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Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2018

2016-2017-2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

As read a third time

 

 

 

 

Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill 2018

 

No.      , 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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 .................................... 10

7............ Meaning of operational information ................................................. 12

8............ Meaning of direct interest holder ...................................................... 12

8A......... Meaning of influence or control ........................................................ 14

8B......... Meaning of associate ........................................................................ 15

8C......... Meanings of subsidiary and holding entity ....................................... 16

9............ Meaning of critical infrastructure asset ............................................ 16

10.......... Meaning of critical electricity asset ................................................... 18

11.......... Meaning of critical port .................................................................... 18

12.......... Meaning of critical gas asset ............................................................ 19

Division 3—Constitutional provisions and application of this Act      21

13.......... Application of this Act...................................................................... 21

14.......... Extraterritoriality............................................................................... 21

15.......... This Act binds the Crown................................................................. 21

16.......... Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws.............................. 22

17.......... State constitutional powers................................................................ 22

Part 2—Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets                                           23

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        23

18.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 23

Division 2—Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets                             24

19.......... Secretary must keep Register............................................................ 24

20.......... Secretary may add information to Register........................................ 24

21.......... Secretary may correct or update information in the Register............. 24

22.......... Register not to be made public.......................................................... 24

Division 3—Obligation to give information and notify of events         25

23.......... Initial obligation to give information................................................. 25

24.......... Ongoing obligation to give information and notify of events............ 25

25.......... Information that is not able to be obtained......................................... 28

26.......... Meaning of notifiable event ............................................................... 28

27.......... Rules may exempt from requirement to give notice or information... 28

Division 4—Giving of notice or information by agents etc.                    30

28.......... Requirement for executors and administrators to give notice or information for individuals who die      30

29.......... Requirement for corporate liquidators etc. to give notice or information  30

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

Part 3—Directions by the Minister                                                                             31

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        31

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

Division 2—Directions by the Minister                                                              32

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

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

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

35.......... Exception—acquisition of property................................................... 34

Part 4—Gathering and using information                                                            35

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        35

36.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 35

Division 2—Secretary’s power to obtain information or documents 36

37.......... Secretary may obtain information or documents from entities........... 36

38.......... Copies of documents......................................................................... 37

39.......... Retention of documents..................................................................... 37

40.......... Self-incrimination.............................................................................. 38

Division 3—Use and disclosure of protected information                        39

Subdivision A—Authorised use and disclosure                                                  39

41.......... Authorised use and disclosure—performing functions etc................ 39

42.......... Authorised use and disclosure—other person’s functions etc........... 39

43.......... Authorised disclosure relating to law enforcement............................ 40

44.......... Secondary use and disclosure of protected information.................... 40

Subdivision B—Offence for unauthorised use or disclosure                         41

45.......... Offence for unauthorised use or disclosure of protected information 41

46.......... Exceptions to offence for unauthorised use or disclosure................. 41

47.......... No requirement to provide information............................................. 42

Part 5—Enforcement                                                                                                          43

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        43

48.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 43

Division 2—Civil penalties, enforceable undertakings and injunctions 44

49.......... Civil penalties, enforceable undertakings and injunctions................. 44

Part 6—Declaration of assets by the Minister                                                     46

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        46

50.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 46

Division 2—Declaration of assets by the Minister                                       47

51.......... Declaration of assets by the Minister................................................ 47

52.......... Notification of change to reporting entities for asset......................... 48

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        49

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        49

53.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 49

Division 2—Treatment of certain entities                                                         50

53A....... How certain entities hold interests..................................................... 50

54.......... Treatment of partnerships.................................................................. 50

55.......... Treatment of trusts and superannuation funds that are trusts............. 51

56.......... Treatment of unincorporated foreign companies............................... 52

Division 3—Matters relating to Secretary’s powers                                  53

57.......... Additional power of Secretary.......................................................... 53

58.......... Assets ceasing to be critical infrastructure assets.............................. 53

59.......... Delegation of Secretary’s powers..................................................... 53

Division 4—Periodic reports, reviews and rules                                           54

60.......... Periodic report................................................................................... 54

60A....... Review of this Act............................................................................ 54

61.......... Rules................................................................................................. 55

 



This bill originated in the Senate, and, having this day passed, is now ready for presentation to the House of Representatives for its concurrence.

                                               Richard Pye

                                      Clerk of the Senate

The Senate

28 March 2018

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

The Parliament of Australia enacts: