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Transport Safety Investigation Bill 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003

 

No. 18, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to provide for investigation of transport accidents and other matters affecting transport safety, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                2

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 2

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

4............ Act binds the Crown.......................................................................... 9

5............ External Territories........................................................................... 10

6............ Application outside Australia.......................................................... 10

7............ Objects of this Act........................................................................... 10

8............ Application of Criminal Code .......................................................... 11

9............ Penalties specified at foot of sections or subsections...................... 11

10.......... Relationship with other laws............................................................ 11

11.......... Constitutional limitations on powers and functions........................ 12

Part 2—Administration                                                                                                       15

12.......... Executive Director of Transport Safety Investigation...................... 15

13.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 15

14.......... Special investigators......................................................................... 17

15.......... Independence.................................................................................... 17

16.......... Minimal disruption to transport services......................................... 17

17.......... International obligations................................................................... 17

Part 3—Compulsory reporting of accidents etc.                                                   18

18.......... Immediate reports............................................................................. 18

19.......... Written reports within 72 hours....................................................... 18

20.......... Nominated officials for receiving reports......................................... 19

Part 4—Investigations and reports                                                                              20

Division 1—Investigations                                                                                       20

21.......... Investigations.................................................................................... 20

22.......... Restriction on investigations of transport safety matters................ 20

23.......... Transport safety matters.................................................................. 21

24.......... Offence to hinder etc. an investigation............................................. 22

Division 2—Investigation reports                                                                        24

25.......... Reports on investigations................................................................. 24

26.......... Draft reports..................................................................................... 24

27.......... Reports not admissible in evidence.................................................. 26

Part 5—Investigation powers                                                                                          27

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                             27

28.......... Powers only exercisable in relation to an investigation.................... 27

29.......... Identity cards.................................................................................... 27

30.......... Obligations of Executive Director before entering premises............. 28

31.......... Powers conferred on magistrates...................................................... 28

Division 2—Requirement to attend before Executive Director           29

32.......... Executive Director may require persons to attend and answer questions etc.         29

Division 3—Powers in relation to premises                                                    31

33.......... Power to enter special premises without consent or warrant.......... 31

34.......... Power to enter any premises with occupier’s consent..................... 31

35.......... Power to enter any premises with warrant...................................... 32

36.......... Powers after entering premises......................................................... 32

37.......... Occupier to provide Executive Director with facilities and assistance 34

38.......... Occupier entitled to be present during search.................................. 34

39.......... Power to stop and detain transport vehicles.................................... 35

Division 4—Investigation warrants                                                                      36

40.......... Issue of investigation warrants......................................................... 36

41.......... Investigation warrants by telephone, fax etc.................................... 37

42.......... False statements etc. in application for warrant etc......................... 39

Division 5—Protection orders                                                                                41

43.......... Protection orders by Executive Director.......................................... 41

Division 6—Securing accident sites                                                                    42

44.......... Securing accident sites...................................................................... 42

Division 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                       43

45.......... Retention, testing etc. of evidential material..................................... 43

46.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment.......................... 44

47.......... Self-incrimination not an excuse....................................................... 45

Part 6—Protection of OBR information and restricted information         46

Division 1—OBR information                                                                                 46

48.......... Definition of OBR or on-board recording ........................................ 46

49.......... OBR ceasing to be an OBR under Executive Director’s declaration 47

50.......... Executive Director’s certificate about disclosure of OBR information 48

51.......... Release of OBR information in the interests of transport safety..... 48

52.......... Executive Director may authorise persons to have access to OBR information     48

53.......... Copying or disclosing OBR information.......................................... 49

54.......... OBR information no ground for disciplinary action......................... 50

55.......... OBR information not admissible in criminal proceedings against crew members    50

56.......... Admissibility of OBR information in civil proceedings................... 50

57.......... Examination by a court of OBR information under subsection 56(3) 51

58.......... Where a court makes an order under subsection 56(3)..................... 52

59.......... Use of OBR information in coronial inquiries.................................. 52

Division 2—Restricted information                                                                     54

60.......... Limitations on disclosure etc. of restricted information................... 54

61.......... Release of restricted information in the interests of transport safety 56

62.......... Executive Director may authorise persons to have access to restricted information               56

Division 3—Miscellaneous                                                                                       57

63.......... Powers of Parliament and Royal Commissions not affected............ 57

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        58

64.......... Immunity.......................................................................................... 58

65.......... Certification by Executive Director of staff member’s involvement in investigation              58

66.......... Staff members etc. not compellable as witnesses............................. 58

67.......... Attendance fees where staff members attend coronial inquiry......... 58

68.......... Legal representation for staff members at coronial inquiry.............. 59

69.......... Staff members may exercise powers under State and Territory laws 59

70.......... Compensation for acquisition of property....................................... 59

71.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 60

 



 

 

Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003

No. 18, 2003

 

 

 

An Act to provide for investigation of transport accidents and other matters affecting transport safety, and for related purposes

[ Assented to 11 April 2003 ]

The Parliament of Australia enacts: