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Schedule 1—Amendments

Schedule 1 Amendments

Part 1 Main amendments

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986

1  Section 2

Omit “shall come into operation”, substitute “commences”.

2  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

APS Code of Conduct means the rules in section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999 .

AUSTRAC means the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre continued in existence by the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 .

AUSTRAC CEO has the same meaning as in the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 .

contracted service provider , for an IGIS contract, means:

                     (a)  a person who is a party to the IGIS contract and who is responsible for the provision of services to the Inspector-General under the IGIS contract; or

                     (b)  a subcontractor for the IGIS contract.

IGIS contract means a contract, to which the Inspector-General is a party, under which services are to be, or were to be, provided to the Inspector-General.

IGIS official (short for Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security official) means:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General; or

                     (b)  any other person covered by subsection 32(1).

3  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

ONI Act employee means a member of the staff of ONI employed under subsection 33(3) of the Office of National Intelligence Act 2018 .

paid work means work for financial gain or reward (whether as an employee, a self-employed person or otherwise).

Public Service Act ONI employee means a member of the staff of ONI engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 .

4  Subsection 3(1) (definition of permanent resident )

Repeal the definition.

5  Subsection 3(1) (paragraph (a) of the definition of responsible Minister )

After “that Act”, insert “, or the part of the Act that establishes the agency or continues the agency in existence”.

6  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

subcontractor , for an IGIS contract, means a person:

                     (a)  who is a party to a contract (the subcontract ):

                              (i)  with a contracted service provider for the IGIS contract (within the meaning of paragraph (a) of the definition of contracted service provider); or

                             (ii)  with a subcontractor for the IGIS contract (under a previous application of this definition); and

                     (b)  who is responsible under the subcontract for the provision of services to the Inspector-General, or to a contracted service provider for the IGIS contract, for the purposes (whether direct or indirect) of the IGIS contract.

7  Subsections 6(1) and (2)

Omit “shall”, substitute “is to”.

8  Before subsection 6(3)

Insert:

Consultation requirement

9  After subsection 6(3)

Insert:

Limitation on appointment of Inspector-General

          (3A)  A person must not be appointed as Inspector-General if the person is, or the person’s most recent position was, the head or a deputy head (however described) of an intelligence agency.

Arrangements with States and Territories

10  Subparagraph 6AA(a)(ii)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                             (ii)  a person covered by subsection 32(1) of this Act; and

11  Before subsection 8(1)

Insert:

Intelligence agency inquiry functions in relation to ASIO

12  Paragraph 8(1)(c)

Omit “in a case where”, substitute “(within the meaning of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 ) if”.

13  Subparagraph 8(1)(c)(i)

Omit “the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 ”, substitute “that Act”.

14  Paragraph 8(1)(d)

Omit “where”, substitute “if”.

15  Before subsection 8(2)

Insert:

Intelligence agency inquiry functions in relation to ASIS, AGO or ASD

16  Paragraph 8(2)(a)

After “permanent resident”, insert “(within the meaning of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 )”.

17  Before subsection 8(3)

Insert:

Intelligence agency inquiry functions in relation to DIO or ONI

18  Paragraphs 8(3)(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (a)  at the request of the Attorney-General or the responsible Minister, of the Inspector-General’s own motion, or in response to a complaint made to the Inspector-General by a person who is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident (within the meaning of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 ), to inquire into any matter that relates to:

                              (i)  the compliance by that agency with the laws of the Commonwealth and of the States and Territories; or

                             (ii)  the compliance by that agency with directions or guidelines given to that agency by the responsible Minister; or

                            (iii)  the propriety of particular activities of that agency; and

                    (aa)  at the request of the Attorney-General or the responsible Minister, or of the Inspector-General’s own motion, to inquire into any matter that relates to the effectiveness and appropriateness of the procedures of that agency relating to the legality or propriety of the activities of that agency; and

                     (b)  at the request of the Attorney-General or the responsible Minister, of the Inspector-General’s own motion, or in response to a complaint made to the Inspector-General by a person who is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident (within the meaning of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 ), to inquire into any matter that relates to an act or practice of that agency, referred to the Inspector-General by the Australian Human Rights Commission:

                              (i)  that is or may be inconsistent with or contrary to any human right; or

                             (ii)  that constitutes or may constitute discrimination; or

                            (iii)  that is or may be unlawful under the Age Discrimination Act 2004 , the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 , the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 or the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 ; and

                   (ba)  at the request of the Attorney-General or the responsible Minister, or of the Inspector-General’s own motion, to inquire into any matter that relates to the procedures of that agency relating to redress of grievances of employees of that agency; and

                   (bb)  in response to a complaint made to the Inspector-General by a person who is:

                              (i)  an Australian citizen or a permanent resident (within the meaning of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 ); and

                             (ii)  an employee of ONI;

                            to inquire into any matter that relates to a decision in relation to an Australian Government security clearance (within the meaning of the Criminal Code) of the highest level; and

19  Subsection 8(4)

Repeal the subsection.

