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EPBC303/DC/SFS/2019/07 Lists as made
This instrument amends the List of Exempt Native Specimens Instrument 2001 by deleting items listed in Schedule 1 and including items listed in Schedule 2.
Administered by: Environment and Energy
Registered 28 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Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Amendment of List of Exempt Native Specimens – Northern Territory Offshore Net and Line Fishery, March 2019

(Issued by the authority of the Minister for the Environment)

in accordance with Section 303DC

 

Section 303DB of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) provides for the establishment of a list of exempt native specimens. Specimens included in the list are exempt from the trade control provisions that apply to regulated native specimens.

 

The effect of this instrument is to delete specimens from the list of exempt native specimens taken in Northern Territory Offshore Net and Line Fishery specified in Schedule 1. The instrument also includes specimens from the same Northern Territory Offshore Net and Line Fishery in the list of exempt native specimens, with notations that inclusion of the specimens in the list are subject to restrictions or conditions that the specimen, or the fish or invertebrate from which it is derived, was taken lawfully, and that the specimens are included in the list until the dates specified in Schedule 2.

 

The relevant fishery is as follows:

·    Northern Territory Offshore Net and Line Fishery

 

All state and territory legislation referred to in Schedule 2 to the instrument is incorporated as in force at the time this instrument commences. All state and territory legislation incorporated by reference in the instrument can be freely accessed on the following state and territory legislation websites:

·    Northern Territory legislation at www.legislation.nt.gov.au (as of March 2019)

 

Commonwealth Acts and disallowable instruments (or instruments which were disallowable under Commonwealth legislation at any time before 1 January 2005) referred to in this instrument are incorporated as in force from time to time (section 14 of the Legislation Act 2003). However, references to Commonwealth instruments which are exempt from disallowance are incorporated as in force at the time this instrument commences (section 14 of the Legislation Act 2003).

 

All Commonwealth legislation can be freely accessed at the Federal Register of Legislation – https://www.legislation.gov.au/.

 

Listing of the specimens described above in the list of exempt native specimens will allow export of these specimens, without requiring export permits, while an approved wildlife trade operation declaration for the fishery is in force. A link to the declaration is accessible via the Department’s website at http://www.environment.gov.au/marine/fisheries/nt/offshore-net-line.

 

A strategic assessment under the provisions of Part 10 of the EPBC Act is only required for fisheries managed under the Fisheries Management Act 1991 (Cwth) or the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 (Cwth). The Australian Government and State/Northern Territory governments have negotiated Offshore Constitutional Settlement (OCS) arrangements that mandate each jurisdiction’s responsibilities for managing the different fisheries resources in inshore and offshore areas. Under the OCS arrangements commercial fisheries managed by the States/NT may operate in Commonwealth waters, but operators are subject to federal laws in relation to interactions with protected species and ecological communities, and for impacts on the Commonwealth marine area.

 

The list of exempt native specimens established under section 303DB(1) of the EPBC Act must not include a specimen that belongs to an eligible listed threatened species unless the conditions in subsection 303DB(6) are satisfied. Under the EPBC Act, eligible listed threatened species are those species listed in the extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable categories established under section 178 of the EPBC Act (see sections 303BC and 528 of the EPBC Act. 

 

Those specimens that belong to species listed in the conservation dependent category of the EPBC Act are not eligible listed threatened species and may therefore be included in the list of exempt native specimens, subject to the conditions provided in the notation.

 

In accordance with section 303CA of the EPBC Act, specimens that are derived from taxa that are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are not included in the list of exempt native specimens.

 

In determining to include the specimens in the list of exempt native specimens regard was had to the Australian Government’s ‘Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries – 2nd Edition.' Those Guidelines establish the criteria for assessment of the ecological sustainability of the relevant fishery’s management arrangements.

 

Subsection 303DC(3) of the EPBC Act provides that before amending the list, the Minister for the Environment must consult such other Commonwealth minister or ministers and such other minister or ministers of each state and self-governing territory, as the minister considers appropriate. The minister may also consult with such other persons and organisations as the minister considers appropriate. The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources has been consulted and supports amending the list of exempt native specimens to include product derived from the Northern Territory Offshore Net and Line Fishery. In addition, the proposal to amend the list of exempt native specimens was advertised on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website and comment was invited from interested people for a period of 20 business days. All comments received were taken into account in the decision to include specimens derived from the fishery in the list of exempt native specimens.

 

This instrument is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislation Act 2003.

 

The instrument commences the day after it is registered.

 


 

 

STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

 

Amendment of List of Exempt Native Specimens – Northern Territory Offshore Net and Line Fishery, March 2019

 

This Legislative Instrument is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

 

Overview of the Legislative Instrument

The effect of this instrument is to delete specimens from the list of exempt native specimens taken in the Northern Territory Offshore Net and Line Fishery specified in Schedule 1. The instrument also includes specimens from the same Northern Territory Offshore Net and Line Fishery in the list of exempt native specimens, with notations that inclusion of the specimens in the list are subject to restrictions or conditions that the specimen, or the fish or invertebrate from which it is derived, was taken lawfully, and that the specimens are included in the list while a declaration as an approved wildlife trade operation is in place for the fishery as specified in Schedule 2.

                                 

The only effect of this instrument is to extend the export approval while a declaration as an approved wildlife trade operation is in place for the fishery. A link to the declaration is accessible via the Department’s webpage for this fishery at http://www.environment.gov.au/marine/fisheries/nt/offshore-net-line.

 

Human rights implications

This Legislative Instrument does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

 

Conclusion

This Legislative Instrument is compatible with human rights as it does not raise any human rights issues.

 

John Gibbs, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Biosecurity Branch (Delegate of the Minister for the Environment)