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AusCheck Bill 2007

Part 3 Information management

Division 1 Collection, use and disclosure of information

13   Authorisation of information collection, use and disclosure

                   The collection, use and disclosure of personal information about an individual is taken to be authorised by law for the purposes of the Privacy Act 1988 if:

                     (a)  the collection, use or disclosure is for the purposes of, or for purposes relating to, conducting a background check or advising on the outcome of a background check in respect of the individual under the AusCheck scheme; or

                     (b)  the collection, use or disclosure is for the purposes of updating information held by the Secretary in respect of an individual in respect of whom a background check has been conducted under the AusCheck scheme.

14   Authorisation of retention and subsequent use of information

             (1)  The Secretary may establish and maintain a database (the AusCheck database ) of information, including AusCheck scheme personal information, that relates to the AusCheck scheme.

             (2)  AusCheck scheme personal information about an individual:

                     (a)  may be included in the AusCheck database; and

                     (b)  may be used or disclosed for the following purposes:

                              (i)  carrying out a subsequent background check in relation to the individual under the AusCheck scheme;

                             (ii)  responding to an incident that poses a threat to national security;

                            (iii)  the collection, correlation, analysis or dissemination of criminal intelligence or security intelligence.

             (3)  AusCheck scheme personal information included in the AusCheck database may be used in such a way that de-identified information derived from the AusCheck scheme personal information can be used and disclosed for the following purposes:

                     (a)  research;

                     (b)  government planning;

                     (c)  industry planning.



 

Division 2 Protection of information

15   Protection of information

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is or was an AusCheck staff member; and

                     (b)  when the person is or was an AusCheck staff member, the person obtained information relating to the AusCheck scheme; and

                     (c)  the person discloses the information to someone else.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (2)  Each of the following is an exception to subsection (1):

                     (a)  a disclosure for the purposes of the AusCheck scheme;

                     (b)  if the information is AusCheck scheme personal information—a disclosure with the consent of the individual to whom the AusCheck scheme personal information relates;

                     (c)  if the information is AusCheck scheme personal information—a disclosure to the individual to whom the AusCheck scheme personal information relates;

                     (d)  a disclosure to the Australian Federal Police for the purposes of the AusCheck scheme.

Note 1:       A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Note 2:       For prescribing by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 .

             (3)  If a disclosure of information is covered by subsection (2), the disclosure is authorised by this section.

             (4)  A person who is or was an AusCheck staff member is not to be required to disclose information relating to the AusCheck scheme to a court, except:

                     (a)  where it is necessary to do so for the purposes of giving effect to this Act or the AusCheck scheme; or

                     (b)  for the purposes of a criminal proceeding for an offence against this Act or regulations under this Act (including a proceeding to determine whether a person should be tried for an offence).

For this purpose, court includes any tribunal, authority or person having power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions.

             (5)  In this section:

information includes, but is not limited to, AusCheck scheme personal information.