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Australian Border Force Act 2015

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Act No. 40 of 2015 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Customs Amendment (Australian Trusted Trader Programme) Act 2015
An Act relating to the Australian Border Force, the Australian Border Force Commissioner and persons performing work for the Department, and for related purposes
Administered by: Immigration and Border Protection
Registered 10 Jul 2015
Start Date 01 Jul 2015
End Date 15 Jun 2016

Australian Border Force Act 2015

No. 40, 2015

Compilation No. 1

Compilation date:                              1 July 2015

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 73, 2015

Registered:                                         10 July 2015

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Australian Border Force Act 2015 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 July 2015 (the compilation date).

This compilation was prepared on 1 July 2015.

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 ComLaw (www.comlaw.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 ComLaw 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.

Modifications

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If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.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

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1

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

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

3............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 1

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

5............ Consultants and contractors etc........................................................... 7

6............ Act binds the Crown........................................................................... 7

7............ Extraterritorial application................................................................... 7

Part 2—Australian Border Force Commissioner                                               8

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                         8

8............ Simplified outline of this Part.............................................................. 8

Division 2—Office and role of the Australian Border Force Commissioner      9

9............ Establishment...................................................................................... 9

10.......... Powers of Australian Border Force Commissioner............................ 9

Division 3—Appointment of the Australian Border Force Commissioner           10

11.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 10

12.......... Term of appointment......................................................................... 10

13.......... Oath or affirmation by Australian Border Force Commissioner....... 10

14.......... Acting Australian Border Force Commissioner................................ 11

15.......... Application of finance law................................................................ 11

Division 4—Terms and conditions for the Australian Border Force Commissioner      12

16.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 12

17.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 12

18.......... Outside work.................................................................................... 12

19.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 13

20.......... Resignation of appointment............................................................... 13

21.......... Suspension or termination of appointment........................................ 13

22.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 15

Division 5—Ministerial directions                                                                       16

23.......... Minister may give directions to Australian Border Force Commissioner 16

Division 6—Oaths or affirmations by Immigration and Border Protection workers    17

24.......... Oaths or affirmations by Immigration and Border Protection workers 17

Division 7—Delegation and directions                                                              18

25.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 18

26.......... Directions—administration and control of the operations of the Australian Border Force       19

27.......... Directions—performance of functions or exercise of powers under laws of the Commonwealth            21

Part 3—Resignation from the Department                                                          23

28.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 23

29.......... Resignation—general........................................................................ 23

30.......... Resignation in anticipation of termination of employment................. 23

Part 4—Termination of employment in the Department for serious misconduct              26

31.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 26

32.......... Termination of employment for serious misconduct......................... 26

Part 5—Alcohol and drug tests                                                                                    29

33.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 29

34.......... Alcohol screening test—suspicion that Immigration and Border Protection worker under the influence of alcohol 29

35.......... Alcohol screening, breath or blood test or prohibited drug test—general 30

36.......... Alcohol screening, breath or blood test or prohibited drug test—certain incidents   31

37.......... Performing duties on board a vessel................................................. 33

38.......... Conduct of tests and provision of samples to be in accordance with the rules          34

39.......... Rules for purposes of this Part.......................................................... 34

40.......... Admissibility of test results etc. in legal proceedings........................ 35

Part 6—Secrecy and disclosure provisions                                                           36

41.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 36

42.......... Secrecy.............................................................................................. 36

43.......... Records or disclosure for the purposes of this Act or the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006      37

44.......... Disclosure to certain bodies and persons.......................................... 37

45.......... Disclosure in accordance with agreements........................................ 39

46.......... Permitted purposes............................................................................ 41

47.......... Disclosure with consent.................................................................... 43

48.......... Disclosure to reduce threat to life or health....................................... 43

49.......... Disclosure of publicly available information..................................... 43

50.......... Exceptions operate independently..................................................... 43

51.......... Interaction with Privacy Act.............................................................. 43

Part 7—Other matters                                                                                                       45

52.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 45

53.......... Delegation by Secretary.................................................................... 45

54.......... Delegation by Comptroller‑General of Customs............................... 47

55.......... Directions by Secretary—administration and control of the Department  48

56.......... Directions by Secretary—performance of functions or exercise of powers under laws of the Commonwealth       50

57.......... Termination of engagement of consultant or contractor..................... 51

58.......... Rules................................................................................................. 52

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    53

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                            53

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                54

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                             55

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           56

 


An Act relating to the Australian Border Force, the Australian Border Force Commissioner and persons performing work for the Department, and for related purposes

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Australian Border Force Act 2015.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on 1 July 2015.

3  Simplified outline of this Act

•      There is an Australian Border Force within the Department.

•      There is to be an Australian Border Force Commissioner of the Australian Border Force, who is to have the control of the operations of the Australian Border Force.

•      The Australian Border Force Commissioner and APS employees in the Australian Border Force are able to exercise powers under the Customs Act 1901, the Migration Act 1958, the Maritime Powers Act 2013 and other Commonwealth laws.

•      The Australian Border Force Commissioner may give directions to Immigration and Border Protection workers to do with the administration and control of the operations of the Australian Border Force or the performance of functions or exercise of powers by such workers under a law of the Commonwealth.

•      There are resignation and termination provisions that apply to all APS employees in the Department in circumstances involving serious misconduct.

•      All Immigration and Border Protection workers may be required to undergo an alcohol screening test, an alcohol breath test, an alcohol blood test or a prohibited drug test.

•      There are secrecy and disclosure provisions covering information obtained by the Secretary, the Australian Border Force Commissioner and Immigration and Border Protection workers.

•      The Secretary may give directions to Immigration and Border Protection workers to do with the administration and control of the Department or the performance of functions or exercise of powers by such workers under a law of the Commonwealth.

4  Definitions

             (1)  In this Act:

alcohol blood test means a test of a person’s blood to determine the amount of alcohol (if any) in the person’s blood.

alcohol breath test means a test of a person’s breath to determine the amount of alcohol (if any) in the person’s blood.

alcohol screening test means a test of a person’s breath to determine whether alcohol is present in the person’s breath.

Australian Border Force means that part of the Department known as the Australian Border Force.

Note:          Immigration and Border Protection workers may perform work for the Australian Border Force. The Australian Border Force Commissioner has the control of the operations of the Australian Border Force.

Australian Border Force Commissioner means the Australian Border Force Commissioner of the Australian Border Force.

authorised person means:

                     (a)  the Secretary; or

                     (b)  the Australian Border Force Commissioner; or

                     (c)  an Immigration and Border Protection worker who is authorised in an instrument under subsection (2).

body sample means any of the following:

                     (a)  any human biological fluid;

                     (b)  any human biological tissue (whether alive or otherwise);

                     (c)  any human breath.

corrupt conduct: see engages in corrupt conduct.

engages in corrupt conduct: an Immigration and Border Protection worker engages in corrupt conduct if the worker, while an Immigration and Border Protection worker, engages in:

                     (a)  conduct that:

                              (i)  involves; or

                             (ii)  is engaged in for the purpose (or for purposes including the purpose) of;

                            the worker abusing his or her position as an Immigration and Border Protection worker; or

                     (b)  conduct that:

                              (i)  perverts; or

                             (ii)  is engaged in for the purpose (or for purposes including the purpose) of perverting;

                            the course of justice; or

                     (c)  conduct that, having regard to the duties and powers of the worker as an Immigration and Border Protection worker:

                              (i)  involves; or

                             (ii)  is engaged in for the purpose (or for purposes including the purpose) of;

                            corruption of any other kind.

entrusted person means:

                     (a)  the Secretary; or

                     (b)  the Australian Border Force Commissioner (including in his or her capacity as the Comptroller‑General of Customs); or

                     (c)  an Immigration and Border Protection worker.

Immigration and Border Protection worker means:

                     (a)  an APS employee in the Department; or

                     (b)  a person covered by paragraph (d), (e) or (f) of the definition of officer of Customs in subsection 4(1) of the Customs Act 1901; or

                     (c)  a person covered by paragraph (f) or (g) of the definition of officer in subsection 5(1) of the Migration Act 1958; or

                     (d)  a person who is:

                              (i)  an employee of an Agency (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999); or

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

                            (iii)  an officer or employee of an agency or authority of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                            (iv)  an officer or employee of the government of a foreign country, an officer or employee of an agency or authority of a foreign country or an officer or employee of a public international organisation;

                            and whose services are made available to the Department; or

                     (e)  a person who is:

                              (i)  engaged as a consultant or contractor to perform services for the Department; and

                             (ii)  specified in a determination under subsection 5(1); or

                      (f)  a person who is:

                              (i)  engaged or employed by a person to whom paragraph (e) or this paragraph applies; and

                             (ii)  performing services for the Department in connection with that engagement or employment; and

                            (iii)  specified in a determination under subsection 5(2).

paid work means work for financial gain or reward (whether as an employee, a self‑employed person or otherwise).

personal information has the same meaning as in the Privacy Act 1988.

prohibited drug means:

                     (a)  a narcotic substance (within the meaning of the Customs Act 1901); or

                     (b)  any drug prescribed in an instrument under subsection (3).

prohibited drug test means a test of a body sample of a person to determine the presence (if any) of a prohibited drug in the sample.

protected information means information that was obtained by a person in the person’s capacity as an entrusted person.

Note:          See also subsection (4).

public international organisation has the meaning given by section 70.1 of the Criminal Code.

rules means the rules made under section 58.

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department.

serious misconduct, by an Immigration and Border Protection worker, means:

                     (a)  corrupt conduct engaged in, a serious abuse of power, or a serious dereliction of duty, by the worker; or

                     (b)  any other seriously reprehensible act or behaviour by the worker, whether or not acting, or purporting to act, in the course of his or her duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker.

unauthorised maritime arrival has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.

Authorised person instrument

             (2)  The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by writing, authorise an Immigration and Border Protection worker for the purposes of paragraph (c) of the definition of authorised person in subsection (1).

Prohibited drug instrument

             (3)  The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by legislative instrument, prescribe drugs for the purposes of paragraph (b) of the definition of prohibited drug in subsection (1).

Protected information

             (4)  Without limiting the definition of protected information in subsection (1), information obtained by an entrusted person in the course of performing duties, or in performing functions or exercising powers, under a law of the Commonwealth:

                     (a)  as an officer of Customs, or an authorised officer, within the meaning of the Customs Act 1901; or

                     (b)  as an officer, or an authorised officer, within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958; or

                     (c)  as a maritime officer within the meaning of the Maritime Powers Act 2013; or

                     (d)  as a delegate of someone else; or

                     (e)  in any other capacity;

is taken to be information obtained by the person in the person’s capacity as an entrusted person.

5  Consultants and contractors etc.

Consultants and contractors

             (1)  The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by written determination, specify a person for the purposes of subparagraph (e)(ii) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1).

Other persons

             (2)  The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by written determination, specify a person for the purposes of subparagraph (f)(iii) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1).

Determinations are not legislative instruments

             (3)  A determination under this section is not a legislative instrument.

6  Act binds the Crown

                   This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

7  Extraterritorial application

                   This Act extends to acts, omissions, matters and things outside Australia.

Part 2Australian Border Force Commissioner

Division 1Simplified outline of this Part

8  Simplified outline of this Part

•      There is to be an Australian Border Force Commissioner of the Australian Border Force.

•      The Australian Border Force Commissioner has the control of the operations of the Australian Border Force.

•      The Australian Border Force Commissioner and APS employees in the Australian Border Force are able to exercise powers under the Customs Act 1901, the Migration Act 1958, the Maritime Powers Act 2013 and other Commonwealth laws.

•      The Australian Border Force Commissioner is also known as the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

•      The Australian Border Force Commissioner may give directions to Immigration and Border Protection workers to do with the administration and control of the operations of the Australian Border Force or the performance of functions or exercise of powers by such workers under a law of the Commonwealth.

Division 2Office and role of the Australian Border Force Commissioner

9  Establishment

             (1)  There is to be an Australian Border Force Commissioner of the Australian Border Force.

Note:          Many Commonwealth laws confer functions and powers on the Australian Border Force Commissioner.

             (2)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner has, under the Minister, the control of the operations of the Australian Border Force.

10  Powers of Australian Border Force Commissioner

                   The Australian Border Force Commissioner has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of his or her duties.

Division 3Appointment of the Australian Border Force Commissioner

11  Appointment

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner is to be appointed by the Governor‑General by written instrument.

             (2)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner is to be appointed on a full‑time basis.

Comptroller‑General of Customs

             (3)  While a person holds office as the Australian Border Force Commissioner the person is also the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

Note:          Many Commonwealth laws confer functions and powers on the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

12  Term of appointment

                   The Australian Border Force Commissioner holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          The Australian Border Force Commissioner may be reappointed: see section 33AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

13  Oath or affirmation by Australian Border Force Commissioner

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner must, before beginning to discharge the duties of his or her office, make and subscribe an oath or affirmation in accordance with the form prescribed by the rules for the purposes of this subsection.

             (2)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner must make and subscribe the oath or affirmation before the Minister.

Compliance

             (3)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner must not engage in conduct that is inconsistent with an oath or affirmation he or she has made and subscribed under this section.

14  Acting Australian Border Force Commissioner

             (1)  The Minister may, by written instrument, appoint a person to act as the Australian Border Force Commissioner:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Australian Border Force Commissioner (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Australian Border Force Commissioner:

                              (i)  is absent from duty or from Australia; or

                             (ii)  is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          Sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 have rules that apply to acting appointments.

