7)

Omit “paragraph 981C(c)”, substitute “paragraph 981C(1)(c)”.

27  Subregulation 7.8.02(8)

Omit “paragraph 981C(d)”, substitute “paragraph 981C(1)(d)”.

28  Subregulation 7.8.05(4)

Omit “paragraph 981C(c)”, substitute “paragraph 981C(1)(c)”.

29  Subregulation 7.8.05G(1) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          See subsection 981N(2) of the Act for the maximum penalty payable.

30  Subregulation 7.8.08(18) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—20 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—200 penalty units.

31  Subregulation 7.9.07CA(2) (note)

Repeal the note.

32  Subregulation 7.9.13(2) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

33  Regulation 7.9.14B (subsection 1019C(5) (penalty) of the Corporations Act 2001)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

34  Part 9.4

Repeal the Part.

35  After Part 9.4A

Insert:

Part 9.4ABInfringement notices

  

9.4AB.01  Prescribed offences (Act s 1317DAN)

             (1)  This regulation is made for the purposes of paragraph 1317DAN(c) of the Act.

             (2)  An alleged offence based on any of the following provisions of the Act is subject to an infringement notice:

                     (a)  subsections 792B(1), (2), (3), (4) and (5);

                     (b)  subsections 821B(1), (2), (3) and (4);

                     (c)  subsections 912D(1B) and (2);

                     (d)  subsection 1351(2).

9.4AB.02  Prescribed civil penalty provisions (Act s 1317DAN)

             (1)  This regulation is made for the purposes of paragraph 1317DAN(d) of the Act.

             (2)  The following civil penalty provisions of the Act are subject to an infringement notice:

                     (a)  subsections 188(1) and (2);

                     (b)  subsection 941A(3);

                     (c)  subsections 941B(4);

                     (d)  subsection 946A(4);

                     (e)  section 962P;

                      (f)  subsection 962S(1);

                     (g)  subsections 963E(1) and (2);

                     (h)  subsection 963G(1);

                      (i)  section 963J;

                      (j)  section 963K;

                     (k)  subsection 964A(1);

                      (l)  subsections 964D(1) and (2);

                    (m)  subsection 964E(1);

                     (n)  subsection 985E(1);

                     (o)  section 985L;

                     (p)  subsection 1012A(5);

                     (q)  subsection 1012B(6);

                      (r)  subsection 1012C(11);

                      (s)  subsection 1017BA(4B).

36  After Part 9.7

Insert:

Part 9.10Fees imposed by the Corporations (Fees) Act 2001 and the Corporations (Review Fees) Act 2003

  

9.10.01  Penalty for failure to pay review fee on time—prescribed penalty (Act s 1364)

             (1)  This regulation is made for the purposes of paragraph 1364(2)(n) of the Act.

             (2)  The penalty for the failure to pay a review fee is:

                     (a)  if payment is received within 1 month after the due date—$65; and

                     (b)  if payment is not received within 1 month after the due date—$270.

Note:          The date on which a service fee is due and payable is worked out under subsection 1351(3) of the Act.

             (3)  In this regulation:

review fee means a fee imposed by section 5 of the Corporations (Review Fees) Act 2003.

37  Subregulation 10.2.50(4) (penalty)

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—50 penalty units; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—500 penalty units.

38  In the appropriate position in Chapter 10

Insert:

Part 10.31Application provisions relating to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Regulations 2019

  

10.31.01  Application—offences

                   The amendments made by items 1 to 10, items 16 to 18 and items 30, 32, 33 and 37 of Schedule 1 to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Regulations 2019 apply in relation to the commission of an offence if the conduct constituting the commission of the offence occurs wholly on or after the commencement of that Schedule.

39  Schedule 1 (table item 155)

Repeal the item.

40  Schedule 2 (Form 910)

Repeal the form.

Part 2Amendment of the National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010

Division 1—Main amendments

National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010

41  Part 6‑2

Repeal the Part, substitute:

Part 6‑2Infringement notices

  

37  Prescribed offences

             (1)  This regulation is made for the purposes of paragraph 288K(1)(b) of the Act.

             (2)  The following provisions of the Act are subject to an infringement notice:

                     (a)  subsection 30(3);

                     (b)  subsection 31(2);

                     (c)  subsection 32(2);

                     (d)  subsection 51(3);

                     (e)  subsection 70(2);

                      (f)  subsection 73(6);

                     (g)  subsection 88(3);

                     (h)  subsection 95(4);

                      (i)  subsection 98(4);

                      (j)  subsection 99(4);

                     (k)  subsection 100(5);

                      (l)  subsection 122(2);

                    (m)  subsection 123(6);

                     (n)  subsection 124(6);

                     (o)  subsection 124A(2);

                     (p)  subsection 124B(2);

                     (q)  subsection 133(6);

                      (r)  subsection 133AC(3);

                      (s)  subsection 133AD(3);

                      (t)  subsection 133AE(3);

                     (u)  subsection 133BC(2);

                     (v)  subsection 133BD(2);

                    (w)  subsection 133BH(4);

                     (x)  subsection 133BJ(2);

                     (y)  subsection 133CA(2);

                     (z)  subsection 133CB(2);

                    (za)  subsection 133CC(2);

                   (zb)  subsection 133DB(2);

                    (zc)  subsection 133DC(3);

                   (zd)  subsection 133DD(3);

                    (ze)  subsection 145(2);

                    (zf)  subsection 146(6);

                    (zg)  subsection 147(6);

                   (zh)  subsection 156(6);

                    (zi)  subsection 229(2);

                    (zj)  subsections 32A(1) and (2) of the Code.

