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DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS ACT 1983 - NOTES

No. 113, 1983

Compilation No. 31

Compilation date:                              23 May 2018

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 37, 2017

Registered:                                         25 May 2018

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 23 May 2018 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

4............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 3

5............ Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions..................................... 3

6............ Functions of Director.......................................................................... 4

7............ Consultation...................................................................................... 11

8............ Directions and guidelines by Attorney-General................................ 11

9............ Powers of Director............................................................................ 12

10.......... Powers and functions of Director do not affect those of certain other persons         19

11.......... Directions and guidelines by Director............................................... 20

12.......... Provision of information to Director................................................. 21

13.......... Director may request assistance of Commissioner of Police............. 22

14.......... Director to inform court when taking over or carrying on proceedings 22

15.......... Appearances by and on behalf of Director........................................ 23

15A....... Appearances on behalf of Director in summary or committal proceedings               24

16.......... Right of Director and staff to practise in their official capacity.......... 24

16A....... Prohibition of publication of evidence etc. in certain proceedings..... 25

17.......... States may give members of staff of Office prosecution and appeal functions relating to State offences 26

18.......... Appointment, and terms and conditions of appointment, of Director 26

18A....... Appointment etc. of Associate Director............................................ 27

18B....... Exercise of powers and functions by Associate Director.................. 27

19.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 28

20.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 28

21.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 29

22.......... Director or Associate Director not to undertake other work.............. 29

23.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 29

24.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 30

25.......... Oath or affirmation of office............................................................. 31

26.......... Acting appointments--Director........................................................ 31

26A....... Acting appointments--Associate Director........................................ 32

27.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 33

28.......... Engagement of consultants etc.......................................................... 33

29.......... Staff on secondment to Director........................................................ 33

30.......... Administrative arrangements............................................................. 34

31.......... Delegation by Director...................................................................... 34

32.......... Arrangements with the Australian Government Solicitor.................. 35

32A....... Immunity from civil proceedings...................................................... 36

33A....... Service of process on the Director.................................................... 37

34.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 38

Schedule                                                                                                                                     39

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    40

Endnote 1--About the endnotes                                                                            40

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key                                                                                42

Endnote 3--Legislation history                                                                             43

Endnote 4--Amendment history                                                                           52


 

Endnotes

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

Endnote 3--Legislation history

Endnote 4--Amendment history

Abbreviation key--Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history--Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation "(md)" added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation "(md not incorp)" is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub-subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev ... ) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub-Ch = Sub-Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3--Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983

113, 1983

14 Dec 1983

5 Mar 1984 (see Gazette 1984, No. S55)

 

Australian Government Solicitor (Consequential Amendments) Act 1984

10, 1984

10 Apr 1984

1 July 1984 (see s. 2(1) and Gazette 1984, No. S231)

ss. 2(2) and 4(1)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1984

165, 1984

25 Oct 1984

s. 3: 22 Nov 1984 (a)

s. 6(1)

Director of Public Prosecutions Amendment Act 1985

64, 1985

5 June 1985

1 July 1985 (see Gazette 1985, No. S254)

s. 3(2) and (3)

Public Service and Statutory Authorities Amendment Act 1985

166, 1985

11 Dec 1985

s. 45: 8 Jan 1986 (b)

s. 45(2)

Director of Public Prosecutions Amendment Act 1986

88, 1986

25 June 1986

18 July 1986 (see Gazette 1986, No. S342)

--

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Consequential Amendments) Act 1987

86, 1987

5 June 1987

s. 3: 1 Aug 1988 (see Gazette 1988, No. S225) (c)

--

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1987

141, 1987

18 Dec 1987

s. 3: Royal Assent (d)

s. 5(1)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1987

141, 1987

18 Dec 1987

s. 3: Royal Assent (e)

s. 5(1)

Extradition (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Act 1988

5, 1988

9 Mar 1988

1 Dec 1988 (see s. 2(1) and Gazette 1988, No. S366)

s. 7(2)

