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AUSTRALIAN CRIME COMMISSION ACT 2002 - SECT 59AA

Disclosing information to government bodies

Commonwealth, State, Territory and foreign agencies etc.

             (1)  The CEO may disclose ACC information to:

                     (a)  a body of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                     (b)  a person who holds an office or appointment under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                     (c)  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; or

                     (d)  an international body that:

                              (i)  has functions relating to law enforcement or gathering intelligence; and

                             (ii)  is prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph; or

                     (e)  an international judicial body that is prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph;

if:

                      (f)  the CEO considers it appropriate to do so; and

                     (g)  the CEO considers that the information is relevant to a permissible purpose; and

                     (h)  disclosing the ACC information would not be contrary to a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory that would otherwise apply.

Note 1:       For the definition of body , see subsection (3).

Note 2:       This section is subject to any relevant direction given under subsection 25A(9) (see section 59AC).

          (1A)  In deciding whether to disclose national policing information under subsection (1), the CEO must act in accordance with any policy determined, and any direction given, in writing by the Board.

          (1B)  The CEO must obtain the approval of the Board before disclosing national policing information under subsection (1) to a body that is not one of the following:

                     (a)  the Australian Federal Police;

                     (b)  a Police Force of a State;

                     (c)  the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Australian Border Force Act 2015 ;

                     (d)  the Australian Securities and Investments Commission;

                     (e)  the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation;

                      (f)  the Australian Taxation Office;

                    (fa)  the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security;

                     (g)  a body prescribed by the regulations.

ASIO

             (2)  The CEO may disclose ACC information to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation if:

                     (a)  the CEO considers it appropriate to do so; and

                     (b)  the information is relevant to security (as defined in section 4 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 ); and

                     (c)  disclosing the ACC information would not be contrary to a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory that would otherwise apply.

ONI

          (2B)  The CEO may disclose ACC information to ONI if:

                     (a)  the CEO considers it appropriate to do so; and

                     (b)  the information is relevant to the performance of ONI's functions under section 7 of the Office of National Intelligence Act 2018 ; and

                     (c)  disclosing the ACC information would not be contrary to a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory that would otherwise apply.

Definitions

             (3)  In this section:

"body" includes:

                     (a)  a body however described; and

                     (b)  a Department of State; and

                     (c)  a body (whether incorporated or not) established for a public purpose by or under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; and

                     (d)  a law enforcement agency.



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