Title National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020
Database Bills & Legislation
Long Title a Bill for an Act to establish the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, and for related purposes
Date 27-08-2020 09:58 AM
Source House of Reps
Parl No. 46
Bill Number 109/20
Bill Type Government
Portfolio Attorney-General
Reps Bill Code M
Status Before Senate
System Id legislation/bills/r6587_first-reps/0000


National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020
</head> <body lang="EN-AU" xml:lang="EN-AU"> <div class="WordSection1"> <p class="Session">2019‑2020</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">The Parliament of the</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">Commonwealth of Australia</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt"> </span></p> <p class="House">HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="Reading">Presented and read a first time</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:9.5pt"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:9.5pt"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:9.5pt"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:9.5pt"> </span></p> <p class="ShortT">National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill 2020</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="Actno">No.      , 2020</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="Portfolio">(Attorney‑General)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="LongT">A Bill for an Act to establish the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, and for related purposes</p> <p class="MsoHeader"><span class="CharChapNo"> </span><span class="CharChapText"> </span></p> <p class="MsoHeader"><span class="CharPartNo"> </span><span class="CharPartText"> </span></p> <p class="MsoHeader"><span class="CharDivNo"> </span><span class="CharDivText"> </span></p> </div> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""><br clear="all" style="page-break-before:always"/></span> <div class="WordSection2"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:18.0pt">Contents</span></p> <p class="MsoToc2">Part 1—Preliminary<span style="font-size:9.0pt; font-weight:normal">                                                                                                            </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">1</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1</p> <p class="MsoToc5">2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2</p> <p class="MsoToc5">3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 2</p> <p class="MsoToc5">4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 3</p> <p class="MsoToc5">5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3</p> <p class="MsoToc5">6............ Act binds the Crown........................................................................... 8</p> <p class="MsoToc5">7............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 8</p> <p class="MsoToc5">8............ Extraterritorial operation...................................................................... 8</p> <p class="MsoToc2">Part 2—National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention<span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal"> </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">9</span></p> <p class="MsoToc3">Division 1—Introduction<span style="font-size:9.0pt; font-weight:normal">                                                                                           </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">9</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">9............ Simplified outline of this Part.............................................................. 9</p> <p class="MsoToc3">Division 2—Establishment, functions and powers<span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">                                      </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">10</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">10.......... National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention 10</p> <p class="MsoToc5">11.......... Functions.......................................................................................... 10</p> <p class="MsoToc5">12.......... General principles for the performance of the Commissioner’s functions                11</p> <p class="MsoToc5">13.......... Application of finance law................................................................ 11</p> <p class="MsoToc5">14.......... Arrangements relating to staff of the Department.............................. 12</p> <p class="MsoToc5">15.......... Delegation by Commissioner............................................................ 12</p> <p class="MsoToc3">Division 3—Terms and conditions etc.<span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">                                                             </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">13</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">16.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 13</p> <p class="MsoToc5">17.......... General terms and conditions of appointment................................... 13</p> <p class="MsoToc5">18.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 13</p> <p class="MsoToc5">19.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 14</p> <p class="MsoToc5">20.......... Other paid work................................................................................ 14</p> <p class="MsoToc5">21.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 14</p> <p class="MsoToc5">22.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 14</p> <p class="MsoToc5">23.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 15</p> <p class="MsoToc5">24.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 15</p> <p class="MsoToc2">Part 3—Information gathering<span style="font-size:9.0pt; font-weight:normal">                                                                                   </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">17</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">25.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 17</p> <p class="MsoToc5">26.......... Inquiries............................................................................................ 17</p> <p class="MsoToc5">27.......... Hearings............................................................................................ 18</p> <p class="MsoToc5">28.......... Private hearings................................................................................. 19</p> <p class="MsoToc5">29.......... Consultation in relation to certain private hearing evidence............... 