Consultation and Legislation
1 Legislation administered by Customs and Border Protection
Customs and Border Protection work involves a range of legislation. The following links are provided to the most commonly used legislation:
- Customs Act 1901
- Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act 1905
- Copyright Act 1968
- Trade Marks Act 1995
- Customs Regulations 1926
- Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958
- Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956
- Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940
For up to date information on the Customs Tariff, refer to the Customs Tariff web page.
2 Other legislation
Customs and Border Protection is also involved in a range of work that involves legislation administered by other Government Departments. For example, some Customs and Border Protection officers perform functions provided for in the Migration Act 1958, which is administered by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
The Commonwealth maintains a separate website dedicated to legislation at http://www.comlaw.gov.au/. This website can be used to find Acts, Regulations and other legislative instruments.
Customs and Border Protection is committed to consulting with industry when preparing its legislation program and in relation to proposed legislation which may have an impact on commercial operations. Consultation will be subject to sensitivities and deadlines.
Customs and Border Protection will consult with industry in accordance with the policies and procedures sets out in the Practice Statement: Industry Engagement in the Development of Customs Legislation.
The following is a list of the latest live Customs and Border Protection consultations. Click on the links below to view and download the documents.
Open for consultation
The Customs Amendment (Enhancing Customs Control) Bill 2013 has been released for public consultation.
See the Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2013/10.
Submissions can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org and close on Thursday 7th March 2013.
The closing date for submissions has been extended to COB Friday 12 April 2013.
Consultation on the Customs Amendment (Enhancing Customs Control) Bill 2013 has now closed.
4 Bills before the Parliament
- Law Enforcement Integrity Bill 2012
- Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill (No. 2) 2011
- Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill (No. 2) 2012
- Customs Tariff Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvement No. 1) Bill 2012
- Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) Bill (No. 3) 2012
- Customs Amendment (Smuggled Tobacco) Bill 2012
- Customs Amendment (Military End Use) Bill 2011
A list of all bills, including status, is available on the BillsNet website.
5 Customs Annual Regulatory Plan
Each Commonwealth Government agency that has responsibility for business regulation is required to publish an annual regulatory plan on its website early in each financial year outlining recent changes to existing legislation and planned activities that could lead to regulatory change.
Regulatory plans provide business operators, business representatives and the public with access to information about changes to Australian Government business regulation.
How up-to-date is information in Customs annual regulatory plan?
The information relating to Customs Annual Regulatory Plan is current as at 26 July 2012. Readers should note that the Plan is periodically updated to reflect the latest legislative change information/activities.