Comptroller‑General of Customs

             (2)  A person appointed to act as the Australian Border Force Commissioner is taken, while the person is so acting, to also be the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

15  Application of finance law

                   For the purposes of the finance law (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013), the Australian Border Force Commissioner (including in his or her capacity as the Comptroller‑General of Customs) is an official of the Department.

Division 4Terms and conditions for the Australian Border Force Commissioner

16  Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, he or she is to be paid the remuneration that is prescribed by the rules.

             (2)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner is to be paid the allowances that are prescribed by the rules.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

17  Leave of absence

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (2)  The Minister may grant the Australian Border Force Commissioner leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on the terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise that the Minister determines.

18  Outside work

                   The Australian Border Force Commissioner must not engage in paid work outside the duties of his or her office without the Minister’s approval.

19  Disclosure of interests

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner must give written notice to the Minister of any direct or indirect pecuniary interest that the Commissioner has or acquires and that conflicts or could conflict with the proper performance of the Commissioner’s functions.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies in addition to section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests).

20  Resignation of appointment

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner may resign his or her appointment by giving the Governor‑General a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Governor‑General or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

21  Suspension or termination of appointment

             (1)  The Governor‑General may suspend or terminate the appointment of the Australian Border Force Commissioner:

                     (a)  for misbehaviour; or

                     (b)  if the Commissioner is unable to perform the duties of his or her office because of physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Governor‑General may suspend or terminate the appointment of the Australian Border Force Commissioner if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  takes steps to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with one or more of his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of one or more of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the Commissioner is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  the Commissioner engages in conduct that is inconsistent with an oath or affirmation he or she made and subscribed under section 13; or

                     (d)  the Commissioner engages, except with the Minister’s approval, in paid work outside the duties of his or her office (see section 18); or

                     (e)  the Commissioner fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with:

                              (i)  section 19; or

                             (ii)  section 29 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (which deals with the duty to disclose interests) or rules made under that Act for the purposes of that section; or

                      (f)  the Commissioner fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a direction under section 23.

             (3)  The suspension of the appointment of the Australian Border Force Commissioner under this section does not affect any entitlement of the Commissioner to be paid remuneration, and allowances, in accordance with this Act.

Statement in Parliament

             (4)  If the Governor‑General suspends or terminates the appointment of the Australian Border Force Commissioner, the Minister must cause a statement of the grounds of the suspension or termination to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 7 sitting days of that House after the suspension or termination.

22  Other terms and conditions

                   The Australian Border Force Commissioner holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act that are determined by the Minister.

Division 5Ministerial directions

23  Minister may give directions to Australian Border Force Commissioner

             (1)  The Minister may, after obtaining and considering the advice of the Australian Border Force Commissioner and the Secretary, give written directions to the Australian Border Force Commissioner about policies that should be pursued, or priorities that should be followed, in relation to the operations of the Australian Border Force.

             (2)  If the Minister gives a direction under subsection (1), the Minister must cause a copy of the direction to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after giving the direction.

             (3)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner must comply with all directions under subsection (1).

             (4)  A direction under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

Division 6Oaths or affirmations by Immigration and Border Protection workers

24  Oaths or affirmations by Immigration and Border Protection workers

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner may request the following persons to make and subscribe an oath or affirmation in accordance with the form prescribed by the rules for the purposes of this subsection:

                     (a)  a person who is covered by paragraph (a) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1) and who is in the Australian Border Force;

                     (b)  a person who is covered by paragraph (b), (c) or (d) of that definition and whose services are made available to, or who is performing services for, the Australian Border Force.

             (2)  A person must make and subscribe the oath or affirmation before the Australian Border Force Commissioner or a person authorised by the Commissioner.

Compliance

             (3)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker who has made and subscribed an oath or affirmation under this section must not engage in conduct that is inconsistent with the oath or affirmation.

Note:          See subsection 13(4) and sections 15, 28 and 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the consequences of an APS employee in the Department not complying with subsection (3) of this section.

             (4)  Subsection (3) extends to an Immigration and Border Protection worker who has made and subscribed an oath or affirmation under this section but who is no longer a person mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b).

Division 7Delegation and directions

25  Delegation

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by writing, delegate any of his or her functions or powers under a law of the Commonwealth to the following:

                     (a)  the Secretary;

                     (b)  a person who is covered by paragraph (a) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1) and who is in the Australian Border Force;

                     (c)  a person who is covered by paragraph (b), (c), (d), (e) or (f) of that definition and whose services are made available to, or who is performing services for, the Australian Border Force.

             (2)  However, subsection (1) does not apply in relation to:

                     (a)  section 30 (resignation in anticipation of termination of employment); or

                     (b)  section 32 (termination of employment for serious misconduct).

Directions to delegates

             (3)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must, in performing functions or exercising powers under a delegation under subsection (1), comply with any written directions of the Australian Border Force Commissioner.

Subdelegation by Secretary

             (4)  If the Secretary is delegated functions or powers under subsection (1), the Secretary may, by writing, delegate any of those functions or powers to any Immigration and Border Protection worker.

             (5)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must, in performing functions or exercising powers under a delegation under subsection (4), comply with any written directions of the Secretary.

             (6)  The Secretary must not give directions under subsection (5) in relation to particular functions or powers that are inconsistent with any directions given under subsection (3) in relation to those functions or powers.

             (7)  A function that is performed or a power that is exercised by an Immigration and Border Protection worker under a delegation under subsection (4) is taken, for the purposes of the law referred to in subsection (1), to have been performed or exercised by the Australian Border Force Commissioner.

26  Directions—administration and control of the operations of the Australian Border Force

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by writing, give directions to the following persons in connection with the administration and control of the operations of the Australian Border Force:

                     (a)  a person who is covered by paragraph (a) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1) and who is in the Australian Border Force;

                     (b)  a person who is covered by paragraph (b), (c), (d), (e) or (f) of that definition and whose services are made available to, or who is performing services for, the Australian Border Force.

Essential qualifications

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), directions under that subsection may relate to the essential qualifications for persons mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b) for performing their duties.

Note 1:       See section 23 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the reduction in the classification of an APS employee in the Department if the employee lacks, or has lost, an essential qualification for performing his or her duties.

Note 2:       See section 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the termination of the employment of an APS employee in the Department if the employee lacks, or has lost, an essential qualification for performing his or her duties.

             (3)  Without limiting subsection (2), essential qualifications may have one or more of the following components:

                     (a)  physical or psychological health or fitness;

                     (b)  professional or technical qualifications;

                     (c)  learning and development requirements.

Reporting of serious misconduct or criminal activity

             (4)  Without limiting subsection (1), directions under that subsection may relate to the reporting by persons mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b) of the following:

                     (a)  serious misconduct by such a person;

                     (b)  criminal activity involving such a person;

where the serious misconduct or criminal activity affects, or is likely to affect, the operations, responsibilities or reputation of the Department.

Compliance with directions

             (5)  A person mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b) must comply with a direction under this section.

Note 1:       See subsection 13(4) and sections 15, 28 and 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the consequences of an APS employee in the Department not complying with subsection (5) of this section.

Note 2:       See section 57 of this Act for the termination of a person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor, or for the arranging of a person to cease to perform services for the Department, if the person does not comply with subsection (5) of this section.

Directions are not legislative instruments

             (6)  A direction under this section is not a legislative instrument.

No limit on other powers to give directions

             (7)  This section does not limit any other power of the Australian Border Force Commissioner to give directions to any person.

Self‑incrimination

             (8)  If a person mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b) is required by a direction of the kind mentioned in subsection (4) to give information, answer a question or produce a document, the person is not excused from:

                     (a)  giving the information; or

                     (b)  answering the question; or

                     (c)  producing the document;

on the ground that the information, the answer to the question or the production of the document might tend to incriminate the person or expose the person to a penalty.

             (9)  However:

                     (a)  the information given, the answer given or the document produced; or

                     (b)  giving the information, answering the question or producing the document;

is not admissible in evidence against the person in any proceedings.

           (10)  Subsection (9) has effect subject to section 40.

27  Directions—performance of functions or exercise of powers under laws of the Commonwealth

             (1)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by writing, give directions to the following persons in relation to the performance of functions, or the exercise of powers, by those persons under a law of the Commonwealth:

                     (a)  a person who is covered by paragraph (a) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1) and who is in the Australian Border Force;

                     (b)  a person who is covered by paragraph (b), (c), (d), (e) or (f) of that definition and whose services are made available to, or who is performing services for, the Australian Border Force.

             (2)  However, subsection (1) does not apply in relation to the Migration Act 1958.

Note:          Section 499 of the Migration Act 1958 allows the Minister to give directions to a person or body about the performance of functions or the exercise of powers under that Act.

Compliance with directions

             (3)  A person mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b) must comply with a direction under this section.

Note 1:       See subsection 13(4) and sections 15, 28 and 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the consequences of an APS employee in the Department not complying with subsection (3) of this section.

Note 2:       See section 57 of this Act for the termination of a person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor, or for the arranging of a person to cease to perform services for the Department, if the person does not comply with subsection (3) of this section.

Directions are not legislative instruments

             (4)  A direction under this section is not a legislative instrument.

No limit on other powers to give directions

             (5)  This section does not limit any other power of the Australian Border Force Commissioner to give directions to any person.

Part 3Resignation from the Department

  

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•      An APS employee in the Department must give at least 14 days’ notice of his or her resignation from the Department.

•      If an APS employee in the Department resigns in circumstances where the employee may have engaged in serious misconduct, the Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may delay the employee’s resignation by up to 90 days to allow further investigation of that conduct.

29  Resignation—general

             (1)  A person may resign as an APS employee in the Department if, and only if:

                     (a)  he or she gives written notice to the Secretary of his or her resignation; and

                     (b)  the notice specifies, in accordance with subsection (2), the day his or her resignation is to take effect.

             (2)  The day specified in a notice under paragraph (1)(a) must not:

                     (a)  be earlier than 14 days, or such shorter period as the Secretary allows; or

                     (b)  be later than 4 months;

after the day on which the notice is given to the Secretary.

             (3)  This section is subject to section 30.

30  Resignation in anticipation of termination of employment

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an APS employee in the Department gives the Secretary written notice of the employee’s resignation under paragraph 29(1)(a); and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  the Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner reasonably believes that the employee has engaged in serious misconduct and the Secretary is considering terminating the employee’s employment; or

                             (ii)  the employee is being investigated for serious misconduct and the Secretary is not in a position to decide whether to terminate the employee’s employment because the findings of the investigation are not yet known.

             (2)  The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by written notice given to the APS employee, substitute a day, no later than 90 days after the day specified in the employee’s notice of resignation, as the day on which the employee’s resignation is to take effect.

             (3)  Subsection (2) has effect subject to subsection (7).

Multiple notices

             (4)  The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may give more than one notice under subsection (2) to the APS employee in relation to the notice of resignation.

Timing of first notice

             (5)  To be effective, the first notice given under subsection (2) in relation to the notice of resignation must be given to the APS employee before the day specified in the notice of resignation.

Employee’s resignation takes effect or employee’s employment terminated

             (6)  The Secretary must, on or before the day substituted in the most recent notice given under subsection (2) in relation to the notice of resignation:

                     (a)  notify the APS employee that the employee’s resignation takes effect; or

                     (b)  terminate the APS employee’s employment.

Note:          See section 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the termination of the employment of an APS employee in the Department.

             (7)  If under paragraph (6)(a) the Secretary notifies the APS employee that the employee’s resignation takes effect, the employee’s resignation takes effect on the day of that notification.

Part 4Termination of employment in the Department for serious misconduct

  

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•      If the Secretary terminates the employment of an APS employee in the Department and the Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner reasonably believes that the employee’s conduct or behaviour amounts to serious misconduct, the Secretary or the Commissioner may make a declaration to that effect.

•      The effect of the declaration is that provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 dealing with unfair dismissal, and notice of termination or payment in lieu, will not apply to the APS employee.

32  Termination of employment for serious misconduct

             (1)  This section applies if the Secretary terminates the employment of an APS employee in the Department and the Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner reasonably believes that the employee’s conduct or behaviour or any part of it:

                     (a)  amounts to serious misconduct by the APS employee; and

                     (b)  is having, or is likely to have, a damaging effect on:

                              (i)  the professional self‑respect or morale of some or all of the APS employees in the Department; or

                             (ii)  the reputation of the Department with the public or any section of the public, with an Australian or overseas government or with a person or body to whom information may be disclosed under Part 6.

Note:          See section 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the termination of the employment of an APS employee in the Department.

             (2)  The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may make a written declaration that he or she has the belief referred to in subsection (1) in relation to the APS employee.

Timing of declaration

             (3)  A declaration under subsection (2) must be made within 24 hours of the Secretary’s decision to terminate the APS employee’s employment.

Copy of declaration to be given to APS employee

             (4)  If the Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner makes the declaration for the APS employee, the Secretary or the Commissioner must give the APS employee a copy of the declaration.

Effect of declaration on Fair Work Act

             (5)  If the Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner makes the declaration for the APS employee, the Fair Work Act 2009 (other than Part 3‑1 and Division 9 of Part 3‑3 of that Act) does not apply in relation to:

                     (a)  the termination of the APS employee’s employment; or

                     (b)  the making of the declaration.

Note 1:       This means, for example, that the provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 dealing with unfair dismissal, and notice of termination or payment in lieu, do not apply in relation to the APS employee.

