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Schedule 3—Controlled operation disclosure offence

Schedule 3 Controlled operation disclosure offence

   

Crimes Act 1914

1  Section 15GC

Insert:

entrusted person means:

                     (a)  a participant in a controlled operation; or

                     (b)  any of the following:

                              (i)  the Commissioner or an AFP appointee (within the meaning of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 );

                             (ii)  a member of the police force of a State or Territory;

                            (iii)  a staff member (within the meaning of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 ) of the Immigration and Border Protection Department;

                            (iv)  the Chief Executive Officer of the ACC, a member of the staff of the ACC (within the meaning of the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 ) or a person appointed under subsection 46B(1) of that Act;

                             (v)  a staff member (within the meaning of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 ) of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity; or

                     (c)  an officer or staff member of a government agency, or an integrity agency for a State or Territory, with which the Integrity Commissioner is jointly investigating a corruption issue under subsection 26(2) of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 , if a controlled operation relates to the investigation; or

                     (d)  an officer (within the meaning of section 35 of the Ombudsman Act 1976 ); or

                     (e)  a person who has entered into a contract, agreement or arrangement with:

                              (i)  a law enforcement agency; or

                             (ii)  a government agency, or an integrity agency, mentioned in paragraph (c); or

                            (iii)  the Commonwealth Ombudsman;

                            (other than as a person mentioned in paragraphs (b) to (d)).

2  Subsection 15HK(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Disclosures by entrusted persons

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is, or has been, an entrusted person; and

                     (b)  information came to the knowledge or into the possession of the person in the person’s capacity as an entrusted person; and

                     (c)  the person discloses the information; and

                     (d)  the information relates to a controlled operation.

Note:          Recklessness is the fault element for paragraphs (1)(b) and (d)—see section 5.6 of the Criminal Code .

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

          (1A)  Strict liability applies to paragraph (1)(a).

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .

          (1B)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is, or has been, an entrusted person; and

                     (b)  information came to the knowledge or into the possession of the person in the person’s capacity as an entrusted person; and

                     (c)  the person discloses the information; and

                     (d)  the information relates to a controlled operation; and

                     (e)  either or both of the following subparagraphs apply:

                              (i)  the person intends to endanger the health or safety of any person or prejudice the effective conduct of a controlled operation;

                             (ii)  the disclosure will endanger the health or safety of any person or prejudice the effective conduct of a controlled operation.

Note:          Recklessness is the fault element for paragraphs (1B)(b) and (d) and subparagraph (1B)(e)(ii)—see section 5.6 of the Criminal Code .

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 10 years.

          (1C)  Strict liability applies to paragraph (1B)(a).

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .

Other disclosures

          (1D)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person discloses information; and

                     (b)  the information relates to a controlled operation; and

                     (c)  the disclosure will endanger the health or safety of any person or prejudice the effective conduct of a controlled operation.

Note:          Recklessness is the fault element for paragraphs (1D)(b) and (c)—see section 5.6 of the Criminal Code .

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

          (1E)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person discloses information; and

                     (b)  the information relates to a controlled operation; and

                     (c)  either or both of the following subparagraphs apply:

                              (i)  the person intends to endanger the health or safety of any person or prejudice the effective conduct of a controlled operation;

                             (ii)  the person knows that the disclosure will endanger the health or safety of any person or prejudice the effective conduct of a controlled operation.

Note:          Recklessness is the fault element for paragraph (1E)(b)—see section 5.6 of the Criminal Code .

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 10 years.

3  Subsections 15HK(2), (2A) and (3)

Omit “Subsection (1) does”, substitute “Subsections (1) to (1E) do”.

4  At the end of section 15HK

Add:

Exception—previously published information

             (4)  Subsections (1D) and (1E) do not apply to a person disclosing information if:

                     (a)  the information has already been communicated, or made available, to the public (the prior publication); and

                     (b)  the person was not involved in the prior publication (whether directly or indirectly); and

                     (c)  at the time of the disclosure, the person believes that the disclosure:

                              (i)  will not endanger the health or safety of any person; and

                             (ii)  will not prejudice the effective conduct of a controlled operation; and

                     (d)  having regard to the nature, extent and place of the prior publication, the person has reasonable grounds for that belief.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsection (4)—see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

5  Section 15HL

Repeal the section.

6  Subsections 15HV(2), (3) and (4)

Omit “or 15HL”.