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EXPORT INSPECTION AND MEAT CHARGES COLLECTION AMENDMENT REGULATIONS 2000 (NO. 1) 2000 NO. 342EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
STATUTORY RULES 2000 No. 342
Issued by the authority of the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985
Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Amendment Regulations 2000 (No 1)
Section 17 of the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985 (the Act) provides that the Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with the Act, prescribing matters required or permitted by the Act to be prescribed, or necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Act. In particular, paragraph 17(e) provides that the GovernorGeneral may make regulations providing for the remission or refund of charges in specified circumstances.
The Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Regulations 1985 (the Regulations) make provision for the collection of charges imposed by the Export Inspection and Meat (Establishment Registration Charges) Act 1985, the Export Inspection (Service Charge) Act 1985 the Export Inspection (Quantity Charge) Act 1985 and the Domestic Meat Premises Charge Act 1993.
The purpose of the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Amendments Regulations 2000 (No. 1) is to provide the Secretary with the discretion, in specified circumstances, to refund some or all of the amount of a charge. The amendments reflect the agreement reached between the Government and the meat processing industry to empower the Secretary to remit or refund the annual registration charge of an establishment at times when the number of animals slaughtered, or the amount of meat presented for export inspection, has significantly decreased from the preceeding year.
Details of the Regulations are set out below.
Regulation 1 provides the Regulations are named the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Amendment Regulations 2000 (No. 1).
Regulation 2 provides that the Regulations commence on gazettal.
Regulation 3 provides that Schedule 1 amends the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Regulations 1985.
Schedule 1 Amendments
Item 1 inserts "or refund" into Subregulation 6(7) to enable the Secretary to refund as well as remit charges in specified circumstances.
Item 2 amends paragraph 6(7)(c) as a consequence of the amendment made by item 3.
Item 3 inserts new paragraph 6(7)(d) and sets out special circumstances under which the Secretary may remit or refund charges.