AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES

East Timor Sea Treaty  

TIMOR SEA TREATY BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF EAST TIMOR AND THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA  

ARTICLE 6   Regulatory bodies  

(a) A three-tiered joint administrative structure consisting of a Designated Authority, a Joint Commission and a Ministerial Council is established.


(b) Designated Authority:


i. For the first three years after this Treaty enters into force, or for a different period of time if agreed to jointly by Australia and East Timor, the Joint Commission shall designate the Designated Authority.

ii. After the period specified in sub-paragraph (i), the Designated Authority shall be the East Timor Government Ministry responsible for petroleum activities or, if so decided by the Ministry, an East Timor statutory authority.

iii. For the period specified in sub-paragraph (i), the Designated Authority has juridical personality and such legal capacities under the law of both Australia and East Timor as are necessary for the exercise of its powers and the performance of its functions. In particular, the Designated Authority shall have the capacity to contract, to acquire and dispose of movable and immovable property and to institute and be party to legal proceedings.

iv. The Designated Authority shall be responsible to the Joint Commission and shall carry out the day-to-day regulation and management of petroleum activities.

v. A non-exclusive listing of more detailed powers and functions of the Designated Authority is set out in Annex C . The Annexes to this Treaty may identify other additional detailed powers and functions of the Designated Authority. The Designated Authority also has such other powers and functions as may be conferred upon it by the Joint Commission.

vi. The Designated Authority shall be financed from fees collected under the Petroleum Mining Code.

vii. For the period specified in sub-paragraph (i), the Designated Authority shall be exempt from the following existing taxes:

(1) in East Timor, the income tax imposed under the law of East Timor;

(2) in Australia, the income tax imposed under the federal law of Australia;
as well as any identical or substantially similar taxes which are imposed after the date of signature of this Treaty in addition to, or in place of, the existing taxes.

viii. For the period specified in sub-paragraph (i), personnel of the Designated Authority:

(1) shall be exempt from taxation of salaries, allowances and other emoluments paid to them by the Designated Authority in connection with their service with the Designated Authority other than taxation under the law of Australia or East Timor in which they are deemed to be resident for taxation purposes; and

(2) shall, at the time of first taking up the post with the Designated Authority located in either Australia or East Timor in which they are not resident, be exempt from customs duties and other such charges (except payments for services) in respect of imports of furniture and other household and personal effects in their ownership or possession or already ordered by them and intended for their personal use or for their establishment; such goods shall be imported within six months of an officer ' s first entry but in exceptional circumstances an extension of time shall be granted by the Government of Australia or the Government of East Timor; goods which have been acquired or imported by officers and to which exemptions under this sub-paragraph apply shall not be given away, sold, lent or hired out, or otherwise disposed of except under conditions agreed in advance with the Government of Australia or the Government of East Timor depending on in which country the officer is located.


(c) Joint Commission:


i. The Joint Commission shall consist of commissioners appointed by Australia and East Timor. There shall be one more commissioner appointed by East Timor than by Australia. The Joint Commission shall establish policies and regulations relating to petroleum activities in the JPDA and shall oversee the work of the Designated Authority.

ii. A non-exclusive listing of more detailed powers and functions of the Joint Commission is set out in Annex D . The Annexes to this Treaty may identify other additional detailed powers and functions of the Joint Commission.

iii. Except as provided for in Article 8(c) , the commissioners of either Australia or East Timor may at any time refer a matter to the Ministerial Council for resolution.

iv. The Joint Commission shall meet annually or as may be required. Its meetings shall be chaired by a member nominated by Australia and East Timor on an alternate basis.


(d) Ministerial Council:


i. The Ministerial Council shall consist of an equal number of Ministers from Australia and East Timor. It shall consider any matter relating to the operation of this Treaty that is referred to it by either Australia or East Timor. It shall also consider any matter referred to in sub-paragraph (c)(iii).

ii. In the event the Ministerial Council is unable to resolve a matter, either Australia or East Timor may invoke the dispute resolution procedure set out in Annex B .

iii. The Ministerial Council shall meet at the request of either Australia or East Timor or at the request of the Joint Commission.

iv. Unless otherwise agreed between Australia and East Timor, meetings of the Ministerial Council where at least one member representing Australia and one member representing East Timor are physically present shall be held alternately in Australia and East Timor. Its meetings shall be chaired by a representative of Australia or East Timor on an alternate basis.

v. The Ministerial Council may, if it so chooses, permit members to participate in a particular meeting, or all meetings, by telephone, closed-circuit television or any other means of electronic communication, and a member who so participates is to be regarded as being present at the meeting. A meeting may be held solely by means of electronic communication.


(e) Commissioners of the Joint Commission and personnel of the Designated Authority shall have no financial interest in any activity relating to exploration for and exploitation of petroleum resources in the JPDA.




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