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Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Bill 2006

2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Bill 2006

 

No.      , 2006

 

(Attorney-General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for the appointment of the Integrity Commissioner, to set out the functions and powers of the Integrity Commissioner, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2

4............ Application of Act............................................................................... 3

Part 2—Interpretation                                                                                                         4

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

6............ Meaning of engages in corrupt conduct ........................................... 14

7............ Meaning of corruption issue ............................................................. 15

8............ Meaning of ACLEI corruption issue ................................................. 15

9............ Corruption issue that relates to a law enforcement agency................ 16

10.......... Staff members of law enforcement agencies..................................... 16

11.......... Staff members of ACLEI.................................................................. 18

12.......... Applying Act to staff members of former NCA............................... 18

13.......... State offences that have a federal aspect............................................ 18

Part 3—The Integrity Commissioner                                                                        23

14.......... Integrity Commissioner..................................................................... 23

15.......... Functions of the Integrity Commissioner.......................................... 23

16.......... Integrity Commissioner to give priority to serious corruption and systemic corruption           24

17.......... Integrity Commissioner may enter into agreement with head of law enforcement agency        24

Part 4—Dealing with corruption issues                                                                   25

Division 1—Referring corruption issues to Integrity Commissioner 25

18.......... Referral of corruption issues by Minister.......................................... 25

19.......... Notification of corruption issues by law enforcement agency heads. 25

20.......... Notification of corruption issue identified as significant corruption issue                26

21.......... Law enforcement agency head to pass on new information in relation to corruption issue already referred             27

22.......... Notification of corruption issue not identified as significant corruption issue          28

23.......... Referral of corruption issues by other people.................................... 29

24.......... Referral under section 23 by person in custody................................ 30

25.......... Person making referral under section 23 may elect to be kept informed 31

Division 2—How Integrity Commissioner deals with corruption issues                32

Subdivision A—General                                                                                          32

26.......... How Integrity Commissioner may deal with corruption issues......... 32

27.......... Criteria for deciding how to deal with a corruption issue.................. 32

28.......... Dealing with multiple corruption issues............................................ 33

29.......... How Integrity Commissioner may deal with corruption issues that relate to conduct of secondee from government agency............................................................................................... 34

30.......... Arranging for government agencies and integrity agencies to investigate corruption issues relating to conduct of secondees.......................................................................................... 37

Subdivision B—Integrity Commissioner dealing with corruption issues referred or notified    38

31.......... Significant corruption issues notified under section 19 and corruption issues referred under section 18 or 23        38

32.......... Corruption issues notified under section 19 (other than significant corruption issues)             39

Subdivision C—Advising particular people of decision about how to deal with corruption issue              39

33.......... Minister............................................................................................. 39

34.......... Person who refers corruption issue................................................... 40

35.......... Head of law enforcement agency...................................................... 41

36.......... Heads of home agency and integrity agency..................................... 42

37.......... Staff member to whom corruption issue relates................................ 44

Subdivision D—Integrity Commissioner dealing with corruption issues on own initiative         44

38.......... Integrity Commissioner may deal with corruption issues on own initiative              44

39.......... Advising head of law enforcement agency of decision to deal with corruption issue on own initiative    45

40.......... Advising heads of government agency and integrity agency of decision to deal with corruption issue on own initiative.......................................................................................................... 46

41.......... Advising staff member of decision to deal with corruption issue on own initiative  48

Subdivision E—Reconsidering how to deal with a corruption issue            48

42.......... Reconsidering how to deal with a corruption issue........................... 48

Part 5—Information sharing when decision made on how to deal with corruption issue              50

Division 1—Giving information to head of agency conducting investigation     50

43.......... Division applies if agency to conduct, or continue conducting, investigation of corruption issue            50

44.......... Integrity Commissioner to give information or documents to agency head              51

Division 2—Information to be given by law enforcement agency that has already commenced investigation                                                                                           52

45.......... Division applies if law enforcement agency has already commenced investigating corruption issue        52

46.......... Integrity Commissioner may direct agency head to give information or documents that relate to corruption issue   52

Part 6—Investigations by Integrity Commissioner                                           53

Division 1—Investigation                                                                                          53

47.......... Application of Division..................................................................... 53

48.......... Integrity Commissioner to determine manner of conducting investigation               53

49.......... Coordinating Integrity Commissioner’s investigation and law enforcement operations           53

50.......... Information sharing for joint investigation........................................ 54

51.......... Opportunity to be heard.................................................................... 54

