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Customs Act 1901

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Act No. 6 of 1901 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Energy Grants and Other Legislation Amendment (Ethanol and Biodiesel) Act 2015
An Act relating to the Customs
Administered by: Immigration and Border Protection; Industry, Innovation and Science
Registered 14 Sep 2015
Start Date 05 Sep 2015
End Date 01 Nov 2015

Customs Act 1901

No. 6, 1901

Compilation No. 131

Compilation date:                              5 September 2015

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 81, 2015

Registered:                                         14 September 2015

This compilation is in 4 volumes

Volume 1:       sections 1–183U

Volume 2:       sections 183UA–269SL

Volume 3:       sections 269SM–277A

                        Schedule

Volume 4:       Endnotes

Each volume has its own contents

 

 

 

 

This compilation includes commenced amendments made by Act No. 12, 2015 and Act No. 41, 2015

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Customs Act 1901 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 5 September 2015 (the compilation date).

This compilation was prepared on 8 September 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

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 ComLaw 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

Part I—Introductory                                                                                                            1

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

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

4............................ Definitions.......................................................................... 1

4AAA................... Members of family........................................................... 29

4AA...................... Act not to apply so as to exceed Commonwealth power... 29

4AB....................... Compensation for acquisition of property......................... 30

4A......................... Approved forms and approved statements........................ 31

4B.......................... What is a Customs‑related law.......................................... 31

4C.......................... Identity cards.................................................................... 32

5............................ Penalties at foot of sections or subsections....................... 33

5AA...................... Application of the Criminal Code..................................... 33

Part II—Administration                                                                                                   34

5A......................... Attachment of overseas resources installations................. 34

5B.......................... Installation of overseas sea installations............................ 35

5C.......................... Certain installations to be part of Australia....................... 36

6............................ Act does not extend to external Territories........................ 37

7............................ General administration of Act........................................... 37

8............................ Collectors, States and Northern Territory......................... 37

8A......................... Attachment of part of a State or Territory to adjoining State or Territory for administrative purposes     38

9............................ Delegation......................................................................... 38

11.......................... Arrangements with States and the Northern Territory...... 39

13.......................... Customs seal..................................................................... 40

14.......................... Flag................................................................................... 41

15.......................... Appointment of ports etc.................................................. 41

19.......................... Accommodation on wharfs and at airports....................... 42

20.......................... Waterfront area control..................................................... 42

25.......................... Persons before whom declarations may be made.............. 44

26.......................... Declaration by youths....................................................... 45

28.......................... Working days and hours etc............................................. 45

Part III—Customs control examination and securities generally           47

30.......................... Customs control of goods................................................. 47

30A....................... Exemptions under Torres Strait Treaty............................. 50

31.......................... Goods on ships and aircraft subject to customs control.... 54

33.......................... Persons not to move goods subject to customs control..... 54

33A....................... Resources installations subject to customs control............ 56

33B........................ Sea installations subject to customs control...................... 57

33C........................ Obstructing or interfering with Commonwealth property in a Customs place          58

34.......................... No claim for compensation for loss.................................. 58

35.......................... Goods imported by post................................................... 58

35A....................... Amount payable for failure to keep dutiable goods safely etc. 59

36.......................... Offences for failure to keep goods safely or failure to account for goods                60

37.......................... Accounting for goods....................................................... 63

42.......................... Right to require security.................................................... 63

43.......................... Form of security............................................................... 64

44.......................... General securities may be given........................................ 65

45.......................... Cancellation of securities.................................................. 65

46.......................... New securities.................................................................. 66

47.......................... Form of security............................................................... 66

48.......................... Effect of security............................................................... 67

Part IV—The importation of goods                                                                          68

Division 1A—Preliminary                                                                                        68

49.......................... Importation....................................................................... 68

49A....................... Ships and aircraft deemed to be imported......................... 68

49B........................ Installations and goods deemed to be imported................. 70

49C........................ Obligations under this Part may be satisfied in accordance with a trusted trader agreement     71

Division 1—Prohibited imports                                                                             72

50.......................... Prohibition of the importation of goods............................ 72

51.......................... Prohibited imports............................................................ 74

51A....................... Certain controlled substances taken to be prohibited imports 75

52.......................... Invalidation of licence, permission etc. for false or misleading information             75

Division 2—The boarding of ships and aircraft                                           76

58.......................... Ships and aircraft to enter ports or airports....................... 76

58A....................... Direct journeys between installations and external places prohibited       77

58B........................ Direct journeys between certain resources installations and external places prohibited            80

60.......................... Boarding stations.............................................................. 82

61.......................... Facility for boarding......................................................... 83

61A....................... Owner or operator of port etc. to facilitate boarding......... 83

62.......................... Ships to come quickly to place of unlading....................... 84

63.......................... Ship or aircraft not to be moved without authority............ 84

Division 3—The report of the cargo                                                                  86

Subdivision A—General reporting requirements                                            86

63A....................... Definitions........................................................................ 86

64.......................... Impending arrival report................................................... 89

64AA.................... Arrival report.................................................................... 91

64AAA................. Report of stores and prohibited goods.............................. 93

64AAB.................. Notifying Department of particulars of cargo reporters.... 95

64AAC.................. Report to Department of persons engaged to unload cargo 96

64AB..................... Cargo reports.................................................................... 97

64ABAA............... Outturn reports............................................................... 101

64ABAB............... When outturn report is to be communicated to Department 102

64ABAC............... Explanation of shortlanded or surplus cargo................... 104

64ACA.................. Passenger reports............................................................ 105

64ACB.................. Crew reports................................................................... 108

64ACC.................. Information does not have to be reported if it has already been reported under the Migration Act 1958  110

64ACD.................. Offence for failure to comply.......................................... 110

64ACE.................. Communication of reports.............................................. 111

64ADAA.............. Requirements for communicating to Department electronically                111

64ADA................. Disclosure of cargo reports to port authorities................ 112

64AE..................... Obligation to answer questions and produce documents 112

64AF..................... Obligation to provide access to passenger information... 113

64A....................... Ships or aircraft arriving at certain places....................... 116

65.......................... Master or pilot of wrecked ship or aircraft to report....... 116

66.......................... Goods derelict to be delivered to officer......................... 117

67.......................... Interference with derelict goods...................................... 118

Subdivision C—The registration, rights and obligations of special reporters               118

67EA..................... Special reporters............................................................. 118

67EB..................... Requirements for registration as a special reporter.......... 118

67EC..................... The making of an application.......................................... 121

67ED..................... Consideration of the application...................................... 122

67EE...................... Basic conditions attaching to registration as a special reporter 124

67EF...................... Storage and record maintenance conditions.................... 125

67EG..................... Special mail‑order house condition................................. 126

67EH..................... Further conditions may be imposed by regulations......... 126

67EI....................... Breach of conditions of registration................................ 126

67EJ...................... Duration of registration................................................... 127

67EK..................... Renewal of registration................................................... 127

67EL...................... Comptroller‑General of Customs to allocate a special identifying code for each special reporter             130

67EM.................... Cancellation of registration as special reporter................ 130

Subdivision E—Registering re‑mail reporters                                               132

67F........................ Applying to be a re‑mail reporter.................................... 132

67G....................... Registering re‑mail reporters........................................... 132

67H....................... Fit and proper person test............................................... 133

67I......................... Obligation of re‑mail reporters to notify Comptroller‑General of Customs of certain matters  136

67J......................... Varying etc. conditions of registration............................ 136

67K........................ Cancelling the registration of a re‑mail reporter.............. 136

Division 4—The entry, unshipment, landing, and examination of goods              138

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               138

68.......................... Entry of imported goods................................................. 138

68A....................... Goods imported for transhipment................................... 140

69.......................... Like customable goods and excise‑equivalent goods...... 140

70.......................... Special clearance goods.................................................. 144

71.......................... Information and grant of authority to deal with goods not required to be entered    146

Subdivision AA—Information and grant of authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods         147

71AAAA.............. Meaning of Subdivision AA goods.................................. 147

71AAAB............... Report and grant of authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods          147

71AAAC............... Suspension of authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods  148

Subdivision AB—Information and grant of authority to deal with specified low value goods  149

71AAAD.............. Meaning of specified low value goods............................ 149

71AAAE............... Regulations..................................................................... 149

71AAAF............... Making a self‑assessed clearance declaration.................. 150

71AAAG.............. Collector’s response if a self‑assessed clearance declaration is communicated separately from a cargo report........................................................................................ 150

71AAAH.............. Collector’s response if a self‑assessed clearance declaration is communicated together with a cargo report........................................................................................ 151

71AAAI................ Authority to deal with goods covered by a self‑assessed clearance declaration        151

71AAAJ................ Contents of authority to deal with specified low value goods  152

71AAAK............... No authority to deal with specified low value goods while subject to a direction to hold or further examine........................................................................................ 152

71AAAL............... No authority to deal with specified low value goods unless duty etc. paid               153

71AAAM.............. Suspension of authority to deal with specified low value goods              154

71AAAN.............. Cancellation of authority to deal with specified low value goods             155

71AAAO.............. Officer may seek further information in relation to self‑assessed clearance declaration           156

71AAAP............... Withdrawal of self‑assessed clearance declarations........ 158

71AAAQ.............. Further self‑assessed clearance declaration not to be given while there is an existing self‑assessed clearance declaration....................................................................... 159

71AAAR............... Effect of withdrawal of a self‑assessed clearance declaration.. 159

71AAAS............... Annotation of self‑assessed clearance declaration by Collector for certain purposes not to constitute withdrawal...................................................................... 160

71AAAT............... Manner and effect of communicating self‑assessed clearance declarations to Department       160

Subdivision B—Import declarations                                                                 161

71A....................... Making an import declaration......................................... 161

71B........................ Liability for import declaration processing charge.......... 163

71BA..................... Warehoused goods declaration fee.................................. 163

71C........................ Authority to deal with goods in respect of which an import declaration has been made           164

71D....................... Visual examination in presence of officer....................... 168

71DA.................... An officer may seek additional information.................... 169

Subdivision D—Warehouse declarations                                                         171

71DH.................... Making a warehouse declaration..................................... 171

71DI...................... Liability for warehouse declaration processing charge.... 172

71DJ...................... Authority to deal with goods in respect of which a warehouse declaration has been made      173

71DK..................... Visual examination in presence of officer....................... 176

71DL..................... An officer may seek additional information.................... 177

Subdivision E—General                                                                                       179

71E........................ Application for movement permission............................ 179

71F........................ Withdrawal of import entries.......................................... 182

71G....................... Goods not to be entered while an entry is outstanding.... 183

71H....................... Effect of withdrawal....................................................... 183

71J......................... Annotation of import entry by Collector for certain purposes not to constitute withdrawal     184

71K........................ Manner of communicating with Department by document 184

71L........................ Manner and effect of communicating with Department electronically      184

71M....................... Requirements for communicating to Department electronically                185

72.......................... Failure to make entries.................................................... 185

73.......................... Breaking bulk................................................................. 186

74.......................... Officer may give directions as to storage or movement of certain goods 187

76.......................... Goods landed at ship’s risk etc....................................... 188

77.......................... Repacking on wharf........................................................ 188

77AA.................... Disclosure of information to cargo reporter or owner of goods               189

Division 5—Detention of goods in the public interest                              190

77EA..................... Minister may order goods to be detained........................ 190

77EB..................... Notice to person whose goods are detained.................... 190

77EC..................... Detention of goods by Collector..................................... 191

77ED..................... Minister may authorise delivery of detained goods into home consumption            191

77EE...................... Minister may authorise export of detained goods........... 191

77EF...................... When goods have been detained for 12 months.............. 192

Part IVA—Depots                                                                                                             194

77F........................ Interpretation................................................................... 194

77G....................... Depot licences................................................................. 195

77H....................... Application for a depot licence........................................ 196

77J......................... Comptroller‑General of Customs may require applicant to supply further information            196

77K........................ Requirements for grant of depot licence.......................... 197

77L........................ Granting of a depot licence............................................. 199

77LA..................... Variation of places covered by depot licence.................. 200

77N....................... Conditions of a depot licence—general........................... 201

77P........................ Conditions of a depot licence—imported goods............. 204

77Q....................... Comptroller‑General of Customs may impose additional conditions to which a depot licence is subject 205

77R........................ Breach of conditions of depot licence............................. 206

77S........................ Duration of depot licences.............................................. 206

77T........................ Renewal of depot licences............................................... 207

77U....................... Licence charges............................................................... 208

77V....................... Notice of intended cancellation etc. of a depot licence..... 208

77VA.................... Depot must not be used if depot licence is suspended etc. 211

77VB..................... Revocation of suspension of depot licences.................... 213

77VC..................... Cancellation of depot licences......................................... 213

77W....................... Refund of depot licence charge on cancellation of a depot licence            214

77X....................... Collector’s powers in relation to a place that is no longer a depot            215

77Y....................... Collector may give directions in relation to goods subject to customs control          216

77Z........................ Licences cannot be transferred........................................ 217

77ZA..................... Service of notice............................................................. 218

Part V—Warehouses                                                                                                       219

78.......................... Interpretation................................................................... 219

79.......................... Warehouse licences......................................................... 219

80.......................... Applications for warehouse licences............................... 220

80A....................... Comptroller‑General of Customs may require applicant to supply further information            220

81.......................... Requirements for grant of warehouse licence................. 221

81A....................... Grant of a warehouse licence.......................................... 223

81B........................ Variation of the place covered by a warehouse licence... 223

82.......................... Conditions of warehouse licences................................... 225

82A....................... Comptroller‑General of Customs may impose additional conditions to which a warehouse licence is subject........................................................................................ 227

82B........................ Comptroller‑General of Customs may vary the conditions to which a warehouse licence is subject        228

82C........................ Breach of conditions of a warehouse licence.................. 228

83.......................... Duration of warehouse licence........................................ 229

84.......................... Renewal of warehouse licence........................................ 231

85.......................... Fees for warehouse licences........................................... 231

86.......................... Suspension of warehouse licences.................................. 232

87.......................... Cancellation of warehouse licences................................. 238

88.......................... Service of notices............................................................ 240

89.......................... Death of licence holder................................................... 240

90.......................... Obligations of holders of warehouse licences................. 240

91.......................... Access to warehouses..................................................... 241

92.......................... Repacking in warehouse................................................. 241

93.......................... Regauging etc. of goods................................................. 241

94.......................... Goods not worth duty may be destroyed........................ 241

95.......................... Revaluation..................................................................... 242

96.......................... Arrears of warehouse charges........................................ 242

96A....................... Outwards duty free shops............................................... 242

96B........................ Inwards duty free shops................................................. 246

97.......................... Goods for public exhibition............................................ 250

98.......................... Goods blended or packaged in warehouse...................... 250

99.......................... Entry of warehoused goods............................................ 250

100........................ Entry of goods without warehousing with permission of Collector         251

101........................ Delivery of warehousing authority................................. 252

102........................ Holder of licence to inform Collector of certain matters.. 253

102A..................... Notices to Department by holder of warehouse licence.. 254

Part VAAA—Cargo terminals                                                                                  255

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                          255

102B...................... Definitions...................................................................... 255

102BA................... Meaning of fit and proper person.................................. 256

Division 2—Obligations of cargo terminal operators                             258

102C...................... Notifying Department of cargo terminal......................... 258

102CA................... Physical security of cargo terminal and goods................ 258

102CB................... Movement of signs at or near cargo terminal.................. 259

102CC................... Notification requirements relating to goods.................... 259

102CD................... Unclaimed goods............................................................ 260

102CE................... Record keeping requirements.......................................... 260

102CF................... Fit and proper person...................................................... 261

102CG................... Adequate training of staff............................................... 261

102CH................... Complying with directions.............................................. 262

102CI.................... Responsibility to provide facilities and assistance........... 262

102CJ.................... Comptroller‑General of Customs may impose additional obligations      262

102CK................... Offence—failure to comply with obligations or requirements  262

Division 3—Obligations of cargo handlers                                                   264

102D..................... Certain provisions of Division 2 apply........................... 264

102DA.................. Unpacking of goods in containers at cargo terminal....... 264

102DB................... Facilitating transhipment or export of goods................... 264

102DC................... Using establishment identification when communicating with Department              264

102DD.................. Comptroller‑General of Customs may impose additional obligations      265

102DE................... Offence—failure to comply with obligations or requirements  265

Division 4—Powers of authorised officers                                                    266

102E...................... General powers............................................................... 266

102EA................... Power to make requests.................................................. 267

102EB................... Power to give directions................................................. 267

Division 5—Directions to cargo terminal operators or cargo handlers               269

102F...................... Directions to cargo terminal operators or cargo handlers etc. 269

102FA................... Offence—failure to comply with direction...................... 270

Part VA—Special provisions relating to beverages                                       271

103........................ Interpretation................................................................... 271

104........................ Customable beverage imported in bulk must be entered for warehousing                271

105........................ Certain customable beverage not to be entered for home consumption in bulk containers without approval of Comptroller‑General of Customs.................................... 271

105A..................... Delivery from customs control of brandy, whisky or rum 272

Part VAA—Special provisions relating to excise‑equivalent goods     273

105B...................... Extinguishment of duty on excise‑equivalent goods....... 273

105C...................... Returns........................................................................... 274

105D..................... GST matters.................................................................... 276

105E...................... Use of excise‑equivalent goods in the manufacture of excisable goods to occur at a dual‑licensed place 277

Part VB—Information about persons departing Australia                     278

Division 1—Reports on departing persons                                                   278

Subdivision A—Reports on departing persons                                               278

106A..................... Ships and aircraft to which this Subdivision applies....... 278

106B...................... Report 48 hours before ship or aircraft is due to depart.. 278

106C...................... Report 4 hours before ship or aircraft is due to depart.... 279

106D..................... Report just before ship or aircraft departs....................... 280

Subdivision B—Reports on matters in approved statement                        281

106E...................... Ships and aircraft to which this Subdivision applies....... 281

106F...................... Reports on matters in approved statement....................... 281

Subdivision C—How reports under this Division are to be made              281

106G..................... Reports to be made electronically.................................... 281

106H..................... Reports to be made by document if approved electronic system or other approved format or method unavailable...................................................................... 282

106I....................... Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different statements or forms         283

Division 2—Questions about departing persons                                        284

106J....................... Officers may question operators about departing persons 284

Part VI—The exportation of goods                                                                        285

Division 1AAA—Preliminary                                                                               285

107........................ Obligations under this Part may be satisfied in accordance with a trusted trader agreement     285

Division 1—Prohibited exports                                                                           286

112........................ Prohibited exports........................................................... 286

112A..................... Certain controlled substances taken to be prohibited exports 289

112B...................... Invalidation of licence, permission etc. for false or misleading information             290

Division 1AA—Export of goods for a military end‑use                         291

112BA................... Notice prohibiting export................................................ 291

112BB................... How notices are to be given............................................ 293

112BC................... Statement to Parliament................................................... 293

Division 1A—Directions in relation to goods for export etc. that are subject to customs control         294

112C...................... Collector may give directions in relation to goods for export etc. that are subject to customs control      294

112D..................... Compliance with a direction given under section 112C.. 294

Division 2—Entry and clearance of goods for export                            296

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               296

113........................ Entry of goods for export............................................... 296

113AA.................. How an entry of goods for export is made..................... 297

Subdivision B—Export declarations                                                                 298

114........................ Making an export declaration.......................................... 298

114A..................... An officer may seek additional information.................... 299

114B...................... Confirming exporters...................................................... 301

Subdivision D—General                                                                                       304

114C...................... Authority to deal with goods entered for export............. 304

114CA................... Suspension of an authority to deal with goods entered for export in order to verify particulars of the goods........................................................................................ 306

114CB................... Revocation of the suspension of an authority to deal...... 307

114CC................... An officer may seek additional information if an authority to deal has been suspended           308

114D..................... Goods to be dealt with in accordance with export entry.. 310

114E...................... Sending goods to a wharf or airport for export............... 311

114F...................... Notices to Department by person who receives goods at a wharf or airport for export            312

115........................ Goods not to be taken on board without authority to deal 312

116........................ What happens when goods entered for export by an export declaration are not dealt with in accordance with the export entry............................................................... 313

117........................ Security........................................................................... 314

117AA.................. Consolidation of certain goods for export can only occur at a prescribed place       314

117A..................... Submanifests to be communicated to Department........... 315

118........................ Certificate of Clearance................................................... 316

118A..................... Requirements for granting a Certificate of Clearance in respect of certain ships or aircraft      317

119........................ Communication of outward manifest to Department....... 318

119AA.................. Application for permission to move, alter or interfere with goods for export           319

119AB................... Application for permission to move, alter or interfere with goods that are no longer for export              320

119AC................... Dealing with an application for a permission to move etc. goods that are no longer for export                321

119A..................... Withdrawal of entries, submanifests and manifests........ 322

119B...................... Effect of withdrawal....................................................... 322

119C...................... Change of electronic entries and change of submanifests and manifests treated as withdrawals              323

119D..................... Notification of export entries, submanifests, manifests, withdrawals and applications            323

119E...................... Requirements for communicating to Department electronically                324

120........................ Shipment of goods.......................................................... 324

122........................ Time of clearance............................................................ 325

Division 3A—Examining goods for export that are not yet subject to customs control              326

122F...................... Object of Division.......................................................... 326

122G..................... Occupier of premises...................................................... 326

122H..................... Consent required to enter premises and examine goods for export          326

122J....................... Officer must leave premises if consent withdrawn......... 327

122K...................... Power to search premises for export goods.................... 327

122L...................... Power to examine export goods...................................... 328

122M..................... Power to examine documents relating to export goods... 328

122N..................... Power to question occupier about export goods............. 328

122P...................... Power to bring equipment to the premises...................... 328

122Q..................... Compensation................................................................. 328

122R...................... Powers in this Division are additional to other powers... 329

Division 4—Exportation procedures after Certificate of Clearance issued        330

123........................ Ship to bring to and aircraft to stop at boarding stations. 330

124........................ Master or pilot to account for missing goods.................. 330

125........................ Goods exported to be landed at proper destination......... 331

126........................ Certificate of landing....................................................... 331

Division 4A—Exportation of goods to Singapore                                     332

126AA.................. Declaration concerning exports to Singapore.................. 332

126AB................... Record keeping obligations............................................. 332

126AC................... Power to require records................................................. 332

126AD.................. Power to ask questions................................................... 333

Division 4B—Exportation of textile and clothing goods to the US  334

126AE................... Authorised officer may request records or ask questions 334

Division 4C—Exportation of goods to Thailand                                        336

126AF................... Definitions...................................................................... 336

126AG.................. Record keeping obligations............................................. 336

126AH.................. Power to require records................................................. 336

126AI.................... Power to ask questions................................................... 337

Division 4D—Exportation of goods to New Zealand                              338

126AJA................. Definitions...................................................................... 338

126AJB................. Record keeping obligations............................................. 338

126AJC................. Power to require records................................................. 339

126AJD................. Power to ask questions................................................... 339

Division 4E—Exportation of goods to Chile                                                340

126AKA................ Definitions...................................................................... 340

126AKB................ Record keeping obligations............................................. 340

126AKC................ Power to require records................................................. 340

126AKD................ Power to ask questions................................................... 341

Division 4F—Exportation of goods to Malaysia                                        342

126ALA................ Definitions...................................................................... 342

126ALB................ Record keeping obligations............................................. 342

126ALC................ Power to require records................................................. 342

126ALD................ Power to ask questions................................................... 343

Division 4G—Exportation of goods to Korea                                             344

126AMA............... Definitions...................................................................... 344

126AMB............... Record keeping obligations............................................. 344

126AMC............... Power to require records................................................. 344

126AMD............... Power to ask questions................................................... 345

Division 4H—Exportation of goods to Japan                                             346

126ANA............... Definitions...................................................................... 346

126ANB................ Record keeping obligations............................................. 346

126ANC................ Power to require records................................................. 346

126AND............... Power to ask questions................................................... 347

Division 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                     348

126A..................... Export of installations..................................................... 348

126B...................... Export of goods from installations.................................. 348

126C...................... Size of exporting vessel.................................................. 348

Part VIA—Electronic communications                                                                350

126D..................... Comptroller‑General of Customs to maintain information systems          350

126DA.................. Communications standards and operation....................... 350

126DB................... Authentication of certain electronic communications...... 350

126DC................... Records of certain electronic communications................ 351

126DD.................. Authentication, records and Electronic Transactions Act 1999                352

126E...................... Communication to Department when information system is temporarily inoperative               352

126F...................... Payment when information system is temporarily inoperative 353

126G..................... Meaning of temporarily inoperative............................... 353

126H..................... Comptroller‑General of Customs may arrange for use of computer programs to make decisions etc.     354

Part VII—Ships’ stores and aircraft’s stores                                                    355

127........................ Use of ships’ and aircraft’s stores.................................. 355

128........................ Unshipment of ships’ and aircraft’s stores..................... 356

129........................ Ships’ and aircraft’s stores not to be taken on board without approval    356

130........................ Ship’s and aircraft’s stores exempt from duty................ 358

130A..................... Entry not required for ship’s or aircraft’s stores............. 358

130B...................... Payment of duty on ship’s or aircraft’s stores................ 358

130C...................... Interpretation................................................................... 359

Part VIII—The duties                                                                                                     361

Division 1—The payment and computation of duties generally        361

131A..................... Fish caught by Australian ships...................................... 361

131AA.................. Special provisions for goods taken to Joint Petroleum Development Area              361

131B...................... Liability of Commonwealth authorities to pay duties of Customs            362

132........................ Rate of import duty......................................................... 362

132AA.................. When import duty must be paid...................................... 363

132A..................... Prepayment of duty......................................................... 364

132B...................... Declared period quotas—effect on rates of import duty.. 365

132C...................... Revocation and variation of quota orders........................ 367

132D..................... Service of quota orders etc.............................................. 368

133........................ Export duties................................................................... 368

134........................ Weights and measures.................................................... 369

135........................ Proportion....................................................................... 369

136........................ Manner of fixing duty..................................................... 369

137........................ Manner of determining volumes of, and fixing duty on, beer  369

142........................ Measurement for duty..................................................... 371

145........................ Value of goods sold........................................................ 372

148........................ Derelict goods dutiable................................................... 372

149........................ Duty on goods in report of cargo that are not produced or landed           372

150........................ Samples.......................................................................... 372

152........................ Alterations to agreements where duty altered.................. 372

Division 1AA—Calculation of duty on certain alcoholic beverages 374

153AA.................. Meaning of alcoholic beverage....................................... 374

153AB................... Customs duty to be paid according to labelled alcoholic strength of prescribed alcoholic beverages       374

153AC................... Rules for working out strength of prescribed alcoholic beverages           375

153AD.................. Obscuration.................................................................... 376

Division 1A—Rules of origin of preference claim goods                       377

153A..................... Purpose of Division........................................................ 377

153B...................... Definitions...................................................................... 377

153C...................... Total expenditure of factory on materials........................ 379

153D..................... Allowable expenditure of factory on materials................ 380

153E...................... Calculation of the cost of materials received at a factory. 383

153F...................... Allowable expenditure of factory on labour.................... 385

153G..................... Allowable expenditure of factory on overheads.............. 386

153H..................... Unmanufactured goods................................................... 386

153L...................... Manufactured goods originating in Papua New Guinea or a Forum Island Country               386

153LA................... Modification of section 153L in special circumstances... 387

153M..................... Manufactured goods originating in a particular Developing Country       389

153N..................... Manufactured goods originating in a Developing Country but not in any particular Developing Country........................................................................................ 389

153NA.................. Manufactured goods originating in a Least Developed Country              389

153P...................... Manufactured goods originating in Canada.................... 390

153Q..................... Manufactured goods originating in a country that is not a preference country         391

153R...................... Are goods commercially manufactured in Australia?...... 392

153S...................... Rule against double counting.......................................... 393

Division 1B—Rules of origin of goods claimed to be the produce or manufacture of Singapore            394

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               394

153U..................... Purpose of this Division................................................. 394

153UA.................. Definitions...................................................................... 394

153UB................... Rule against double counting.......................................... 396

153UC................... Comptroller‑General of Customs may determine cost of certain input, material etc.                397

Subdivision B—Rules of origin of goods claimed to be the produce or manufacture of Singapore         397

153V..................... Goods claimed to be the produce or manufacture of Singapore               397

153VA.................. Goods wholly manufactured in Singapore...................... 398

153VB................... Goods partly manufactured in Singapore........................ 398

153VC................... Reduction of the required percentage of allowable cost to manufacture in unforeseen circumstances      400

153VD.................. Changing the required percentage of allowable cost to manufacture in exceptional circumstances           402

153VE................... Certificate of Origin requirements................................... 403

153VF................... Consignment requirements............................................. 404

Subdivision C—Allowable cost to manufacture                                             404

153W..................... Allowable cost to manufacture........................................ 404

153WA.................. Allowable expenditure by principal manufacturer on materials                404

153WB.................. Allowable expenditure by principal manufacturer on labour 406

153WC.................. Allowable expenditure by principal manufacturer on overheads              406

Subdivision D—Total cost to manufacture                                                      407

153X..................... Total cost to manufacture................................................ 407

153XA.................. Total expenditure by principal manufacturer on materials 407

153XB................... Total expenditure by principal manufacturer on overseas processing costs              408

Division 1C—US originating goods                                                                  409

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               409

153Y..................... Simplified outline............................................................ 409

153YA.................. Interpretation................................................................... 410

Subdivision B—Goods wholly obtained or produced entirely in the US  414

153YB................... Goods wholly obtained or produced entirely in the US.. 414

Subdivision C—Goods produced entirely in the US or in the US and Australia exclusively from originating materials                                                                                     415

153YC................... Goods produced entirely in the US or in the US and Australia exclusively from originating materials   415

Subdivision D—Goods (except clothing and textiles) produced entirely in the US or in the US and Australia from non‑originating materials                                                      415

153YD.................. Simplified outline............................................................ 415

153YE................... Goods (except clothing and textiles) produced entirely in the US or in the US and Australia from non‑originating materials................................................ 416

153YF................... Goods that are chemicals, plastics or rubber................... 418

Subdivision E—Goods that are clothing or textiles produced entirely in the US or in the US and Australia from non‑originating materials                                                      419

153YG.................. Simplified outline............................................................ 419

153YH.................. Goods that are clothing or textiles produced entirely in the US or in the US and Australia from non‑originating materials.......................................................................... 419

153YI.................... Goods that are clothing and textiles classified to Chapter 62 of the Harmonized System         422

Subdivision F—Other US originating goods                                                   423

153YJ.................... Standard accessories, spare parts and tools..................... 423

Subdivision G—Packaging materials and containers                                  423

153YK................... Packaging materials and containers................................. 423

Subdivision H—Consignment                                                                             424

153YL................... Consignment................................................................... 424

Division 1D—Thai originating goods                                                               425

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               425

153Z...................... Simplified outline............................................................ 425

153ZA................... Interpretation................................................................... 425

Subdivision B—Wholly obtained goods of Thailand                                    427

153ZB................... Wholly obtained goods of Thailand................................ 427

Subdivision C—Goods produced entirely in Thailand or in Thailand and Australia  429

153ZC................... Simplified outline............................................................ 429

153ZD................... Goods produced entirely in Thailand or in Thailand and Australia          429

153ZE.................... Goods that are chemicals, plastics or rubber................... 431

Subdivision D—Other Thai originating goods                                               431

153ZF.................... Standard accessories, spare parts and tools..................... 431

Subdivision E—Packaging materials and containers                                   432

153ZG................... Packaging materials and containers................................. 432

Subdivision F—Consignment                                                                              433

153ZH................... Consignment................................................................... 433

Division 1E—New Zealand originating goods                                            434

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               434

153ZIA.................. Simplified outline............................................................ 434

153ZIB.................. Interpretation................................................................... 435

Subdivision B—Goods wholly obtained or produced in New Zealand or New Zealand and Australia    437

153ZIC.................. Goods wholly obtained or produced in New Zealand or New Zealand and Australia              437

Subdivision C—Goods produced in New Zealand or New Zealand and Australia from originating materials    439

153ZID.................. Goods produced in New Zealand or New Zealand and Australia from originating materials   439

Subdivision D—Goods produced in New Zealand or New Zealand and Australia from non‑originating materials                                                                                                       439

153ZIE.................. Goods produced in New Zealand or New Zealand and Australia from non‑originating materials           439

153ZIF.................. Packaging materials and containers................................. 441

Subdivision E—Goods that are standard accessories, spare parts or tools 441

153ZIG.................. Goods that are standard accessories, spare parts or tools 441

Subdivision F—Goods wholly manufactured in New Zealand                   442

153ZIH.................. Goods wholly manufactured in New Zealand................. 442

Subdivision G—Non‑qualifying operations                                                    442

153ZIJ................... Non‑qualifying operations.............................................. 442

Subdivision H—Consignment                                                                             443

153ZIK.................. Consignment................................................................... 443

Division 1F—Chilean originating goods                                                         444

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               444

153ZJA................. Simplified outline............................................................ 444

153ZJB.................. Interpretation................................................................... 445

Subdivision B—Wholly obtained goods of Chile                                           447

153ZJC.................. Wholly obtained goods of Chile..................................... 447

Subdivision C—Goods produced in Chile from originating materials    448

153ZJD................. Goods produced in Chile from originating materials...... 448

Subdivision D—Goods produced in Chile, or Chile and Australia, from non‑originating materials       449

153ZJE.................. Goods produced in Chile, or Chile and Australia, from non‑originating materials   449

153ZJF.................. Packaging materials and containers................................. 452

Subdivision E—Goods that are accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information resources 452

153ZJG................. Goods that are accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information resources 452

Subdivision F—Non‑qualifying operations                                                     453

153ZJH................. Non‑qualifying operations.............................................. 453

Subdivision G—Consignment                                                                             453

153ZJI................... Consignment................................................................... 453

Division 1G—ASEAN‑Australia‑New Zealand (AANZ) originating goods        455

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               455

153ZKA................ Simplified outline............................................................ 455

153ZKB................. Interpretation................................................................... 456

Subdivision B—Wholly obtained goods of a Party                                       459

153ZKC................. Wholly obtained goods of a Party................................... 459

Subdivision C—Goods produced from originating materials                    460

153ZKD................ Goods produced from originating materials.................... 460

Subdivision D—Goods produced from non‑originating materials           460

153ZKE................. Goods produced from non‑originating materials and classified in the tariff table     460

153ZKF................. Goods produced from non‑originating materials and not classified in the tariff table               463

153ZKG................ Non‑qualifying operations or processes......................... 465

153ZKH................ Packaging materials and containers................................. 466

Subdivision E—Goods that are accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials 466

153ZKI.................. Goods that are accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials  466

Subdivision F—Consignment                                                                              467

153ZKJ.................. Consignment................................................................... 467

Division 1H—Malaysian originating goods                                                  468

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               468

153ZLA................. Simplified outline............................................................ 468

153ZLB................. Interpretation................................................................... 469

Subdivision B—Goods wholly obtained or produced in Malaysia or in Malaysia and Australia             472

153ZLC................. Goods wholly obtained or produced in Malaysia or in Malaysia and Australia       472

Subdivision C—Goods produced in Malaysia, or in Malaysia and Australia, from originating materials           473

153ZLD................. Goods produced in Malaysia, or in Malaysia and Australia, from originating materials          473

Subdivision D—Goods produced in Malaysia, or in Malaysia and Australia, from non‑originating materials   474

153ZLE................. Goods produced in Malaysia, or in Malaysia and Australia, from non‑originating materials   474

153ZLF................. Packaging materials and containers................................. 476

153ZLG................. Non‑qualifying operations.............................................. 477

Subdivision E—Goods that are accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials 477

153ZLH................. Goods that are accessories, spare parts, tools or instructional or other information materials  477