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1988

120, 1988

14 Dec 1988

Part X (ss. 32, 33): (f)

--

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1988

120, 1988

14 Dec 1988

Part IX (ss. 30, 31): 11 Jan 1989 (g)

--

Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 1989

108, 1989

30 June 1989

s. 10: 30 June 1990
Parts 5, 6 and 7 (ss. 17-35): 28 July 1989
Part 8 (ss. 36-43): 1 July 1989
Remainder: Royal Assent

--

Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 1991

28, 1991

4 Mar 1991

s. 43: 1 Apr 1991 (h)
ss. 40-42 and 44-56: Royal Assent (h)

--

Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 1991

122, 1991

27 June 1991

ss. 4(1), 10(b) and 15-20: 1 Dec 1988
ss. 28(b)-(e), 30 and 31: 10 Dec 1991 (see Gazette 1991, No. S332)
Remainder: Royal Assent

s. 31(2)

Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 1992

94, 1992

30 June 1992

s. 3: 1 July 1990
Remainder: Royal Assent

--

Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 1992

164, 1992

11 Dec 1992

Part 1 (ss. 1, 2) and Parts 3-11 (ss. 18-53): 8 Jan 1993
Remainder: 1 Feb 1993 (see Gazette 1993, No. GN1)

--

Qantas Sale Act 1992

196, 1992

21 Dec 1992

Schedule (Part 1): 10 Mar 1993 (see Gazette 1993, No. GN17) (i)
Schedule (Part 5): 30 Aug 1995 (see Gazette 1995, No. S324) (i)

s 30
s 2(6) (am. by 60, 1993, s 4; 168, 1994, s 3)

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Qantas Sale Amendment Act 1993

60, 1993

3 Nov 1993

10 Mar 1993

--

Qantas Sale Amendment Act 1994

168, 1994

16 Dec 1994

s. 3 (item 17): Royal Assent (j)

--

Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1994

182, 1994

19 Dec 1994

s. 31: 16 Jan 1995 (k)

--

International War Crimes Tribunals (Consequential Amendments) Act 1995

19, 1995

29 Mar 1995

s. 3: 28 Aug 1995 (see Gazette 1995, No. S323)
Remainder: Royal Assent

--

Statute Law Revision Act 1996

43, 1996

25 Oct 1996

Sch 4 (item 69): and Sch 5 (items 51-53): 25 Oct 1996 (s 2(1))

--

Judiciary Amendment Act 1999

7, 1999

31 Mar 1999

Schedules 1-3: 1 Sept 1999 (see Gazette 1999, No. S395)
Remainder: Royal Assent

--

Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999

146, 1999

11 Nov 1999

Sch 1 (items 390-393): 5 Dec 1999 (s 2(1), (2))

--

Australian Federal Police Legislation Amendment Act 2000

9, 2000

7 Mar 2000

2 July 2000 (see Gazette 2000, No. S328)

Sch 3 (items 20, 34, 35)

Jurisdiction of Courts Legislation Amendment Act 2000

57, 2000

30 May 2000

Sch 5: 30 May 2000 (s 2(1))

Sch 5 (item 7)

Abolition of Compulsory Age Retirement (Statutory Officeholders) Act 2001

159, 2001

1 Oct 2001

29 Oct 2001

Sch 1 (item 97)

International Criminal Court (Consequential Amendments) Act 2002

42, 2002

27 June 2002

Schedules 1-7: 26 Sept 2002 (see s. 2(1) (item 2) and Gazette 2002, No. GN38)
Remainder: 28 June 2002

--

Proceeds of Crime (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2002

86, 2002

11 Oct 2002

ss. 1-3: Royal Assent
Remainder: 1 Jan 2003 (see s. 2(1) and Gazette 2002 No. GN44)

--

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2004

62, 2004

26 May 2004

Schedule 1 (items 14-16): 27 May 2004

--

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Board and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Act 2008

