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AUSTRALIAN CRIME COMMISSION ACT 2002 - SECT 24AA

Use of and sharing returnable items

Use of returnable items by persons who are not members of the staff of the ACC

             (1)  The CEO may make a returnable item available to a constable, or Commonwealth officer, who is not a member of the staff of the ACC, to use for any or all of the following purposes if it is necessary to do so for that purpose:

                     (a)  a purpose referred to in subsection 3ZQU(1) of the Crimes Act 1914 ;

                     (b)  the performance of the functions of the ACC referred to in section 7A of this Act;

                     (c)  the performance of the functions of the Board referred to in section 7C of this Act.

             (2)  A constable or Commonwealth officer, who is not a member of the staff of the ACC, may use a returnable item for all or any of the purposes referred to in subsection (1) if it is necessary to do so for that purpose.

Use of returnable items by members of the staff of the ACC

             (3)  The head of the special ACC operation/investigation to which a returnable item relates may make the item available to another member of the staff of the ACC to use for the purpose of the performance of all or any of the functions referred to in section 7A or 7C.

             (4)  A member of the staff of the ACC may use a returnable item for the purpose of the performance of all or any of the functions referred to in section 7A or 7C.

Use of returnable items for State or Territory purposes

             (5)  The CEO may make a returnable item available to a constable or Commonwealth officer to use for any purpose for which the making available of the item is required or authorised by a law of a State or Territory.

             (6)  A constable or Commonwealth officer may use a returnable item for any other use that is required or authorised by or under a law of a State or a Territory.

Section does not limit any other law of the Commonwealth

             (7)  To avoid doubt, this section does not limit any other law of the Commonwealth that:

                     (a)  requires or authorises the use of a document or other thing; or

                     (b)  requires or authorises the making available (however described) of a document or other thing.

Sharing returnable item for use by State, Territory or foreign agency

             (8)  The CEO may make a returnable item available to:

                     (a)  a State or Territory law enforcement agency; or

                     (b)  an agency that has responsibility for:

                              (i)  law enforcement in a foreign country; or

                             (ii)  intelligence gathering for a foreign country; or

                            (iii)  the security of a foreign country;

to be used by that agency for a purpose mentioned in subsection (1), (5) or (6) and the purpose of any or all of the following (but not for any other purpose):

                     (c)  preventing, investigating or prosecuting an offence against a law of a State or Territory;

                     (d)  proceedings under a corresponding law (within the meaning of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 or the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 );

                     (e)  proceedings for the forfeiture of the item under a law of a State or Territory;

                      (f)  deciding whether to institute proceedings or to take any other action mentioned in any of paragraphs 3ZQU(1)(a) to (l) (inclusive) of the Crimes Act 1914 , subsection (5) or (6) of this section, or paragraph (c), (d) or (e) of this subsection.

Ministerial arrangements for sharing

             (9)  This section does not prevent the Minister from making an arrangement with a Minister of a State or Territory for:

                     (a)  the making available to a State or Territory law enforcement agency of that State or Territory, for purposes mentioned in subsections (1), (6) and (8), of returnable items; and

                     (b)  the disposal by the agency of such items when they are no longer of use to that agency for those purposes.

Note:          This subsection does not empower the Minister to make such an arrangement.

Returnable items that are examination material or derivative material

           (10)  This section has effect subject to:

                     (a)  any relevant direction given under subsection 25A(9) (about confidentiality for examinations); and

                     (b)  the person making available, or using, the returnable item complying with sections 25B to 25H to the extent that the returnable item is examination material or derivative material.



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