20  After subsection 8(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  The functions of the Inspector-General under subsection (3A) do not include inquiring into a matter to which a complaint to the Inspector-General relates, to the extent that:

                     (a)  the complaint is made by a person performing functions or services for ACIC or AUSTRAC in accordance with a contract, agreement or other arrangement; and

                     (b)  the matter is directly related to:

                              (i)  the contract, agreement or other arrangement; or

                             (ii)  the performance of functions or services by the person under the contract, agreement or other arrangement, except in relation to the legality or propriety of the performance of the functions or services.

21  Subsection 8(6)

After “ASIS employee”, insert “, an ONI Act employee”.

22  Paragraphs 8(6)(a) and (b)

After “ASIS”, insert “, ONI”.

23  After paragraph 8(7)(b)

Insert:

                   (ba)  for an ONI Act employee—the Director-General of National Intelligence or employees of ONI; and

24  Subsection 8(7) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          See also subsection 11(5) for when the Inspector-General may decide not to inquire into a matter referred to in subsection (6) of this section.

25  At the end of subsection 8(8A)

Add:

Note:          See also subsection 11(6) for when the Inspector-General may decide not to inquire into a matter referred to in subsection (8) of this section.

26  Before subsection 8(9)

Insert:

Functions conferred by other Acts

27  Subsection 8A(2)

Repeal the subsection.

28  Subsection 8A(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  However, paragraph (3)(c) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the intelligence agency is ASIS, ASD, AGO, DIO, ONI, ACIC or AUSTRAC; and

                     (b)  the person is not an Australian citizen or a permanent resident (within the meaning of paragraph (a) of the definition of permanent resident in section 3 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 ).

29  Paragraph 9AA(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

30  Subsection 10(2)

Omit “Where a complaint is made orally to the Inspector-General, the Inspector-General shall”, substitute “If a complaint is made orally to the Inspector-General, the Inspector-General must”.

31  Before subsection 11(1)

Insert:

Requirement to inquire into certain complaints

32  Subsection 11(1)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

33  Subsection 11(1)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

34  Before subsection 11(2)

Insert:

When inquiry or further inquiry into complaints is not required

35  Subsections 11(2) and (3)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

36  Subsection 11(3)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

37  Subsection 11(4)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

38  Subsection 11(5)

Omit “shall”, substitute “may”.

39  Paragraph 11(5)(a)

After “ASIS employees”, insert “, ONI Act employees”.

40  Section 12

Repeal the section, substitute:

12   Procedure if complaint not pursued

                   If a person makes a complaint in relation to action taken by an intelligence agency that the Inspector-General decides not to inquire into, or not to inquire further into, the Inspector-General must:

                     (a)  take reasonable steps to notify the person in writing of the decision; and

                     (b)  notify the responsible Minister and the head of the agency in writing of the decision.

41  Subsection 13(2)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

42  Before section 14

Insert:

Division 2A Preliminary inquiries

43  Subsection 14(1)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

44  Before section 15

Insert:

Subdivision A Obligations before commencing an inquiry

45  Subsection 15(1)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

46  Section 16

Repeal the section.

47  Before section 17

Insert:

Subdivision B Conduct of inquiries

48  Before subsection 17(1)

Insert:

Conduct of inquiries

49  Subsection 17(1)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

50  Subsection 17(4)

Omit “shall not make a report”, substitute “must not make a report”.

51  Subsection 17(4)

Omit “, before completing the inquiry,”.

52  Subsection 17(5)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

53  Subsection 17(5)

Omit “Inspector-General shall”, substitute “Inspector-General must”.

54  Subsection 17(6)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

55  Before subsection 17(7)

Insert:

Discussions and consultation with Ministers or Prime Minister

56  Subsections 17(7) and (8)

Omit “before completing”, substitute “while conducting”.

57  Subsection 17(9)

Omit “shall not make a report”, substitute “must not make a report”.

58  Subsection 17(10)

Repeal the subsection.

59  After section 17

Insert:

17A   Obligation when evidence of breach of duty or misconduct

             (1)  This section applies if, at any time before, during or after conducting:

                     (a)  an inspection under section 9A; or

                     (b)  a preliminary inquiry under section 14, or any other action taken by the Inspector-General for the purpose of deciding whether to inquire into a matter; or

                     (c)  an inquiry under this Act;

the Inspector-General is satisfied on reasonable grounds that there is evidence that a person who is a member of a Commonwealth agency has been guilty of a breach of duty or of misconduct.

Notifying responsible Minister, agency head and Public Service Commissioner

             (2)  If the Inspector-General is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the evidence is of sufficient weight to justify the Inspector-General doing so, the Inspector-General must bring the evidence to the notice of:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  if the person is the head of that agency—the responsible Minister; or

                             (ii)  in any other case—the head of that agency; or

                     (b)  without limiting paragraph (a), if:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth agency is an Agency within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999 ; and

                             (ii)  the person is the Agency Head (within the meaning of that Act) of the agency; and

                            (iii)  the breach of duty or misconduct could constitute a contravention of the APS Code of Conduct;

                            the Australian Public Service Commissioner appointed under that Act.

60  Before section 18

Insert:

Subdivision C General powers in relation to inquiries

61  Before subsection 18(1)

Insert:

Requiring information or documents

62  Subsection 18(1)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

63  At the end of subsection 18(1)

Add:

Note:          Failure to comply with a notice is an offence: see subsection (7).

64  Subsection 18(2)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

65  Paragraph 18(2)(c)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

66  Before subsection 18(3)

Insert:

Requiring attendance

67  Subsection 18(3)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

68  At the end of subsection 18(3)

Add:

Note:          Failure to comply with a notice is an offence: see subsection (7).

69  At the end of subsection 18(4)

Add:

Note 1:       Failure to take an oath or make an affirmation is an offence: see subsection (7).

Note 2:       This means that a hearing is a judicial proceeding for the purposes of Part III of the Crimes Act 1914 , which creates various offences in relation to judicial proceedings.

70  Before subsection 18(6)

Insert:

Self-incrimination and legal professional privilege

71  Paragraph 18(6)(b)

After “agency”, insert “, or would disclose any other information that is, or may be, the subject of a claim of legal professional privilege by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth agency”.

72  Paragraph 18(6)(ca)

After “137.1”, insert “, 137.2 (false or misleading information and documents), 145.1 (using forged document) or 149.1 (obstruction of Commonwealth public officials)”.

73  After paragraph 18(6)(ca)

Insert:

                   (cb)  an offence against Division 3 of Part III of the Crimes Act 1914 (offences relating to evidence and witnesses) that relates to this section; or

74  After subsection 18(6)

Insert:

          (6A)  The fact that a person is not excused under subsection (6) from giving information, producing a document or answering a question does not otherwise affect a claim of legal professional privilege that anyone may make in relation to that information, document or answer.

Note:          Legal professional privilege is also not waived in relation to information or documents provided voluntarily (see section 32AC).

Offence for failing to comply

75  Paragraph 18(7)(c)

Omit “a natural person”, substitute “an individual”.

76  Before subsection 18(9)

Insert:

Immunity from other penalties

77  Section 19

Omit “The Inspector-General may”, substitute “(1) The Inspector-General may (subject to subsection (2))”.

78  At the end of section 19

Add:

             (2)  The Inspector-General may enter a place occupied in another country by ASIS only if the Director-General of ASIS and the Inspector-General have made arrangements relating to entry under this section.

79  Section 20

Repeal the section.

80  Before section 21

Insert:

20A   Reports under this Act and other Acts

                   In addition to any reports that the Inspector-General is required or authorised to prepare under any other Act, the Inspector-General must prepare reports under this Act in accordance with this Division.

Note:          The Inspector-General prepares reports under subsections 9B(8A) and 9C(6) (oversight of authorisations in emergencies) of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 .

81  Subsection 21(1)

Omit “completes”, substitute “conducts”.

82  Subsection 21(2)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

83  Subsection 21(2)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

84  Subsection 22(1)

Omit “completes”, substitute “conducts”.

85  At the end of subsection 22(1)

Add:

Note:          A copy of the report may be given to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security under subsection 185D(3) or 185E(1) of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 if the report relates to an authorisation intended to identify a media source or to retained data.

86  Subsection 22(2)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

87  Subsections 23(1) and (2)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (1)  After conducting an inquiry under this Act into a complaint in respect of action taken by an intelligence agency, the Inspector-General must (subject to subsection (2)) take reasonable steps to give a written response relating to the inquiry to the complainant, unless the Inspector-General is satisfied on reasonable grounds that doing so will prejudice security, the defence of Australia or Australia’s relations with other countries.

             (2)  The Inspector-General must not give the response until the head of the relevant agency and the Inspector-General have agreed that the terms of the proposed response will not prejudice:

                     (a)  security, the defence of Australia or Australia’s relations with other countries; or

                     (b)  law enforcement operations, including methodologies and investigative techniques; or

                     (c)  the privacy of individuals; or

                     (d)  confidential commercial information; or

                     (e)  the fair trial of a person or the impartial adjudication of a matter.

88  Subsection 24(1)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

89  Subsection 24(1)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

90  Subsection 24(2)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

91  Subsection 25(1)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

92  Subsection 27(1)

Omit “shall” (wherever occurring), substitute “is to”.

93  Subsection 27(2)

Omit “shall”, substitute “is to”.

94  Subsection 30(1)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (1)  The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of the Inspector-General:

                     (a)  for misbehaviour; or

                     (b)  if the Inspector-General is unable to perform the duties of the Inspector-General’s office because of physical or mental incapacity.

95  Paragraph 30(2)(b)

Repeal the paragraph.

96  Subsection 30(2)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

97  After subsection 30(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  The Governor-General may terminate the appointment of the Inspector-General if:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General holds office on a full-time basis; and

                     (b)  the Inspector-General:

                              (i)  engages, except with the approval of the Attorney-General, in paid work outside the duties of the Inspector-General’s office; or

                             (ii)  is absent from duty, except on leave, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any period of 12 months.

98  Subsection 30(3)

Omit “and (2)”, substitute “, (2) and (2A)”.

99  At the end of subsection 32(1)

Add:

             ; and (c)  a consultant or contractor engaged to assist the Inspector-General under section 32AAA or 32AAB; and

                     (d)  a person who is made available by another body or organisation to assist the Inspector-General under section 32AAD.

100  Subsection 32(3)

Omit “section 32AA”, substitute “subsection 32AA(1)”.

101  After section 32

Insert:

32AAA   Consultants

             (1)  The Inspector-General may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, engage as consultants persons having suitable qualifications and experience to assist in the performance of the Inspector-General’s functions.

             (2)  The engagement of a consultant must be by written agreement.

             (3)  The terms and conditions of engagement are those that the Inspector-General determines in writing.

32AAB   Contracted service providers

             (1)  The Inspector-General may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, engage a contracted service provider to assist in the performance of the Inspector-General’s functions.

             (2)  The engagement of a contracted service provider must be by written agreement.

             (3)  The terms and conditions of engagement are those that the Inspector-General determines in writing.

32AAC   Secondment of employees of Inspector-General

Secondment

             (1)  The Inspector-General may, in writing, arrange for an employee of the Inspector-General to be seconded for a specified period to a body or organisation whether within or outside Australia.

Termination of secondment

             (2)  The Inspector-General may at any time, by notice given to the body or organisation to which an employee of the Inspector-General is seconded under subsection (1), terminate the secondment.

32AAD   Secondment of persons to the Inspector-General

             (1)  The Inspector-General may, by written agreement with a body or organisation (whether within or outside Australia), arrange for a person who is an officer, employee or other member of staff of the body or organisation to be made available to the Inspector-General to perform services in connection with the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers.

             (2)  The terms and conditions (including remuneration and allowances) applicable to a person performing services under an agreement are those specified in the agreement.

102  After subsection 32AA(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  The Inspector-General may, by writing signed by the Inspector-General, delegate all or any of the Inspector-General’s functions or powers under any other provision of this Act (other than subsection 32(3)) to a member of staff assisting the Inspector-General engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 who the Inspector-General believes has appropriate expertise relating to the function or power delegated.

103  Subsection 32AA(2)

After “a delegation”, insert “under subsection (1) or (1A)”.

104  Subsection 32A(1)

Omit “which are issued on or after the day on which the Prime Minister and Cabinet Legislation Amendment Act 1991 commences”.

105  Subsection 32A(5)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

106  Subsection 32B(1)

After “AGO”, insert “, DIO”.

107  Subsection 33(2)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

108  Before subsection 34(1)

Insert:

Offence—unauthorised disclosure of information acquired under this Act

109  Subsection 34(1)

Omit “a person who is, or has at any time been, the Inspector-General or a member of the staff of the Inspector-General or who is acting, or has at any time acted, as the Inspector-General or as a member of the staff of the Inspector-General shall”, substitute “a person who is an IGIS official, or former IGIS official, must”.

110  Paragraphs 34(1)(a) and (b)

After “information”, insert “or document”.

111  Before subsection 34(1AA)

Insert:

Offence—unauthorised disclosure of information acquired under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

112  Subsection 34(1AA)

Omit “a person who is, or has at any time been, the Inspector-General or a member of the staff of the Inspector-General or who is acting, or has at any time acted, as the Inspector-General or as a member of the staff of the Inspector-General”, substitute “a person who is an IGIS official, or former IGIS official,”.

113  Paragraphs 34(1AA)(a) and (b)

After “information”, insert “or document”.

114  Before subsection 34(1AB)

Insert:

Offence—unauthorised disclosure of information acquired under the Archives Act 1983

115  Subsection 34(1AB)

Omit “a person who is, or has at any time been, the Inspector-General or a member of the staff of the Inspector-General or who is acting, or has at any time acted, as the Inspector-General or as a member of the staff of the Inspector-General”, substitute “a person who is an IGIS official, or former IGIS official,”.

116  Paragraphs 34(1AB)(a) and (b)

After “information”, insert “or document”.

117  Before subsection 34(1A)

Insert:

Exception

118  Paragraph 34(1A)(a)

After “information”, insert “or document”.

119  Before subsection 34(2)

Insert:

Dealing with offence as indictable or summary offence

120  Subsection 34(4)

Omit “Where”, substitute “If”.

121  Before subsection 34(5)

Insert:

Limitation on disclosures to courts

122  Subsection 34(5)

Omit “If a person is prohibited by this section from disclosing information, the person”, substitute “A person who is an IGIS official, or former IGIS official,”.

123  Subsection 34(5)

Omit “except where”, substitute “except if”.

124  After subsection 34(5)

Insert:

Section to apply despite other laws

          (5A)  This section applies despite any other provision of:

                     (a)  a law of the Commonwealth unless that law is expressed to apply despite this section; or

                     (b)  a law of a State or Territory.

Note:          For example, unless a Commonwealth law is expressed to apply despite this section, this section would override a provision of that law that would otherwise have authorised the disclosure of information covered by this section, or would otherwise have provided an immunity from liability in civil or criminal proceedings for disclosing such information.

125  Before subsection 34(6)

Insert:

Definitions for this section

126  Subsection 34A(4)

Omit “a staff member or former staff member”, substitute “an IGIS official or former IGIS official”.

127  Subsection 34A(5)

Omit “staff member or former staff member”, substitute “IGIS official or former IGIS official”.

128  Paragraph 34A(5)(a)

Omit “a staff member”, substitute “an IGIS official”.

129  Subsection 34A(6)

Omit “a staff member or a former staff member”, substitute “an IGIS official or a former IGIS official”.

130  Subsection 34A(7) (definition of staff member )

Repeal the definition.

131  Subsection 35(2)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

132  Paragraph 35(2AA)(b)

Omit “section 32AA”, substitute “subsection 32AA(1)”.

133  Subsection 35(4)

Omit “shall”, substitute “must”.

Intelligence Services Act 2001

134  Section 3

Insert:

AUSTRAC means the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre continued in existence by the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 .

AUSTRAC CEO has the same meaning as in the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 .

AUSTRAC information has the same meaning as in the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 .

135  Section 3 (paragraph (b) of the definition of IGIS official )

Omit “a member of the staff referred to in”, substitute “a person covered by”.

136  Section 3

Insert:

intelligence function means the collection, correlation, analysis, production and dissemination of intelligence by AUSTRAC for the purpose of performing its functions.

137  After paragraph 29(1)(bac)

Insert:

                 (bad)  to monitor and to review the performance by AUSTRAC of its intelligence functions; and

                  (bae)  to report to both Houses of the Parliament, with such comments as it thinks fit, on any matter appertaining to AUSTRAC that is connected with the performance of its intelligence functions to which, in the opinion of the Committee, the attention of the Parliament should be directed; and

                  (baf)  to inquire into any question in connection with its functions under paragraph (bad) or (bae) that is referred to it by either House of the Parliament, and to report to that House on that question; and

138  Paragraph 29(3)(g)

After “AFP”, insert “, AUSTRAC”.

139  Paragraph 29(3)(j)

After “AFP”, insert “ or AUSTRAC (including AUSTRAC information)”.

140  Paragraph 29(3)(k)

After “AFP”, insert “ or AUSTRAC”.

141  After paragraph 29(3)(k)

Insert:

                ; or (l)  reviewing anything done by AUSTRAC in carrying out its functions that are not intelligence functions.

142  After paragraph 30(d)

Insert:

                   (da)  the AUSTRAC CEO;

143  Clause 1A of Schedule 1 (definition of agency )

After “AFP”, insert “, AUSTRAC”.

144  Clause 1A of Schedule 1 (after paragraph (e) of the definition of agency head )

Insert:

                    (ea)  the AUSTRAC CEO; or

145  Clause 1A of Schedule 1 (at the end of the definition of operationally sensitive information )

Add:

               ; or (d)  about sources of information, other operational assistance or operational methods available to AUSTRAC (including AUSTRAC information) in exercising its intelligence functions; or

                     (e)  about particular operations that have been, are being or are proposed to be undertaken by AUSTRAC in exercising its intelligence functions.

146  At the end of subclause 7(1) of Schedule 1

Add:

               ; or (d)  any information whose disclosure could reveal, or enable a person to ascertain, the existence or identity of a confidential source of information to any agency; or

                     (e)  any information whose disclosure could endanger a person’s life or physical safety; or

                      (f)  any information whose disclosure could prejudice the protection of public safety; or

                     (g)  any information whose disclosure could prejudice the fair trial of a person or the impartial adjudication of a matter; or

                     (h)  any information whose disclosure could prejudice the proper enforcement of the law or the operations of law enforcement authorities; or

                      (i)  any information whose disclosure could unreasonably disclose confidential commercial information.

147  Subclause 20(2) of Schedule 1

After “review”, insert “or inquiry”.

148  At the end of subclause 20(2) of Schedule 1

Add:

             ; and (e)  to the extent that the proceedings relate to the intelligence functions of AUSTRAC—the Minister responsible for AUSTRAC.

149  Subclause 20(3) of Schedule 1

After “review”, insert “or inquiry”.

Part 2 Consequential amendments

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006

150  After subsection 123(8A)

Insert:

          (8B)  Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to the disclosure of information by a reporting entity if the disclosure is to an IGIS official for the purposes of, or in connection with, the performance or exercise of the person’s functions, duties or powers as an IGIS official.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (8B) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

151  Before subsection 207(2)

Insert:

Exceptions

152  After subsection 207(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the disclosure of information by a reporting entity if the disclosure is to an IGIS official for the purposes of, or in connection with, the performance or exercise of the person’s functions, duties or powers as an IGIS official.

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

Australian Crime Commission Act 2002

153  Subsection 4(1)

Insert:

IGIS official (short for Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security official) means:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security; or

                     (b)  any other person covered by subsection 32(1) of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 .

154  After paragraph 19A(5)(d)

Insert:

               and (e)  section 34 (secrecy) of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 ;

155  After paragraph 21C(2)(g)

Insert:

               ; or (h)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of the IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

156  After paragraph 21C(4)(e)

Insert:

               ; or (f)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of the IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

157  At the end of subsection 25A(4)

Add:

               ; or (c)  an IGIS official who is present at the examination for the purpose of conducting an inspection or inquiry under the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 (subject to subsection (4A)).

158  After subsection 25A(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  Without limiting subsection (1) or (3), an examiner may prevent an IGIS official from being present during an examination if the examiner is satisfied that the official’s attendance would be reasonably likely to prejudice:

                     (a)  the life or safety of a person; or

                     (b)  the effectiveness of the examination.

The official must be provided with an audio-visual recording of the examination as soon as practicable after the end of the examination.

          (4B)  The IGIS official may be prevented from being present during the examination either:

                     (a)  by written notice given to the official before the examination; or

                     (b)  by notifying the official orally during the examination.

          (4C)  If the IGIS official is notified orally, the IGIS official must be given a written notice as soon as practicable after the examination.

159  After subsection 25A(14A)

Insert:

        (14B)  Subsection (14A) does not apply if the person uses the examination material, or discloses the examination material to an IGIS official, for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

        (14C)  Despite subsections 13.3(2) and (3) of the Criminal Code , in a prosecution for an offence against subsection (14A) of this section, an IGIS official does not bear an evidential burden in relation to the matter of:

                     (a)  using examination material; or

                     (b)  disclosing examination material to another IGIS official;

for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

160  At the end of subsection 29B(2)

Add:

               ; or (h)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of the IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

161  At the end of subsection 29B(4)

Add:

               ; or (f)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of the IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

162  Subsection 36(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (4)  To avoid doubt, this section does not limit the powers of:

                     (a)  the Ombudsman under the Ombudsman Act 1976 ; or

                     (b)  the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security under the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security 1986 , or any other law of the Commonwealth that confers powers on the Inspector-General.

Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

163  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

AUSTRAC means the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre continued in existence by the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 .

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979

164  Section 4 (paragraph (b) of the definition of IGIS official )

Omit “a member of the staff referred to in”, substitute “any other person covered by”.

