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Part 5—Other matters

Part 5 Other matters

 

17   Staff

             (1)  The Commission may employ such persons as it considers necessary for the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers.

             (2)  An employee is to be employed on the terms and conditions that the Commission determines in writing.

18   Authority to disclose information to ASIC and APRA

             (1)  The Commission may disclose information obtained by the Commission in the course of its inquiry to ASIC if the information relates, or may relate, to a failure to comply with a law of the Commonwealth administered by ASIC.

             (2)  The Commission may disclose information obtained by the Commission in the course of its inquiry to APRA if the information relates, or may relate, to a failure to comply with a law of the Commonwealth administered by APRA.

             (3)  This authority given under this section is in addition to the authority given to the Commission to disclose information under section 6P of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 .

19   Legal and financial assistance

             (1)  A person who is appearing or is about to appear, or a person who is entitled to appear, before the Commission may apply to the Commission for assistance under this section.

             (2)  The Commission may, if it is satisfied that:

                     (a)  it would involve substantial hardship to the person to refuse the application; or

                     (b)  the circumstances of the case are of such a nature that the application should be granted;

authorise the provision to that person of such legal or financial assistance in respect of that person’s appearance as the Commission determines.

             (3)  The authorisation given may be conditional or unconditional.

             (4)  The Minister must ensure that any legal or financial assistance authorised by the Commission is provided.

             (5)  Any legal or financial assistance authorised by the Commission is to be paid for out of moneys appropriated by the Parliament for the purposes of the Commission.

20   Regulations

                   The Governor-General may make regulation s , not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.