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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 2007 - SECT 10

Personal identifiers

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, a personal identifier is any of the following (including any of the following in digital form):

                     (a)  fingerprints or handprints of a person (including those taken using paper and ink or digital livescanning technologies);

                     (b)  a measurement of a person's height and weight;

                     (c)  a photograph or other image of a person's face and shoulders;

                     (d)  an iris scan;

                     (e)  a person's signature;

                      (f)  any other identifier prescribed by the regulations (except an identifier the obtaining of which would involve the carrying out of an intimate forensic procedure within the meaning of section 23WA of the Crimes Act 1914 ).

             (2)  Before the Governor-General makes regulations for the purposes of paragraph (1)(f) prescribing an identifier, the Minister must be satisfied that:

                     (a)  obtaining the identifier would not involve the carrying out of an intimate forensic procedure within the meaning of section 23WA of the Crimes Act 1914 ; and

                     (b)  the identifier is an image of, or a measurement or recording of, an external part of the body; and

                     (c)  obtaining the identifier is necessary for either or both of the following purposes:

                              (i)  assisting in the identification of, and to authenticate the identity of, a person making an application under Part 2 or seeking to sit a test approved in a determination under section 23A;

                             (ii)  combating document and identity fraud in citizenship matters;



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