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This instrument defers the sunsetting date of the Determination under paragraph 98C(1)(b) of the National Health Act 1953 (No. PB 119 of 2008) by 12 months, from 1 April 2019 to 1 April 2020.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 29 Mar 2019
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR02-Apr-2019
Tabled Senate02-Apr-2019
To be repealed 02 Apr 2020
Repealed by Self Repealing

Legislation (Deferral of Sunsetting—Determination under paragraph 98C(1)(b) of the National Health Act 1953) Certificate 2019

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Issued by the Attorney-General in compliance with
section 15G of the Legislation Act 2003

 

INTRODUCTION

The Legislation (Deferral of Sunsetting—Determination under paragraph 98C(1)(b) of the National Health Act 1953) Certificate 2019 (the certificate) is made under paragraph 51(1)(c) of the Legislation Act 2003. It is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislation Act and must be registered on the Federal Register of Legislation. The certificate is not subject to the disallowance provisions of the Legislation Act as the deferred sunsetting day specified in the certificate is on or before the first anniversary of the sunsetting day (subsection 51(4) of the Legislation Act).

OUTLINE

Sunsetting is the automatic repeal of legislative instruments after a fixed period. The Australian Government’s sunsetting framework is established under Part 4 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act. The purpose of the sunsetting framework is to ensure that legislative instruments are kept up to date and only remain in force for so long as they are needed.

Subsection 50(1) of the Legislation Act provides that a legislative instrument is automatically repealed on the 1 April or 1 October immediately on or following the tenth anniversary of its registration, unless it was registered on 1 January 2005. Legislative instruments registered on 1 January 2005 are subject to the staggered sunsetting timetable set out in subsection 50(2) of the Legislation Act.

Under paragraph 51(1)(c) of the Legislation Act the Attorney-General can issue a certificate to defer the sunsetting day of an instrument for a period of either six, 12, 18 or 24 months. The instrument will then be repealed on the day specified in the certificate instead of the scheduled sunsetting day.

This allows instruments to continue to be in force for a further but limited period of time when they would otherwise sunset. This removes the administrative burden of remaking instruments which would have a limited duration prior to their repeal and potential replacement, or where circumstances prevent the making of replacement instruments prior to the sunsetting day.

The certificate defers the sunsetting date of the Determination under paragraph 98C(1)(b) of the National Health Act 1953 (No. PB 119 of 2008) (the Determination) from 1 April 2019 to 1 April 2020.

STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

A certificate of deferral of sunsetting for six or 12 months issued by the Attorney-General under paragraph 51(1)(c) of the Legislation Act is not subject to disallowance (subsection 51(4) of the Legislation Act). As such, a statement of compatibility with human rights is not required (section 9 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011).

PROCESS BEFORE CERTIFICATE WAS MADE

Regulatory impact analysis

Certificates of deferral of sunsetting are machinery of government instruments, and are therefore not subject to the regulatory impact assessment requirements set out by the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR). The OBPR reference for this standing exemption is ID19633.

Consultation before making

Before the certificate was issued, the Attorney‑General considered the general obligation to consult imposed by section 17 of the Legislation Act.

The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, advised the Attorney‑General of the reasons in support of issuing the certificate. The Minister for Health is responsible for administering the National Health Act 1953, the enabling legislation under which the Determination was made. The Minister is therefore the relevant rule‑maker for the purposes of section 6 of the Legislation Act.

The certificate is consistent with the policy intent of the sunsetting arrangements. Accordingly, further consultation was unnecessary.

Statutory preconditions relevant to the certificate

If the statutory conditions in section 51 of the Legislation Act are met, an instrument’s sunsetting day can be deferred for either six, 12, 18 or 24 months by means of a certificate made under that section. In terms of process, the Legislation Act requires:

a)      the responsible rule-maker to apply to the Attorney-General in writing

b)      the Attorney-General to be satisfied that:

                                i)            the instrument would (apart from the operation of the sunsetting provisions) be likely to cease to be in force within 24 months after its sunsetting day, or

                              ii)            the proposed replacement instrument will not be able to be completed before the sunsetting day for reasons that the rule maker could not have foreseen and avoided, or

                            iii)            the dissolution or expiration of the House of Representatives or the prorogation of the Parliament renders it inappropriate to make a replacement instrument before a new government is formed, or

                            iv)            the Attorney-General has approved Part 4 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act (sunsetting) not applying to the instrument, and

c)      the Attorney-General to issue a certificate. The explanatory statement for the certificate to include a statement of reasons for the issue of the certificate.

On the basis of the information contained in the statement of reasons below, the Attorney‑General is satisfied that the instrument would, apart from the operation of Part 4 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act, be likely to cease to be in force within 24 months after its sunsetting day. As such, the criterion in subparagraph 51(1)(b)(i) of the Legislation Act is met.


 

Statement of Reasons for issuing of the Certificate

For the purposes of subsection 51(5) of the Legislation Act, this section sets out the statement of reasons for the issue of the certificate.

The Determination is made under paragraph 98C(1)(b) of the National Health Act 1953 (the Act). Its purpose is to specify the conditions subject to which payments will be made by the Commonwealth in respect to the supply of pharmaceutical benefits by approved pharmacists and approved medical practitioners.

The content and purpose of the Determination will be reviewed with consideration given to repealing the instrument and another instrument made under paragraph 98C(1)(a) of the Act. Consideration will then be given to replacing both instruments with a combined instrument made under paragraphs 98C(1)(a) and 98C(1)(b) of the Act. This approach would result in a new instrument which delivers clearer laws and is better aligned with existing legislation and current government policy.

A 12 month deferral of the sunsetting day for the Determination will allow sufficient time for the new instrument to be drafted and avoid the need to remake the Determination in its current form for the short period of time before it is likely to cease to be in force. As such, the certificate is consistent with the policy intent of the sunsetting regime that legislative instruments should be kept up to date and only remain in force so long as they are needed.

More information

Further details on the provisions of the certificate are provided in Attachment A.

The instrument which is the subject of the certificate, and which will now sunset at a later day as specified in the certificate, is available on the Federal Register of Legislationhttp://www.comlaw.gov.au.

Further information may be requested from the Attorney-General’s Department about the operation of this certificate, and from the Department of Health about the instrument to which the certificate applies.


 

ATTACHMENT A

NOTES ON THE CERTIFICATE                                                          

Section 1         Name

This section provides that the certificate is named the Legislation (Deferral of Sunsetting—Determination under paragraph 98C(1)(b) of the National Health Act 1953) Certificate 2019. The certificate may be cited by that name.

Section 2         Commencement

This section provides for the certificate to commence on the day after it is registered.

Section 3         Authority

This section provides that the certificate is made under paragraph 51(1)(c) of the Legislation Act.

Section 4         Deferral of sunsetting

This section provides that the Determination, for which the sunsetting day is 1 April 2019, is taken to be repealed under section 51 of the Legislation Act on 1 April 2020.

Section 5         Repeal of this instrument

This section provides that the certificate is repealed at the start of 2 April 2020.