Subdivision F—Consignment                                                                              478

153ZLI.................. Consignment................................................................... 478

Division 1J—Korean originating goods                                                         479

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               479

153ZMA............... Simplified outline of this Division.................................. 479

153ZMB................ Interpretation................................................................... 479

Subdivision B—Goods wholly obtained in Korea or in Korea and Australia                482

153ZMC................ Goods wholly obtained in Korea or in Korea and Australia 482

Subdivision C—Goods produced in Korea, or in Korea and Australia, from originating materials       484

153ZMD............... Goods produced in Korea, or in Korea and Australia, from originating materials    484

Subdivision D—Goods produced in Korea, or in Korea and Australia, from non‑originating materials              485

153ZME................ Goods produced in Korea, or in Korea and Australia, from non‑originating materials             485

153ZMF................ Packaging materials and containers................................. 487

Subdivision E—Non‑qualifying operations                                                     488

153ZMG............... Non‑qualifying operations.............................................. 488

Subdivision F—Other matters                                                                            488

153ZMH............... Consignment................................................................... 488

153ZMI................. Outward processing zones on the Korean Peninsula...... 489

Division 1K—Japanese originating goods                                                    490

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                               490

153ZNA................ Simplified outline of this Division.................................. 490

153ZNB................ Interpretation................................................................... 490

Subdivision B—Goods wholly obtained in Japan                                          493

153ZNC................ Goods wholly obtained in Japan..................................... 493

Subdivision C—Goods produced in Japan from originating materials  495

153ZND................ Goods produced in Japan from originating materials...... 495

Subdivision D—Goods produced in Japan, or in Japan and Australia, from non‑originating materials               495

153ZNE................. Goods produced in Japan, or in Japan and Australia, from non‑originating materials             495

153ZNF................. Packaging materials and containers................................. 497

153ZNG................ Non‑qualifying operations.............................................. 498

Subdivision E—Consignment                                                                              499

153ZNH................ Consignment................................................................... 499

Division 2—Valuation of imported goods                                                      500

154........................ Interpretation................................................................... 500

155........................ Interpretation—Buying commission............................... 520

156........................ Interpretation—Identical goods and similar goods.......... 521

157........................ Interpretation—Royalties................................................ 523

158........................ Interpretation—Transportation costs............................... 524

159........................ Value of imported goods................................................ 526

160........................ Inability to determine a value of imported goods by reason of insufficient or unreliable information      528

161........................ Transaction value............................................................ 529

161A..................... Identical goods value...................................................... 530

161B...................... Similar goods value........................................................ 531

161C...................... Deductive (contemporary sales) value............................ 532

161D..................... Deductive (later sales) value........................................... 535

161E...................... Deductive (derived goods sales) value............................ 537

161F...................... Computed value.............................................................. 539

161G..................... Fall‑back value................................................................ 540

161H..................... When transaction value unable to be determined............. 541

161J....................... Value of goods to be in Australian currency................... 544

161K...................... Owner to be advised of value of goods.......................... 546

161L...................... Review of determinations and other decisions................ 547

Division 3—Payment and recovery of deposits, refunds, unpaid duty etc.          549

162........................ Delivery of goods upon giving of security or undertaking for payment of duty, GST and luxury car tax........................................................................................ 549

162A..................... Delivery of goods on the giving of a general security or undertaking for payment of duty, GST and luxury car tax................................................................................... 550

162AA.................. Applications to deal with goods imported temporarily without duty        554

162B...................... Pallets used in international transport.............................. 555

163........................ Refunds etc. of duty........................................................ 555

164B...................... Refunds of export duty................................................... 557

165........................ Recovery of unpaid duty etc........................................... 557

165A..................... Refunds etc. may be applied against unpaid duty............ 559

166........................ No refund if duty altered................................................. 559

Division 4—Disputes as to duty                                                                           560

167........................ Payments under protest................................................... 560

Part IX—Drawbacks                                                                                                       562

168........................ Drawbacks of import duty.............................................. 562

Part X—The coasting trade                                                                                         563

175........................ Goods not to be transferred between certain vessels....... 563

Part XA—Australian Trusted Trader Programme                                      568

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                          568

176........................ Establishment of the Australian Trusted Trader Programme 568

Division 2—Trusted trader agreement                                                           569

Subdivision A—Assessment of qualification criteria based on documentary evidence               569

176A..................... Trusted trader agreement may be entered into................. 569

176B...................... Nomination process........................................................ 569

Subdivision B—Validation of qualification criteria based on physical inspection and audit    570

177........................ Variation of a trusted trader agreement........................... 570

Subdivision C—General provisions relating to trusted trader agreements 571

178........................ Terms and conditions of trusted trader agreements......... 571

178A..................... Variation, suspension or termination of trusted trader agreements           571

Division 3—Register of Trusted Trader Agreements                             572

178B...................... Register of Trusted Trader Agreements.......................... 572

Division 4—Rules                                                                                                        573

179........................ Rules............................................................................... 573

Part XI—Agents and customs brokers                                                                 576

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                          576

180........................ Interpretation................................................................... 576

Division 2—Rights and liabilities of agents                                                   577

181........................ Authorised agents........................................................... 577

182........................ Authority to be produced................................................ 578

183........................ Agents personally liable.................................................. 578

183A..................... Principal liable for agents acting..................................... 579

Division 3—Licensing of customs brokers                                                    580

183B...................... Interpretation................................................................... 580

183C...................... Grant of licence............................................................... 580

183CA................... Application for licence.................................................... 580

183CB................... Reference of application to Committee............................ 581

183CC................... Requirements for grant of licence................................... 582

183CD................... Eligibility to be nominee................................................. 584

183CE................... Original endorsement on licence..................................... 585

183CF................... Variation of licences....................................................... 585

183CG................... Licence granted subject to conditions.............................. 586

183CGA................ Comptroller‑General of Customs may impose additional conditions to which a broker’s licence is subject........................................................................................ 588

183CGB................ Comptroller‑General of Customs may vary the conditions to which a broker’s licence is subject           589

183CGC................ Breach of conditions of a broker’s licence...................... 589

183CH................... Duration of licence.......................................................... 590

183CJ.................... Renewal of licence.......................................................... 590

183CK................... Security........................................................................... 591

183CL................... Fees................................................................................ 592

183CM.................. Nominees........................................................................ 593

183CN................... Removal of nominee....................................................... 593

183CP................... Notice to nominate new nominee.................................... 594

Division 4—Suspension, revocation and non‑renewal of licences     595

183CQ................... Investigation of matters relating to a broker’s licence..... 595

183CR................... Interim suspension by Comptroller‑General of Customs 597

183CS................... Powers of Comptroller‑General of Customs.................. 598

183CT................... Effect of suspension....................................................... 599

183CU................... Service of notices............................................................ 599

Division 5—National Customs Brokers Licensing Advisory Committee              600

183D..................... National Customs Brokers Licensing Advisory Committee 600

183DA.................. Constitution of Committee.............................................. 600

183DB................... Remuneration and allowances......................................... 601

183DC................... Acting Chair................................................................... 601

183DD.................. Deputy member.............................................................. 602

183E...................... Procedure of Committees................................................ 603

183F...................... Evidence......................................................................... 603

183G..................... Proceedings in private..................................................... 603

183H..................... Determination of questions before a Committee............. 603

183J....................... Customs broker affected by investigations to be given notice  603

183K...................... Summoning of witnesses................................................ 604

183L...................... Service of notices and summonses................................. 604

183N..................... Committee may examine upon oath or affirmation.......... 605

183P...................... Offences by witness....................................................... 605

183Q..................... Statements by witness..................................................... 606

183R...................... Witness fees.................................................................... 606

183S...................... Representation by counsel etc......................................... 606

183T...................... Protection of members.................................................... 607

183U..................... Protection of barristers, witnesses etc............................. 607


An Act relating to the Customs

 

Part IIntroductory

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Customs Act 1901.

2  Commencement

                   This Act shall commence on a day to be fixed by Proclamation.

4  Definitions

             (1)  In this Act except where otherwise clearly intended:

Adjacent area means an adjacent area in respect of a State, of the Northern Territory or of the Territory of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, as determined in accordance with section 5 of the Sea Installations Act.

Aircraft includes aeroplanes, seaplanes, airships, balloons or any other means of aerial locomotion.

aircraft identification powers has the same meaning as in the Maritime Powers Act 2013.

Airport means an airport appointed under section 15.

Airport owner includes the occupier of an airport.

Airport shop goods means:

                     (a)  goods declared by the regulations to be airport shop goods for the purposes of section 96B; or

                     (b)  goods included in a class of goods declared by the regulations to be a class of airport shop goods for the purposes of that section.

Answer questions means that the person on whom the obligation of answering questions is cast shall to the best of his or her knowledge, information, and belief truly answer all questions on the subject mentioned that an officer of Customs shall ask.

approved form means a form approved under section 4A.

approved statement means a statement approved under section 4A.

AQIS means the operating group within the Department of Primary Industries and Energy having responsibility in relation to the administration of the Quarantine Act 1908.

arrival means:

                     (a)  in relation to a ship—the securing of the ship in a port, or

                     (b)  in relation to an aircraft—the aircraft coming to a stop after landing.

assessed GST has the meaning given by the GST Act.

assessed luxury car tax has the meaning given by the Luxury Car Tax Act.

assessed wine tax has the meaning given by the Wine Tax Act.

Australia does not include the external Territories.

Australian aircraft means an aircraft that:

                     (a)  is an Australian aircraft as defined in the Civil Aviation Act 1988; or

                     (b)  is not registered under the law of a foreign country and is either wholly owned by, or solely operated by:

                              (i)  one or more residents of Australia; or

                             (ii)  one or more Australian nationals; or

                            (iii)  one or more residents of Australia and one or more Australian nationals.

For the purposes of this definition, Australian national and resident of Australia have the same meanings as in the Shipping Registration Act 1981.

Australian Border Force Commissioner has the same meaning as in the Australian Border Force Act 2015.

Australian resources installation means a resources installation that is deemed to be part of Australia because of the operation of section 5C.

Australian seabed means so much of the seabed adjacent to Australia (other than the seabed within the Joint Petroleum Development Area) as is:

                     (a)  within the area comprising:

                              (i)  the areas described in Schedule 1 to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006; and

                             (ii)  the Coral Sea area; and

                     (b)  part of:

                              (i)  the seabed beneath the coastal area; or

                             (ii)  the continental shelf of Australia.

Australian sea installation means a sea installation that is deemed to be part of Australia because of the operation of section 5C.

Australian ship means a ship that:

                     (a)  is an Australian ship as defined in the Shipping Registration Act 1981; or

                     (b)  is not registered under the law of a foreign country and is either wholly owned by, or solely operated by:

                              (i)  one or more residents of Australia; or

                             (ii)  one or more Australian nationals; or

                            (iii)  one or more residents of Australia and one or more Australian nationals.

For the purposes of this definition, Australian national and resident of Australia have the same meanings as in the Shipping Registration Act 1981.

Australian waters means:

                     (a)  in relation to a resources installation—waters above the Australian seabed; and

                     (b)  in relation to a sea installation—waters comprising all of the adjacent areas and the coastal area.

authorised officer, in relation to a provision of this Act, means an officer of Customs authorised under subsection (1AA) to exercise the powers or perform the functions of an authorised officer under that provision.

Note:          See also subsection (1A).

authorising officer has the same meaning as in the Maritime Powers Act 2013.

Authority to deal means:

                     (a)  in relation to goods the subject of an export declaration—an authority of the kind mentioned in paragraph 114C(1)(a); or

                     (b)  in relation to goods the subject of an import declaration—an authority of the kind referred to in subsection 71C(4); or

                     (d)  in relation to goods the subject of a warehouse declaration—an authority of the kind referred to in subsection 71DJ(4); or

                     (e)  in relation to goods that are Subdivision AA goods within the meaning of section 71AAAA or that are specified low value goods within the meaning of section 71AAAD—an authority under section 71.

Beer means any liquor on which, under the name of beer, any duty of Customs imposed by the Parliament is payable.

Blending means a mixing together of 2 or more substances in order to obtain a commercial product.

border controlled drug has the same meaning as in Part 9.1 of the Criminal Code.

border controlled plant has the same meaning as in Part 9.1 of the Criminal Code.

border controlled precursor has the same meaning as in Part 9.1 of the Criminal Code.

Brought into physical contact has the same meaning as in the Sea Installations Act.

by authority means by the authority of the officer of Customs doing duty in the matter in relation to which the expression is used.

cargo report means a report under section 64AB that is made in respect of the cargo to be unloaded from, or kept on board, a ship at a port or an aircraft at an airport.

cargo reporter, in relation to a ship or aircraft and in relation to a particular voyage or flight, means:

                     (a)  the operator or charterer of the ship or aircraft; or

                     (b)  a slot charterer in respect of the ship; or

                     (c)  a freight forwarder in respect of the ship or aircraft;

for the voyage or flight.

Carriage includes vehicles and conveyances of all kinds.

Carry, for the purposes of Division 1B of Part XII, has the meaning given by subsection (19).

child: without limiting who is a child of a person for the purposes of this Act, each of the following is the child of a person:

                     (a)  an adopted child or exnuptial child of the person;

                     (b)  someone who is a child of the person within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975.

Charter of the United Nations means the Charter of the United Nations, done at San Francisco on 26 June 1945 [1945] ATS 1.

Note:          The text of the Charter of the United Nations is set out in Australian Treaty Series 1945 No. 1. In 2007, the text of a Convention in the Australian Treaty Series was accessible through the Australian Treaties Library on the AustLII website (www.austlii.edu.au).

Coastal area means the area comprising the waters of:

                     (a)  the territorial sea of Australia; and

                     (b)  the sea on the landward side of the territorial sea of Australia and not within the limits of a State or an internal Territory.

commercial document, in relation to goods, means a document or other record prepared in the ordinary course of business for the purposes of a commercial transaction involving the goods or the carriage of the goods, but does not include a record of any electronic transmission to or from the Department or a Collector:

                     (a)  in respect of an import declaration, or warehouse declaration, relating to the goods or the withdrawal of such an import declaration or warehouse declaration; or

                     (b)  in respect of an export entry, submanifest, or outward manifest, relating to the goods or in respect of the withdrawal of such an entry, submanifest or manifest.

Commissioner of Police means the Commissioner of Police referred to in section 6 of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979, and includes an acting Commissioner of Police.

Commonwealth aircraft means an aircraft that is in the service of the Commonwealth and displaying the prescribed ensign or prescribed insignia.

Commonwealth authority means an authority or body established for a purpose of the Commonwealth by or under a law of the Commonwealth (including an Ordinance of the Australian Capital Territory).

Commonwealth ship means a ship that is in the service of the Commonwealth and flying the prescribed ensign.

Comptroller‑General of Customs means the person who is the Comptroller‑General of Customs in accordance with subsection 11(3) or 14(2) of the Australian Border Force Act 2015.

Container means a container within the meaning of the Customs Convention on Containers, 1972 signed in Geneva on 2 December 1972, as affected by any amendment of the Convention that has come into force.

Coral Sea area has the same meaning as in section 7 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.

Country includes territory or other place, but does not include an Australian resources installation or an Australian sea installation.

Customs Acts means this Act and any instruments (including rules, regulations or by‑laws) made under this Act and any other Act, and any instruments (including rules, regulations or by‑laws) made under any other Act, relating to customs in force within the Commonwealth or any part of the Commonwealth.

customs broker means a customs broker within the meaning of Part XI.

Customs‑related law has the meaning given by section 4B.

Customs Tariff means an Act imposing duties of customs, and includes such an Act that has not come into operation.

data includes:

                     (a)  information in any form; or

                     (b)  any program (or part of a program).

Days does not include Sundays or holidays.

Defence Minister means the Minister administering section 1 of the Defence Act 1903.

depot operator means a person who holds a depot licence as defined by subsection 77F(1).

Deputy Commissioner of Police means a Deputy Commissioner of Police referred to in section 6 of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979, and includes:

                     (a)  an acting Deputy Commissioner of Police; and

                     (b)  a member of the Australian Federal Police authorized in writing by the Commissioner of Police to act on behalf of the Australian Federal Police for the purposes of this Act.

designated place means:

                     (a)  a port, airport or wharf that is appointed, and the limits of which are fixed, under section 15; or

                    (aa)  a place to which a ship or aircraft has been brought because of stress of weather or other reasonable cause as mentioned in subsection 58(1), while that ship or aircraft remains at that place; or

                     (b)  a place that is the subject of a permission under subsection 58(2) while the ship or aircraft to which the permission relates remains at that place; or

                     (c)  a boarding station that is appointed under section 15; or

                     (d)  a place from which a ship or aircraft that is the subject of a permission under section 175 is required to depart, between the grant of that permission and the departure of the ship or aircraft; or

                     (e)  a place to which a ship or aircraft that is the subject of a permission under section 175 is required to return, while that ship or aircraft remains at that place; or

                      (f)  a section 234AA place that is not a place, or a part of a place, referred to in paragraph (a), (aa), (b), (c), (d) or (e).

Detention officer means:

                     (a)  for the purposes of Subdivision A of Division 1B of Part XII—an officer of Customs who is a detention officer because of a declaration under subsection 219ZA(1); or

                     (b)  for the purposes of Subdivision B of that Division—an officer of Customs who is a detention officer because of a declaration under subsection 219ZA(2); or

                     (c)  for the purposes of Subdivision C of that Division—an officer of Customs who is a detention officer because of a declaration under subsection 219ZA(3).

Detention place means:

                     (a)  for the purposes of Subdivision B of Division 1B of Part XII—a place that is a detention place because of subsection 219ZB(1); and

                     (b)  for the purposes of Subdivision C of that Division—a place that is a detention place because of subsection 219ZB(2).

Division 1B Judge means:

                     (a)  a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, or of the Family Court of Australia, in relation to whom a consent under subsection 219RA(1) and a nomination under subsection 219RA(2) are in force; or

                     (b)  a Judge of the Supreme Court of a State to whom an appropriate arrangement under subsection 11(1) applies; or

                     (c)  a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory who is not a Judge referred to in paragraph (a) and to whom an appropriate arrangement under subsection 11(2) applies.

