Thursday, 3 December 2020
Industrial Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2020; Second Reading
That this bill be now read a second time.
The Industrial Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 is a companion bill to the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bill 2020 (the principal bill). It would also make other minor amendments to the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019.
The ICEMR Bill would establish a national framework to manage the ongoing use, handling and disposal of industrial chemicals, in order to reduce impacts on the environment and limit people's exposure to industrial chemicals.
This bill makes a number of consequential amendments to the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019to ensure that the scheduling charge can be collected, in conjunction with the registration charge already collected under the framework of that act. Registered introducers of industrial chemicals will be liable to pay the registration charge under the IC Act and the scheduling charge under the principal bill (once enacted) at the same time. This is intended to reduce administrative burden on business.
The bill also makes minor consequential amendments to the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 to clarify how scheduling charge payments should be managed once received.
Finally, the bill makes minor amendments to the delegations' powers in the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019to correct an error in the drafting of that act.