Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Annual Regulatory Plan - Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, 2003–04

Past regulatory change

Introduction of the Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Act 2003, to amend laws about non-proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons, and for related purposes

Description of issue

The Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Act  2003 (NPLA Act) received Royal Assent on 12 December 2003. The NPLA Act amended the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 (Safeguards Act) to strengthen arrangements for the protection of, and application of non-proliferation safeguards to, nuclear material, facilities and associated information. Specifically, the NPLA Act:

The NPLA Act amended the commencement provisions of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Act 1998 (CTBT Act) so that key provisions of that Act could be proclaimed in advance of entry-into-force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). It made several amendments to provisions in the Act to better enable Australia to respond effectively to any request for clarification or for an inspection to demonstrate compliance with the Treaty. Specifically, sections 3 to 7, Part 2, Division 1 of Part 4, Division 1 of Part 5, sections 68 to 72, sections 74, 75 and 78, and Schedule 1 to the CTBT Act came into effect following proclamation by the Governor-General on 11 June 2004. The proclaimed provisions:

The NPLA Act amended the Safeguards, Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 (CWC) and CTBT Acts to facilitate practical naming arrangements under the umbrella of ASNO, or any future administrative structure. These naming arrangements include recognition of alternative names for both the Office and Director specified under the relevant Acts.

The changes have minimal effect on business. Furthermore, the Office of Regulation Review, in examining the Bill, considered that a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was not required because of the limited impact of the then Bill.

Date of effect

12 December 2003.

Date last modified

5 August 2011

Contact details

Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Tel: (02) 6261 1920 | Fax: (02) 6261 1908
Email: asno@dfat.gov.au