Division 1B Magistrate means:

                     (a)  a Magistrate of the Australian Capital Territory; or

                     (b)  a Magistrate of a State to whom an appropriate arrangement under subsection 11(1) applies; or

                     (c)  a Magistrate of the Northern Territory to whom an appropriate arrangement under subsection 11(2) applies.

documents include:

                     (a)  any paper or other material on which there is writing; and

                     (b)  any paper or other material on which there are marks, figures, symbols or perforations having a meaning for persons qualified to interpret them; and

                     (c)  any paper or other material on which a photographic image or any other image is recorded; and

                     (d)  any article or material from which sounds, images or writing is capable of being produced with or without the aid of a computer or of some other device.

Drawback includes bounty or allowance.

Dutiable goods includes all goods in respect of which any duty of Customs is payable.

Duty means duty of Customs.

electronic, in relation to a communication, means the transmission of the communication by computer.

Environment related activity has the same meaning as in the Sea Installations Act.

excisable goods has the same meaning as in the Excise Act 1901.

excise‑equivalent goods means goods prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition.

export declaration means an export declaration communicated to the Department by document or electronically as mentioned in section 114.

export entry means an entry of goods for export made as mentioned in section 113AA.

Export entry advice means a communication, in respect of an export entry, that is made in the manner, and has the form, specified in regulations made for the purpose of subsection 114C(1).

export entry advice means an export entry advice given under subsection 114C(1).

External place means:

                     (a)  a Territory other than an internal Territory; or

                     (b)  a foreign country.

External search, in relation to a person, means a search of the body of, and of anything worn by, the person:

                     (a)  to determine whether the person is carrying any prohibited goods; and

                     (b)  to recover any such goods;

but does not include an internal examination of the person’s body.

Finance Minister means the Minister administering the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

foreign aircraft means an aircraft that is not an Australian aircraft.

foreign ship means a ship that is not an Australian ship.

frisk search means:

                     (a)  a search of a person conducted by quickly running the hands over the person’s outer garments; and

                     (b)  an examination of anything worn or carried by the person that is conveniently and voluntarily removed by the person.

fuel means goods of a kind that fall within a classification in subheading 2707, 2709 or 2710 of Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff.

gaseous fuel means compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas.

Gazette notice means a notice signed by the Minister and published in the Gazette.

goods means movable personal property of any kind and, without limiting the generality of the expression, includes documents, vessels and aircraft.

Goods under drawback includes all goods in respect of which any claim for drawback has been made.

GST has the meaning given by section 195‑1 of the GST Act.

GST Act means the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999.

identity card means an identity card issued under section 4C for the purposes of the provision in which the expression is used.

import declaration means an import declaration communicated to the Department by document or electronically as mentioned in section 71A.

import declaration advice means an import declaration advice given under subsection 71C(1).

import declaration processing charge means import declaration processing charge payable as set out in section 71B.

import duty means duty imposed on goods imported into Australia.

import entry means an entry of goods for home consumption made as mentioned in subsection 68(3A) or an entry of goods for warehousing made as mentioned in subsection 68(3B).

import entry advice means an import declaration advice or a warehouse declaration advice.

infringement notice has the meaning given by subsection 243X(1).

In need of protection has the meaning given by subsection (20).

Installation means:

                     (a)  a resources installation; or

                     (b)  a sea installation.

internal medical search means an internal search carried out under section 219Z (internal medical search by medical practitioner).

internal non‑medical scan means an internal search carried out under section 219SA (internal non‑medical scan using prescribed equipment).

internal search of a person:

                     (a)  means an examination (including an internal examination) of the person’s body to determine whether the person is internally concealing a substance or thing; and

                     (b)  in the case of an internal medical search—includes the recovery of any substance or thing suspected on reasonable grounds to be so concealed.

Joint Petroleum Development Area has the same meaning as in the Petroleum (Timor Sea Treaty) Act 2003.

Justice means any Justice of the Peace having jurisdiction in the place.

Lawyer means a person who has been admitted in a State or Territory to practise as a barrister, as a solicitor or as a barrister and solicitor and whose right so to practise is not suspended or has not been cancelled.

Lighter includes a craft of every description used for the carriage of goods in a port.

like customable goods means goods that are prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition.

low value cargo has the same meaning as in section 63A.

luxury car tax has the meaning given by section 27‑1 of the Luxury Car Tax Act.

Luxury Car Tax Act means the A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999.

maritime officer has the same meaning as in the Maritime Powers Act 2013.

Master means:

                     (a)  in relation to a ship (not being an installation)—the person in charge or command of the ship; and

                     (b)  in relation to an installation—the person in charge of the installation;

but does not include a pilot or Government officer.

Medical practitioner means any person registered or licensed as a medical practitioner under a law of a State or Territory that provides for the registration or licensing of medical practitioners.

Member of the Australian Federal Police includes a special member of the Australian Federal Police.

monitoring powers has the meaning given by section 214AB.

month means one of the 12 months of the calendar year.

Movement application means an application made under section 71E for permission to move goods that are, or will be, subject to customs control.

Narcotic goods means goods that consist of a narcotic substance.

Narcotic‑related goods means:

                     (a)  narcotic goods;

                     (b)  moneys within the meaning of section 229A to which that section applies or is believed by the person in possession of the moneys to apply;

                     (c)  goods within the meaning of section 229A to which that section applies or is believed by the person in possession of the goods to apply; or

                     (d)  ships, aircraft, vehicles or animals that are, or are believed by the person in possession of them to be, forfeited goods by reason of having been used in the unlawful importation, exportation or conveyance of prohibited imports, or prohibited exports, that are narcotic goods.

narcotic substance means a border controlled drug or a border controlled plant.

Natural resources means the mineral and other non‑living resources of the seabed and its subsoil.

officer means an officer of Customs.

officer of Customs means:

                     (a)  the Secretary of the Department; or

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

                     (c)  an APS employee in the Department; or

                     (d)  a person authorised under subsection (1B) to exercise all the powers and perform all the functions of an officer of Customs; or

                     (e)  a person who from time to time holds, occupies, or performs the duties of an office or position (whether or not in or for the Commonwealth) specified under subsection (1C), even if the office or position does not come into existence until after it is so specified; or

                      (f)  in relation to a provision of a Customs Act:

                              (i)  a person authorised under subsection (1D) to exercise the powers or perform the functions of an officer of Customs for the purposes of that provision; or

                             (ii)  a person who from time to time holds, occupies, or performs the duties of an office or position (whether or not in or for the Commonwealth) specified under subsection (1E) in relation to that provision, even if the office or position does not come into existence until after it is so specified.

operator of a ship or aircraft for a particular voyage or flight means:

                     (a)  the shipping line or airline responsible for the operation of the ship or aircraft for the voyage or flight; or

                     (b)  if there is no such shipping line or airline, or no such shipping line or airline that is represented by a person in Australia—the master of the ship or the pilot of the aircraft.

outturn report means a report under section 64ABAA.

Overseas resources installation means an off‑shore installation that:

                     (a)  is in Australian waters; and

                     (b)  has been brought into Australian waters from a place outside the outer limits of Australian waters;

but does not include an Australian resources installation.

Overseas sea installation means a sea installation that:

                     (a)  is in an adjacent area or a coastal area; and

                     (b)  has been brought into the adjacent area or coastal area, as the case may be, from a place outside the outer limits of Australian waters;

but does not include an Australian sea installation.

Owner in respect of goods includes any person (other than an officer of Customs) being or holding himself or herself out to be the owner, importer, exporter, consignee, agent, or person possessed of, or beneficially interested in, or having any control of, or power of disposition over the goods.

owner, in respect of a ship or aircraft, includes a charterer of the ship or aircraft or a slot charterer or freight forwarder responsible for the transportation of goods on the ship or aircraft.

Package includes every means by which goods for carriage may be cased covered enclosed contained or packed.

Pallet means a pallet within the meaning of the European Convention on Customs Treatment of Pallets used in International Transport signed in Geneva on 9 December 1960, as affected by any amendment of the Convention that has come into force.

parent: without limiting who is a parent of a person for the purposes of this Act, someone is the parent of a person if the person is his or her child because of the definition of child in this subsection.

Pilot means the person in charge or command of any aircraft.

Place includes ship or aircraft.

place outside Australia includes:

                     (a)  the waters in the Joint Petroleum Development Area; or

                     (b)  a resources installation in the Joint Petroleum Development Area;

but does not include:

                     (c)  any other area of waters outside Australia; or

                     (d)  any other installation outside Australia; or

                     (e)  a ship outside Australia; or

                      (f)  a reef or an uninhabited island outside Australia.

pleasure craft means a ship that from the time of its arrival at its first port of arrival in Australia from a place outside Australia until the time of its departure from its last port of departure in Australia is:

                     (a)  used or intended to be used wholly for recreational activities, sporting activities or both; and

                     (b)  not used or intended to be used for any commercial activity; and

                     (c)  not offered or intended to be offered for sale or disposal.

Port means a port appointed under section 15.

port authority means a body administering the business carried on at a port or ports in a State or Territory.

Produce documents means that the person on whom the obligation to produce documents is cast shall to the best of his or her power produce to the Collector all documents relating to the subject matter mentioned.

Prohibited goods means:

                     (a)  goods whose importation or exportation is prohibited by this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  goods whose importation or exportation is subject to restrictions or conditions under this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth; or

                   (ba)  restricted goods that have been brought into Australia other than in accordance with a permission under subsection 233BABAE(2); or

                     (c)  goods subject to customs control.

Protected object means an object in respect of which a notice under section 203T is in force.

Records offence means:

                     (a)  an offence against subsection 240(1) or (4) of this Act;

                     (b)  an offence against:

                              (i)  section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914; or

                            (iii)  section 237 of this Act;

                            being an offence that relates to an offence of the kind referred to in paragraph (a) of this definition; or

                   (ba)  an ancillary offence (within the meaning of the Criminal Code) that relates to an offence of the kind referred to in paragraph (a) of this definition; or

                     (c)  an offence against section 134.1, 134.2 or 135.1 of the Criminal Code, being an offence that relates to a tax liability.

Resources installation means:

                     (a)  a resources industry fixed structure within the meaning of subsection (5); or

                     (b)  a resources industry mobile unit within the meaning of subsection (6).

resources installation in the Joint Petroleum Development Area means a resources installation that is attached to the seabed in the Joint Petroleum Development Area.

restricted goods has the meaning given by section 233BABAE.

rules, in relation to Part XA, has the meaning given by section 179.

Sea installation has the same meaning as in the Sea Installations Act.

Sea Installations Act means the Sea Installations Act 1987.

section 234AA place means a place that is identified under section 234AA as a place of a kind referred to in that section.

self‑assessed clearance declaration means a declaration given to the Department under section 71 in the circumstances mentioned in section 71AAAF.

self‑assessed clearance declaration advice means a self‑assessed clearance declaration advice given under section 71AAAG.

Ship means any vessel used in navigation, other than air navigation, and includes:

                     (a)  an off‑shore industry mobile unit; and

                     (b)  a barge, lighter or any other floating vessel.

small business entity has the meaning given by section 328‑110 (other than subsection 328‑110(4)) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Smuggling means any importation, introduction or exportation or attempted importation, introduction or exportation of goods with intent to defraud the revenue.

special reporter has the same meaning as in section 63A.

suspicious substance means a narcotic substance that would, or would be likely to, assist in the proof of the commission by any person of an offence against Division 307 of the Criminal Code that is punishable by imprisonment for a period of 7 years or more.

taxable dealing has the meaning given by the Wine Tax Act.

taxable importation has the meaning given by the GST Act.

taxable importation of a luxury car has the meaning given by the Luxury Car Tax Act.

taxation officer means a person employed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 who is:

                     (a)  exercising powers; or

                     (b)  performing functions;

under, pursuant to or in relation to a taxation law (as defined in section 2 of the Taxation Administration Act 1953).

territorial sea, in relation to Australia, means the territorial sea area whose outer limits are from time to time specified in a Proclamation made by the Governor‑General for the purposes of section 7 of the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973.

The United Kingdom includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

This Act includes all regulations made thereunder.

transport security identification card means:

                     (a)  an aviation security identification card issued under the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005; and

                     (b)  a maritime security identification card issued under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Regulations 2003.

trusted trader agreement means an agreement entered into under section 176A between the Comptroller‑General of Customs and an entity, and includes such an agreement as varied and in force from time to time.

UNCLOS means the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Note:          The text of the Convention is set out in Australian Treaty Series 1994 No. 31.

unmanufactured raw products means natural or primary products that have not been subjected to an industrial process, other than an ordinary process of primary production, and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes:

                     (a)  animals;

                     (b)  bones, hides, skins and other parts of animals obtained by killing, including such hides and skins that have been sun‑dried;

                     (c)  greasy wool;

                     (d)  plants and parts of plants, including raw cotton, bark, fruit, nuts, grain, seeds in their natural state and unwrought logs;

                     (e)  minerals in their natural state and ores; and

                      (f)  crude petroleum.

Note:          This term has a different meaning for the purposes of Division 1B of Part VIII: see section 153UA.

unmarked plastic explosive has the same meaning as in Subdivision B of Division 72 of the Criminal Code.

UN‑sanctioned goods means goods that are prescribed as UN‑sanctioned goods under subsection 233BABAA(1).

Visual examination application means an application made under section 71D or 71DK for permission to examine goods.

Warehouse means a place that a person or partnership is licensed under section 79 to use for warehousing goods.

warehouse declaration means a warehouse declaration communicated to the Department by document or electronically under section 71DH.

warehouse declaration advice means a warehouse declaration advice given under section 71DJ.

warehouse declaration processing charge means a warehouse declaration processing charge payable as set out in section 71DI.

Warehoused goods means:

                     (a)  goods received into a warehouse in pursuance of an entry for warehousing or permission granted under section 71E; or

                     (b)  goods blended or packaged in a warehouse in compliance with this Act.

warehoused goods declaration fee means a fee payable under section 71BA for the processing of an import declaration in respect of warehoused goods.

Wharf means a wharf appointed under section 15.

Wharf owner includes any owner or occupier of any wharf.

wine tax has the meaning given by section 33‑1 of the Wine Tax Act.

Wine Tax Act means the A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999.

       (1AA)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by writing, authorise an officer of Customs to exercise the powers or perform the functions of an authorised officer under a specified provision of this Act.

          (1A)  If:

                     (a)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs gives an authorisation under subsection (1AA); and

                     (b)  the authorisation is for officers of Customs from time to time holding, occupying or performing the duties of specified offices or positions to exercise the powers or perform the functions of an authorised officer under specified provisions of this Act;

then the authorisation extends to such an office or position that comes into existence after the authorisation is given.

          (1B)  For the purposes of paragraph (d) of the definition of officer of Customs in subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by writing, authorise a person to exercise all the powers and perform all the functions of an officer of Customs.

          (1C)  For the purposes of paragraph (e) of the definition of officer of Customs in subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by writing, specify an office or position (whether or not in or for the Commonwealth).

          (1D)  For the purposes of subparagraph (f)(i) of the definition of officer of Customs in subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by writing, authorise a person to exercise the powers or perform the functions of an officer of Customs for the purposes of a specified provision of a Customs Act.

          (1E)  For the purposes of subparagraph (f)(ii) of the definition of officer of Customs in subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by writing, specify an office or position (whether or not in or for the Commonwealth) in relation to a specified provision of a Customs Act.

             (2)  A reference in this Act to an officer of police or a police officer shall be read as a reference to a member of the Australian Federal Police or of the Police Force of a State or Territory.

             (3)  A reference in this Act or in any other Act to a Customs Tariff or Customs Tariff alteration proposed in the Parliament shall be read as a reference to a Customs Tariff or Customs Tariff alteration proposed by a motion moved in the House of Representatives, and a Customs Tariff or Customs Tariff alteration proposed by a motion so moved shall be deemed to have been proposed in the Parliament at the time at which the motion was moved.

          (3A)  A reference in this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth to the tariff classification under which goods are classified is a reference to the heading in Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995 or such a heading’s subheading:

                     (a)  in whose third column a rate of duty or the quota sign within the meaning of that Act is set out; and

                     (b)  under which the goods are classified for the purposes of that Act.

          (3B)  For the purposes of this Act and any other law of the Commonwealth:

                     (a)  a heading in Schedule 3 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995 may be referred to by the word “heading” followed by the digits with which the heading begins;

                     (b)  a subheading of a heading in that Schedule may be referred to by the word “subheading” followed by the digits with which the subheading begins;

                     (c)  an item in Schedule 4 to that Act may be referred to by the word “item” followed by the number, or the number and letter, with which the item begins;

          (3C)  Unless the contrary intention appears, if the word “Free” is set out in section 16 or 18 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995, in the third column of Schedule 3 or 4 to that Act or in the third column of the table in Schedule 5 or 6 to that Act, that word is taken to be a rate of duty for the purposes of this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth.

          (3D)  Unless the contrary intention appears, any words or words and figures, set out in the third column of Schedule 3 or 4 to the Customs Tariff Act 1995 or in the third column of the table in Schedule 5 or 6 to that Act, that enable the duty to be worked out in respect of goods, are taken to be a rate of duty for the purposes of this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth.

          (4A)  To avoid doubt, if narcotic goods are:

                     (a)  imported into Australia in breach of a prohibition under section 50; or

                     (b)  exported from Australia in breach of a prohibition under section 112;

the goods are imported or exported, as the case may be, in contravention of this Act.

Note:          Most offences dealing with the importation and exportation of narcotic goods are located in Part 9.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (5)  A reference in this Act to a resources industry fixed structure shall be read as a reference to a structure (including a pipeline) that:

                     (a)  is not able to move or be moved as an entity from one place to another; and

                     (b)  is used or is to be used off‑shore in, or in any operations or activities associated with, or incidental to, exploring or exploiting natural resources.