Note 2:       Part 3‑1 of the Fair Work Act 2009 deals with general protections, and Division 9 of Part 3‑3 of that Act deals with payments relating to periods of industrial action.

             (6)  To avoid doubt, subsection (5) applies despite section 8 of the Public Service Act 1999.

Report to Minister

             (7)  The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner must give the Minister a written report containing the following, as soon as practicable after making the declaration:

                     (a)  the grounds for the Secretary’s or Commissioner’s belief referred to in subsection (1) in relation to the APS employee;

                     (b)  the nature and findings of any investigation of, or inquiry into, the APS employee’s conduct or behaviour;

                     (c)  details of any other matter the Secretary or Commissioner considers relevant.

Declaration not a legislative instrument

             (8)  A declaration under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.

Part 5Alcohol and drug tests

  

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•      Immigration and Border Protection workers may be required to undergo an alcohol screening test, an alcohol breath test, an alcohol blood test or a prohibited drug test.

34  Alcohol screening test—suspicion that Immigration and Border Protection worker under the influence of alcohol

             (1)  An authorised person may require an Immigration and Border Protection worker to undergo an alcohol screening test if:

                     (a)  the worker is in the course of performing his or her duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker; and

                     (b)  the authorised person reasonably suspects that the worker is under the influence of alcohol.

Compliance with requirement

             (2)  The worker must comply with a requirement given to him or her under subsection (1).

Note 1:       See subsection 13(4) and sections 15, 28 and 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the consequences of an APS employee in the Department not complying with subsection (2) of this section.

Note 2:       See section 57 of this Act for the termination of a person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor, or for the arranging of a person to cease to perform services for the Department, if the person does not comply with subsection (2) of this section.

Return to duties

             (3)  If the result of the alcohol screening test shows that alcohol is not present in the worker’s breath, he or she may return to his or her duties immediately.

Relationship with section 35

             (4)  This section does not limit section 35.

35  Alcohol screening, breath or blood test or prohibited drug test—general

             (1)  An authorised person may give an Immigration and Border Protection worker who is in the course of performing his or her duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker a written direction requiring the worker to do one or more of the following:

                     (a)  undergo an alcohol screening test;

                     (b)  undergo an alcohol breath test;

                     (c)  provide a body sample of a kind specified in the direction for a prohibited drug test.

Blood sample if alcohol breath test indicates presence of alcohol

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  the worker undergoes an alcohol breath test in accordance with a direction under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  the alcohol breath test indicates the presence of alcohol;

the worker may provide a sample of his or her blood for the purpose of an alcohol blood test.

Compliance with direction

             (3)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must comply with a direction given to him or her under this section.

Note 1:       See subsection 13(4) and sections 15, 28 and 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the consequences of an APS employee in the Department not complying with subsection (3) of this section.

Note 2:       See section 57 of this Act for the termination of a person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor, or for the arranging of a person to cease to perform services for the Department, if the person does not comply with subsection (3) of this section.

36  Alcohol screening, breath or blood test or prohibited drug test—certain incidents

             (1)  An authorised person may give an Immigration and Border Protection worker a written direction requiring the worker to do one or more of the following if subsection (2) or (3) applies:

                     (a)  undergo an alcohol screening test;

                     (b)  undergo an alcohol breath test;

                     (c)  provide a body sample of a kind specified in the direction for a prohibited drug test.

Person killed or seriously injured in an incident involving a motor vehicle or vessel or while detained

             (2)  This subsection applies if:

                     (a)  one of the following applies:

                              (i)  a person is killed or seriously injured as a result of an incident involving a motor vehicle or vessel;

                             (ii)  an incident occurs in which a person is killed or seriously injured while the person is held in custody in relation to an arrest under the Customs Act 1901, the Migration Act 1958 or the Maritime Powers Act 2013 or otherwise detained under any of those Acts;

                            (iii)  an incident occurs in which a person is killed or seriously injured while the person is an unauthorised maritime arrival and is being taken to a regional processing country under section 198AD of the Migration Act 1958; and

                     (b)  the worker is directly involved in the incident in the course of performing his or her duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker.

Person killed or seriously injured by a firearm discharging or physical force

             (3)  This subsection applies if:

                     (a)  all of the following apply:

                              (i)  the worker is an officer authorised to carry arms within the meaning of section 189A of the Customs Act 1901;

                             (ii)  an incident occurs in which a person is killed or seriously injured as a result of the discharge of a firearm by the worker;

                            (iii)  the incident occurs in the course of the worker performing his or her duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker; or

                     (b)  both of the following apply:

                              (i)  an incident occurs in which a person is killed or seriously injured as a result of the application of physical force by the worker;

                             (ii)  the incident occurs in the course of the worker performing his or her duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker.

Direction to be given as soon as practicable after the incident

             (4)  A direction under subsection (1) must be given as soon as practicable after the incident concerned and may be given whether or not the worker is still performing his or her duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker.

Provision of blood or body sample while in hospital

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  an Immigration and Border Protection worker is involved in an incident referred to in subsection (2) or (3); and

                     (b)  the worker attends or is admitted to a hospital for examination or treatment because of the incident;

an authorised person may give the worker a written direction requiring the worker to do either or both of the following:

                     (c)  provide a sample of his or her blood for the purpose of an alcohol blood test;

                     (d)  provide a body sample of a kind specified in the direction for a prohibited drug test.

Compliance with direction

             (6)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must comply with a direction given to him or her under this section.

Note 1:       See subsection 13(4) and sections 15, 28 and 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the consequences of an APS employee in the Department not complying with subsection (6) of this section.

Note 2:       See section 57 of this Act for the termination of a person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor, or for the arranging of a person to cease to perform services for the Department, if the person does not comply with subsection (6) of this section.

37  Performing duties on board a vessel

                   If:

                     (a)  an Immigration and Border Protection worker is on board a vessel throughout a period (the onboard period); and

                     (b)  the vessel is under the command of an officer of Customs (within the meaning of the Customs Act 1901); and

                     (c)  at any time during the onboard period, the worker performs duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker;

the worker is taken, for the purposes of this Part, to be in the course of performing his or her duties as an Immigration and Border Protection worker throughout the onboard period.

38  Conduct of tests and provision of samples to be in accordance with the rules

Conduct of tests

             (1)  An alcohol screening test, alcohol breath test, alcohol blood test or prohibited drug test under section 34, 35 or 36 is to be conducted in accordance with the rules.

Provision of samples

             (2)  A sample of blood for the purpose of an alcohol blood test under section 35 or 36, or a body sample for the purpose of a prohibited drug test under that section, is to be provided in accordance with the rules.

