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Requiring documents relating to goods or premises to be produced

             (1)  A biosecurity officer may require a person who the biosecurity officer suspects, on reasonable grounds, has the custody or control of documents in relation to goods or premises to produce to the biosecurity officer such of those documents as are specified by the biosecurity officer.

Note 1:       Premises include a conveyance (see paragraph (a) of the definition of premises in section 9).

Note 2:       A person may commit an offence or contravene a civil penalty provision if the person provides false or misleading documents (see section 137.2 of the Criminal Code and section 533 of this Act).

             (2)  A biosecurity officer:

                     (a)  may make copies of, or take extracts from, a document produced under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  for that purpose, may remove the document from the place at which it was produced.

Civil penalty provision

             (3)  A person who is required to produce documents under subsection (1) must comply with the requirement.

Civil penalty:          120 penalty units.

Note 1:       This section is not subject to the privilege against self-incrimination (see section 635).

Note 2:       If a person is required to produce documents under subsection (1) in accordance with a biosecurity control order or a biosecurity response zone determination and the person fails to comply with the requirement, the person may also commit an offence (see section 329).

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