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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020

Originating house
House of Representatives
Home Affairs


Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to update money laundering offences; Crimes Act 1914 to clarify that certain obligations imposed on investigating officials do not apply to undercover operatives; Proceeds of Crimes Act 2002 to: ensure that buy-back orders cannot be used by criminal suspects and their associates to buy back property forfeited to the Commonwealth or to delay court proceedings; clarify that courts may make orders confiscating the value of a debt, loss or liability that has been avoided, deferred or reduced through criminal offending; clarify that courts with proceeds jurisdiction are able to make orders in respect of property located overseas; increase penalties for non-compliance with information-gathering powers, and clarify and expand the circumstances in which information gathered can be disclosed and used; enable the minister to make grants from the Confiscated Assets Account (CAA) to the States and Territories for crime prevention and certain other measures; and provide that money (other than a penalty) paid to the Commonwealth under a foreign deferred prosecution agreement that represents benefits or property derived from unlawful criminal activity must be credited to the CAA; and COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to expand the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy's powers in relation to property, information gathering and cost recovery.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 02/09/20  
Second reading moved 02/09/20  
Second reading debate 10/12/20  
Second reading agreed to 10/12/20  
Third reading agreed to 10/12/20  
Introduced and read a first time 10/12/20  
Second reading moved 10/12/20  
Second reading debate 03/02/21  
Second reading agreed to 03/02/21  
Third reading agreed to 03/02/21  
Finally passed both Houses 03/02/21  
Assent 16/02/21 Act no: 3 - Year: 2021

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

  • Addendum to explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (03/09/2020): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (10/11/2020)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (24/09/2020): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 13 of 2020
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (07/10/2020): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 16 of 2020
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)