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AUSTRALIAN CRIME COMMISSION ACT 2002 - SECT 21C

Notices--offences of disclosure

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is served with a notice under section 21A that includes a notation under section 21B; and

                     (b)  the person discloses the existence of, or any information about:

                              (i)  the notice; or

                             (ii)  any official matter connected with the notice; and

                     (c)  when the disclosure is made:

                              (i)  the notation has not been cancelled by subsection 21B(6); and

                             (ii)  the period of 5 years after the notice is served under section 21A has not ended.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person makes the disclosure:

                     (a)  in any circumstances permitted by the notation; or

                     (b)  to a legal practitioner for the purpose of obtaining legal advice or representation in relation to the notice; or

                     (c)  to a legal aid officer for the purpose of seeking assistance under section 27 in relation to the notice; or

                     (d)  if the person is a body corporate--to an officer or agent of the body corporate for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the notice; or

                     (e)  if the person is a legal practitioner--for the purpose of obtaining the agreement of another person under subsection 21D(2) to the legal practitioner producing a document or thing; or

                      (f)  to the Ombudsman for the purpose of making a complaint under the Ombudsman Act 1976 ; or

                     (g)  to the Australian Law Enforcement Integrity Commission for the purpose of referring to the Integrity Commissioner, under the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 , an allegation or information that raises a corruption issue.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsection (2): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

             (3)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  a disclosure is made to a person about:

                              (i)  a notice under section 21A that includes a notation under section 21B; or

                             (ii)  any official matter connected with such a notice; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is permitted under subsection (2) or (4) because the person is a person of a particular kind; and

                     (c)  while the person is a person of that kind, the person discloses the existence of, or any information about:

                              (i)  the notice; or

                             (ii)  any official matter connected with the notice; and

                     (d)  when the disclosure by the person is made:

                              (i)  the notation has not been cancelled by subsection 21B(6); and

                             (ii)  the period of 5 years after the notice is served under section 21A has not ended.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not apply if the person discloses the information:

                     (a)  if the person is an officer or agent of a body corporate referred to in paragraph (2)(d):

                              (i)  to another officer or agent of the body corporate for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the notice; or

                             (ii)  to a legal practitioner for the purpose of obtaining legal advice or representation in relation to the notice; or

                            (iii)  to a legal aid officer for the purpose of seeking assistance under section 27 in relation to the notice; or

                     (b)  if the person is a legal practitioner--for the purpose of giving legal advice, making representations, or seeking assistance under section 27, in relation to the notice; or

                     (c)  if the person is a legal aid officer--for the purpose of obtaining legal advice or representation in relation to the notice; or

                     (d)  to the Ombudsman for the purpose of making a complaint under the Ombudsman Act 1976 ; or

                     (e)  to the Australian Law Enforcement Integrity Commission for the purpose of referring to the Integrity Commissioner, under the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 , an allegation or information that raises a corruption issue.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsection (4): see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  a disclosure is made to a person about:

                              (i)  a notice under section 21A that includes a notation under section 21B; or

                             (ii)  any official matter connected with such a notice; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is permitted under subsection (2) or (4) because the person is a person of a particular kind; and

                     (c)  when the person is no longer a person of that kind, the person:

                              (i)  makes a record of the notice; or

                             (ii)  discloses the existence of the notice; or

                            (iii)  discloses any information about the notice or the existence of it; and

                     (d)  when the record, or disclosure, is made by the person:

                              (i)  the notation has not been cancelled by subsection 21B(6); and

                             (ii)  the period of 5 years after the notice is served under section 21A has not ended.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

             (6)  A reference in this section to disclosing something's existence includes disclosing information from which a person could reasonably be expected to infer its existence.



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