             (6)  A reference in this Act to a resources industry mobile unit shall be read as a reference to:

                     (a)  a vessel that is used or is to be used wholly or principally in:

                              (i)  exploring or exploiting natural resources by drilling the seabed or its subsoil with equipment on or forming part of the vessel or by obtaining substantial quantities of material from the seabed or its subsoil with equipment of that kind; or

                             (ii)  operations or activities associated with, or incidental to, activities of the kind referred to in subparagraph (i); or

                     (b)  a structure (not being a vessel) that:

                              (i)  is able to float or be floated;

                             (ii)  is able to move or be moved as an entity from one place to another; and

                            (iii)  is used or is to be used off‑shore wholly or principally in:

                                        (A)  exploring or exploiting natural resources by drilling the seabed or its subsoil with equipment on or forming part of the structure or by obtaining substantial quantities of material from the seabed or its subsoil with equipment of that kind; or

                                        (B)  operations or activities associated with, or incidental to, activities of the kind referred to in sub‑subparagraph (A).

             (7)  A vessel of a kind referred to in paragraph (6)(a) or a structure of a kind referred to in paragraph (6)(b) shall not be taken not to be a resources industry mobile unit by reason only that the vessel or structure is also used or to be used in, or in any operations or activities associated with, or incidental to, exploring or exploiting resources other than natural resources.

             (8)  The reference in subparagraph (6)(a)(ii) to a vessel that is used or is to be used wholly or principally in operations or activities associated with, or incidental to, activities of the kind referred to in subparagraph (6)(a)(i) shall be read as not including a reference to a vessel that is used or is to be used wholly or principally in:

                     (a)  transporting persons or goods to or from a resources installation; or

                     (b)  manoeuvring a resources installation, or in operations relating to the attachment of a resources installation to the Australian seabed.

             (9)  A resources installation shall be taken to be attached to the Australian seabed if:

                     (a)  the installation:

                              (i)  is in physical contact with, or is brought into physical contact with, a part of the Australian seabed; and

                             (ii)  is used or is to be used, at that part of the Australian seabed, wholly or principally in or in any operations or activities associated with, or incidental to, exploring or exploiting natural resources; or

                     (b)  the installation:

                              (i)  is in physical contact with, or is brought into physical contact with, another resources installation that is taken to be attached to the Australian seabed by virtue of the operation of paragraph (a); and

                             (ii)  is used or is to be used, at the place where it is brought into physical contact with the other installation, wholly or principally in or in any operations or activities associated with, or incidental to, exploring or exploiting natural resources.

          (9A)  If it is necessary to determine whether a resources installation is attached to the seabed in the Joint Petroleum Development Area, subsection (9) has effect as if a reference to the Australian seabed were a reference to the seabed in the Joint Petroleum Development Area.

           (10)  For the purposes of this Act, the space above or below a coastal area shall be deemed to be in that area.

           (11)  Subject to subsection (13), for the purposes of this Act, a sea installation shall be taken to be installed in an adjacent area if:

                     (a)  the installation is in, or is brought into, physical contact with a part of the seabed in the adjacent area; or

                     (b)  the installation is in, or is brought into, physical contact with another sea installation that is to be taken to be installed in the adjacent area because of paragraph (a).

           (12)  For the purposes of this Act, a sea installation shall be taken to be installed in an adjacent area at a particular time if the whole or part of the installation:

                     (a)  is in that adjacent area at that time; and

                     (b)  has been in a particular locality:

                              (i)  that is circular and has a radius of 20 nautical miles; and

                             (ii)  the whole or part of which is in that adjacent area;

                            for:

                            (iii)  a continuous period, of at least 30 days, that immediately precedes that time; or

                            (iv)  one or more periods, during the 60 days that immediately precede that time, that in sum amount to at least 40 days.

           (13)  Where a sea installation, being a ship or an aircraft:

                     (a)  is brought into physical contact with a part of the seabed in an adjacent area; or

                     (b)  is in, or is brought into, physical contact with another sea installation that is to be taken to be installed in an adjacent area;

for less than:

                     (c)  in the case of a ship, or an aircraft, registered under the law of a foreign country—30 days; or

                     (d)  in any other case—5 days;

it shall not be taken to be installed in that adjacent area under subsection (11).

           (14)  A sea installation shall not be taken to be installed in an adjacent area for the purposes of this Act unless it is to be taken to be so installed under this section.

           (15)  Subject to subsection (17), for the purposes of this Act, a sea installation shall be taken to be installed in a coastal area if:

                     (a)  the installation is in, or is brought into, physical contact with a part of the seabed in the coastal area; or

                     (b)  the installation is in, or is brought into, physical contact with another sea installation that is to be taken to be installed in the coastal area because of paragraph (a).

           (16)  For the purposes of this Act, a sea installation (other than an installation installed in an adjacent area) shall be taken to be installed in a coastal area at a particular time if the whole or part of the installation:

                     (a)  is in that coastal area at that time; and

                     (b)  has been in a particular locality:

                              (i)  that is circular and has a radius of 20 nautical miles; and

                             (ii)  the whole or part of which is in that coastal area;

                            for:

                            (iii)  a continuous period, of at least 30 days, that immediately precedes that time; or

                            (iv)  one or more periods, during the 60 days that immediately precede that time, that in sum amount to at least 40 days.

           (17)  Where a sea installation, being a ship or an aircraft:

                     (a)  is brought into physical contact with a part of the seabed in a coastal area; or

                     (b)  is in, or is brought into, physical contact with another sea installation that is to be taken to be installed in a coastal area;

for less than:

                     (c)  in the case of a ship, or an aircraft, registered under the law of a foreign country—30 days; or

                     (d)  in any other case—5 days;

it shall not be taken to be installed in that adjacent area under subsection (15).

           (18)  A sea installation shall not be taken to be installed in a coastal area for the purposes of this Act unless it is to be taken to be so installed under this section.

           (19)  For the purposes of Part XII, a person will be taken to carry a thing, including a thing constituting or containing special forfeited goods or prohibited goods, on his or her body only if the thing constitutes, or is in or under, clothing worn by the person.

        (19A)  In subsection (19), the reference to clothing worn by a person includes a reference to any personal accessory or device that is worn by, or attached to, the person.

        (19B)  Without limiting Part XII, a person is taken to be unlawfully carrying prohibited goods on his or her body if the person is carrying, on his or her body, restricted goods that have been brought into Australia other than in accordance with a permission under subsection 233BABAE(2).

           (20)  For the purposes of Division 1B of Part XII, a person is in need of protection if, and only if, the person is:

                     (a)  under 18 years of age; or

                     (b)  in a mental or physical condition (whether temporary or permanent) that makes the person incapable of managing his or her affairs.

4AAA  Members of family

                   For the purposes of this Act, the members of a person’s family are taken to include the following (without limitation):

                     (a)  a de facto partner of the person (within the meaning of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901);

                     (b)  someone who is the child of the person, or of whom the person is the child, because of the definition of child in section 4;

                     (c)  anyone else who would be a member of the person’s family if someone mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) is taken to be a member of the person’s family.

4AA  Act not to apply so as to exceed Commonwealth power

             (1)  Unless the contrary intention appears, if a provision of this Act:

                     (a)  would, apart from this section, have an invalid application; but

                     (b)  also has at least one valid application;

it is the Parliament’s intention that the provision is not to have the invalid application, but is to have every valid application.

             (2)  Despite subsection (1), the provision is not to have a particular valid application if:

                     (a)  apart from this section, it is clear, taking into account the provision’s context and the purpose or object underlying the Act, that the provision was intended to have that valid application only if every invalid application, or a particular invalid application, of the provision had also been within the Commonwealth’s legislative power; or

                     (b)  the provision’s operation in relation to that valid application would be different in a substantial respect from what would have been its operation in relation to that valid application if every invalid application of the provision had been within the Commonwealth’s legislative power.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not limit the cases where a contrary intention may be taken to appear for the purposes of subsection (1).

             (4)  This section applies to a provision of this Act, whether enacted before, at or after the commencement of this section.

             (5)  In this section:

application means an application in relation to:

                     (a)  one or more particular persons, things, matters, places, circumstances or cases; or

                     (b)  one or more classes (however defined or determined) of persons, things, matters, places, circumstances or cases.

invalid application, in relation to a provision, means an application because of which the provision exceeds the Commonwealth’s legislative power.

valid application, in relation to a provision, means an application that, if it were the provision’s only application, would be within the Commonwealth’s legislative power.

4AB  Compensation for acquisition of property

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  this Act would result in an acquisition of property; and

                     (b)  any provision of this Act would not be valid, apart from this section, because a particular person has not been compensated;

the Commonwealth must pay that person:

                     (c)  a reasonable amount of compensation agreed on between the person and the Commonwealth; or

                     (d)  failing agreement—a reasonable amount of compensation determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.

             (2)  Any damages or compensation recovered, or other remedy given, in a proceeding begun otherwise than under this section must be taken into account in assessing compensation payable in a proceeding begun under this section and arising out of the same event or transaction.

             (3)  In this section:

acquisition of property has the same meaning as in paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution.

             (4)  The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated for the purposes of making payments under this section.

4A  Approved forms and approved statements

             (1)  In this Act, a reference to an approved form is a reference to a form that is approved, by instrument in writing, by the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

          (1A)  In this Act, a reference to an approved statement is a reference to a statement that is approved, by instrument in writing, by the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

             (2)  The instrument by which a form or statement is approved under subsection (1) after this section commences is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

4B  What is a Customs‑related law

                   In this Act:

Customs‑related law means:

                     (a)  this Act; or

                     (b)  the Excise Act 1901 and regulations made under that Act; or

                  (baa)  section 72.13 of the Criminal Code; or

                   (ba)  Division 307 of the Criminal Code; or

                     (c)  any other Act, or any regulations made under any other Act, in so far as the Act or regulations relate to the importation or exportation of goods, where the importation or exportation is subject to compliance with any condition or restriction or is subject to any tax, duty, levy or charge (however described).

4C  Identity cards

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must cause an identity card to be issued to an officer who is an authorised officer for the purposes of Division 3A of Part VI or is a monitoring officer for the purposes of Subdivision J of Division 1 of Part XII or is a verification officer for the purposes of Subdivision JA of Division 1 of Part XII.

             (2)  An identity card:

                     (a)  must be in a form approved by the Comptroller‑General of Customs; and

                     (b)  must contain a recent photograph of the authorised officer, monitoring officer or verification officer.

             (3)  If a person to whom an identity card has been issued ceases to be an authorised officer, monitoring officer or verification officer for the purposes of the provisions of this Act in respect of which the card was issued, the person must return the card to the Comptroller‑General of Customs as soon as practicable.

Penalty:  One penalty unit.

             (4)  An offence for a contravention of subsection (3) is an offence of strict liability.

             (5)  An authorised officer, monitoring officer or verification officer must carry his or her identity card at all times when exercising powers in respect of which the card was issued.

5  Penalties at foot of sections or subsections

                   The penalty, pecuniary or other, set out:

                     (a)  at the foot of a section of this Act; or

                     (b)  at the foot of a subsection of a section of this Act, but not at the foot of the section;

indicates that a contravention of the section or of the subsection, as the case may be, whether by act or omission, is an offence against this Act, punishable upon conviction by a penalty not exceeding the penalty so set out.

5AA  Application of the Criminal Code

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to an offence against this Act.

             (2)  For the purposes of a Customs prosecution:

                     (a)  Parts 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 of the Criminal Code apply; and

                     (b)  Parts 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 of the Criminal Code do not apply; and

                     (c)  a reference to criminal responsibility in Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code is taken to be a reference to responsibility.

             (3)  This section is not to be interpreted as affecting in any way the nature of any offence under this Act, the nature of any prosecution or proceeding in relation to any such offence, or the way in which any such offence is prosecuted, heard or otherwise dealt with.

             (4)  Without limiting the scope of subsection (3), this section is not to be interpreted as affecting in any way the standard or burden of proof for any offence under this Act that is the subject of a Customs prosecution.

             (5)  In this section:

Customs prosecution has the meaning given in section 244.

Part IIAdministration

  

5A  Attachment of overseas resources installations

             (1)  A person shall not cause an overseas resources installation to be attached to the Australian seabed.

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has the permission of the Comptroller‑General of Customs given under subsection (2).

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice in writing given to a person who has applied for permission to cause an overseas resources installation to be attached to the Australian seabed, give the person permission, subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the notice, to cause that installation to be so attached.

             (3)  A person who has been given permission under subsection (2) shall not refuse or fail to comply with any condition (including a condition imposed or varied under subsection (4)), to which that permission is subject.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (4)  Where the Comptroller‑General of Customs has, under subsection (2), given a person permission to cause an overseas resources installation to be attached to the Australian seabed, the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, at any time before that installation is so attached, by notice in writing served on the person:

                     (a)  revoke the permission;

                     (b)  revoke or vary a condition to which the permission is subject; or

                     (c)  impose new conditions to which the permission is to be subject.

             (5)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), conditions to which a permission given under that subsection may be subject include:

                     (a)  conditions relating to matters of quarantine; and

                     (b)  conditions requiring the master of an installation to bring the installation to a place specified by the Comptroller‑General of Customs for examination for quarantine purposes before the installation is attached to the Australian seabed.

5B  Installation of overseas sea installations

             (1)  A person shall not cause an overseas sea installation to be installed in an adjacent area or a coastal area.

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has the permission of the Comptroller‑General of Customs given under subsection (2).

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice in writing given to a person who has applied for permission to cause an overseas sea installation to be installed in an adjacent area or a coastal area, give the person permission, subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the notice, to cause that installation to be so installed.

             (3)  A person who has been given permission under subsection (2) shall not refuse or fail to comply with any condition (including a condition imposed or varied under subsection (4)) to which that permission is subject.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (4)  Where the Comptroller‑General of Customs has, under subsection (2), given a person permission to cause an overseas sea installation to be installed in an adjacent area or a coastal area, the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, at any time before that installation is so installed, by notice in writing served on the person:

                     (a)  revoke the permission;

                     (b)  revoke or vary a condition to which the permission is subject; or

                     (c)  impose new conditions to which the permission is to be subject.

             (5)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), conditions to which a permission given under that subsection in relation to a sea installation may be subject include:

                     (a)  conditions relating to matters of quarantine; and

                     (b)  conditions requiring the owner of the installation, to bring the installation to a place specified by the Comptroller‑General of Customs for examination for quarantine purposes before the installation is installed in an adjacent area or a coastal area.

5C  Certain installations to be part of Australia

             (1)  For the purposes of the Customs Acts:

                     (a)  a resources installation that becomes attached to, or that is, at the commencement of this subsection, attached to, the Australian seabed; or

                     (b)  a sea installation that becomes installed in, or that is, at the commencement of this subsection, installed in, an adjacent area or a coastal area;

shall, subject to subsections (2) and (3), be deemed to be part of Australia.

             (2)  A resources installation that is deemed to be part of Australia because of the operation of this section shall, for the purposes of the Customs Acts, cease to be part of Australia if:

                     (a)  the installation is detached from the Australian seabed, or from another resources installation attached to the Australian seabed, for the purpose of being taken to a place outside the outer limits of Australian waters (whether or not the installation is to be taken to a place in Australia before being taken outside those outer limits); or

                     (b)  after having been detached from the Australian seabed otherwise than for the purpose referred to in paragraph (a), the installation is moved for the purpose of being taken to a place outside the outer limits of Australian waters (whether or not the installation is to be taken to a place in Australia before being taken outside those outer limits).

             (3)  A sea installation that is deemed to be part of Australia because of the operation of this section shall, for the purposes of the Customs Acts, cease to be part of Australia if:

                     (a)  the installation is detached from its location for the purpose of being taken to a place that is not in an adjacent area or in a coastal area; or

                     (b)  after having been detached from its location otherwise than for the purpose referred to in paragraph (a), the installation is moved for the purpose of being taken to a place that is not in an adjacent area or in a coastal area.

6  Act does not extend to external Territories

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), this Act does not extend to the external Territories.

             (2)  Regulations may be made to extend the whole or a part of this Act (with or without modifications) to the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands.

7  General administration of Act

                   The Comptroller‑General of Customs has the general administration of this Act.

8  Collectors, States and Northern Territory

             (1)  In this Act, a reference to the Collector, or to a Collector, is a reference to:

                     (a)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs; or

                     (b)  any officer doing duty in the matter in relation to which the expression is used.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a State shall be taken to include:

                     (a)  in the case of a State other than the State of Queensland—that part of Australian waters that is within the area described in Schedule 1 to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 that refers to that State; and

                     (b)  in the case of the State of Queensland—that part of Australian waters that is within:

                              (i)  the area described in that Schedule to that Act that refers to the State of Queensland; or

                             (ii)  the Coral Sea area.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, the Northern Territory shall be taken to include that part of Australian waters that is within:

                     (a)  the area described in Schedule 1 to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 that refers to the Northern Territory; or

                     (b)  the area described in that Schedule to that Act that refers to the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands.

8A  Attachment of part of a State or Territory to adjoining State or Territory for administrative purposes

                   The Governor‑General may, by Proclamation, declare that, for the purposes of the administration of this Act, a part of a State or Territory specified in the Proclamation is attached to an adjoining State or Territory so specified, and a part of a State or Territory so specified shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be part of the adjoining State or Territory.

9  Delegation

             (1)  The Minister may, by signed instrument, delegate to an officer of Customs all or any of the functions and powers of the Minister under the Customs Acts.

             (2)  A function or power so delegated, when performed or exercised by the delegate, shall, for the purposes of the Customs Acts, be deemed to have been performed or exercised by the Minister.

             (3)  Paragraph 34AB(1)(c) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 does not apply to a delegation under subsection (1).

             (4)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the Minister’s power under subsection 77EA(1), 77ED(1), 77EE(1) or 77EF(2).