20</p> <p class="MsoToc5">30.......... Summons.......................................................................................... 20</p> <p class="MsoToc5">31.......... Evidence on oath or by affirmation................................................... 21</p> <p class="MsoToc5">32.......... Commissioner may require information etc....................................... 22</p> <p class="MsoToc5">33.......... Notice of likely disclosure of operationally sensitive information..... 23</p> <p class="MsoToc5">34.......... Notice of likely disclosure of intelligence information...................... 24</p> <p class="MsoToc5">35.......... Powers of Commissioner in relation to documents or other thing..... 24</p> <p class="MsoToc5">36.......... Search warrants................................................................................. 25</p> <p class="MsoToc5">37.......... Application by telephone for search warrants................................... 27</p> <p class="MsoToc5">38.......... Witnesses subject to questioning....................................................... 27</p> <p class="MsoToc5">39.......... Witnesses to be paid expenses.......................................................... 28</p> <p class="MsoToc5">40.......... Disclosure of information to the Commissioner—Commonwealth... 28</p> <p class="MsoToc5">41.......... Disclosure of information to the Commissioner—States and Territories  29</p> <p class="MsoToc5">42.......... Arrangements for obtaining and protecting intelligence information. 30</p> <p class="MsoToc5">43.......... Application of this Act in relation to current and former IGIS officials 31</p> <p class="MsoToc2">Part 4—Offences<span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight: normal">                                                                                                                 </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">32</span></p> <p class="MsoToc3">Division 1—Introduction<span style="font-size:9.0pt; font-weight:normal">                                                                                         </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">32</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">44.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 32</p> <p class="MsoToc3">Division 2—Failure to attend hearing, give information or produce documents etc.<span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">   </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">33</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">45.......... Failure to attend hearing, give information or produce documents etc. 33</p> <p class="MsoToc5">46.......... Refusal to swear an oath, make an affirmation or answer a question 34</p> <p class="MsoToc5">47.......... Failure to give written notice to the Commissioner........................... 34</p> <p class="MsoToc5">48.......... Legal professional privilege.............................................................. 35</p> <p class="MsoToc5">49.......... Offences relating to claims for legal professional privilege............... 36</p> <p class="MsoToc5">50.......... Self‑incrimination.............................................................................. 38</p> <p class="MsoToc3">Division 3—Witness protections etc.<span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">                                                                 </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">40</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">51.......... Dismissal etc. of witness................................................................... 40</p> <p class="MsoToc5">52.......... Contempt of Commissioner.............................................................. 40</p> <p class="MsoToc3">Division 4—Unauthorised publication, use or disclosure of information etc.<span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">    </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">42</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">53.......... Non‑publication direction.................................................................. 42</p> <p class="MsoToc5">54.......... Publication in contravention of non‑publication direction................. 42</p> <p class="MsoToc5">55.......... Unauthorised use or disclosure of protected information.................. 43</p> <p class="MsoToc5">56.......... Authorisation to disclose information (other than intelligence information)             43</p> <p class="MsoToc5">57.......... Authorisation to disclose intelligence information............................. 45</p> <p class="MsoToc5">58.......... No criminal or civil liability under secrecy provisions...................... 47</p> <p class="MsoToc2">Part 5—Miscellaneous<span style="font-size:9.0pt; font-weight:normal">                                                                                                      </span> <span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-weight:normal">48</span></p> <p class="MsoToc5">59.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 48</p> <p class="MsoToc5">60.......... Commissioner’s reports.................................................................... 48</p> <p class="MsoToc5">61.......... Response to report by the Commonwealth........................................ 49</p> <p class="MsoToc5">62.......... Reports if appropriate action not taken on Commissioner’s report.... 49</p> <p class="MsoToc5">63.......... Judges............................................................................................... 49</p> <p class="MsoToc5">64.......... Protection of Commissioner, legal practitioners, eligible Judges and witnesses       50</p> <p class="MsoToc5">65.......... Rules................................................................................................. 50</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> </div> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""><br clear="all" style="page-break-before:always"/></span> <div class="WordSection3"> <p class="Page1">A Bill for an Act to establish the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention, and for related purposes</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;line-height:normal"> <span style="font-size:16.0pt">The Parliament of Australia enacts:</span></p> <?DMS-Include seriesId="ecfeb5e4-1a2b-4cf5-a9cc-6e88b65dde81"?><?DMS-Include seriesId="30e3868c-3787-477e-ab93-5418e7154006"?><?DMS-Include seriesId="6142e6ea-9418-44a3-9a2b-bc93659c2cbd"?><?DMS-Include seriesId="a3b964b6-7299-453c-a986-61fd110a1158"?><?DMS-Include seriesId="622bf467-4fe4-44b4-a2e8-054ec18b05c6"?></div> </body> </div></div></body></html>