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Privileges and secrecy generally

S. 143(1) amended by Nos 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 85.23), 2/2019 s. 127(1).

    (1)     If a person is a public officer, any obligation to maintain secrecy or comply with a restriction upon the disclosure of information obtained by or provided to the person in his or her service as a public officer imposed by any enactment or any rule of law—

        (a)     is overridden; and

        (b)     does not apply to the disclosure of information under Part 6.

S. 143(2) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 85.23), substituted by No. 2/2019 s. 127(2).

    (2)     The Crown is not entitled to assert any privilege in relation to an examination of a public officer, including any requirement under a witness summons.

S. 143(3) inserted by No. 2/2019 s. 127(2).

    (3)     Any privilege referred to in subsection (2) is abrogated.

S. 143(4) inserted by No. 2/2019 s. 127(2).

    (4)     A person is not subject to any criminal, civil, administrative or disciplinary proceedings or actions only because the person has not maintained secrecy or complied with a restriction upon the disclosure of information imposed by any enactment or any rule of law in the circumstances referred to in subsection (1).

S. 143(5) inserted by No. 2/2019 s. 127(2).

    (5)     This section does not apply to information, documents or things that are subject to Cabinet confidentiality.

Note to s. 143 inserted by No. 2/2019 s. 127(3).


A public officer includes a member of Victoria Police personnel.

S. 144 inserted by No. 28/2012 s. 21 (as amended by No. 82/2012 s. 151(3)), amended by No. 85/2012 s. 100.

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