39  Rules for purposes of this Part

                   For the purposes of sections 34, 35 and 36, the rules may make provision for and in relation to the following:

                     (a)  the authorisation of persons:

                              (i)  to conduct alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests, alcohol blood tests or prohibited drug tests for the purpose of those sections; and

                             (ii)  to operate equipment for that purpose;

                     (b)  the provision of samples of blood for the purpose of alcohol blood tests under those sections;

                     (c)  the provision of body samples for the purpose of prohibited drug tests under those sections;

                     (d)  the conduct of alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests, alcohol blood tests or prohibited drug tests under those sections;

                     (e)  the devices used in conducting alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests, alcohol blood tests or prohibited drug tests under those sections, including the calibration, inspection and testing of those devices;

                      (f)  in the case of alcohol blood tests and prohibited drug tests—the accreditation of persons to conduct analyses in connection with such tests;

                     (g)  the procedure for the handling, analysis, storage and destruction of:

                              (i)  samples of blood taken in connection with alcohol blood tests under those sections; or

                             (ii)  body samples taken in connection with prohibited drug tests under those sections;

                     (h)  the giving of the test results in certificates or other documents and the evidentiary effect of such certificates or other documents;

                      (i)  the confidentiality and disclosure of the test results;

                      (j)  the keeping and destruction of records in relation to alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests, alcohol blood tests or prohibited drug tests under those sections.

40  Admissibility of test results etc. in legal proceedings

                   The following:

                     (a)  a certificate or other document recording the results of a test conducted under section 34, 35 or 36 in relation to an Immigration and Border Protection worker;

                     (b)  any other information, answer to a question or document relevant to conducting such a test;

are not admissible in evidence against the worker in any proceedings other than the following:

                     (c)  proceedings in relation to a decision of the Secretary to terminate the employment or engagement of the worker;

                     (d)  proceedings under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988;

                     (e)  proceedings in tort against the Commonwealth that are instituted by the worker.

Part 6Secrecy and disclosure provisions

  

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•      An entrusted person must not make a record of or disclose protected information unless the making of the record or disclosure is authorised by a provision of this Part, is in the course of the person’s employment or service as an entrusted person or is required or authorised by law or by an order or direction of a court or tribunal.

42  Secrecy

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is, or has been, an entrusted person; and

                     (b)  the person makes a record of, or discloses, information; and

                     (c)  the information is protected information.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

Exception

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the making of the record or disclosure is authorised by section 43, 44, 45, 47, 48 or 49; or

                     (b)  the making of the record or disclosure is in the course of the person’s employment or service as an entrusted person; or

                     (c)  the making of the record or disclosure is required or authorised by or under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                     (d)  the making of the record or disclosure is required by an order or direction of a court or tribunal.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to a matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

Geographical jurisdiction

             (3)  Section 15.2 of the Criminal Code (extended geographical jurisdiction—category B) applies to an offence against subsection (1).

43  Records or disclosure for the purposes of this Act or the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006

                   An entrusted person may make a record of, or disclose, protected information if:

                     (a)  the making of the record, or disclosure, is for the purposes of this Act or a legislative instrument under this Act; or

                     (b)  the making of the record, or disclosure, is for the purposes of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 or regulations under that Act.

44  Disclosure to certain bodies and persons

Protected information that is not personal information

             (1)  An entrusted person authorised under subsection (3) may disclose protected information, or a class of protected information, that does not contain personal information, to a body or person mentioned in subsection (4) if:

                     (a)  the Secretary is satisfied that the information will enable or assist that body or person to perform or exercise any of the functions, duties or powers of that body or person; and

                     (b)  if, under subsection (6), that body or person is required to comply with a condition before the disclosure of the information—that body or person has complied with that condition.

Protected information that is personal information

             (2)  An entrusted person authorised under subsection (3) may disclose protected information, or a class of protected information, that contains personal information, to a body or person mentioned in subsection (4) for a purpose mentioned in section 46 if:

                     (a)  the Secretary is satisfied that the information will enable or assist that body or person to perform or exercise any of the functions, duties or powers of that body or person; and

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that the disclosure of the information to that body or person is necessary for the purpose mentioned in section 46; and

                     (c)  if, under subsection (6), that body or person is required to comply with a condition before the disclosure of the information—that body or person has complied with that condition; and

                     (d)  in relation to a class of protected information—that body or person is prescribed in the rules and that class of information is prescribed in the rules as a class of information that may be disclosed to that body or person.

Authorisation

             (3)  The Secretary may, by writing, authorise an entrusted person for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).

Bodies and persons

             (4)  For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), the bodies and persons are the following:

                     (a)  a Department, agency or authority of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

                     (b)  the Australian Federal Police;

                     (c)  a police force or police service of a State or Territory;

                     (d)  a coroner;

                     (e)  any other person who holds an office or appointment under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

                      (f)  any other body or person prescribed by the rules for the purposes of this paragraph.

             (5)  Paragraph (4)(f) does not apply in relation to a foreign country, an agency or authority of a foreign country or a public international organisation.

Conditions

             (6)  The Secretary may, by writing, impose conditions to be complied with by a body or person:

                     (a)  before protected information is disclosed to that body or person under subsection (1) or (2); or

                     (b)  in relation to protected information disclosed to that body or person under subsection (1) or (2).

Instruments are not legislative instruments

             (7)  An instrument under subsection (3) or (6) is not a legislative instrument.

45  Disclosure in accordance with agreements

Protected information that is not personal information

             (1)  An entrusted person authorised under subsection (3) may disclose protected information, or a class of protected information, that does not contain personal information, to a foreign country, an agency or authority of a foreign country or a public international organisation if:

                     (a)  the Secretary is satisfied that the information will be used in accordance with an agreement to which subsection (4) applies; and

                     (b)  that foreign country, agency, authority or organisation has undertaken not to use or further disclose the information except in accordance with the agreement or otherwise as required or authorised by law.

Protected information that is personal information

             (2)  An entrusted person authorised under subsection (3) may disclose protected information, or a class of protected information, that contains personal information, to a foreign country, an agency or authority of a foreign country or a public international organisation for a purpose mentioned in section 46 if:

                     (a)  the Secretary is satisfied that the information will be used in accordance with an agreement to which subsection (4) applies; and

                     (b)  the Secretary is satisfied that the disclosure of that information to that foreign country, agency, authority or organisation is necessary for the purpose mentioned in section 46; and

                     (c)  that foreign country, agency, authority or organisation has undertaken not to use or further disclose the information except in accordance with the agreement or otherwise as required or authorised by law; and

                     (d)  in relation to a class of protected information—that foreign country, agency, authority or organisation is prescribed in the rules and that class of information is prescribed in the rules as a class of information that may be disclosed to that foreign country, agency, authority or organisation.

Authorisation

             (3)  The Secretary may, by writing, authorise an entrusted person for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).

Agreements

             (4)  This subsection applies to an agreement that is in force between:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth or an agency or authority of the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  one or more of the following:

                              (i)  a foreign country;

                             (ii)  an agency or authority of a foreign country;

                            (iii)  a public international organisation.

Conditions

             (5)  The Secretary may, by writing, impose conditions to be complied with by a foreign country, an agency or authority of a foreign country or a public international organisation in relation to protected information disclosed to it under subsection (1) or (2).

Instruments are not legislative instruments

             (6)  An instrument under subsection (3) or (5) is not a legislative instrument.

46  Permitted purposes

                   For the purposes of sections 44 and 45, the purposes are the following:

                     (a)  the administration or enforcement of a law of the Commonwealth, a State, a Territory or a foreign country that relates to:

                              (i)  criminal law; or

                             (ii)  a law imposing a pecuniary penalty or providing for the forfeiture of property;

                     (b)  in relation to a law referred to in paragraph (a), the prevention of crime, or the detection or analysis of criminal conduct, in respect of that law;

                     (c)  assisting a coronial inquiry, coronial investigation or coronial inquest under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

                     (d)  a purpose relating to the protection of public health, or the prevention or elimination of risks to the life or safety of an individual or a group of individuals;

                     (e)  the collection and verification of statistics for the purposes of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 or the performance of the functions of the Australian Bureau of Statistics as set out in section 6 of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975;

                      (f)  the protection of the public revenue of the Commonwealth, a State, a Territory or a foreign country;

                     (g)  a purpose relating to matters covered by the Customs Act 1901, the Migration Act 1958, the Maritime Powers Act 2013, the Australian Citizenship Act 2007, the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 or the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000;

                     (h)  any of the following:

                              (i)  assisting in establishing the identity of a particular person;

                             (ii)  establishing whether or not a particular person is or was an Australian citizen at a particular time or in a particular period;

                            (iii)  establishing whether or not a particular person is or was the holder of a particular kind or class of visa under the Migration Act 1958 at a particular time or in a particular period;

                      (i)  a purpose relating to immigration, quarantine or border control between Australia and a foreign country;

                      (j)  the provision of services to persons who are not Australian citizens;

                     (k)  a purpose relating to the performance of functions under section 17 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979;

                      (l)  a purpose relating to the performance of functions under section 6 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001;

                    (m)  the administration of the National Anti‑Doping Scheme (within the meaning of the Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority Act 2006);

                     (n)  the administration or enforcement of laws with respect to commerce:

                              (i)  between a State and another State; or

                             (ii)  between a State and a Territory; or

                            (iii)  between a Territory and another Territory; or

                            (iv)  between Australia and another country; or

                             (v)  within a State or Territory;

                     (o)  a purpose prescribed by the rules.

47  Disclosure with consent

                   An entrusted person may disclose protected information that relates to the affairs of a person or body if:

                     (a)  the person or body has consented to the disclosure; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is in accordance with that consent.

48  Disclosure to reduce threat to life or health

                   An entrusted person may disclose protected information if:

                     (a)  the entrusted person reasonably believes that the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious threat to the life or health of an individual; and

                     (b)  the disclosure is for the purposes of preventing or lessening that threat.

49  Disclosure of publicly available information

                   An entrusted person may disclose protected information if it has already been lawfully made available to the public.

50  Exceptions operate independently

                   Sections 43, 44, 45, 47, 48 and 49 do not limit each other.

51  Interaction with Privacy Act

                   For the purposes of the Privacy Act 1988:

                     (a)  the making of a record, in accordance with section 43, of protected information, to the extent that the protected information contains personal information, is taken to be a use that is authorised by this Act; and

                     (b)  the disclosure, in accordance with section 43, 44, 45, 47, 48 or 49, of protected information, to the extent that the protected information contains personal information, is taken to be a disclosure that is authorised by this Act.

Part 7Other matters

  

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•      The Secretary and the Comptroller‑General of Customs can delegate their functions or powers under a law of the Commonwealth.

•      The Secretary may give directions to Immigration and Border Protection workers to do with the administration and control of the Department or the performance of functions or exercise of powers by such workers under a law of the Commonwealth.

•      The Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may terminate the engagement of a person as a consultant or contractor if the person fails to comply with a direction under this Act.

•      The Minister may make rules for the purposes of this Act.

53  Delegation by Secretary

             (1)  The Secretary may, by writing, delegate any of his or her functions or powers under a law of the Commonwealth to:

                     (a)  the Australian Border Force Commissioner; or

                     (b)  an Immigration and Border Protection worker.

             (2)  However, subsection (1) does not apply in relation to:

                     (a)  section 30 (resignation in anticipation of termination of employment); or

                     (b)  section 32 (termination of employment for serious misconduct); or

                     (c)  the Migration Act 1958 or an instrument under that Act.

Note:          Section 496 of the Migration Act 1958 deals with delegation by the Secretary of his or her powers under that Act.

Directions to delegates

             (3)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must, in performing functions or exercising powers under a delegation under subsection (1), comply with any written directions of the Secretary.

Subdelegation by Australian Border Force Commissioner

             (4)  If the Australian Border Force Commissioner is delegated functions or powers under subsection (1), the Commissioner may, by writing, delegate any of those functions or powers to the following:

                     (a)  a person who is covered by paragraph (a) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1) and who is in the Australian Border Force;

                     (b)  a person who is covered by paragraph (b), (c), (d), (e) or (f) of that definition and whose services are made available to, or who is performing services for, the Australian Border Force.

             (5)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must, in performing functions or exercising powers under a delegation under subsection (4), comply with any written directions of the Australian Border Force Commissioner.

             (6)  The Australian Border Force Commissioner must not give directions under subsection (5) in relation to particular functions or powers that are inconsistent with any directions given under subsection (3) in relation to those functions or powers.

             (7)  A function that is performed or a power that is exercised by an Immigration and Border Protection worker under a delegation under subsection (4) is taken, for the purposes of the law referred to in subsection (1), to have been performed or exercised by the Secretary.

54  Delegation by Comptroller‑General of Customs

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by writing, delegate any of his or her functions or powers under a law of the Commonwealth (other than section 179 of the Customs Act 1901) to:

                     (a)  the Secretary; or

                     (b)  an Immigration and Border Protection worker.

Directions to delegates

             (2)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must, in performing functions or exercising powers under a delegation under subsection (1), comply with any written directions of the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

Subdelegation by Secretary

             (3)  If the Secretary is delegated functions or powers under subsection (1), the Secretary may, by writing, delegate any of those functions or powers to an Immigration and Border Protection worker.

             (4)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must, in performing functions or exercising powers under a delegation under subsection (3), comply with any written directions of the Secretary.

             (5)  The Secretary must not give directions under subsection (4) in relation to particular functions or powers that are inconsistent with any directions given under subsection (2) in relation to those functions or powers.

             (6)  A function that is performed or a power that is exercised by an Immigration and Border Protection worker under a delegation under subsection (3) is taken, for the purposes of the law referred to in subsection (1), to have been performed or exercised by the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

55  Directions by Secretary—administration and control of the Department

             (1)  The Secretary may, by writing, give directions to Immigration and Border Protection workers in connection with the administration and control of the Department.

Essential qualifications

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), directions under that subsection may relate to the essential qualifications for Immigration and Border Protection workers for performing their duties.

Note 1:       See section 23 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the reduction in the classification of an APS employee in the Department if the employee lacks, or has lost, an essential qualification for performing his or her duties.

Note 2:       See section 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the termination of the employment of an APS employee in the Department if the employee lacks, or has lost, an essential qualification for performing his or her duties.

             (3)  Without limiting subsection (2), essential qualifications may have one or more of the following components:

                     (a)  physical or psychological health or fitness;

                     (b)  professional or technical qualifications;

                     (c)  learning and development requirements;

                     (d)  security clearances.

Organisational suitability assessments

             (4)  Without limiting subsection (1), directions under that subsection may relate to organisational suitability assessments.

Reporting of serious misconduct or criminal activity

             (5)  Without limiting subsection (1), directions under that subsection may relate to the reporting by Immigration and Border Protection workers of the following:

                     (a)  serious misconduct by such a worker;

                     (b)  criminal activity involving such a worker;

where the serious misconduct or criminal activity affects, or is likely to affect, the operations, responsibilities or reputation of the Department.

Relationship with directions under section 26

             (6)  A direction under this section prevails over a direction under section 26 to the extent of any inconsistency.

Compliance with directions

             (7)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must comply with a direction under this section.

Note 1:       See subsection 13(4) and sections 15, 28 and 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the consequences of an APS employee in the Department not complying with subsection (7) of this section.

Note 2:       See section 57 of this Act for the termination of a person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor, or for the arranging of a person to cease to perform services for the Department, if the person does not comply with subsection (7) of this section.

Directions are not legislative instruments

             (8)  A direction under this section is not a legislative instrument.

No limit on other powers to give directions

             (9)  This section does not limit any other power of the Secretary to give directions to any person.

Self‑incrimination

           (10)  If an Immigration and Border Protection worker is required by a direction of the kind mentioned in subsection (5) to give information, answer a question or produce a document, the worker is not excused from:

                     (a)  giving the information; or

                     (b)  answering the question; or

                     (c)  producing the document;

on the ground that the information, the answer to the question or the production of the document might tend to incriminate the worker or expose the worker to a penalty.

           (11)  However:

                     (a)  the information given, the answer given or the document produced; or

                     (b)  giving the information, answering the question or producing the document;

is not admissible in evidence against the worker in any proceedings.

           (12)  Subsection (11) has effect subject to section 40.

56  Directions by Secretary—performance of functions or exercise of powers under laws of the Commonwealth

             (1)  The Secretary may, by writing, give directions to Immigration and Border Protection workers in relation to the performance of functions, or the exercise of powers, by those workers under a law of the Commonwealth.

             (2)  However, subsection (1) does not apply in relation to the Migration Act 1958.

Note:          Section 499 of the Migration Act 1958 allows the Minister to give directions to a person or body about the performance of functions or the exercise of powers under that Act.

Relationship with directions under section 27

             (3)  A direction under this section prevails over a direction under section 27 to the extent of any inconsistency.

Compliance with directions

             (4)  An Immigration and Border Protection worker must comply with a direction under this section.

Note 1:       See subsection 13(4) and sections 15, 28 and 29 of the Public Service Act 1999 for the consequences of an APS employee in the Department not complying with subsection (4) of this section.

Note 2:       See section 57 of this Act for the termination of a person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor, or for the arranging of a person to cease to perform services for the Department, if the person does not comply with subsection (4) of this section.

Directions are not legislative instruments

             (5)  A direction under this section is not a legislative instrument.

No limit on other powers to give directions

             (6)  This section does not limit any other power of the Secretary to give directions to any person.

57  Termination of engagement of consultant or contractor

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person is covered by paragraph (e) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1); and

                     (b)  the person fails to comply with a direction under section 26, 27, 35, 36, 55 or 56 or subsection (2) of this section or with a requirement under subsection 34(1);

the Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may terminate the person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  a person (the affected person) is covered by paragraph (f) of the definition of Immigration and Border Protection worker in subsection 4(1); and

                     (b)  in connection with that person, paragraph (e) of that definition covers a person (the consultant/contractor); and

                     (c)  the affected person fails to comply with a direction under section 26, 27, 35, 36, 55 or 56 or with a requirement under subsection 34(1);

the Secretary or the Australian Border Force Commissioner may, by writing, direct the consultant/contractor to arrange for the affected person to cease to perform services for the Department.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not limit the circumstances in which a person’s engagement as a consultant or contractor may be terminated.

58  Rules

             (1)  The Minister may, by legislative instrument, make rules prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed by the rules; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the rules may not do the following:

                     (a)  create an offence or civil penalty;

                     (b)  provide powers of:

                              (i)  arrest or detention; or

                             (ii)  entry, search or seizure;

                     (c)  impose a tax;

                     (d)  set an amount to be appropriated from the Consolidated Revenue Fund under an appropriation in this Act;

                     (e)  amend this Act.

 


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

Endnotes about misdescribed amendments and other matters are included in a compilation only as necessary.

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.

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 amendment is set out in the endnotes.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

A = Act

orig = original

ad = added or inserted

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

am = amended

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

amdt = amendment

pres = present

c = clause(s)

prev = previous

C[x] = Compilation No. x

(prev…) = previously

Ch = Chapter(s)

Pt = Part(s)

def = definition(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Dict = Dictionary

Reg = Regulation/Regulations

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

reloc = relocated

Div = Division(s)

renum = renumbered

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

rep = repealed

    effect

rs = repealed and substituted

F = Federal Register of Legislative Instruments

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

gaz = gazette

Sch = Schedule(s)

LI = Legislative Instrument

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

(md) = misdescribed amendment

SR = Statutory Rules

mod = modified/modification

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

No. = Number(s)

SubPt = Subpart(s)

o = order(s)

underlining = whole or part not

Ord = Ordinance

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Australian Border Force Act 2015

40, 2015

20 May 2015

1 July 2015 (s 2)

 

Customs and Other Legislation Amendment (Australian Border Force) Act 2015

41, 2015

20 May 2015

Sch 8 (item 1): awaiting commencement (s 2(1) item 3(b))
Sch 9: 1 July 2015 (s 2(1) item 7)

Sch 9

Customs Amendment (Australian Trusted Trader Programme) Act 2015

73, 2015

25 June 2015

Sch 1 (item 6): 1 July 2015 (s 2(1) item 3(a))

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 6

 

s 46....................................

am No 41, 2015

Part 7

 

s 54....................................

am No 73, 2015