Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Measures No. 2) Act 2019 (94 of 2019)

Schedule 3   Australian Energy Regulator

Part 1   Amendments

Competition and Consumer Act 2010

22   After section 44AR


44ARA AER Deputy Chair

(1) One of the AER members is to be appointed by the Governor-General as the AER Deputy Chair, by written instrument. The appointment as AER Deputy Chair may be made at the same time as the appointment as AER member, or at a later time.

(2) A person is not eligible for appointment as the AER Deputy Chair unless the person is a full-time AER member.

(3) The AER Deputy Chair holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

(4) If a person who is the AER Deputy Chair ceases to be an AER member, then the person also ceases to be the AER Deputy Chair.

Note: A person may cease to be the AER Deputy Chair without ceasing to be an AER member.

44ARB AER Deputy Chair to act as the AER Chair

The AER Deputy Chair is to act as the AER Chair:

(a) during a vacancy in the office of the AER Chair, whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office; or

(b) during all periods when the AER Chair:

(i) is absent from duty or from Australia; or

(ii) is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note: See also subsection 33A(2) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.