Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Amendment (Permits and Leases) Act 2005 No 35

An Act to amend the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 in relation to renewals of exploration permits for petroleum and the imposition of conditions on retention leases for petroleum and in relation to the identification of certain land; and for other purposes.
2   Commencement
This Act commences on the date of assent.
The Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 is amended as set out in Schedules 1 and 2.
Schedule 1 Amendments relating to permits and leases
(Section 3)
[1]   Section 31 Application for renewal of permit
Omit “section 32” from section 31 (1). Insert instead “sections 32 and 32A”.
[2]   Section 32A
Insert after section 32:
32A   Certain permits cannot be renewed more than twice
(1)  This section applies to an application for the renewal of a permit if:
(a)  the original permit was granted under section 23:
(i)  on or after 1 January 2006, and
(ii)  as a result of an application made in response to an invitation in an instrument that was published under section 21 (1) on or after 1 January 2006, or
(b)  the original permit was granted under section 28 on or after 1 January 2006.
(2)  A permittee must not make such an application if it could result in the original permit being renewed more than twice.
[3]   Section 39H Conditions of lease
Omit “2 notices” from section 39H (4). Insert instead “a notice”.
[4]   Schedule 4 Savings, transitional and other provisions
Insert before Part 1:
Part 1AA  Preliminary
[5]   Schedule 4
Renumber clause 3 as clause 1AA and insert it in Part 1AA (as inserted by item [4]).
[6]   Schedule 4
Insert at the end of clause 1AA (1) (b) (as renumbered by item [5]):
[7]   Schedule 4, Part 3
Insert after clause 5:
6   Saving of existing conditions
If, before the commencement of the amendment to section 39H made by the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Amendment (Permits and Leases) Act 2005:
(a)  a lessee had already complied with a notice of the kind referred to in section 39H (3) during the term of the lease, and
(b)  the Minister had given to the lessee during that term a further notice of that kind, and
(c)  the lessee had not complied with the further notice,
this Act has effect, after the commencement of that amendment, as if the Minister had not given the further notice.
Schedule 2 Amendments by way of statute law revision
(Section 3)
[1]   Section 7 Ascertaining points and other matters
Insert “(other than Schedule 2)” after “Act” where firstly occurring.
[2]   Section 7 (2)
Insert at the end of section 7:
(2)  The points of latitude and longitude referred to in Schedule 2 are to be determined by reference to a spheroid having its centre at the centre of the Earth and a major (equatorial) radius of 6,378,160 metres and a flattening of 100/29825 and by reference to the position of the Johnston Geodetic Station in the Northern Territory of Australia, which is taken to be situated at 133 degrees, 12 minutes and 30.0771 seconds of East Longitude and at 25 degrees, 56 minutes and 54.5515 seconds of South Latitude and to have a ground level of 571.2 metres above that spheroid.
[3]   Section 92 Imposition of registration fees
Omit “stamp duty under Part 3 of, and the Second Schedule to, the Stamp Duties Act 1920” from section 92 (7).
Insert instead “duty under the Duties Act 1997”.