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Office of National Intelligence Bill 2018

2016-2017-2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Office of National Intelligence Bill 2018

 

No.      , 2018

 

(Prime Minister)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for the Office of National Intelligence, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Introduction                                                                                                             1

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

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

5............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 8

Part 2—Office of National Intelligence                                                                      9

Division 1—Office of National Intelligence                                                       9

6............ Establishment...................................................................................... 9

Division 2—Functions and powers                                                                       10

7............ Functions of ONI.............................................................................. 10

8............ Leading the national intelligence community..................................... 11

9............ Evaluating matters relating to the national intelligence community.... 12

10.......... Matters that are not part of ONI’s functions..................................... 14

11.......... Powers of ONI................................................................................. 15

12.......... Prime Minister may give directions................................................... 15

Division 3—Cooperation                                                                                           17

13.......... Cooperation with entities in connection with performance of ONI’s functions        17

14.......... Cooperation with intelligence agencies etc. in connection with performance of their functions                18

Part 3—Director-General of National Intelligence and staff of ONI    19

Division 1—Functions and powers of the Director-General                  19

15.......... Director-General of National Intelligence.......................................... 19

16.......... Functions of the Director-General..................................................... 19

17.......... Prime Minister to be kept informed on matters relating to the national intelligence community                21

18.......... Leader of Opposition to be kept informed on significant intelligence matters           21

19.......... Special responsibilities of the Director-General................................ 21

20.......... Director-General may give directions................................................ 21

21.......... Director-General may issue guidelines.............................................. 23

22.......... Requests for reports or assessments................................................. 24

23.......... Consultation with National Assessments Board............................... 24

Division 2—Appointment of the Director-General                                      25

24.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 25

25.......... Term of appointment......................................................................... 25

26.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 25

Division 3—Terms and conditions of appointment                                      26

27.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 26

28.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 26

29.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 26

30.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 26

31.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 27

32.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 27

Division 4—Staff of ONI                                                                                            28

33.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 28

34.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 28

35.......... Secondment of ONI employees........................................................ 28

36.......... Secondment of persons to ONI......................................................... 29

Part 4—Provisions relating to information                                                           30

Division 1—Information gathering                                                                      30

37.......... Requirement to provide information, documents or things to ONI relating to international matters         30

38.......... Ability to provide information, documents or things to ONI relating to international or other matters     31

39.......... Ability of agencies to provide information, documents or things to ONI relating to its functions            31

40.......... Use of information, documents or things.......................................... 31

41.......... Protection of information, documents or things................................ 32

Division 2—Secrecy                                                                                                      33

42.......... Offence—communicating certain information................................... 33

43.......... Offence—subsequent communications of certain information.......... 34

44.......... Offences—dealing with and making records.................................... 36

45.......... Instituting prosecutions for offences against this Division................ 39

46.......... Offences against this Division—IGIS officials................................. 39

Part 5—Administration                                                                                                     40

Division 1—National Assessments Board                                                         40

47.......... National Assessments Board............................................................ 40

48.......... Constitution....................................................................................... 40

49.......... Holding of meetings.......................................................................... 41

50.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 41

51.......... Officials to attend meetings............................................................... 41

Division 2—Committees                                                                                             42

52.......... Committees....................................................................................... 42

Division 3—Privacy rules                                                                                          43

53.......... Privacy rules to protect Australians................................................... 43

Part 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        45

54.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 45

55.......... General rules..................................................................................... 45

 



A Bill for an Act to provide for the Office of National Intelligence, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: