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Australian Passports Bill 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Passports Act 2005

 

No. 5, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to provide for Australian passports, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                1

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

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

3............ Principal object of this Act................................................................. 2

4............ Act extends to the external Territories............................................... 2

5............ Act extends to things outside Australia.............................................. 3

6............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

Part 2—Australian travel documents                                                                            6

Division 1—Issue of Australian travel documents                                        6

Subdivision A—Issue of Australian passports                                                       6

7............ Australian citizen is entitled to be issued an Australian passport..... 6

8............ Minister to be satisfied of person’s citizenship and identity............ 6

Subdivision B—Issue of travel-related documents                                                 6

9............ Minister may issue travel-related documents..................................... 6

10.......... Minister to be satisfied of person’s identity...................................... 7

Division 2—Reasons the Minister may refuse to issue an Australian passport                8

Subdivision A—Children                                                                                            8

11.......... Reasons relating to child without parental consent or court order for travel           8

Subdivision B—Law enforcement and security                                                    10

12.......... Reasons relating to Australian law enforcement matters.................. 10

13.......... Reasons relating to international law enforcement cooperation....... 11

14.......... Reasons relating to potential for harmful conduct............................ 13

Subdivision C—Administrative reasons                                                                14

15.......... Reasons relating to repeated loss or thefts....................................... 14

16.......... Reasons relating to financial assistance to travellers........................ 14

17.......... Reasons relating to concurrently valid Australian travel document. 15

Subdivision D—Matters relating to requests by competent authorities          16

18.......... Refusal/cancellation requests............................................................ 16

19.......... Acting on refusal/cancellation requests............................................. 16

Division 3—When Australian travel documents cease to be valid     17

20.......... When Australian passports cease to be valid................................... 17

21.......... When travel-related documents cease to be valid............................. 17

22.......... When an Australian travel document may be cancelled.................... 17

Part 3—Powers of officers                                                                                                19

23.......... Demand for surrender of suspicious Australian travel document.... 19

24.......... Demand for surrender of cancelled or invalid Australian travel document              19

25.......... Demand for surrender of debtor’s Australian travel document........ 20

26.......... Customs officers may seize a suspicious document........................ 21

Part 4—Offences relating to Australian travel documents                            22

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                             22

27.......... Definitions........................................................................................ 22

28.......... Geographical jurisdiction.................................................................. 22

Division 2—Offences                                                                                                   23

29.......... Making false or misleading statements in relation to Australian travel document applications              23

30.......... Giving false or misleading information in relation to Australian travel document applications              23

31.......... Producing false or misleading documents in relation to Australian travel document applications          24

32.......... Improper use or possession of an Australian travel document........ 25

33.......... Selling an Australian travel document............................................... 26

34.......... Damaging an Australian travel document......................................... 26

35.......... Dishonestly obtaining an Australian travel document...................... 26

36.......... Possessing false Australian travel documents.................................. 27

37.......... Bringing, taking or sending a document across international borders 27

38.......... Issue of passport contrary to this Act............................................. 28

39.......... Issue of travel-related document contrary to this Act or Minister’s determination                28

40.......... Abuse of public office...................................................................... 28

41.......... Failure to notify officer of lost or stolen Australian travel document 29

Part 5—Administrative matters                                                                                     31

Division 1—Information relating to Australian travel documents       31

42.......... Disclosure of personal information for the purposes of this Act.... 31

43.......... Minister may determine information required for the purpose of satisfying Minister of person’s citizenship and identity etc........................................................................................ 32

44.......... Method of disclosing information to Minister................................. 32

45.......... Minister may disclose information about Australian travel documents that are lost, stolen, suspicious etc.         33

46.......... Minister may disclose information for particular purposes............. 33

Division 2—Methods of performing functions under this Act               34

47.......... Minister may determine particular methods and technologies......... 34

Division 3—Review of decisions about Australian travel documents 35

48.......... Reviewable decisions........................................................................ 35

49.......... Review by Minister of decisions made by Minister’s delegate....... 36

50.......... Review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal of decisions made by Minister        36

Division 4—Officers and delegates                                                                      38

51.......... Delegation of Minister’s powers...................................................... 38

52.......... Authorisation of persons as officers................................................ 38

Part 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        40

53.......... Form of Australian travel documents............................................... 40

54.......... Australian travel documents are the property of the Commonwealth 40

55.......... Endorsements and observations....................................................... 40

56.......... Application fees............................................................................... 41

57.......... Minister’s determinations................................................................ 41

58.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 41

 



 

 

Australian Passports Act 2005

No. 5, 2005

 

 

 

An Act to provide for Australian passports, and for related purposes

[ Assented to 18 February 2005 ]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



 

 

[ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 2 December 2004

Senate on 9 December 2004 ]

(232/04)