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Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2018

2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

(Attorney-General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to create a framework for managing critical infrastructure, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                               1

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

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

3............ Object.................................................................................................. 2

4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 3

Division 2—Definitions                                                                                                 5

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 5

6............ Meaning of interest and control information ...................................... 9

7............ Meaning of operational information ................................................. 11

8............ Meaning of direct interest holder ...................................................... 11

9............ Meaning of critical infrastructure asset ............................................ 12

10.......... Meaning of critical electricity asset ................................................... 14

11.......... Meaning of critical port .................................................................... 14

12.......... Meaning of critical gas asset ............................................................ 15

Division 3—Constitutional provisions and application of this Act      16

13.......... Application of this Act...................................................................... 16

14.......... Extraterritoriality............................................................................... 16

15.......... This Act binds the Crown................................................................. 16

16.......... Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws.............................. 17

17.......... State constitutional powers................................................................ 17

Part 2—Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets                                           18

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        18

18.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 18

Division 2—Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets                             19

19.......... Secretary must keep Register............................................................ 19

20.......... Secretary may add information to Register........................................ 19

21.......... Secretary may correct or update information in the Register............. 19

22.......... Register not to be made public.......................................................... 19

Division 3—Obligation to give information and notify of events         20

23.......... Initial obligation to give information................................................. 20

24.......... Ongoing obligation to give information and notify of events............ 20

25.......... Information that is not able to be obtained......................................... 23

26.......... Meaning of notifiable event ............................................................... 23

27.......... Rules may exempt from requirement to give notice or information... 23

Division 4—Giving of notice or information by agents etc.                    25

28.......... Requirement for executors and administrators to give notice or information for individuals who die      25

29.......... Requirement for corporate liquidators etc. to give notice or information  25

30.......... Agents may give notice or information............................................. 25

Part 3—Directions by the Minister                                                                             26

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        26

31.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 26

Division 2—Directions by the Minister                                                              27

32.......... Direction if risk of act or omission that wouldbe prejudicial to security  27

33.......... Consultation before giving direction................................................. 28

34.......... Requirement to comply with direction............................................... 29

35.......... Exception—acquisition of property................................................... 29

Part 4—Gathering and using information                                                            30

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        30

36.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 30

Division 2—Secretary’s power to obtain information or documents 31

37.......... Secretary may obtain information or documents from entities........... 31

38.......... Copies of documents......................................................................... 32

39.......... Retention of documents..................................................................... 32

40.......... Self-incrimination.............................................................................. 33

Division 3—Use and disclosure of protected information                        34

Subdivision A—Authorised use and disclosure                                                  34

41.......... Authorised use and disclosure—performing functions etc................ 34

42.......... Authorised use and disclosure—other person’s functions etc........... 34

43.......... Authorised disclosure relating to law enforcement............................ 35

44.......... Secondary use and disclosure of protected information.................... 35

Subdivision B—Offence for unauthorised use or disclosure                         36

45.......... Offence for unauthorised use or disclosure of protected information 36

46.......... Exceptions to offence for unauthorised use or disclosure................. 36

47.......... No requirement to provide information............................................. 37

Part 5—Enforcement                                                                                                          38

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        38

48.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 38

Division 2—Civil penalties, enforceable undertakings and injunctions 39

49.......... Civil penalties, enforceable undertakings and injunctions................. 39

Part 6—Declaration of assets by the Minister                                                     41

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        41

50.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 41

Division 2—Declaration of assets by the Minister                                       42

51.......... Declaration of assets by the Minister................................................ 42

52.......... Notification of change to reporting entities for asset......................... 43

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        44

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        44

53.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 44

Division 2—Treatment of certain entities                                                         45

54.......... Treatment of partnerships.................................................................. 45

55.......... Treatment of trusts and superannuation funds that are trusts............. 45

56.......... Treatment of unincorporated foreign companies............................... 46

Division 3—Matters relating to Secretary’s powers                                  48

57.......... Additional power of Secretary.......................................................... 48

58.......... Assets ceasing to be critical infrastructure assets.............................. 48

59.......... Delegation of Secretary’s powers..................................................... 48

Division 4—Periodic reports and rules                                                              49

60.......... Periodic report................................................................................... 49

61.......... Rules................................................................................................. 49

 



A Bill for an Act to create a framework for managing critical infrastructure, and for related purposes

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