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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2013

Originating house
House of Representatives


Amends the: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: authorise Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) staff to provide AUSTRAC information to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) with appropriate protection for that information; enable AUSTRAC to conduct internal reviews of certain decisions; create an exception to an offence and extend certain offences; enable the Clean Energy Regulator and the Integrity Commission of Tasmania to access AUSTRAC data; and enable AUSTRAC to engage private sector secondees; Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 to: require certain evidence to only be given in private; and enable ACLEI to second employees of the Australian Federal Police and other unsworn police officers; Crimes Act 1914 and Criminal Code Act 1995 in relation to victims of slavery, slavery-like and human trafficking offences to: extend vulnerable witness protections to adult victims and to enable evidence to be given in retrials and subsequent trials; provide for the use of victim impact statements; and enable courts to hear evidence by video-link from witnesses outside Australia; Crimes Act 1914 to remove wrist x-ray as a prescribed age determination procedure; Migration Act 1958 to: ensure that the prosecution bears the onus of proof in establishing age; enable the use of evidentiary certificates in the prosecution of people smuggling offences; and provide that all the time spent in immigration detention or on remand prior to sentencing is recognised in the sentencing of those convicted of people smuggling offences; International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997 and International War Crimes Tribunals Act 1995 to enable Australia to recognise the United Nations’ International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals; Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to enable the minister to enter into certain arrangements with either the administrator or the minister responsible for an external territory; and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to make a technical amendment.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 29/05/13  
Second reading moved 29/05/13  
Referred to Federation Chamber 17/06/13  
Second reading debate 17/06/13  
Second reading agreed to 17/06/13  
Reported from Federation Chamber 17/06/13  
Third reading agreed to 17/06/13  
Introduced and read a first time 19/06/13  
Second reading moved 19/06/13  
Second reading debate 27/06/13  
Second reading agreed to 27/06/13  
Third reading agreed to 27/06/13  
Text of bill as passed both Houses 27/06/13  
Assent 28/06/13 Act no.: 74 - Year: 2013

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (18/06/2013): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (26/06/2013)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)