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CUSTOMS ACT 1901 - SECT 186A

Power to make copies of, and take extracts from, documents in certain circumstances

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a document is examined under section 186 or 186AA; and

                     (b)  as a result of that examination, an officer of Customs is satisfied that the document or part of the document may contain information relevant to:

                              (i)  an importation or exportation, or to a proposed importation or exportation, of prohibited goods; or

                             (ii)  the commission or attempted commission of any other offence against this Act or of any offence against a prescribed Act; or

                            (iii)  the performance of functions under section 17 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 ; or

                            (iv)  the performance of functions under section 6 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 ; or

                             (v)  security (within the meaning of section 4 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 );

the officer of Customs may make a copy of, or take an extract from, the document, or arrange for another officer of Customs or other person having the necessary experience, to make such a copy or take such an extract.

             (2)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), a copy may be made of, or an extract taken from, a document:

                     (a)  by photocopying the document or a part of the document; or

                     (b)  by photographing the document or a part of the document; or

                     (c)  by electronically scanning the document or a part of the document; or

                     (d)  by making an electronic copy of information contained in the document or a part of the document; or

                     (e)  by making a written copy of information contained in the document or a part of the document.



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