11  Arrangements with States and the Northern Territory

             (1)  The Governor‑General may make arrangements with the Governor of a State:

                    (aa)  for the performance by all or any of the persons who from time to time hold office as Judges of the Supreme Court of that State of the functions of a Judge under Subdivision C of Division 1B of Part XII; and

                   (ab)  for the performance by all or any of the persons who from time to time hold office as Judges of the Supreme Court of that State of the functions of a judicial officer under Subdivision DA of Division 1 of Part XII, and under other provisions in so far as they relate to that Subdivision; and

                     (b)  for the performance by all or any of the persons who from time to time hold office as Magistrates in that State of the functions of a Magistrate under Subdivision C of Division 1B of Part XII; and

                     (c)  for the performance by all or any of the persons who are medical practitioners employed by that State of the functions of a medical practitioner under Division 1B of Part XII.

             (2)  The Governor‑General may make arrangements with the Administrator of the Northern Territory:

                    (aa)  for the performance by all or any of the persons who from time to time hold office as Judges of the Supreme Court of that Territory (and are not also Judges of the Federal Court of Australia or of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory) of the functions of a Judge under Subdivision C of Division 1B of Part XII; and

                   (ab)  for the performance by all or any of the persons who from time to time hold office as Judges of the Supreme Court of that Territory (and are not also Judges of the Federal Court of Australia or of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory) of the functions of a judicial officer under Subdivision DA of Division 1 of Part XII, and under other provisions in so far as they relate to that Subdivision; and

                     (b)  for the performance by all or any of the persons who from time to time hold office as Magistrates in that Territory of the functions of a Magistrate under Subdivision C of Division 1B of Part XII; and

                     (c)  for the performance by all or any of the persons who are medical practitioners employed by that Territory of the functions of a medical practitioner under Division 1B of Part XII.

13  Customs seal

             (1)  There is to be a seal, called the customs seal, the design of which must be determined by the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

             (2)  The design so determined shall include:

                     (a)  the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth, that is to say, the armorial ensigns and supporters granted to the Commonwealth by Royal Warrant dated 19 September 1912; and

                     (b)  the words “Australia—Comptroller‑General of Customs”.

             (3)  The customs seal must be kept at such place, and in the custody of such person, as the Comptroller‑General of Customs directs.

             (4)  The customs seal must be used as directed by the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

             (7)  All courts (whether exercising federal jurisdiction or not) and all persons acting judicially shall take judicial notice of the impression of the customs seal on a document or a copy of a document and, in the absence of proof to the contrary, shall presume that impression was made by proper authority.

14  Flag

                   The ships and aircraft employed in the service of the Australian Border Force (within the meaning of the Australian Border Force Act 2015) shall be distinguished from other ships and aircraft by such flag or in such other manner as shall be prescribed.

15  Appointment of ports etc.

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice published in the Gazette:

                     (a)  appoint ports and fix the limits of those ports; and

                     (b)  appoint airports and fix the limits of those airports.

          (1A)  In deciding whether to appoint a port under subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs may take into account:

                     (a)  whether the port or any part of the port is a security regulated port (within the meaning of the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003); and

                     (b)  if so—whether the person designated under section 14 of the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 as the port operator has a maritime security plan (within the meaning of that Act).

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice published in the Gazette:

                     (a)  appoint wharves and fix the limits of those wharves; and

                     (b)  appoint boarding stations for the boarding of ships and aircraft by officers.

             (3)  A notice under subsection (1) or (2) may provide that a port, airport, wharf or boarding station appointed by the notice is to be a port, airport, wharf or boarding station for limited purposes specified in the notice.

19  Accommodation on wharfs and at airports

                   Every wharf‑owner and airport owner shall provide to the satisfaction of the Collector suitable office accommodation on his or her wharf or at his or her airport for the exclusive use of the officer employed at the wharf or airport also such shed accommodation for the protection of goods as the Comptroller‑General of Customs may in writing declare to be requisite.

Penalty:  1 penalty unit.

20  Waterfront area control

             (1)  A person who is in a waterfront area must, at the request of an officer of Customs, produce appropriate identification for the officer’s inspection.

             (2)  If a person refuses or fails to produce appropriate identification to an officer of Customs on request, the officer may, if he or she has reason to believe that the person is a member of the crew of an international ship, request the person to return to the ship forthwith to obtain that identification.

             (3)  If a member of the crew of an international ship refuses or fails to produce appropriate identification to an officer of Customs, the master of the ship is taken, because of that refusal or failure, to have committed an offence against this Act.

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

             (4)  In any proceedings for an offence against subsection (3), it is a defence if the master of the ship establishes that he or she has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that crew members:

                     (a)  have appropriate identification; and

                     (b)  understand their obligation to carry their identification in a waterfront area and to produce it to officers of Customs when requested to do so.

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  a person refuses or fails to produce appropriate identification to an officer of Customs on request; and

                     (b)  the officer has no reason to believe that the person is a member of an international ship’s crew;

the officer may:

                     (c)  if the person can otherwise establish his or her identity to the satisfaction of the officer and explain his or her presence in the waterfront area—issue the person with a temporary identification; or

                     (d)  if the person is unable to establish his or her identity or to explain his or her presence in the waterfront area—request the person to leave the waterfront area forthwith.

             (6)  For the purposes of this section, a temporary identification issued under subsection (5) has effect, until that document expires, as if it were an appropriate identification.

             (7)  A person must not refuse or fail to comply with a request under subsection (2) or paragraph (5)(d).

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

          (7A)  Subsection (7) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

             (8)  In this section:

appropriate identification means:

                     (a)  if a person is a member of the crew of an international ship:

                              (i)  current passport; or

                             (ii)  a document issued by the shipping company having control of the ship concerned setting out the full name and nationality of the person and the passport number or other official identification number of the person; or

                            (iii)  a document issued by, or by an instrumentality of, the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory providing photographic identification of the person and setting out the person’s full name, address, and date of birth; and

                     (b)  if the person is not a member of the crew of such a ship—either:

                              (i)  a document issued by the employer of the person providing photographic identification of the employee; or

                             (ii)  a document issued by, or by an instrumentality of, the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory providing photographic identification of the person and setting out the person’s full name, address, and date of birth.

international ship means a ship that is currently engaged in making international voyages.

waterfront area means an area:

                     (a)  that is:

                              (i)  a port or wharf that is appointed, and the limits of which are fixed, under section 15; or

                             (ii)  a boarding station that is appointed under section 15; and

                     (b)  that is signposted so as to give persons present in the area a clear indication:

                              (i)  that it is an area under customs control; and

                             (ii)  that they must not enter, or remain in, the area unless they carry appropriate identification; and

                            (iii)  that they may be required to produce appropriate identification and, if they fail to do so, that they may be requested to leave the area.

25  Persons before whom declarations may be made

                   Declarations under this Act may be made before the Minister, an officer of Customs or a Justice.

26  Declaration by youths

                   No person shall knowingly receive a declaration under this Act by any person under the age of eighteen years.

28  Working days and hours etc.

             (1)  The regulations may prescribe the days (which may include Sundays or holidays) on which, and the hours on those days (which may be different hours on different days) between which, officers are to be available to perform a specified function in every State or Territory, in a specified State or Territory or otherwise than in a specified State or Territory.

             (2)  If, at the request of a person, a Collector arranges for an officer to be available to perform a function at a place outside the hours prescribed for that function, the person must pay to the Commonwealth an overtime fee.

             (3)  The overtime fee in relation to the officer is:

                     (a)  $40 per hour or part hour during which the officer performs that function and engages in any related travel, or such other rate as is prescribed; and

                     (b)  any prescribed travel expense (at the rate prescribed) associated with the officer performing that function at that place.

             (4)  If, at the request of a person, a Collector arranges for an officer to be available to perform a function:

                     (a)  at a place that is not a place at which such a function is normally performed; and

                     (b)  during the hours prescribed for that function;

the person must pay to the Commonwealth a location fee.

             (5)  The location fee in relation to the officer is:

                     (a)  $37 per hour or part hour during which the officer performs that function and engages in any related travel, or such other rate as is prescribed; and

                     (b)  any prescribed travel expense (at the rate prescribed) associated with the officer performing that function at that place.

             (6)  In this section:

related travel means travel to or from the place at which the function referred to in paragraph (3)(a) or (5)(a) is performed if that travel directly relates to the officer performing that function.

Part IIICustoms control examination and securities generally

  

30  Customs control of goods

             (1)  Goods shall be subject to customs control as follows:

                     (a)  as to goods to which section 68 applies that are unshipped or that are a ship or aircraft not carried on board a ship or aircraft—from the time of their importation:

                             (ii)  if the goods are not examinable food that has been entered for home consumption or warehousing and are not excise‑equivalent goods—until either they are delivered into home consumption in accordance with an authority to deal or in accordance with a permission under section 69, 70 or 162A or they are exported to a place outside Australia, whichever happens first; and

                            (iii)  if the goods are examinable food that has been entered for home consumption—until a food control certificate is delivered to the person who has possession of the food; and

                            (iv)  if the goods are examinable food that has been entered for warehousing and are not excise‑equivalent goods—until there is delivered to the person who has possession of the food an imported food inspection advice requiring its treatment, destruction or exportation or, if no such advice is delivered, until the goods are entered for home consumption or the food is exported to a place outside Australia, whichever happens first; and

                             (v)  if the goods (the dual goods) are examinable food that has been entered for warehousing and are excise‑equivalent goods—until whichever of the events mentioned in subsection (1A) happens first; and

                            (vi)  if the goods are excise‑equivalent goods and are not examinable food—until whichever of the events mentioned in subsection (1B) happens first;

                    (aa)  as to goods to which section 68 applies that are not goods to which paragraph (a) of this subsection applies—from the time of their importation until they are exported to a place outside Australia;

                   (ab)  as to goods referred to in paragraph 68(1)(e), (f) or (i)—from the time of their importation:

                              (i)  if they are unshipped—until they are delivered into home consumption in accordance with an authority under section 71; or

                             (ii)  if they are not unshipped—until they are exported to a place outside Australia;

                    (ac)  as to goods referred to in paragraph 68(1)(g) or (h)—from the time of their importation:

                              (i)  if they are unshipped—until they are delivered into home consumption; or

                             (ii)  if they are not unshipped—until they are exported to a place outside Australia;

                   (ad)  as to goods referred to in paragraph 68(1)(d)—from the time of their importation until they are delivered into home consumption in accordance with an authority under section 71 or they are exported to a place outside Australia, whichever happens first;

                    (ae)  as to goods referred to in paragraph 68(1)(j)—from the time of their importation until they are exported to a place outside Australia;

                     (b)  as to all goods in respect of which a claim for drawback has been made before exportation of the goods to a place outside Australia—from the time the claim is made until the goods are exported, the claim is withdrawn or the claim is disallowed, whichever happens first;

                     (c)  as to all goods subject to any export duty—from the time when the same are brought to any port or place for exportation until the payment of the duty;

                     (d)  as to all goods for export (including goods delivered for export under section 61AA of the Excise Act 1901)—from the time the goods are made or prepared in, or are brought into, any prescribed place for export, until their exportation to a place outside Australia, or, in the case of goods delivered for export under section 61AA of the Excise Act 1901, their exportation to such a place or their return, in accordance with subsection 114D(2) of this Act, to the Commissioner of Taxation’s control under section 61 of the Excise Act 1901;

                     (e)  as to goods made or prepared in, or brought into, a prescribed place for export that are no longer for export—from the time the goods are made or prepared in, or brought into, the prescribed place until the goods are moved from the place in accordance with a permission given under section 119AC.

          (1A)  The events for the purposes of subparagraph (1)(a)(v) are as follows:

                     (a)  the dual goods are destroyed in accordance with an imported food inspection advice delivered to the person who has possession of the goods;

                     (b)  excisable goods are manufactured and the dual goods are used in that manufacture;

                     (c)  the dual goods are delivered into home consumption in accordance with an authority to deal or in accordance with a permission under section 69, 70 or 162A;

                     (d)  the dual goods are exported to a place outside Australia.

          (1B)  The events for the purposes of subparagraph (1)(a)(vi) are as follows:

                     (a)  excisable goods are manufactured and the excise‑equivalent goods are used in that manufacture;

                     (b)  the excise‑equivalent goods are delivered into home consumption in accordance with an authority to deal or in accordance with a permission under section 69, 70 or 162A;

                     (c)  the excise‑equivalent goods are exported to a place outside Australia.

             (2)  In this section:

examinable food has the same meaning as in the Imported Food Control Act 1992.

imported food inspection advice has the same meaning as in the Imported Food Control Act 1992.

30A  Exemptions under Torres Strait Treaty

             (1)  In this section:

area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone means an area in respect of which a notice is in force under subsection (2).

Australian place means a place in Australia that is in the Protected Zone or in an area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone.

Papua New Guinea place means a place in Papua New Guinea that is in the Protected Zone or in an area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone.

Protected Zone means the zone established under Article 10 of the Torres Strait Treaty, being the area bounded by the line described in Annex 9 to that treaty.

Protected Zone ship means a ship that is owned or operated by a traditional inhabitant.

Torres Strait Treaty means the treaty between Australia and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea that was signed at Sydney on 18 December 1978.

traditional activities has the same meaning as in the Torres Strait Treaty.

traditional inhabitants has the same meaning as in the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice published in the Gazette, declare an area adjacent to the Protected Zone to be an area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone for the purposes of this section.

             (3)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice published in the Gazette, exempt, subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the notice, from so many of the provisions of the Customs Acts as are specified in the notice:

                     (a)  any Protected Zone ship that arrives at an Australian place on a voyage from a Papua New Guinea place or that leaves an Australian place on a voyage to a Papua New Guinea place, being a ship:

                              (i)  on board which there is at least one traditional inhabitant who is undertaking that voyage in connection with the performance of traditional activities in the Protected Zone or in an area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone; and

                             (ii)  no person on board which is a person other than:

                                        (A)  a person referred to in subparagraph (i); or

                                        (B)  an employee of the Commonwealth, of Queensland or of Papua New Guinea or of an authority of the Commonwealth, of Queensland or of Papua New Guinea who is undertaking that voyage in connection with the performance of his or her duties;

                     (b)  the entry into Australia, or the departure from Australia, of persons on board a ship of the kind referred to in paragraph (a); or

                     (c)  the importation into Australia, or the exportation from Australia, of goods on board a ship of the kind referred to in paragraph (a), being goods that:

                              (i)  are owned by, or are under the control of, a traditional inhabitant who is on board that ship and have been used, are being used or are intended to be used by him or her in connection with the performance of traditional activities in the Protected Zone or in an area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone; or

                             (ii)  are the personal belongings of a person referred to in subparagraph (a)(ii); or

                            (iii)  are stores for the use of the passengers or crew of that ship or for the service of that ship.

             (4)  Where:

                     (a)  the master of a ship (not being a ship to which an exemption under subsection (3) applies) or the pilot of an aircraft proposes to take that ship or aircraft, as the case may be, on a voyage or flight, as the case may be, from an Australian place to a Papua New Guinea place or from a Papua New Guinea place to an Australian place; and

                     (b)  that voyage or flight, as the case may be:

                              (i)  will be undertaken by at least one person who is a traditional inhabitant for purposes connected with the performance of traditional activities in the Protected Zone or in an area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone; and

                             (ii)  will not be undertaken by a person other than:

                                        (A)  a person referred to in subparagraph (i);

                                        (B)  an employee of the Commonwealth, of Queensland or of Papua New Guinea or of an authority of the Commonwealth, of Queensland or of Papua New Guinea who will be undertaking that voyage or flight in connection with the performance of his or her duties; or

                                        (C)  the master of the ship or a member of the crew of the ship or the pilot of the aircraft or a member of the crew of the aircraft, as the case may be;

the master of the ship or the pilot of the aircraft, as the case may be, may, by notice in writing given to the Comptroller‑General of Customs setting out such information as is prescribed, request the Comptroller‑General of Customs to grant an exemption under subsection (5) in relation to the voyage or flight, as the case may be.

             (5)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, in his or her discretion, after receiving an application under subsection (4) in relation to a proposed voyage by a ship or a proposed flight by an aircraft, by notice in writing given to the person who made the application, exempt, subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the notice, from so many of the provisions of the Customs Acts as are specified in the notice:

                     (a)  the entry into Australia, or the departure from Australia, of that ship or aircraft, as the case may be, in the course of that voyage or flight, as the case may be; and

                     (b)  the entry into Australia, or the departure from Australia, of any person on board that ship or aircraft, as the case may be, in the course of that voyage or flight, as the case may be; and

                     (c)  the importation into Australia, or the exportation from Australia, of goods, or goods included in a class of goods specified in the notice, on board that ship during that voyage or on board that aircraft during that flight, as the case may be, being goods that:

                              (i)  are owned by, or are under the control of, a traditional inhabitant who is on board that ship or aircraft, as the case may be, and have been used, are being used or are intended to be used by him or her in connection with the performance of traditional activities in the Protected Zone or in an area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone; or

                             (ii)  are the personal belongings of a person who is on board that ship or aircraft, as the case may be, in the course of that voyage or flight, as the case may be; or

                            (iii)  are stores for the use of the passengers or crew of that ship or aircraft, as the case may be, or for the service of that ship or aircraft, as the case may be.

             (6)  Where:

                     (a)  under subsection (3) or (5), the arrival at a place in Australia of a ship, an aircraft or a person, or the importation into Australia of goods, is exempt from any provisions of the Customs Acts; and

                     (b)  that ship, aircraft or person arrives at, or those goods are taken to, a place in Australia that is not in the Protected Zone or in an area in the vicinity of the Protected Zone;

the Customs Acts (including the provisions referred to in paragraph (a)) apply in relation to the arrival of that ship, aircraft or person at, or the taking of those goods to, the place referred to in paragraph (b) as if that ship, aircraft or person had arrived at the place, or those goods had been taken to that place, as the case may be, from a place outside Australia.

31  Goods on ships and aircraft subject to customs control

                   All goods on board any ship or aircraft from a place outside Australia are subject to customs control while the ship or aircraft:

                     (a)  is within the limits of any port or airport in Australia; or

                     (b)  is at a place to which the ship or aircraft has been brought because of stress of weather or other reasonable cause as mentioned in subsection 58(1); or

                     (c)  is at a place that is the subject of a permission under subsection 58(2).

33  Persons not to move goods subject to customs control

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person intentionally moves, alters or interferes with goods that are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the movement, alteration or interference is not authorised by or under this Act;

the person commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 500 penalty units.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  a person moves, alters or interferes with goods that are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the movement, alteration or interference is not authorised by or under this Act;

the person commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  an employee of a person moves, alters or interferes with goods that are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  in moving, altering or interfering with the goods the employee is acting on behalf of the person; and

                     (c)  the movement, alteration or interference is not authorised by or under this Act;

the person commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

             (4)  It is a defence to a prosecution of a person for a contravention of subsection (3) if the person took reasonable precautions, and exercised due diligence, to prevent the employee who is alleged to have moved, altered or interfered with the goods from moving, altering or interfering with them.

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  a person intentionally directs or permits another person to move, alter or interfere with goods that are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the movement, alteration or interference is not authorised by or under this Act;

the person commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 500 penalty units.

             (6)  If:

                     (a)  a person directs or permits another person to move, alter or interfere with goods that are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the movement, alteration or interference is not authorised by or under this Act;

the person commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

             (7)  An offence against subsection (2), (3) or (6) is an offence of strict liability.

             (8)  In this section:

employee, of a body corporate, includes a person who is a director, a member, or a member of the board of management, of the body corporate.

goods does not include installations.

Note 1:       For permission to move goods specified in a cargo report from one place under customs control to another place under customs control, see section 71E.

Note 2:       For permission to move, alter or interfere with goods for export, see section 119AA.

Note 3:       For permission to move, alter or interfere with goods that are no longer for export, see sections 119AB and 119AC.

33A  Resources installations subject to customs control

             (1)  A person shall not use an Australian resources installation that is subject to customs control in, or in any operations or activities associated with, or incidental to, exploring or exploiting the Australian seabed.

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

          (1B)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has permission in force under subsection (2).

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may give permission in writing to a person specified in the permission, subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the permission, to engage in specified activities in relation to the use of an Australian resources installation that is subject to customs control.

             (3)  A person who has been given permission under subsection (2) shall not refuse or fail to comply with any condition (including a condition imposed or varied under subsection (4)) to which that permission is subject.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (4)  Where the Comptroller‑General of Customs has, under subsection (2), given a person permission to engage in any activities in relation to an Australian resources installation, the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, while that installation remains subject to customs control, by notice in writing served on the person:

                     (a)  suspend or revoke the permission;

                     (b)  revoke or vary a condition to which the permission is subject; or

                     (c)  impose new conditions to which the permission is to be subject.

33B  Sea installations subject to customs control

             (1)  A person shall not use an Australian sea installation that is subject to customs control.

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

          (1B)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has permission in force under subsection (2).

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may give permission in writing to a person specified in the permission, subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the permission, to engage in specified activities in relation to the use of an Australian sea installation that is subject to customs control.

             (3)  A person who has been given permission under subsection (2) shall not refuse or fail to comply with any condition (including a condition imposed or varied under subsection (4)) to which that permission is subject.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (4)  Where the Comptroller‑General of Customs has, under subsection (2), given a person permission to engage in any activities in relation to an Australian sea installation, the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, while that installation remains subject to customs control, by notice in writing served on the person:

                     (a)  suspend or revoke the permission;

                     (b)  revoke or vary a condition to which the permission is subject; or

                     (c)  impose new conditions to which the permission is to be subject.

33C  Obstructing or interfering with Commonwealth property in a Customs place

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person intentionally obstructs or interferes with the operation of a thing; and

                     (b)  the thing belongs to the Commonwealth; and

                     (c)  the thing is located in a Customs place.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  Absolute liability applies to paragraph (1)(b).

Note:          For absolute liability, see section 6.2 of the Criminal Code.

             (3)  In this section:

Customs place has the same meaning as in section 183UA.

34  No claim for compensation for loss

                   The Commonwealth shall not be liable for any loss or damage occasioned to any goods subject to customs control except by the neglect or wilful act of some officer.

35  Goods imported by post

                   Goods imported by post shall be subject to customs control equally with goods otherwise imported.

35A  Amount payable for failure to keep dutiable goods safely etc.

             (1)  Where a person who has, or has been entrusted with, the possession, custody or control of dutiable goods which are subject to customs control:

                     (a)  fails to keep those goods safely; or

                     (b)  when so requested by a Collector, does not account for those goods to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37;

that person shall, on demand in writing made by a Collector, pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of the duty of Customs which would have been payable on those goods if they had been entered for home consumption on the day on which the demand was made.

          (1A)  Where:

                     (a)  dutiable goods subject to customs control are, in accordance with authority to deal or by authority of a permission given under section 71E, taken from a place for removal to another place;

                     (b)  the goods are not, or part of the goods is not, delivered to that other place; and

                     (c)  when so requested by a Collector, the person who made the entry or to whom the permission was given, as the case may be, does not account for the goods, or for that part of the goods, as the case may be, to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37;

the person shall, on demand in writing made by a Collector, pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of the duty of Customs which would have been payable on the goods, or on that part of the goods, as the case may be, if they had been entered for home consumption on the day on which the demand was made.

          (1B)  Where:

                     (a)  dutiable goods subject to customs control are, by authority of a permission given under section 71E, removed to a place other than a warehouse; and

                     (b)  the person to whom the permission was given fails to keep those goods safely or, when so requested by a Collector, does not account for the goods to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37;

the person shall, on demand in writing made by a Collector, pay to the Commonwealth an amount equal to the amount of the duty of Customs which would have been payable on those goods if they had been entered for home consumption on the day on which the demand was made.

             (2)  An amount payable under subsection (1), (1A) or (1B) shall be a debt due to the Commonwealth and may be sued for and recovered in a court of competent jurisdiction by proceedings in the name of the Collector.

             (3)  In proceedings under the last preceding subsection, a statement or averment in the complaint, claim or declaration of the Collector is evidence of the matter or matters so stated or averred.

             (4)  This section does not affect the liability of a person arising under or by virtue of:

                     (a)  any other provision of this Act; or

                     (b)  a security given under this Act.

36  Offences for failure to keep goods safely or failure to account for goods

Offences for failure to keep goods safely

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  goods are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the person has, or has been entrusted with, the possession, custody or control of the goods; and

                     (c)  the person fails to keep the goods safely.

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  goods are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the person has, or has been entrusted with, the possession, custody or control of the goods; and

                     (c)  the person fails to keep the goods safely.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (3)  An offence against subsection (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

Offences for failure to account for goods

             (4)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  goods are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the person has, or has been entrusted with, the possession, custody or control of the goods; and

                     (c)  the person, when so requested by a Collector, does not account for the goods to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37.

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  goods are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the person has an authority to deal with the goods, or is given a permission under section 71E in relation to the goods; and

                     (c)  the goods are taken, in accordance with the authority to deal or by authority of the permission under section 71E, from a place for removal to another place; and

                     (d)  the goods are not, or part of the goods is not, delivered to that other place; and

                     (e)  the person, when so requested by a Collector, does not account for the goods or for that part of the goods (as the case may be) to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37.

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

             (6)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  goods are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the person has, or has been entrusted with, the possession, custody or control of the goods; and

                     (c)  the person, when so requested by a Collector, does not account for the goods to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (7)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  goods are subject to customs control; and

                     (b)  the person has an authority to deal with the goods, or is given a permission under section 71E in relation to the goods; and

                     (c)  the goods are taken, in accordance with the authority to deal or by authority of the permission under section 71E, from a place for removal to another place; and

                     (d)  the goods are not, or part of the goods is not, delivered to that other place; and

                     (e)  the person, when so requested by a Collector, does not account for the goods or for that part of the goods (as the case may be) to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with section 37.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (8)  An offence against subsection (6) or (7) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

Removal of goods by authority of section 71E permission

             (9)  Without limiting subsection (1), (2), (4) or (6), if goods are removed to a place other than a warehouse by authority of a permission given to a person under section 71E, the person is taken to have, or to have been entrusted with, the possession, custody or control of the goods for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), (2)(b), (4)(b) or (6)(b).

Other liabilities not affected

           (10)  This section does not affect the liability of a person arising under or by virtue of:

                     (a)  any other provision of this Act; or

                     (b)  a security given under this Act.

37  Accounting for goods

                   A person accounts for goods or a part of goods to the satisfaction of a Collector in accordance with this section if, and only if:

                     (a)  the Collector sights the goods; or

                     (b)  if the Collector is unable to sight the goods—the person satisfies the Collector that the goods have been dealt with in accordance with this Act.

42  Right to require security

             (1)  The Commonwealth shall have the right to require and take securities for compliance with this Act, for compliance with conditions or requirements to which the importation or exportation of goods is subject and generally for the protection of the revenue, and pending the giving of the required security in relation to any goods subject to customs control, an officer of Customs may refuse to deliver the goods or to give any authority to deal with the goods.

          (1A)  The right of the Commonwealth under subsection (1) to require and take a security includes the right to require and take securities for payment of any penalty that a person may become liable to pay to the Commonwealth under the Customs Undertakings (Penalties) Act 1981.

          (1B)  The right of the Commonwealth under subsection (1) to require and take a security includes the right to require and take securities in respect of any interim duty that may be payable on goods under the Customs Tariff (Anti‑Dumping) Act 1975 but no such security shall be required or taken under this Act:

                     (a)  on an application under section 269TB of this Act in respect of the goods to which the application relates before the time at which the Commissioner (within the meaning of Part XVB) has made a preliminary affirmative determination, within the meaning of Part XVB, in respect of those goods; or

                     (b)  on like goods imported into Australia before that time.

          (1C)  If:

                     (a)  an undertaking is given and accepted under subsection 269TG(4) or 269TJ(3) in respect of goods; and

                     (b)  the undertaking is subsequently breached;

the Commonwealth may require and take securities in respect of any interim duty that may be payable under the Customs Tariff (Anti‑Dumping) Act 1975 on the goods or on like goods imported into Australia.

          (1D)  The right of the Commonwealth under subsection (1) to require and take a security includes the right to require and take a security in respect of any interim duty that may be payable under the Customs Tariff (Anti‑Dumping) Act 1975 on goods the subject of an application under subsection 269ZE(1) of this Act.

             (2)  The right of the Commonwealth under subsection (1) to require and take securities includes the right to require and take a security for a purpose or purposes for which security may be taken under that subsection and for a purpose or purposes for which security may be taken under section 16 of the Excise Act 1901‑1957 and the succeeding provisions of this Part apply to and in relation to such a security in the same manner as they apply to and in relation to any other security required and taken under subsection (1).

             (3)  The rights of the Commonwealth under this section may be exercised by a Collector on behalf of the Commonwealth.

43  Form of security

                   A security shall be given in a manner and form approved by a Collector and may, subject to that approval, be by bond, guarantee, cash deposit or any other method, or by two or more different methods.

44  General securities may be given

                   When security is required for any particular purpose security may by the authority of the Comptroller‑General of Customs be accepted to cover all transactions for such time and for such amounts as the Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve.

45  Cancellation of securities

             (1)  All securities may after the expiration of 3 years from the date thereof or from the time specified for the performance of the conditions thereof be cancelled by the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

             (2)  A security taken in respect of any interim duty that may become payable on goods under section 8, 9, 10 or 11 of the Customs Tariff (Anti‑Dumping) Act 1975, being a security taken before the publication under Part XVB of this Act of a notice declaring that section to apply to those goods, shall be cancelled before the expiration of the prescribed period after the date the security is taken.

             (3)  In subsection (2), prescribed period means:

                     (a)  in relation to a security in respect of any interim duty that may be payable on goods under section 8 or 9 of the Customs Tariff (Anti‑Dumping) Act 1975—a period described in subsection (3A) of this section; or

                     (b)  in any other case—a period of 4 months.

          (3A)  For the purposes of paragraph (3)(a), the period is:

                     (a)  unless paragraph (b) of this subsection applies:

                              (i)  a period of 4 months; or

                             (ii)  if an exporter of goods of the kind referred to in paragraph (3)(a) requests a longer period—a period (not exceeding 6 months) that the Commissioner (within the meaning of Part XVB) determines to be appropriate; or

                     (b)  if the security was taken in connection with an investigation under Part XVB and the non‑injurious price of goods the subject of the investigation as ascertained, or last ascertained, for the purposes of the investigation is less than the normal value of such goods as so ascertained, or last so ascertained:

                              (i)  a period of 6 months; or

                             (ii)  if an exporter of goods of the kind referred to in paragraph (3)(a) requests a longer period—a period (not exceeding 9 months) that the Commissioner (within the meaning of Part XVB) determines to be appropriate.

             (4)  Where:

                     (a)  a notice is published under Part XVB of this Act declaring section 8, 9, 10 or 11 of the Customs Tariff (Anti‑Dumping) Act 1975 to apply to goods of a particular kind that may be imported into Australia;

                     (b)  goods of that kind are imported while that notice is in force; and

                     (c)  security is taken after the importation of those goods in relation to the interim duty that may be payable in respect of them;

subsection (2) does not apply in relation to that security.

46  New securities

                   If the Collector shall not at any time be satisfied with the sufficiency of any security the Collector may require a fresh security and a fresh security shall be given accordingly.

47  Form of security

                   The form of security in Schedule I hereto shall suffice for all the purposes of a bond or guarantee under this Act and without sealing shall bind its subscribers as if sealed and unless otherwise provided therein jointly and severally and for the full amount.

48  Effect of security

             (1)  Whenever any such security is put in suit by the Collector the production thereof without further proof shall entitle the Collector to judgment for their stated liability against the persons appearing to have executed the same unless the defendants shall prove compliance with the condition or that the security was not executed by them or release or satisfaction.

             (2)  If it appears to the Court that a non‑compliance with a security has occurred, the security shall not be deemed to have been discharged or invalidated, and the subscribers shall not be deemed to have been released or discharged from liability by reason of:

                     (a)  an extension of time or other concession; or

                     (b)  the Commonwealth having consented to, or acquiesced in, a previous non‑compliance with the condition; or

                     (c)  the Collector having failed to bring suit against the subscribers upon the occurrence of a previous non‑compliance with the condition.

Part IVThe importation of goods

Division 1APreliminary

49  Importation

                   For the purpose of securing the due importation of goods:

                     (1)  The ship or aircraft may be boarded.

                     (2)  The cargo shall be reported.

                     (3)  The goods shall be entered unshipped and may be examined.

49A  Ships and aircraft deemed to be imported

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  a ship or an aircraft has entered Australia; and

                     (b)  a Collector, after making such inquiries as he or she thinks appropriate, has reason to believe that the ship or aircraft might have been imported into Australia;

he or she may serve, in accordance with subsection (4), a notice in respect of the ship or aircraft stating that, if the ship or aircraft remains in Australia throughout the period of 30 days commencing on the day on which the notice was served, the ship or aircraft shall be deemed to have been imported into Australia and may be forfeited.

             (2)  Where a notice under subsection (1) has been served in respect of a ship or an aircraft, a Collector, if he or she considers that, having regard to weather conditions or any other relevant matter, it is reasonable to do so, may extend the period specified in the notice by serving, in accordance with subsection (4), a notice in respect of the ship or aircraft stating that that period has been extended and specifying the period by which it has been extended.

             (3)  Where a notice under subsection (1) has been served in respect of a ship or an aircraft, a Collector may, before the expiration of the period specified in the notice, or, if that period has been extended under subsection (2), that period as extended, revoke that notice by serving, in accordance with subsection (4), a notice in respect of the ship or aircraft stating that the first‑mentioned notice is revoked.

             (4)  A Collector shall serve a notice under subsection (1), (2) or (3) in respect of a ship or an aircraft by causing the notice to be affixed to a prominent part of the ship or aircraft.

             (5)  Where a Collector serves a notice under subsection (1), (2) or (3) in respect of a ship or an aircraft, he or she shall, as soon as practicable after serving the notice, publish a copy of the notice in:

                     (a)  a newspaper circulating generally in the State or Territory in which the ship or aircraft is situated, or, in the case of a ship or seaplane that is not in a State or Territory, in the State or Territory that is adjacent to the place where the ship or seaplane is situated; and

                     (b)  if that newspaper does not circulate in the locality in which the ship or aircraft is situated—a newspaper (if any) circulating in that locality.

             (6)  Where a Collector who proposes to serve a notice under subsection (1), (2) or (3) in respect of a ship or aircraft considers that the person (if any) in charge of the ship or aircraft is unlikely to be able to read the English language but is likely to be able to read another language, the Collector shall, when causing the notice to be affixed to the ship or aircraft, cause a translation of the notice into a language that that person is likely to be able to read to be affixed to the ship or aircraft as near as practicable to the notice.

             (7)  Where:

                     (a)  a Collector has served a notice under subsection (1) in respect of a ship or aircraft;

                     (b)  the Collector has complied with subsections (5) and (6) in relation to the notice;

                     (c)  the notice has not been revoked under subsection (3);

                     (d)  the ship or aircraft has remained in Australia throughout the period specified in the notice, or, if that period has been extended under subsection (2), that period as extended; and

                     (e)  an entry has not been made in respect of the ship or aircraft during that period or that period as extended, as the case requires;

the ship or aircraft shall, for the purpose of this Act be deemed to have been imported into Australia on the expiration of that period or that period as extended, as the case requires.

             (8)  A reference in this section to Australia shall be read as including a reference to waters within the limits of any State or internal Territory.

             (9)  A reference in this section to a ship shall be read as not including a reference to an overseas resources installation or to an overseas sea installation.

49B  Installations and goods deemed to be imported

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  an overseas resources installation (not being an installation referred to in subsection (2)), becomes attached to the Australian seabed; or

                     (b)  an overseas sea installation (not being an installation referred to in subsection (2)) becomes installed in an adjacent area or in a coastal area;

the installation and any goods on the installation at the time when it becomes so attached or so installed shall, for the purposes of the Customs Acts, be deemed to have been imported into Australia at the time when the installation becomes so attached or so installed.