Division 2—Reporting                                                                                                 57

Subdivision A—Reporting during investigation                                               57

52.......... Integrity Commissioner to keep person who referred corruption issue informed of progress of investigation         57

53.......... Integrity Commissioner to keep home agency and integrity agency informed of progress of investigation              58

Subdivision B—Reporting at the end of investigation                                     59

54.......... Report on investigation..................................................................... 59

55.......... Integrity Commissioner to give report to certain persons.................. 60

56.......... Comments by head of agency........................................................... 62

57.......... Follow-up action on report................................................................ 62

58.......... Advising person who referred corruption issue of outcome of the investigation      64

59.......... Advising person whose conduct is investigated of outcome of the investigation     66

Part 7—Investigations by other Commonwealth agencies                           67

Division 1—Nominated contact for investigations by law enforcement agencies             67

60.......... Nominating contact for investigation................................................. 67

Division 2—Managing or overseeing investigations by law enforcement agencies         68

61.......... Managing an investigation................................................................ 68

62.......... Overseeing an investigation.............................................................. 68

Division 3—Reporting                                                                                                 69

Subdivision A—Reporting by law enforcement agencies during investigations             69

63.......... Integrity Commissioner may request individual progress report....... 69

64.......... Integrity Commissioner may request periodic progress reports........ 69

65.......... Head of law enforcement agency to keep person who referred corruption issue informed of progress of investigation.......................................................................................................... 70

Subdivision B—Reporting by Commonwealth government agencies at end of investigations   71

66.......... Final report on investigation.............................................................. 71

67.......... Integrity Commissioner may comment on final report...................... 72

68.......... Advising person who referred corruption issue of outcome of the investigation      74

69.......... Advising person whose conduct is investigated of outcome of the investigation     75

Division 4—Integrity Commissioner to pass on information relevant to agency             76

70.......... Integrity Commissioner to pass on information relevant to agency investigation     76

Part 8—Public inquiries into corruption issues                                                  77

Division 1—Conducting a public inquiry                                                          77

71.......... Minister may request Integrity Commissioner to conduct public inquiry 77

72.......... Publicising inquiry............................................................................ 77

Division 2—Reporting                                                                                                 78

73.......... Report on public inquiry................................................................... 78

74.......... Giving report to Minister.................................................................. 79

Part 9—Integrity Commissioner’s powers in conducting investigations and public inquiries     80

Division 1—Requiring people to give information and produce documents or things   80

Subdivision A—Requests by Integrity Commissioner                                     80

75.......... Request to staff member of law enforcement agency........................ 80

76.......... Request to person other than staff member of law enforcement agency 81

77.......... Integrity Commissioner may retain documents and things................ 81

Subdivision B—Offence and related provisions                                               82

78.......... Failure to comply with Integrity Commissioner’s request................. 82

79.......... Legal practitioner not required to disclose privileged communications 82

80.......... Self-incrimination etc........................................................................ 83

81.......... Protection of person required to give information and produce documents              85

Division 2—Conducting hearings                                                                          86

Subdivision A—General provisions                                                                     86

82.......... Integrity Commissioner may hold hearings....................................... 86

83.......... Integrity Commissioner may summon person................................... 87

84.......... Integrity Commissioner may take evidence outside Australia........... 88

Subdivision B—Procedure at hearing                                                                 89

85.......... Who may be represented at a hearing................................................ 89

86.......... Who may be present at a hearing....................................................... 89

Subdivision C—Taking evidence at hearing                                                      90

87.......... Evidence on oath or by affirmation................................................... 90

88.......... Examination and cross-examination of witnesses............................. 91

89.......... Giving evidence in private................................................................. 91

90.......... Directions in relation to confidentiality.............................................. 92

Subdivision D—Prohibitions against disclosing information about a summons            94

91.......... Disclosure of summons may be prohibited....................................... 94

92.......... Offences of disclosure...................................................................... 96

Subdivision E—Offences in relation to hearings                                              99

93.......... Offences............................................................................................ 99

94.......... Contempt......................................................................................... 100

95.......... Legal practitioner not required to disclose privileged communications 101

96.......... Self-incrimination etc...................................................................... 102

Subdivision F—Court orders for delivery of witness’s passport and witness’s arrest   105

97.......... Integrity Commissioner may apply for order that witness deliver his or her passport              105

98.......... Court orders.................................................................................... 106

99.......... Applying for a warrant to arrest witness......................................... 108

