Commonwealth Numbered Regulations - Explanatory Statements

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Statutory Rules 1998 No. 43

Issued by the authority of the Minister for Foreign Affairs

Consular Fees Act 1955

Consular Fees Regulations (Amendment)

These Regulations amend the Consular Fees Regulations to expand the categories of persons who can undertake consular acts and charge the prescribed fees for so doing to include locally engaged staff at Australia's overseas missions. The Regulations reflect analogous amendments made to the Consular Fees Act 1955 by the Foreign Affairs and Trade Legislation Amendment Act 1997.

Regulation 1 is a declaratory provision.

Regulation 2 repeals regulations 2 and 3 and substitutes new regulations 1A, 2 and 3.

New regulation 1A is an interpretation provision.

New subregulation 2(1) is an explanatory provision.

New subregulation 2(2) specifies that each act set -out in column 2 of the Schedule to the Regulations is a consular act.

New subregulation 3(1) is an explanatory provision.

New subregulation 3(2) provides that the fee in respect of a consular act is as set out in column 3 of the Schedule to the Regulations.

Regulation 3 makes technical consequential drafting amendments to Items 3, 6, 10 and 16 of the Schedule to the Regulations.

The Regulations commence on gazettal.

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