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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 580

Disclosure of protected information

Authorisation to use information for permissible purposes

                 (1)    A person may make a record of, disclose or otherwise use protected information if:

                            (a)    the person makes the record, or discloses or uses the information, for a permissible purpose, in performing the person's functions or duties, or exercising the person's powers, under this Act; and

                            (b)    in relation to a disclosure--the disclosure is to a person referred to in paragraph (2)(a).

Note:           This subsection constitutes an authorisation for the purposes of the Privacy Act 1988 and other laws.

                 (2)    A person may make a record of, or disclose or otherwise use, protected information if:

                            (a)    the person is:

                                       (i)    an officer or employee of the Commonwealth, a State, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory; or

                                      (ii)    an officer or employee of a Commonwealth body, or a State or Territory body; or

                                     (iii)    a person engaged by the Commonwealth, a State, the Australian Capital Territory, or the Northern Territory, to perform public health work or to manage biosecurity risks in relation to plant or animal health; or

                                     (iv)    a person engaged by a Commonwealth body, or a State or Territory body, to perform public health work or to manage biosecurity risks in relation to plant or animal health; or

                          (iva)  the National Focal Point; or

                             (v)  a biosecurity industry participant or a survey authority, or an officer or employee of a biosecurity industry participant or a survey authority; and

                            (b)    the person makes the record of, or discloses or otherwise uses, the information:

                                       (i)    in performing the person's functions or duties, or exercising the person's powers; and

                                      (ii)    for a permissible purpose.

Note:           This subsection constitutes an authorisation for the purposes of the Privacy Act 1988 and other laws.

Disclosure in other cases

                 (3)    The Director of Human Biosecurity, or the Director of Biosecurity, may, in writing, authorise a person:

                            (a)    to make a record of or use protected information for a permissible purpose that is specified in the authorisation; or

                            (b)    to disclose protected information to a specified person, or to a specified class of persons, for a permissible purpose that is specified in the authorisation.

                 (4)    A person who is authorised to make a record of, or disclose or otherwise use, protected information under subsection (3) may make a record of, or disclose or otherwise use, the information in accordance with the authorisation.

Note:           This subsection constitutes an authorisation for the purposes of the Privacy Act 1988 and other laws.



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