100........ Warrant for arrest............................................................................ 108

101........ Powers of Judge in relation to person arrested................................ 110

Subdivision G—Miscellaneous                                                                            111

102........ Integrity Commissioner may retain documents or things................ 111

103........ Person may apply for legal and financial assistance........................ 111

104........ Protection of Integrity Commissioner etc........................................ 112

Division 3—Entering certain places during an investigation without a search warrant               114

105........ Power to enter places occupied by law enforcement agencies......... 114

106........ Receipts of things seized under warrant.......................................... 115

Division 4—Search warrants                                                                                117

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                117

107........ Application to things under the control of a person......................... 117

Subdivision B—Applying for a search warrant                                              117

108........ Authorised officer may apply for a search warrant......................... 117

Subdivision C—Issue of a search warrant                                                        119

109........ When search warrants may be issued.............................................. 119

110........ Content of warrants......................................................................... 121

111........ Application by telephone etc. and issue of warrant......................... 124

112........ The things authorised by a search warrant in relation to premises... 126

113........ The things authorised by a search warrant in relation to a person... 127

114........ Restrictions on personal searches.................................................... 128

115........ When warrant may be executed etc................................................. 128

Subdivision D—General provisions about executing a search warrant    129

116........ Announcement before entry............................................................ 129

117........ Availability of assistance and use of force in executing a warrant... 129

Subdivision E—Specific provisions about executing a warrant in relation to premises               130

118........ Application...................................................................................... 130

119........ Copy of warrant to be shown to occupier etc.................................. 130

120........ Occupier entitled to watch search.................................................... 130

121........ Specific powers available to person executing a warrant................. 131

122........ Use of equipment to examine or process things.............................. 131

123........ Use of electronic equipment at premises without expert assistance. 133

124........ Use of electronic equipment at premises with expert assistance...... 134

125........ Person with knowledge of a computer or a computer system to assist access etc.    135

126........ Accessing data held on other premises—notification to occupier of those premises                136

127........ Compensation for damage to electronic equipment......................... 137

128........ Copies of seized things to be provided............................................ 138

129........ Receipts of things seized under warrant.......................................... 138

Subdivision F—Specific provisions about executing a warrant in relation to a person                138

130........ Copy of warrant to be shown to person.......................................... 138

131........ Conduct of an ordinary search or a frisk search.............................. 139

Subdivision G—Offences                                                                                      139

132........ Making false statements in warrants............................................... 139

133........ Offence for stating incorrect names in telephone warrants.............. 139

134........ Offence for unauthorised form of warrant...................................... 139

135........ Offence for executing etc. an unauthorised form of warrant........... 140

136........ Offence for giving unexecuted form of warrant.............................. 140

Subdivision H—Miscellaneous                                                                            140

137........ Other laws about search, arrest etc. not affected.............................. 140

138........ Law relating to legal professional privilege not affected.................. 141

Division 5—Powers of arrest                                                                                142

139........ Authorised officers may exercise powers of arrest......................... 142

Division 6—Authorised officers                                                                           143

140........ Appointment of authorised officers................................................. 143

141........ Identity cards................................................................................... 144

Part 10—Dealing with evidence and information obtained in investigation or public inquiry   146

Division 1—Dealing with evidence obtained in investigation or public inquiry 146

142........ Evidence of offence or liability to civil penalty................................ 146

143........ Evidence that could be used in confiscation proceedings................ 147

144........ Consultation with law enforcement agency head before taking action under section 142 or 143              148

145........ Notification of action taken under section 142 or 143..................... 149

146........ Evidence of breach of duty or misconduct by staff member............ 150

147........ Evidence of, or information suggesting, wrongful conviction......... 151

Division 2—Dealing with information etc. obtained in investigation or public inquiry                 153

148........ Integrity Commissioner may communicate information etc............. 153

Part 11—Attorney-General’s certificates about release of information 155

149........ Attorney-General’s certificate in relation to particular information.. 155

150........ Integrity Commissioner’s access to section 149 certified information 156

151........ Giving another agency section 149 certified information................ 157

152........ Integrity Commissioner giving section 149 certified information to agency head or special investigator 158

Part 12—Dealing with ACLEI corruption issues                                            159

Division 1—Referring ACLEI corruption issues to Minister              159

153........ Integrity Commissioner and ACLEI staff notifying Minister of ACLEI corruption issues      159

154........ Referral of ACLEI corruption issues by other persons................... 159

