Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office

Annual Regulatory Plan - Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office, 2006-07

Past regulatory change

Introduction of the Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Act 2007, to amend laws about non-proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons, and for related purposes

Description of issue

The Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Act 2007 (NPLA Act) received Royal Assent on 10 April 2007. The NPLA Act amended the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 (Safeguards Act), to enable Australia to implement its international obligations with respect to new physical protection measures for nuclear material and nuclear facilities called for by the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (Physical Protection Convention). That amendment requires States Parties to establish robust and comprehensive security regimes for nuclear material and nuclear facilities. Specifically, the NPLA Act:

The NPLA Act amended the Safeguards Act, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Act 1998 (CTBT Act) and the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 (CWP Act), to improve the application of Australia's existing non-proliferation arrangements. The NPLA Act:

The changes have minimal affect on business. Furthermore, the then 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

10 April 2007

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