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This instrument requires a person to notify a local registration authority - the Environment Protection Authority established under the Environment Protection Act 1997 - before the person begins to rely on automatic deemed registration under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 of the Commonwealth to carry on an activity in the Australian Capital Territory.
Administered by: Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Registered 28 Jun 2021
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR03-Aug-2021
Tabled Senate03-Aug-2021

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

 

Mutual Recognition Act 1992

 

Automatic Mutual Recognition (Australian Capital Territory) (Notification Requirement –Driller’s Licence) Determination 2021

 

This explanatory statement provides notes on the operation of the Notification Requirement- Driller’s Licence) Determination 2021 (the Determination). The specific provisions in the Determination are outlined in Attachment A. The information in the explanatory statement is an aid to understanding the Determination and should not be substituted for the Determination.

 

Context and purpose

Part 3A of the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 of the Commonwealth (the MRA) provides for the automatic mutual recognition of occupational registrations (AMR). AMR will provide an entitlement for an individual to carry on an activity in a second State, under the registration covering the activity in their home State through Automatic Deemed Registration (ADR).

 

Part 3A of the MRA provides for the making of a determination that requires a person who intends to carry on an activity in reliance of ADR to notify the local registration authority for the occupation before the person begins to carry on the activity. The Legislation Act 2003 of the Commonwealth provides for the making of legislative instruments.

 

Summary

Through this Determination, the Minister for Water, Energy, and Emissions Reductions of the Australian Capital Territory (the Minister) requires a person to notify the local registration authority – the Environment Protection Authority (the EPA) before the person begins to rely on automatic deemed registration to carry out the activity under the occupation in the Australian Capital Territory. The Determination commences at the same time as the Mutual Recognition Amendment Act 2021 of the Commonwealth commences. It will be repealed on or before 1 April or 1 October falling on or after the tenth anniversary of its registration.

 

Consultation

The Australian Capital Territory consulted with the EPA who issues driller’s licences under the Water Resources Act 2007 (ACT) (the Water Resources Act). The EPA supports the requirement for notification for this occupational registration. This is the appropriate consultation to have undertaken regarding whether a notification requirement for interstate workers is appropriate to meet the government’s obligations to protect consumers public health and the environment, and to provide targeted compliance and enforcement activities to minimise risk. Requiring notification of intention to work is also a mechanism that can be utilised to provide appropriate information to those interstate workers about the ACT’s legislative requirements.

 

The Minister is satisfied that the consultation undertaken is appropriate and practical for the purposes of making the Determination. The consultation drew on the knowledge of relevant subject matter experts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attachment A

 

Details of the Automatic Mutual Recognition (Australian Capital Territory) (Notification Requirement –Driller’s Licence) Determination 2021

 

 

Part 1 – Preliminary

 

Section 1 – Name

 

This section provides that this Determination is to be cited as the Automatic Mutual Recognition (Australian Capital Territory) (Notification Requirement –Driller’s Licence) Determination 2021 (the Determination).

 

Section 2 Commencement

 

This section provides the date on which the Determination comes into operation.

 

The Determination comes into operation on the day the Mutual Recognition Amendment Act 2021 commences.

 

Section 3 – Authority

 

This section outlines the authority through which the Determination is made. The Determination is made under section 42J of the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Commonwealth).

 

Section 4 Simplified outline of the instrument

 

This section explains that the purpose of this instrument is to require a person to notify a local registration authority before the person begins to rely on automatic deemed registration under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 of the Commonwealth to carry on an activity in the Australian Capital Territory. This section outlines the application of the notification and the period of the Determination.

 

Section 5 Definitions

 

This section provides, for the purposes of this Determination, self-explanatory definitions of the following terms:

 

-        The Act is defined in this section as meaning the Mutual Recognition Act 1992;

 

-       A covered activity is defined as meaning an activity authorised to be carried on under a driller’s licence under the Water Resources Act 2007 (ACT);

 

-       The local registration authority means the Environment Protection Authority established under the Environment Protection Act 1997 (ACT).

 

Section 6 Notification requirement

 

This section lists the specific paragraph of the MRA relied on to make the Determination, the activity under the occupation where a person must notify a local registration authority before the person begins to rely on automatic deemed registration.


The Determination is made in accordance with paragraph 42J(4) of the MRA. A person intending to rely on ADR to carry on an activity for which a driller’s licence under the Water Resources Act 2007 (ACT) is required, must notify the local registration authority, which is the Environment Protection Authority. This means that an individual cannot carry on the activity authorised under this licence in the Australian Capital Territory without first providing notification. An individual may obtain the notification requirements from the EPA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shane Rattenbury

 

ACT Minister for Water, Energy, and Emissions Reductions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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