155........ Person may elect to be kept informed.............................................. 160

Division 2—How Minister deals with ACLEI corruption issues        161

156........ How Minister may deal with ACLEI corruption issues.................. 161

157........ Qualification to conduct special investigation.................................. 163

158........ Counsel assisting special investigator............................................. 163

Division 3—Investigation by Integrity Commissioner                            164

159........ Application of Division................................................................... 164

160........ Investigation and investigative powers............................................ 164

161........ Keeping Minister, and person who referred ACLEI corruption issue, informed of progress of the investigation    165

162........ Report on investigation................................................................... 166

163........ Integrity Commissioner to give report to Minister.......................... 167

164........ Advising person who referred allegation or information about the outcome of the investigation             168

165........ Advising person whose conduct is investigated of outcome of the investigation     169

Division 4—Special investigations                                                                      171

166........ Application of Part.......................................................................... 171

167........ Investigation and investigative powers............................................ 171

168........ Keeping Minister, and person who referred ACLEI corruption issue, informed of progress of the investigation    172

169........ Report on investigation................................................................... 173

170........ Special investigator to give report to Minister................................. 174

171........ Minister may direct Integrity Commissioner to consider taking action 175

172........ Advising person who referred allegation or information about the outcome of the investigation             176

173........ Advising person whose conduct is investigated of outcome of the investigation     177

Division 5—Staff members of ACLEI to report corrupt conduct    178

174........ Staff members of ACLEI to report corrupt conduct........................ 178

Part 13—Administrative provisions                                                                         180

Division 1—Appointment etc. of Integrity Commissioner                    180

175........ Appointment of Integrity Commissioner......................................... 180

176........ Judge may be appointed as Integrity Commissioner....................... 181

177........ Acting appointment......................................................................... 182

178........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 182

179........ Leave............................................................................................... 183

180........ Outside employment....................................................................... 183

181........ Other terms and conditions............................................................. 183

182........ Resignation..................................................................................... 183

183........ Termination of employment............................................................ 184

184........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 184

Division 2—Appointment etc. of Assistant Integrity Commissioners 185

185........ Appointment of Assistant Integrity Commissioners....................... 185

186........ Judge may be appointed as an Assistant Integrity Commissioner... 186

187........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 187

188........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 187

189........ Leave............................................................................................... 188

190........ Outside employment....................................................................... 188

191........ Other terms and conditions............................................................. 189

192........ Resignation..................................................................................... 189

193........ Termination of employment............................................................ 189

194........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 190

Division 3—The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity           191

195........ Establishment.................................................................................. 191

196........ Function.......................................................................................... 191

197........ Staff................................................................................................ 191

198........ Engagement of consultants.............................................................. 191

199........ Secondment of persons to assist Integrity Commissioner............... 192

200........ Counsel assisting Integrity Commissioner...................................... 193

Division 4—Public reporting                                                                                 194

201........ Annual report.................................................................................. 194

202........ Inter-Governmental Committee comments on annual report........... 195

203........ Reports on investigations and public inquiries................................ 196

204........ Special reports................................................................................. 197

205........ Inter-Governmental Committee comments on special report in relation to ACC      198

206........ Contents of annual or special report................................................ 198

Division 5—Confidentiality requirements                                                      200

207........ Confidentiality requirements for ACLEI staff................................. 200

208........ Exceptions to confidentiality requirements...................................... 201

209........ Disclosure by Integrity Commissioner in public interest etc........... 203

210........ Opportunity to be heard.................................................................. 203

211........ ACLEI staff generally not compellable in court proceedings.......... 204

Part 14—Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity                                                                                                                                     206

212........ Definitions...................................................................................... 206

213........ Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity      206

214........ Powers and proceedings of the Committee..................................... 207

215........ Duties of the Committee.................................................................. 207

216........ Disclosure to Committee by Integrity Commissioner...................... 208

217........ Disclosure to Committee by Minister.............................................. 210

218........ Ombudsman to brief committee about controlled operations........... 210

Part 15—Miscellaneous                                                                                                   211

219........ Delegation....................................................................................... 211

220........ Offence of victimisation.................................................................. 211

221........ Legal and financial assistance in relation to applications for administrative review  212

222........ Immunity from civil proceedings.................................................... 213

223........ Immunities from certain State and Territory laws............................ 214

224........ Regulations..................................................................................... 214



A Bill for an Act to provide for the appointment of the Integrity Commissioner, to set out the functions and powers of the Integrity Commissioner, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: