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Part 11—Confidentiality, consultation and information sharing

Part 11 Confidentiality, consultation and information sharing

Division 1 Confidentiality requirements

227   Key concepts

Authorised disclosers

             (1)  Each of the following is an authorised discloser :

                     (a)  the Commissioner;

                     (b)  the Inspector.

Entrusted persons

             (2)  A person is an entrusted person if the person is:

                     (a)  a staff member of the NACC; or

                     (b)  the Inspector; or

                     (c)  a person assisting the Inspector (see section 195).

Sensitive information

             (3)  Sensitive information is information the disclosure of which:

                     (a)  could prejudice the security, defence or international relations of Australia; or

                     (b)  would prejudice relations between:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth Government and the Government of a State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  the Government of a State or Territory and the Government of another State or Territory; or

                     (c)  would involve disclosing:

                              (i)  deliberations or decisions of the Cabinet, or of any committee of the Cabinet, of the Commonwealth or of a State; or

                             (ii)  deliberations or advice of the Federal Executive Council or the Executive Council of a State or the Northern Territory; or

                            (iii)  deliberations or decisions of the Australian Capital Territory Executive or of a committee of that Executive; or

                     (d)  could reveal, or enable a person to ascertain, the existence or identity of a confidential source of information in relation to:

                              (i)  the enforcement of the criminal law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory or a foreign country; or

                             (ii)  a NACC Act process; or

                     (e)  could reveal, or enable a person to ascertain, the identity of a person who is, or has been, a staff member of:

                              (i)  the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; or

                             (ii)  the Australian Secret Intelligence Service; or

                      (f)  could reveal, or enable a person to ascertain, the identity of a person who is, or has been, an agent of:

                              (i)  the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; or

                             (ii)  the Australian Secret Intelligence Service; or

                            (iii)  the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation; or

                            (iv)  the Australian Signals Directorate; or

                     (g)  could reveal information:

                              (i)  about the capabilities of, or information sources or operational activities or methods available to, a law enforcement agency, intelligence agency or the Australian Defence Force; or

                             (ii)  about particular operations that have been, are being or are proposed to be undertaken by a law enforcement agency, intelligence agency or the Australian Defence Force, or about proceedings relating to those operations; or

                            (iii)  provided by, or on behalf of, the government of a foreign country, an authority of the government of a foreign country or an international organisation, where that government or organisation does not consent to the public disclosure of the information; or

                     (h)  would prejudice the proper performance of the functions of the IGIS; or

                      (i)  could endanger a person’s life or physical safety; or

                      (j)  could prejudice the protection of public safety; or

                     (k)  would prejudice the fair trial of any person or the impartial adjudication of a matter; or

                      (l)  would prejudice the proper enforcement of the law (including through corruption investigations, NACC corruption investigations or NACC complaint investigations); or

                    (m)  would involve disclosing information whose disclosure is prohibited (absolutely or subject to qualifications) by or under another law of the Commonwealth; or

                     (n)  would involve unreasonably disclosing a person’s personal affairs; or

                     (o)  would involve unreasonably disclosing confidential commercial information.

228   Confidentiality requirements for entrusted persons

             (1)  A person who is, or has been, an entrusted person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person (whether directly or indirectly and whether while or after ceasing to be an entrusted person):

                              (i)  makes a record of any information; or

                             (ii)  discloses any information; and

                     (b)  the person obtained the information:

                              (i)  because of the person being an entrusted person; or

                             (ii)  in the course of carrying out the person’s duties as an entrusted person.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the making of the record, or the disclosing of the information, is authorised by section 229 or 230.

229   Authorisations to record or disclose information

Purposes connected with functions, powers and duties of Commissioner or Inspector

             (1)  A person may make a record of information, or disclose information, if:

                     (a)  the person obtained the information:

                              (i)  because of the person being an entrusted person; or

                             (ii)  in the course of carrying out the person’s duties as an entrusted person; and

                     (b)  the person makes the record, or discloses the information, for purposes connected with the exercise of the powers, or the performance of the functions or duties, of the Commissioner or the Inspector under this Act; and

                     (c)  for a disclosure:

                              (i)  the disclosure is not a disclosure to the public, or a section of the public, of the whole or part of a protected information report, or information contained in such a report; and

                             (ii)  the disclosure is not prevented by subsection (7), (9) or (10).

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

Disclosure to a Commonwealth agency or a State or Territory government entity

             (2)  An authorised discloser may disclose information to the head of a Commonwealth agency, or of a State or Territory government entity, if:

                     (a)  the authorised discloser is satisfied that, having regard to the functions of the person or entity concerned, it is appropriate to do so; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is not prevented by subsection (7), (9) or (10).

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

Disclosure between the Commissioner and the Inspector

             (3)  The Commissioner and the Inspector may disclose information to each other if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner or Inspector (as the case requires) is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is not prevented by subsection (9) or (10).

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

Disclosure required by another Commonwealth law

             (4)  A person may disclose information if:

                     (a)  the disclosure is required under another law of the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is not prevented by subsection (9).

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

Disclosure to protect life or physical safety

             (5)  An authorised discloser may disclose information to a particular person if the authorised discloser is satisfied that it is necessary to do so in order to protect that or another person’s life or physical safety.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (5): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

Disclosure of publicly available information

             (6)  A person may make a record of information, or disclose information, if the information has already been lawfully made available to the public.

Restrictions on authorisations to disclose

             (7)  For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), this subsection prevents a disclosure if the disclosure would contravene a certificate issued under section 235, unless the disclosure is made to an IGIS official.

             (8)  A person must notify the Attorney-General if the person intends to make a disclosure to an IGIS official, under subsection (1), (2) or (4), that would contravene a certificate issued under section 235.

             (9)  For the purposes of subsections (1) to (4), this subsection prevents a disclosure if the disclosure would be inconsistent with an arrangement entered into under section 239.

           (10)  For the purposes of subsections (1) to (3), this subsection prevents a disclosure of investigation material or derivative material unless the disclosure:

                     (a)  is in accordance with any direction in effect under subsection 100(1) (directions about use or disclosure of investigation material); and

                     (b)  complies with Subdivision B of Division 4 of Part 7 (use and disclosure of investigation material).

Relationship to other provisions

           (11)  Except as provided by subsections (7), (9) and (10), this section has effect despite any other provision of this Act.

230   Disclosure by authorised discloser in public interest

             (1)  If the Commissioner is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so, the Commissioner may disclose information to the public, or a section of the public, about:

                     (a)  the performance of the Commissioner’s functions; or

                     (b)  the exercise of the Commissioner’s powers; or

                     (c)  a corruption investigation conducted by the Commissioner (whether alone or jointly with a Commonwealth agency or a State or Territory government entity); or

                     (d)  a public inquiry conducted by the Commissioner.

             (2)  If the Inspector is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so, the Inspector may disclose information to the public, or a section of the public, about:

                     (a)  the performance of the Inspector’s functions; or

                     (b)  the exercise of the Inspector’s powers; or

                     (c)  a NACC corruption investigation conducted by the Inspector (whether alone or jointly with a Commonwealth agency, the NACC or a State or Territory government entity); or

                     (d)  a NACC complaint investigation conducted by the Inspector.

             (3)  Subsections (1) and (2) have effect:

                     (a)  subject to the following:

                              (i)  subsections (4) to (6);

                             (ii)  any direction in effect under section 100 (directions about use or disclosure of investigation material);

                            (iii)  Subdivision B of Division 4 of Part 7 (use and disclosure of investigation material);

                            (iv)  section 231 (opportunity to respond must be given before disclosure of critical opinions, findings and recommendations);

                             (v)  any arrangement entered into under section 239; and

                     (b)  despite any other provision of this Act.

             (4)  An authorised discloser must not disclose under subsection (1) or (2) information that includes an opinion or finding about whether a particular person engaged in corrupt conduct, unless the information is contained in a report prepared under Part 8 (reporting on corruption investigations) or Subdivision B of Division 4 of Part 10 (reporting on NACC corruption investigations and NACC complaint investigations).

             (5)  An authorised discloser must not disclose the following under subsection (1) or (2):

                     (a)  section 235 certified information;

                     (b)  information that the authorised discloser is satisfied is sensitive information.

             (6)  Before disclosing information under subsection (1) or (2), the authorised discloser must consult with the head of each Commonwealth agency or State or Territory government entity to which the information relates about whether the information is sensitive information.

231   Opportunity to respond must be given before disclosure of critical opinions, findings and recommendations

             (1)  Information disclosed under section 230 must not include an opinion, finding or recommendation that is critical (either expressly or impliedly) of a Commonwealth agency, a State or Territory government entity, the NACC or any other person unless the head of the agency, the head of the entity, the Commissioner or the other person concerned has been given:

                     (a)  a statement setting out the opinion, finding or recommendation; and

                     (b)  a reasonable opportunity to respond to:

                              (i)  the opinion, finding or recommendation; and

                             (ii)  the proposed disclosure of the opinion, finding or recommendation.

             (2)  Subsection (1) is taken to be satisfied if the head of the agency, the head of the entity, the Commissioner or the other person concerned has been given the opportunity to respond to the opinion, finding or recommendation under section 153 (about including certain information in investigation reports).

             (3)  The response may be given by:

                     (a)  the head of the Commonwealth agency or of the State or Territory government entity concerned, or a person authorised by the head; or

                     (b)  in relation to the NACC—the Commissioner, or a person authorised by the Commissioner; or

                     (c)  in relation to any other person concerned—the other person concerned, or, with approval, a person representing the other person concerned.

232   Entrusted persons generally not compellable in proceedings

             (1)  This section applies to:

                     (a)  proceedings before a court (whether exercising federal jurisdiction or not); and

                     (b)  proceedings before any tribunal, authority or person having power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions, other than a Commonwealth integrity agency or a member of a Royal Commission.

             (2)  A person who is, or has been, an entrusted person is not compellable in any proceedings to which this section applies:

                     (a)  to disclose any information that:

                              (i)  the person obtained because of the person being an entrusted person, or in the course of carrying out the person’s duties as an entrusted person; and

                             (ii)  was disclosed or collected under the provisions of, or for the purposes of, this Act; or

                     (b)  to produce any document that:

                              (i)  has come into the person’s custody or control because of the person being an entrusted person, or in the course of carrying out the person’s duties as an entrusted person; and

                             (ii)  was produced under the provisions of, or for the purposes of, this Act.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a proceeding if:

                     (a)  any of the following persons is a party to the proceeding in the person’s official capacity:

                              (i)  a NACC Commissioner;

                             (ii)  a delegate of the Commissioner;

                            (iii)  a person appointed or authorised by the Commissioner to exercise a power or perform a function under this Act;

                            (iv)  the Inspector;

                             (v)  the CEO; or

                     (b)  the proceeding is brought for the purposes of carrying into effect a provision of this Act; or

                     (c)  the proceeding is a criminal proceeding, civil penalty proceeding or confiscation proceeding brought as a result of:

                              (i)  a NACC Act process; or

                             (ii)  an investigation of a corruption issue that the Commissioner oversees; or

                            (iii)  a referral of a corruption issue to a Commonwealth agency or a State or Territory government entity under paragraph 41(1)(d).

             (4)  For the purposes of this section, produce includes permit access to, and production has a corresponding meaning.

             (5)  To avoid doubt, this section does not limit:

                     (a)  section 103 (making investigation material available to courts); or

                     (b)  section 106 (court’s powers to order disclosure and to ensure a fair trial).

233   Confidentiality requirements for persons who receive information about investigations and inquiries

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an entrusted person discloses information to another person (the recipient ) who is not an entrusted person; and

                     (b)  the information relates to:

                              (i)  a preliminary investigation conducted by the Commissioner in performing the Commissioner’s function mentioned in paragraph 17(b); or

                             (ii)  a preliminary investigation undertaken by the Inspector in performing the Inspector’s function mentioned in paragraph 184(1)(b); or

                            (iii)  a NACC Act process; and

                     (c)  the information has not been lawfully made available to the public.

             (2)  An authorised discloser may, by written notice given to the recipient, impose such conditions on:

                     (a)  the making of a record of the information by the recipient or other persons; and

                     (b)  the disclosure of the information by the recipient or other persons;

as the authorised discloser considers appropriate to do any or all of the following:

                     (c)  prevent prejudice to the preliminary investigation or NACC Act process, or any action taken as a result of the investigation or process;

                     (d)  prevent further disclosure of information contained in a protected information report;

                     (e)  protect the identity of:

                              (i)  any person of interest to the preliminary investigation or NACC Act process; and

                             (ii)  any person who has given, or who the authorised discloser reasonably believes may give, information to the authorised discloser in connection with the preliminary investigation or NACC Act process (including by giving evidence at a hearing).

Note:          For variation or revocation of a notice under this subsection, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (3)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person engages in conduct; and

                     (b)  the person’s conduct breaches a condition under subsection (2).

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

Division 2 Protected information reports

234   Public disclosure of protected information reports prohibited

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person discloses:

                              (i)  the whole or part of a report; or

                             (ii)  information contained in a report; and

                     (b)  the report is, or the information is contained in, a protected information report; and

                     (c)  the disclosure is to the public, or a section of the public.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a disclosure authorised under subsection 229(4) (disclosure required by another Commonwealth law) or section 230 (disclosure by authorised discloser in public interest).

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

Division 3 National security and related matters

Subdivision A Attorney-General’s certificates about release of information

235   Attorney-General’s certificate in relation to particular information

             (1)  The Attorney-General may, in writing, certify that any of the following disclosures would be contrary to the public interest on one or more of the grounds set out in subsection (3):

                     (a)  disclosure of information that is about a matter specified in the certificate;

                     (b)  disclosure of the contents of a document specified in the certificate;

                     (c)  the giving of information, or the production of documents, to the Committee in relation to a matter specified in the certificate.

             (2)  The Attorney-General must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the certificate is appropriate and necessary to protect the public interest.

             (3)  The grounds are that the disclosure would:

                     (a)  prejudice the security, defence or international relations of Australia; or

                     (b)  involve the disclosure of communications between a Minister and a Minister of a State or Territory, or between a Minister of a State or Territory and a Minister of another State or Territory, and would prejudice:

                              (i)  relations between the Commonwealth Government and the Government of a State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  relations between the Government of a State or Territory and the Government of another State or Territory; or

                     (c)  involve the disclosure of deliberations or decisions of the Cabinet or of any committee of the Cabinet; or

                     (d)  reveal, or enable a person to ascertain, the existence or identity of a confidential source of information in relation to:

                              (i)  the enforcement of the criminal law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory or a foreign country; or

                             (ii)  a corruption investigation; or

                            (iii)  a NACC corruption investigation; or

                            (iv)  a NACC complaint investigation; or

                             (v)  a public inquiry; or

                     (e)  reveal, or enable a person to ascertain, the identity of a person who is, or has been, a staff member of:

                              (i)  the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; or

                             (ii)  the Australian Secret Intelligence Service; or

                      (f)  reveal, or enable a person to ascertain, the identity of a person who is, or has been, an agent of:

                              (i)  the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; or

                             (ii)  the Australian Secret Intelligence Service; or

                            (iii)  the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation; or

                            (iv)  the Australian Signals Directorate; or

                     (g)  reveal information:

                              (i)  about the capabilities of, or information sources or operational activities or methods available to, a law enforcement agency, intelligence agency or the Australian Defence Force; or

                             (ii)  about particular operations that have been, are being or are proposed to be undertaken by a law enforcement agency, intelligence agency or the Australian Defence Force, or about proceedings relating to those operations; or

                            (iii)  provided by, or on behalf of, the government of a foreign country, an authority of the government of a foreign country or an international organisation, where that government or organisation does not consent to the public disclosure of the information; or

                     (h)  prejudice the proper performance of the functions of the IGIS; or

                      (i)  endanger a person’s life or physical safety; or

                      (j)  prejudice the protection of public safety; or

                     (k)  prejudice the fair trial of any person or the impartial adjudication of a matter; or

                      (l)  prejudice the proper enforcement of the law (including through corruption investigations, NACC corruption investigations or NACC complaint investigations).

             (4)  To avoid doubt, causing no more than embarrassment or prejudice to a person’s reputation is not a ground covered by subsection (3).

             (5)  The certificate must specify the kind of disclosure that would be contrary to the public interest.

             (6)  Without limiting subsection (5), the kind of disclosure that may be specified in the certificate includes:

                     (a)  disclosure generally; or

                     (b)  disclosure to a specified person or group of persons; or

                     (c)  disclosure otherwise than to a specified person or group of persons.

             (7)  Without limiting subsection (1), a certificate under that subsection may provide that the disclosure of information about the existence or non-existence of:

                     (a)  information about a specified matter; or

                     (b)  a document or thing;

would be contrary to the public interest because it would:

                     (c)  prejudice the security, defence or international relations of Australia; or

                     (d)  prejudice the proper performance of the functions of the IGIS.

             (8)  The Attorney-General must give a copy of the certificate to:

                     (a)  the Commissioner; and

                     (b)  the Inspector; and

                     (c)  the following:

                              (i)  if the information or the document referred to in subsection (1) is in the possession of a Commonwealth agency—the head of the agency;

                             (ii)  if the information or the document referred to in subsection (1) is in the possession of a person—the person.

             (9)  A disclosure contravenes a certificate issued under this section if the disclosure would be contrary to the public interest according to the terms of the certificate.

           (10)  A certificate made under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

236   Attorney-General’s certificate in relation to international relations

Effect of international relations certificate

             (1)  Despite any other provision of this Act, a person must not disclose information, or the contents of a document, under this Act if doing so would contravene an international relations certificate (see subsection (2)).

Issue of international relations certificate

             (2)  The Attorney-General may, in writing, issue a certificate (an international relations certificate ) certifying that disclosure of any of the following to the Commissioner or Inspector (as specified in the certificate) would be contrary to the public interest on the ground set out in subsection (4):

                     (a)  information about a matter specified in the certificate;

                     (b)  the contents of a document specified in the certificate.

             (3)  The Attorney-General must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the certificate is appropriate and necessary to protect the public interest.

             (4)  The ground is that the disclosure would harm or prejudice Australia’s international relations in relation to information that was communicated in confidence, under an international agreement:

                     (a)  by, or on behalf of, the government of a foreign country, an authority of the government of a foreign country or an international organisation; and

                     (b)  to the Government of the Commonwealth, to an authority of the Commonwealth, or to a person receiving the communication on behalf of the Commonwealth or an authority of the Commonwealth.

             (5)  To avoid doubt, causing no more than embarrassment or prejudice to a person’s reputation is not a ground covered by subsection (4).

             (6)  Without limiting subsection (2), an international relations certificate may provide that the disclosure of information about the existence or non-existence of:

                     (a)  information about a specified matter; or

                     (b)  a document or thing;

would be contrary to the public interest on the ground set out in subsection (4).

Copies of international relations certificate

             (7)  The Attorney-General must give a copy of the certificate to:

                     (a)  the Commissioner; and

                     (b)  the Inspector; and

                     (c)  the following:

                              (i)  if the information or the document referred to in subsection (2) is in the possession of a Commonwealth agency—the head of the agency;

                             (ii)  if the information or the document referred to in subsection (2) is in the possession of a person—the person.

Definitions

             (8)  A disclosure contravenes an international relations certificate if the disclosure would be contrary to the public interest according to the terms of the certificate.

Certificate not a legislative instrument

             (9)  A certificate made under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

Subdivision B Arrangements relating to intelligence agencies and the IGIS

237   Person investigating or inquiring must consult—security matters

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner becomes aware that a corruption issue or a public inquiry relates in any way to a security matter; or

                     (b)  the Inspector becomes aware that a NACC corruption issue relates in any way to a security matter.

             (2)  The person who becomes so aware must consult with the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

             (3)  However, if the issue or inquiry relates to that head, the person must consult instead with the head of the Office of National Intelligence.

             (4)  A security matter is:

                     (a)  espionage; or

                     (b)  sabotage; or

                     (c)  politically motivated violence; or

                     (d)  promotion of communal violence; or

                     (e)  an attack on Australian’s defence system; or

                      (f)  an act of foreign interference; or

                     (g)  a serious threat to Australia’s territorial and border integrity.

238   Consultation before requiring information, documents or things from IGIS officials

             (1)  This section applies if the Commissioner or the Inspector intends to exercise a power under this Act to require an IGIS official to give information or produce a document or thing, and the information, document or thing:

                     (a)  originated from, or was collected by, an intelligence agency; or

                     (b)  concerns the activities of an intelligence agency.

             (2)  The Commissioner or the Inspector must not require the IGIS official to give the information or produce the document or thing unless the Commissioner or the Inspector (as the case requires) has consulted the head of the intelligence agency.

             (3)  In deciding whether to require the IGIS official to give the information or produce the document or thing, the Commissioner or the Inspector must take into account the views of the head of the intelligence agency, but is not bound by them.

             (4)  However, the Commissioner or the Inspector need not consult the head of the intelligence agency if doing so would be likely to prejudice:

                     (a)  a NACC Act process; or

                     (b)  any action taken as a result of a NACC Act process.

239   Arrangements for dealing with intelligence information

Arrangements between Commissioner and head of intelligence agency

             (1)  The Commissioner must take all reasonable steps to ensure that:

                     (a)  at any time while the Commissioner or staff members of the NACC are obtaining, storing, accessing, using or disclosing intelligence information relating to an intelligence agency, an arrangement is in force between the Commissioner and the head of the intelligence agency in relation to such actions; and

                     (b)  any obtaining, storage, accessing, use or disclosure of intelligence information relating to the agency by the Commissioner or staff members of the NACC is done in accordance with the arrangement.

             (2)  If, at a time, the Commissioner has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that an arrangement as mentioned in subsection (1) is in force with the head of an intelligence agency, the fact that an arrangement is not in force does not prevent the Commissioner or a staff member of the NACC from obtaining, storing, accessing, using or disclosing intelligence information relating to the agency at that time.

Arrangements between Inspector and head of intelligence agency

             (3)  The Inspector must take all reasonable steps to ensure that:

                     (a)  at any time while the Inspector or persons assisting the Inspector are obtaining, storing, accessing, using or disclosing intelligence information relating to an intelligence agency, an arrangement is in force between the Inspector and the head of the intelligence agency in relation to such actions; and

                     (b)  any obtaining, storage, accessing, use or disclosure of intelligence information relating to the agency by the Inspector or persons assisting the Inspector is done in accordance with the arrangement.

             (4)  If, at a time, the Inspector has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that an arrangement as mentioned in subsection (3) is in force with the head of an intelligence agency, the fact that an arrangement is not in force does not prevent the Inspector or a person assisting the Inspector from obtaining, storing, accessing, using or disclosing intelligence information relating to the agency at that time.

Effect of arrangements

             (5)  An arrangement cannot prevent the exercise of the Commissioner or Inspector’s powers, or the performance of the Commissioner or Inspector’s functions, under this Act.

Intelligence information

             (6)  Intelligence information is any information that:

                     (a)  was acquired or prepared by or on behalf of an intelligence agency in connection with its functions; or

                     (b)  relates to the performance by an intelligence agency of its functions; or

                     (c)  identifies a person as being, or having been, a staff member (within the meaning of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 ) or agent of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service or the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

Subdivision C Arrangements relating to foreign nationals

240   Person investigating or inquiring must consult—foreign nationals

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner becomes aware that a corruption issue or a public inquiry relates in any way to:

                              (i)  an official of a foreign country; or

                             (ii)  conduct in a foreign country of a person who is not an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia; or

                     (b)  the Inspector becomes aware that a NACC corruption issue relates in any way to such an official or such conduct.

             (2)  The person who becomes so aware must consult with the Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Department.

             (3)  The Foreign Affairs Department is the Department administered by the Minister administering the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1967 .

             (4)  A person is a permanent resident of Australia if the person is a permanent resident within the meaning of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 .