26, 2008

23 June 2008

Schedule 1 (items 58-60): Royal Assent

--

Federal Court of Australia Amendment (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 2009

106, 2009

6 Nov 2009

Schedule 1 (item 1): 4 Dec 2009

--

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Act 2011

3, 2011

2 Mar 2011

Schedule 3: 3 Mar 2011

--

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011

46, 2011

27 June 2011

Schedule 2 (items 536-542) and Schedule 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011

Sch. 3 (items 10, 11)

Superannuation Legislation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2011

58, 2011

28 June 2011

Sch 1 (items 81, 82): 1 July 2011 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers and Offences) Act 2012

24, 2012

4 Apr 2012

Schedule 6 (items 1-3, 11(1)): 5 Apr 2012

Sch. 6 (item 11(1))

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014

62, 2014

30 June 2014

Sch 6 (item 39), Sch 8 (items 121-126) and Sch 14: 1 July 2014 (s 2(1) items 6, 14)

Sch 14

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2015

36, 2015

13 Apr 2015

Sch 2 (item 7-9) and Sch 7: 14 Apr 2015 (s 2)

Sch 7

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 486): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 495): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Judiciary Amendment Act 2015

64, 2015

16 June 2015

Sch 2 (items 1-6) and Sch 3: 1 July 2015 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 3

Statute Update (A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations) Act 2017

13, 2017

22 Feb 2017

Sch 1 (items 14-17): 22 Mar 2017 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Investigation and Prosecution Measures Act 2018

37, 2018

22 May 2018

Sch 2: 23 May 2018 (s 2(1) item 3)

Sch 2 (items 3, 4)

 

Number and year

FRLI registration or gazettal

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

1999 No. 301

4 Dec 1999

5 Dec 1999 (r 1.2)

--

as amended by

 

 

 

2000 No. 332

8 Dec 2000

Sch 1 (item 2): 5 Dec 1999 (r 2(a))

--

 

(a)             The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1984, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the twenty-eighth day after the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(b)             The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 was amended by section 45 only of the Public Service and Statutory Authorities Amendment Act 1985, subsection 2(7) of which provides as follows:

                   (7)  The remaining provisions of this Act shall come into operation on the twenty-eighth day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(c)              The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 was amended by section 3 only of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Consequential Amendments) Act 1987, subsection 2(2) of which provides as follows:

                   (2)  The amendments made by this Act shall come into operation on a day to be fixed by Proclamation.

(d)             The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Consequential Amendments) Act 1987 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1987, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(e)              The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1987, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(f)              The Extradition (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Act 1988 was amended by Part X (sections 32 and 33) only of the Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1988, subsection 2(5) of which provides as follows:

                   (5)  If this Act receives the Royal Assent after the commencement of the Extradition Act 1988, Part X of this Act shall be taken to have commenced immediately before that commencement.

                  The Extradition Act 1988 came into operation on 1 December 1988 (see Gazette 1988, No. S366).

(g)             The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 was amended by Part IX (sections 30 and 31) only of the Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1988, subsection 2(3) of which provides as follows:

                   (3)  Parts VIII, IX and XVI (except the provisions referred to in subsection (9)) commence on the twenty-eighth day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(h)             The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 was amended by sections 40-56 only of the Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 1991, subsections 2(1) and (3) of which provide as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

                   (3)  Sections 26, 29 and 43 commence 28 days after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(i)              The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 was amended by the Schedule (Parts 1 and 5) of the Qantas Sale Act 1992, subsections 2(2) and (3)(a) and (c) of which provide as follows:

                   (2)  Subject to subsection (3), the remaining provisions of this Act commence on a day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

                   (3)  A Proclamation may fix a day that is earlier than the day on which the Proclamation is published in the Gazette but only if:

                          (a)   in the case of sections 30, 31, 35, 37, 39, 43 and 50 and Parts 1 and 2 of the Schedule--the day is not earlier than the substantial minority sale day; and

                           (c)   in the case of sections 25, 36, 38, 44 and 51 and Parts 5, 6 and 7 of the Schedule--the day is not earlier than the 100% sale day.

(j)              The Qantas Sale Act 1992 was amended by section 3 (item 17) only of the Qantas Sale Amendment Act 1994, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                   (1)  Subject to this section, this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(k)              The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 was amended by section 31 only of the Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1994, subsection 2(4) of which provides as follows:

                   (4)  The amendments made by this Act to the Australian Federal Police Act 1979, the Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 (other than the amendment made to Schedule 5 to that Act), the Crimes (Hostages) Act 1989, the Crimes (Internationally Protected Persons) Act 1976, the Crimes (Overseas) Act 1964, the Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Act 1989, the Crimes (Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act 1990, the Customs Act 1901, the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983, the Extradition Act 1988, the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 and to sections 23 and 59 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 commence on the 28th day after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Endnote 4--Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

s 3........................................

am No 28, 1991; No 196, 1992; No 57, 2000; No 58, 2011; No 13, 2017; No 37, 2018

s 5........................................

am No 28, 1991; No 62, 2014

s 6........................................

am No 165, 1984; No 64, 1985; No 88, 1986; Nos 86 and 141, 1987; No 5, 1988; No 108, 1989; No 182, 1994; No 19, 1995; No 43, 1996; No 57, 2000; No 42 and 86, 2002; No 106, 2009

s 8........................................

am No 43, 1996

s 9........................................

am No 165, 1984; No 64, 1985; No 88, 1986; Nos 86 and 141, 1987; No 5, 1988 (as am by No 120, 1988); No 120, 1988; No 108, 1989; No 28, 1991; No 164, 1992; No 182, 1994; No 19, 1995; No 43, 1996; No 57, 2000; No 86, 2002

s 10......................................

am No 43, 1996

s 11......................................

am No 10, 1984; No 7, 1999; No 62, 2014; No 64, 2015

s 13......................................

am No 28, 1991; No 9, 2000

s 14......................................

am No 165, 1984; No 43, 1996

s 15......................................

am No 10, 1984; No 164, 1992; No 7, 1999; No 62, 2004

s 15A...................................

ad No 88, 1986

s 16......................................

am No 43, 1996

s 16A...................................

ad No 64, 1985

 

am No 88, 1986; No 182, 1994; No 86, 2002; No 24, 2012

s 17......................................

am No 57, 2000

s 18......................................

am No 43, 1996; No 159, 2001

s 18A...................................

ad No 28, 1991

 

am No 159, 2001

s 18B...................................

ad No 28, 1991

s 19......................................

am No 28, 1991; No 43, 1996

s 20......................................

am No 28, 1991

 

rs No 122, 1991

 

am No 146, 1999

s 21......................................

am No 28, 1991; No 43, 1996

s 22......................................

am No 28, 1991; No 43, 1996

s 23......................................

am Nos 28 and 122, 1991; No 94, 1992; No 43, 1996; No 26, 2008; No 58, 2011; No 62, 2014

s 24......................................

am No 28, 1991; No 43, 1996; No 62, 2014

s 25......................................

am No 28, 1991; No 43, 1996

s 26......................................

am No 28, 1991; No 43, 1996; No 46, 2011

s 26A...................................

ad No 28, 1991

 

am No 46, 2011

s 27......................................

am No 88, 1986; No 28, 1991; No 146, 1999

s 28......................................

am No 166, 1985; No 88, 1986

s 31......................................

am No 108, 1989; No 28, 1991; No 164, 1992; No 43, 1996; No 146, 1999; Statutory Rules 1999 No 301 (as am by Statutory Rules 2000 No 332); No 3, 2011

s 32......................................

am No 10, 1984; No 7, 1999; No 62, 2004; No 64, 2015

s 32A...................................

ad No 3, 2011

 

am No 64, 2015

s 33......................................

am No 43, 1996

 

rep No 62, 2014

s 33A...................................

ad No 164, 1992

 

am No 62, 2004; No 64, 2015


 



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