165  Subsection 18(2B)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2B)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the person communicates the information or matter to an IGIS official for the purpose of the IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

166  Subsection 18A(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person deals with the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

167  Subsection 18B(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person makes the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

168  Paragraph 35P(3)(f)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                      (f)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official; or

169  Paragraph 35P(3)(g)

Omit “under that Act”, substitute “as an IGIS official”.

170  Subsection 35P(3) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

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

Crimes Act 1914

171  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

IGIS official (short for Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security official) means:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security; or

                     (b)  any other person covered by subsection 32(1) of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 .

172  Paragraph 15HK(3)(a)

Omit “or the Integrity Commissioner”, substitute “, the Integrity Commissioner or the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security”.

173  Subparagraph 15HK(3)(c)(ii)

Omit “operation; and”, substitute “operation; or”.

174  At the end of paragraph 15HK(3)(c)

Add:

                            (iii)  if the disclosure is to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security—action taken by ACC; and

175  After paragraph 15LC(4)(d)

Insert:

                   (da)  for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official; or

176  At the end of paragraph 15MS(1)(e)

Add:

                          ; (iv)  the conduct is for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

177  Subparagraph 15MS(2)(e)(iii)

Omit “; and”, substitute “;”.

178  At the end of paragraph 15MS(2)(e)

Add:

                            (iv)  the conduct is for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official; and

179  Subparagraph 15MS(3)(e)(iii)

Omit “; and”, substitute “;”.

180  At the end of paragraph 15MS(3)(e)

Add:

                            (iv)  the conduct is for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official; and

181  At the end of subsection 15MT(1)

Add:

                   ; (e)  whether, for the purposes of subparagraph 15MS(1)(e)(iv), (2)(e)(iv) or (3)(e)(iv), the conduct is for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

Criminal Code Act 1995

182  Subparagraph 122.5(3)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code

Omit “a person engaged or employed to assist the Inspector-General as described in”, substitute “a person covered by”.

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

183  Subsection 995-1(1)

Insert:

IGIS official (short for Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security official) means:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security; or

                     (b)  any other person covered by subsection 32(1) of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 .

Inspector-General of Taxation Act 2003

184  At the end of paragraph 15(j)

Add “(except section 35AB)”.

Intelligence Services Act 2001

185  Subsections 39(3), 39A(3), 40(3) and 40B(3)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person communicates the information or matter to an IGIS official for the purpose of the IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

186  Subsection 40C(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person deals with the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

187  Subsection 40D(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person makes the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

188  Subsection 40E(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person deals with the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

189  Subsection 40F(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person makes the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

190  Subsection 40G(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person deals with the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

191  Subsection 40H(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person makes the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

192  Subsection 40L(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person deals with the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

193  Subsection 40M(2A)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Exception—IGIS officials

          (2A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person makes the record for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

194  Section 41

Before “A”, insert “(1)”.

195  At the end of section 41

Add:

Exception—IGIS officials

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply if the person identifies the person to an IGIS official, for the purpose of the IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

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

196  Subsection 41B(3) (at the end of the definition of information offence provision )

Add “or paragraph 41(1)(a)”.

Office of National Intelligence Act 2018

197  Subsection 4(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security official or IGIS official )

Omit “a member of the staff referred to in”, substitute “a person covered by”.

Ombudsman Act 1976

198  Subsection 3(1)

Insert:

AUSTRAC means the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre continued in existence by the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 .

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013

199  Paragraph 69(3)(b)

Omit “who is a member of the staff referred to in”, substitute “covered by”.

200  Subsection 77(3)

Omit “a member of staff mentioned in section 32”, substitute “a person covered by subsection 32(1)”.

Surveillance Devices Act 2004

201  Subsection 6(1)

Insert:

IGIS official (short for Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security official) means:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security; or

                     (b)  any other person covered by subsection 32(1) of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 .

202  After subsection 45(6)

Insert:

          (6A)  Protected information may be used, recorded or communicated, if it is necessary to do so for the purposes of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

Taxation Administration Act 1953

203  Section 355-185 in Schedule 1

Repeal the section, substitute:

355-185   Exception—on-disclosure to IGIS officials

             (1)  Section 355-155 does not apply if:

                     (a)  the entity is an officer of an * Australian government agency; and

                     (b)  the record is made for, or the disclosure is to, an * IGIS official; and

                     (c)  the record or disclosure is for the purposes of the IGIS official performing functions, or exercising powers, as an IGIS official.

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

             (2)  Section 355-155 does not apply if:

                     (a)  the entity is an * IGIS official; and

                     (b)  the information was acquired by the entity under subsection (1) or this subsection; and

                     (c)  the record or disclosure is for the purposes of the IGIS official performing functions, or exercising powers, as an IGIS official.

Telecommunications Act 1997

204  Section 7

Insert:

IGIS official (short for Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security official) means:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security; or

                     (b)  any other person covered by subsection 32(1) of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 .

205  Subsection 315H(1)

Omit “either or both”, substitute “any”.

206  After paragraph 315H(1)(b)

Insert:

                   ; (c)  the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

207  Section 317B (definition of IGIS official )

Repeal the definition.

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979

208  Subsections 63AB(3) to (6)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

Communications etc. for the purposes of Ombudsman and IGIS officials

             (3)  A person may:

                     (a)  communicate information referred to in subsection (4) to a person; or

                     (b)  make use of, or make a record of, that information;

in connection with:

                     (c)  the performance by an Ombudsman official or IGIS official of the official’s functions or duties; or

                     (d)  the exercise by an Ombudsman official or IGIS official of the official’s powers.

             (4)  The information that may be communicated, used or recorded under subsection (3) is:

                     (a)  general computer access intercept information; or

                     (b)  information that was obtained by intercepting a communication passing over a telecommunications system if:

                              (i)  the interception was purportedly for the purposes of doing a thing specified in a general computer access warrant; and

                             (ii)  the interception was not authorised by the general computer access warrant.

             (5)  Despite subsections 13.3(2) and (3) of the Criminal Code , in a prosecution for an offence against section 63 of this Act, an Ombudsman official does not bear an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsection (3) of this section.

209  Section 64 (heading)

Omit “ or Inspector-General’s ”.

210  Subsection 64(1)

Omit “or the performance by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security of his or her functions”.

211  Subsection 64(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  The Director-General of Security, an ASIO employee or ASIO affiliate, in connection with the performance by the Organisation of its functions, may communicate to another such person, make use of, or make a record of, foreign intelligence information.

212  After section 64

Insert:

64A   Dealing in connection with Inspector-General’s functions

             (1)  A person may, in connection with the performance by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security of the Inspector-General’s functions, communicate to another person, make use of, or make a record of, the following:

                     (a)  information obtained by intercepting a communication passing over a telecommunications system (whether or not that information is lawfully intercepted information);

                     (b)  interception warrant information.

             (2)  This section applies despite any other provision of this Part.

213  After section 139

Insert:

139AA   Dealing in connection with Inspector-General’s functions

             (1)  A person may, in connection with the performance by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security of the Inspector-General’s functions, communicate to another person, make use of, or make a record of, the following:

                     (a)  lawfully accessed information;

                     (b)  information obtained by accessing a stored communication (whether or not that information is lawfully intercepted information);

                     (c)  preservation notice information;

                     (d)  stored communications warrant information.

             (2)  This section applies despite any other provision of this Part.

214  At the end of subsection 139A(2)

Add:

               ; or (c)  an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

215  Section 142

After “section 139,”, insert “139AA,”.

216  Paragraph 181A(3)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  the disclosure is:

                              (i)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official; or

                             (ii)  by an IGIS official in connection with the IGIS official exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official.

217  Paragraph 181A(6)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  the use is by an IGIS official in connection with the IGIS official exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official.

218  After paragraph 181B(3)(b)

Insert:

               ; or (c)  the disclosure is:

                              (i)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official; or

                             (ii)  by an IGIS official in connection with the IGIS official exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official.

219  After paragraph 181B(6)(b)

Insert:

               ; or (c)  the use is by an IGIS official in connection with the IGIS official exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official.

220  Paragraph 182(2)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  the disclosure is:

                              (i)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official; or

                             (ii)  by an IGIS official in connection with the IGIS official exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official.

221  Paragraph 182(3)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  the use is by an IGIS official in connection with the IGIS official exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official.

222  Paragraphs 182B(c) and (d)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (c)  in the case of a disclosure—the disclosure is:

                              (i)  to an IGIS official for the purpose of exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official; or

                             (ii)  by an IGIS official in connection with the IGIS official exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official; or

                     (d)  in the case of a use—the use is by an IGIS official in connection with the IGIS official exercising powers, or performing functions or duties, as an IGIS official.

Witness Protection Act 1994

223  Section 3

Insert:

IGIS official (short for Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security official) means:

                     (a)  the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security; or

                     (b)  any other person covered by subsection 32(1) of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 .

224  After paragraph 22(5)(d)

Insert:

               ; or (e)  the disclosure is made for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

225  After paragraph 22A(5)(d)

Insert:

               ; or (e)  the disclosure is made for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.

226  After paragraph 22B(3)(d)

Insert:

               ; or (e)  the disclosure is made for the purpose of an IGIS official exercising a power, or performing a function or duty, as an IGIS official.