38  Prescribed civil penalty provisions

             (1)  This regulation is made for the purposes of paragraph 288K(1)(c) of the Act.

             (2)  The following civil penalty provisions of the Act are subject to an infringement notice:

                     (a)  subsections 114(1), (4), (5) and (6);

                     (b)  subsections 115(1) and (2);

                     (c)  subsection 117(1);

                     (d)  subsection 118(1);

                     (e)  subsection 119(1);

                      (f)  subsection 121(1);

                     (g)  section 128;

                     (h)  subsection 130(1);

                      (i)  subsection 131(1);

                      (j)  subsections 133DE(1) and (2);

                     (k)  subsections 137(1), (4), (5) and (6);

                      (l)  subsections 138(1) and (2);

                    (m)  subsection 140(1);

                     (n)  subsection 141(1);

                     (o)  subsection 142(1);

                     (p)  subsection 144(1);

                     (q)  section 151;

                      (r)  subsection 153(1);

                      (s)  subsection 154(2);

                      (t)  subsection 160B(1);

                     (u)  subsection 160C(1);

                     (v)  subsections 160E(2) and (3);

                    (w)  subsection 39B(1) of the Code;

                     (x)  subsection 72(4) of the Code;

                     (y)  subsection 177B(4) of the Code.

39  Prescribed key requirements

             (1)  This regulation is made for the purposes of paragraph 288K(1)(d) of the Act.

             (2)  The following provisions of the Act, to the extent that they relate to key requirements (within the meaning of the Code), are subject to an infringement notice:

                     (a)  subsections 17(3), (4), (5), (6), (8), (9), (11), (15) and (15A) of the Code;

                     (b)  subsection 23(1) of the Code;

                     (c)  subsection 32AA(2) of the Code;

                     (d)  subsection 34(6) of the Code;

                     (e)  subsection 35(1) of the Code.

42  Schedule 1 (Form 3)

Repeal the form.

43  Item 2.27 of Schedule 2 (subsection 52(4) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    6 months imprisonment.

44  Item 2.27 of Schedule 2 (subsection 52(5) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    20 penalty units.

45  Item 2.39 of Schedule 2 (subsection 74(3) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    6 months imprisonment.

46  Item 2.39 of Schedule 2 (subsection 74(4) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    20 penalty units.

47  Item 2.39 of Schedule 2 (subsection 75(2) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    6 months imprisonment.

48  Item 2.39 of Schedule 2 (subsection 75(3) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    20 penalty units.

49  Item 2.39 of Schedule 2 (subsection 75B(2) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    6 months imprisonment.

50  Item 2.39 of Schedule 2 (subsection 75B(3) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    20 penalty units.

51  Item 2.39 of Schedule 2 (subsection 76(2) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    6 months imprisonment.

52  Item 2.39 of Schedule 2 (subsection 76(3) (penalty))

Repeal the penalty, substitute:

Criminal penalty:    20 penalty units.

Division 2—Amendments of penalties under civil penalty provisions

National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010

53  The whole of the instrument (including the Schedules)

Omit (wherever occurring):

Civil penalty:          2,000 penalty units.

substitute:

Civil penalty:          5,000 penalty units.

Division 3—Application provisions

National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010

54  In the appropriate position in Part 6‑3

Insert:

49F  Application—offences

                   The amendments made by items 43 to 52 of Schedule 1 to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Regulations 2019 apply in relation to the commission of an offence if the conduct constituting the commission of the offence occurs wholly on or after the commencement of that Schedule.

49G  Application—civil penalty provisions

                   The amendments made by item 53 of Schedule 1 to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Regulations 2019 apply in relation to the contravention of a civil penalty provision if the conduct constituting the contravention of the provision occurs wholly on or after the commencement of that Schedule.

Part 3Amendment of the Insurance Contracts Regulations 2017

Insurance Contracts Regulations 2017

55  After Part 4

Insert:

Part 4AMiscellaneous

  

39A  Infringement notices—prescribed offences

             (1)  This section is made for the purposes of paragraph 75X(a) of the Act.

             (2)  Subsection 33C(5) of the Act is subject to an infringement notice.

Part 4Other consequential amendments

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Regulations 2017

56  Paragraph 30(b)

Omit “penalties referred to in items 116CA to 116GC in Schedule 3 to the Corporations Act”, substitute “penalties referred to in items dealing with subsection 324CA(1) to section 324CK in Schedule 3 to the Corporations Act”.

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009

57  Subsection 3(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of designated offence)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  an offence that is subject to an infringement notice under section 1317DAN of the Corporations Act 2001; or

Schedule 2Contingent amendments

  

National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010

1  After paragraph 37(2)(za)

Insert:

                  (zaa)  subsection 133CX(1);

                  (zab)  subsection 133CY(1);

                  (zac)  section 133CZ;

                  (zad)  section 133CZB;

                  (zae)  section 133CZE;

                  (zaf)  subsection 133CZG(7);

                  (zag)  subsection 133CZH(3);

                  (zah)  subsection 133CZI(3);