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COMMONWEALTH REGISTERS ACT 2020 (NO. 65, 2020) - SECT 4

Simplified outline of this Act

This Act provides for the Registrar's role relating to a government registry regime.

The Minister appoints an existing Commonwealth body to be the Registrar under Part 2, with the functions and powers of the Registrar largely set out in other Commonwealth laws. (Different Registrars can be appointed for different functions or powers of the Registrar). The Minister can give directions to the Registrar.

The Registrar performs those functions and exercises those powers in accordance with the data standards (and other Commonwealth laws) under Part 3. The data standards are disallowable instruments made by the Registrar. They may deal with such matters as how information is given to the Registrar (including electronically).

Disclosure of information that the Registrar has is governed by Part 4. Broadly speaking:

       (a)     information can be disclosed to government agencies for the performance of their functions; and

      (b)     other disclosures (such as by public access to information) are dealt with by the disclosure framework, which is a disallowable instrument made by the Registrar.

Certain decisions made by the Registrar are reviewable by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.



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