             (2)  Where:

                     (a)  an overseas resources installation is brought to a place in Australia and is to be taken from that place into Australian waters for the purposes of being attached to the Australian seabed; or

                     (b)  an overseas sea installation is brought to a place in Australia and is to be taken from that place into an adjacent area or into a coastal area for the purposes of being installed in that area;

the installation and any goods on the installation at the time when it is brought to that place shall, for the purpose of the Customs Acts, be deemed to have been imported into Australia at the time when the installation is brought to that place.

49C  Obligations under this Part may be satisfied in accordance with a trusted trader agreement

             (1)  An entity is released from an obligation that the entity would otherwise be required to satisfy under a provision of this Part (other than Division 1) if the obligation:

                     (a)  is of a kind prescribed by rules for the purposes of Part XA; and

                     (b)  is specified in those rules as an obligation from which an entity may be released; and

                     (c)  is specified in a trusted trader agreement between the Comptroller‑General of Customs and the entity.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  an obligation must be satisfied under a provision of this Part (other than Division 1); and

                     (b)  the obligation:

                              (i)  is of a kind prescribed by rules for the purposes of Part XA; and

                             (ii)  is specified in those rules as an obligation that may be satisfied in a way other than required by this Part; and

                            (iii)  is specified in a trusted trader agreement between the Comptroller‑General of Customs and an entity;

then, despite the relevant provision, the entity may satisfy the obligation in the way specified in the trusted trader agreement.

Division 1Prohibited imports

50  Prohibition of the importation of goods

             (1)  The Governor‑General may, by regulation, prohibit the importation of goods into Australia.

             (2)  The power conferred by the last preceding subsection may be exercised:

                     (a)  by prohibiting the importation of goods absolutely;

                    (aa)  by prohibiting the importation of goods in specified circumstances;

                     (b)  by prohibiting the importation of goods from a specified place; or

                     (c)  by prohibiting the importation of goods unless specified conditions or restrictions are complied with.

             (3)  Without limiting the generality of paragraph (2)(c), the regulations:

                     (a)  may provide that the importation of the goods is prohibited unless a licence, permission, consent or approval to import the goods or a class of goods in which the goods are included has been granted as prescribed by the regulations made under this Act or the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989; and

                     (b)  in relation to licences or permissions granted as prescribed by regulations made under this Act—may make provision for and in relation to:

                              (i)  the assignment of licences or permissions so granted or of licences or permissions included in a prescribed class of licences or permissions so granted;

                             (ii)  the granting of a licence or permission to import goods subject to compliance with conditions or requirements, either before or after the importation of the goods, by the holder of the licence or permission at the time the goods are imported;

                            (iii)  the surrender of a licence or permission to import goods and, in particular, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the surrender of a licence or permission to import goods in exchange for the granting to the holder of the surrendered licence or permission of another licence or permission or other licences or permissions to import goods; and

                            (iv)  the revocation of a licence or permission that is granted subject to a condition or requirement to be complied with by a person for a failure by the person to comply with the condition or requirement, whether or not the person is charged with an offence against subsection (4) in respect of the failure.

          (3A)  Without limiting the generality of subparagraph (3)(b)(ii), a condition referred to in that subparagraph may be a condition that, before the expiration of a period specified in the permission or that period as extended with the approval of the Collector, that person, or, if that person is a natural person who dies before the expiration of that period or that period as extended, as the case may be, the legal personal representative of that person, shall export, or cause the exportation of, the goods from Australia.

             (4)  A person is guilty of an offence if:

                     (a)  a licence or permission has been granted, on or after 16 October 1963, under the regulations; and

                     (b)  the licence or permission relates to goods that are not narcotic goods; and

                     (c)  the licence or permission is subject to a condition or requirement to be complied with by the person; and

                     (d)  the person engages in conduct; and

                     (e)  the person’s conduct contravenes the condition or requirement.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (5)  Subsection (4) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (6)  Absolute liability applies to paragraph (4)(a), despite subsection (5).

Note:          For absolute liability, see section 6.2 of the Criminal Code.

             (7)  A person is guilty of an offence if:

                     (a)  a licence or permission has been granted, on or after 16 October 1963, under the regulations; and

                     (b)  the licence or permission relates to goods that are narcotic goods; and

                     (c)  the licence or permission is subject to a condition or requirement to be complied with by the person; and

                     (d)  the person engages in conduct; and

                     (e)  the person’s conduct contravenes the condition or requirement.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 20 penalty units, or both.

             (9)  Absolute liability applies to paragraph (7)(a).

Note:          For absolute liability, see section 6.2 of the Criminal Code.

           (10)  In this section:

engage in conduct means:

                     (a)  do an act; or

                     (b)  omit to perform an act.

51  Prohibited imports

             (1)  Goods, the importation of which is prohibited under section 50, are prohibited imports.

             (2)  Notwithstanding the generality of subsection (1), ships, boats and aircraft the importation of which is prohibited under section 50 are prohibited imports if, and only if, they have been imported into Australia.

51A  Certain controlled substances taken to be prohibited imports

             (1)  This section applies if a substance or plant is determined, under Subdivision C of Division 301 of the Criminal Code (which deals with emergency Ministerial determinations of serious drugs and precursors), to be a border controlled drug, a border controlled plant or a border controlled precursor.

             (2)  For the period during which the determination has effect, Schedule 4 to the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 has effect as if the substance or plant were described as a drug in that Schedule.

52  Invalidation of licence, permission etc. for false or misleading information

                   A licence, permission, consent or approval granted in respect of the importation of UN‑sanctioned goods is taken never to have been granted if:

                     (a)  an application for the licence, permission, consent or approval was made in an approved form; and

                     (b)  information contained in, or information or a document accompanying, the form:

                              (i)  was false or misleading in a material particular; or

                             (ii)  omitted any matter or thing without which the information or document is misleading in a material particular.

Division 2The boarding of ships and aircraft

58  Ships and aircraft to enter ports or airports

             (1)  The master of a ship or the pilot of any aircraft shall not bring his or her ship or aircraft to a place other than a port or airport unless from stress of weather or other reasonable cause.

Penalty:  500 penalty units.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the master or pilot has the permission of a Collector given under subsection (2).

             (2)  A Collector may, by notice in writing given to the master of a ship or the pilot of an aircraft who has applied for permission to bring his or her ship or aircraft to a place other than a port or airport, give the person permission, subject to such conditions (if any) as are specified in the notice, to bring the ship or aircraft to, or to remain at, that place.

             (3)  A person who has been given permission under subsection (2) shall not refuse or fail to comply with any condition (including a condition imposed or varied under subsection (4)) to which that permission is subject.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (4)  Where a Collector has, under subsection (2), given a person permission to bring a ship or aircraft to a place other than a port or airport, the Collector may, at any time before that ship or aircraft is brought to that place, by notice in writing served on the person:

                     (a)  revoke the permission;

                     (b)  revoke or vary a condition to which the permission is subject; or

                     (c)  impose new conditions to which the permission is to be subject.

             (5)  Conditions to which a permission under subsection (2) may be subject include conditions relating to matters occurring while the ship or aircraft is at the place to which the permission relates.

             (6)  A reference in this section to a ship or aircraft entering, or being brought to, a place other than a port or airport shall be read as including a reference to the ship or aircraft being brought to a ship that is at an Australian resources installation or an Australian sea installation.

58A  Direct journeys between installations and external places prohibited

             (1)  For the purposes of this section, installations shall be deemed not to be a part of Australia.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (6), where a person:

                     (a)  travels from an external place to:

                              (i)  a sea installation installed in an adjacent area or in a coastal area; or

                             (ii)  a resources installation attached to the Australian seabed;

                            whether or not in the course of a longer journey; and

                     (b)  has not been available for questioning in Australia for the purposes of this Act after leaving the place and before arriving at the installation;

then:

                     (c)  that person;

                     (d)  the owner of the installation; and

                     (e)  the owner and person in charge of a ship or aircraft on which the person travelled from the place to the installation;

are each guilty of an offence against this section.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (6), where goods:

                     (a)  are brought from an external place to:

                              (i)  a sea installation installed in an adjacent area or in a coastal area; or

                             (ii)  a resources installation attached to the Australian seabed;

                            whether or not previously brought to that place from another place; and

                     (b)  have not been available for examination in Australia for the purposes of this Act after leaving the place and before arriving at the installation;

then:

                     (c)  the owner of the goods at the time of their arrival at the installation;

                     (d)  the owner of the installation; and

                     (e)  the owner and person in charge of a ship or aircraft on which the goods were transported from the place to the installation;

are each guilty of an offence against this section.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (6), where a person:

                     (a)  travels from:

                              (i)  a sea installation installed in an adjacent area or in a coastal area; or

                             (ii)  a resources installation attached to the Australian seabed;

                            whether or not in the course of a longer journey; and

                     (b)  has not been available for questioning in Australia for the purposes of this Act after leaving the installation and before arriving in the place;

then:

                     (c)  that person;

                     (d)  the owner of the installation; and

                     (e)  the owner and person in charge of a ship or aircraft on which the person travelled from the installation to the place;

are each guilty of an offence against this section.

             (5)  Subject to subsection (6), where goods:

                     (a)  are sent from:

                              (i)  a sea installation installed in an adjacent area or in a coastal area; or

                             (ii)  a resources installation attached to the Australian seabed;

                            whether or not the goods are sent on from that place; and

                     (b)  have not been available for examination in Australia for the purposes of this Act after leaving the installation and before arriving in the place;

then:

                     (c)  the person who sent the goods;

                     (d)  the owner of the installation; and

                     (e)  the owner and person in charge of a ship or aircraft on which the goods were transported from the installation to the place;

are each guilty of an offence against this section.

          (5A)  Subsections (2), (3), (4) and (5) are offences of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (6)  It is a defence to a charge of an offence against this section if it is established that the journey because of which the offence would have been committed:

                     (a)  was necessary to secure the safety of, or appeared to be the only way of averting a threat to, human life;

                     (b)  was necessary to secure, or appeared to be the only way of averting a threat to, the safety of a ship at sea, of an aircraft in flight or of an installation; or

                     (c)  was authorised in writing, by the Comptroller‑General of Customs, and was carried out in accordance with the conditions (if any) specified in that authorisation.

             (7)  Subsection (6) shall not be taken to limit by implication any defence that would, but for the subsection, be available to a person charged with an offence against this section.

             (8)  For the purposes of this section:

                     (a)  a person shall not be taken to travel from or to an external place or an installation because only of having been in an aircraft flying over, or on a landing place in, the place or installation; and

                     (b)  goods shall not be taken to have been brought from, or sent to, an external place or an installation because only of being in an aircraft flying over, or on a landing place in, the place or installation.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

58B  Direct journeys between certain resources installations and external places prohibited

             (1)  In this section:

external place does not include East Timor.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (6), where a person travels from an external place to a resources installation in the Joint Petroleum Development Area (whether or not in the course of a longer journey) without entering either Australia or East Timor:

                     (a)  that person; and

                     (b)  the owner of the installation; and

                     (c)  the owner and person in charge of the ship or aircraft on which the person arrives at the installation;

are each guilty of an offence against this section.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (6), where goods are taken from an external place to a resources installation in the Joint Petroleum Development Area (whether or not previously brought to that place from another place) without being taken into either Australia or East Timor:

                     (a)  the owner of the goods at the time of their arrival at the installation; and

                     (b)  the owner of the installation; and

                     (c)  the owner and person in charge of the ship or aircraft on which the goods arrive at the installation;

are each guilty of an offence against this section.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (6), where a person travels from a resources installation in the Joint Petroleum Development Area to an external place (whether or not in the course of a longer journey) without entering either Australia or East Timor:

                     (a)  that person; and

                     (b)  the owner of the installation; and

                     (c)  the owner and person in charge of the ship or aircraft on which the person left the installation;

are each guilty of an offence against this section.

             (5)  Subject to subsection (6), where goods are sent from a resources installation in the Joint Petroleum Development Area to an external place (whether or not the goods are sent on from that place) without being taken into Australia or East Timor:

                     (a)  the person who sends the goods; and

                     (b)  the owner of the installation; and

                     (c)  the owner and person in charge of the ship or aircraft on which the goods leave the installation;

are each guilty of an offence against this section.

          (5A)  Subsections (2), (3), (4) and (5) are offences of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (6)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against this section that the journey because of which the offence would have been committed:

                     (a)  was necessary to secure the safety of, or appeared to be the only way of averting a threat to, human life; or

                     (b)  was necessary to secure, or appeared to be the only way of averting a threat to, the safety of a ship at sea, of an aircraft in flight or of a resources installation; or

                     (c)  was authorised in writing by the Comptroller‑General of Customs and was carried out in accordance with the conditions (if any) specified in the authorisation.

             (7)  Subsection (6) is not to be taken to limit by implication any defence that would, apart from that subsection, be available to a person charged with an offence against this section.

             (8)  For the purposes of this section:

                     (a)  a person is not to be taken to travel from or to an external place or an installation only because the person is in an aircraft flying over, or on a landing place in or on, the place or installation; and

                     (b)  goods are not to be taken to have been brought from, or sent to, an external place or an installation only because the goods were in an aircraft that flew over, or was on a landing place in or on, the place or installation.

             (9)  A person who commits an offence against this section is punishable, on conviction, by a fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

60  Boarding stations

             (1)  The master of every ship from a place outside Australia bound to or calling at any port shall bring his or her ship to for boarding at a boarding station appointed for that port and shall permit his or her ship to be boarded.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (2)  The pilot of an aircraft from a place outside Australia arriving in Australia shall not suffer the aircraft to land at any other airport until the aircraft has first landed:

                     (a)  at such airport for which a boarding station is appointed as is nearest to the place at which the aircraft entered Australia; or

                     (b)  at such other airport for which a boarding station is appointed as has been approved by the Comptroller‑General of Customs, in writing, as an airport at which that aircraft, or a class of aircraft in which that aircraft is included, may land on arriving in Australia from a place outside Australia.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

             (3)  The pilot of an aircraft engaged on an air service or flight between Australia and a place outside Australia:

                     (a)  shall not suffer the aircraft to land at an airport for which a boarding station is not appointed; and

                     (b)  shall, as soon as practicable after the aircraft lands at an airport, bring the aircraft for boarding to a boarding station appointed for that airport and shall permit the aircraft to be boarded.

Penalty:  100 penalty units.

          (3A)  Subsections (1), (2) and (3) are offences of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (4)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against a provision of subsection (2) or (3) if the person charged proves that he or she was prevented from complying with the provision by stress of weather or other reasonable cause.

61  Facility for boarding

             (1)  The master of any ship or the pilot of any aircraft permitting his or her ship or aircraft to be boarded, the master of a resources installation, or the owner of a sea installation, shall, by all reasonable means, facilitate the boarding of the ship, aircraft or installation by a person who is authorized under this Act to board that ship, aircraft or installation.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

61A  Owner or operator of port etc. to facilitate boarding

             (1)  An officer of Customs may request an owner or operator of a port or of a port facility to facilitate, by any reasonable means, the boarding of a ship that is in the port or port facility by any person who is authorised under this Act to board the ship.

             (2)  The owner or operator commits an offence if the owner or operator fails to comply with the request.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

             (3)  In this section:

port facility means an area of land or water, or land and water, (including any buildings, installations or equipment in or on the area) used either wholly or partly in connection with the loading, unloading, docking or mooring of ships.

62  Ships to come quickly to place of unlading

             (1)  When a ship has been brought to at a boarding station and boarded by an officer, the master of the ship shall, subject to any direction given under section 275A, bring the ship to the proper place of mooring or to the proper wharf appointed under subsection 15(2), without touching at any other place, as quickly as it is practicable for him or her lawfully to do so.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

63  Ship or aircraft not to be moved without authority

             (1)  No ship or aircraft after arrival at the proper place of mooring, at the proper wharf appointed under subsection 15(2) or at an airport appointed under subsection 15(1) shall be removed therefrom before the discharge of the cargo intended to be discharged at the port or airport.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the removal is by authority or by direction of the harbour or aerial authority.

             (3)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

Division 3The report of the cargo

Subdivision AGeneral reporting requirements

63A  Definitions

                   In this Division:

abbreviated cargo report means an electronic cargo report, in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, made by a special reporter in relation to cargo of that kind in accordance with the requirements of section 64AB.

applicant means an applicant under Subdivision C for registration, or for renewal of registration, as a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind.

application means an application under Subdivision C for registration, or for renewal of registration, as a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind.

cargo, in relation to a ship or aircraft, includes any mail carried on the ship or aircraft.

dedicated computer facilities, in relation to a person who is seeking to be registered, or is or has been registered, as a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, means computer facilities of that person that meet the requirements of Subdivision C relating to the making of abbreviated cargo reports in relation to cargo of that kind, and the storage of electronic information concerning individual consignments covered by those reports.

house agreement, in relation to a particular mail‑order house and to a particular registered user proposing to handle consignments from that house, means a written agreement between that house and that user that includes provisions:

                     (a)  setting out the arrangements made by the user with the house for the shipment of low value goods consigned by that house and handled by that user; and

                     (b)  providing that all such consignments from that house that are to be handled by that user will be consolidated at a single place of export outside Australia designated or determined in accordance with the agreement; and

                     (c)  providing that the house will transmit electronically to the user full particulars of each such consignment for which an order has been placed including details of the consignment’s transportation to Australia.

low value cargo means:

                     (a)  cargo consigned from a particular mail‑order house; or

                     (c)  cargo comprising other goods of a kind prescribed by the regulations;

being cargo in relation to each single consignment of which section 68 does not apply because of paragraph 68(1)(f).

mail, in relation to a ship or aircraft, means:

                     (a)  any goods consigned through the Post Office that are carried on the ship or aircraft; and

                     (b)  any other correspondence carried on the ship or aircraft that is not consigned as cargo and that is not accompanied personal or household effects of a passenger or member of the crew.

Note:          Correspondence covered by paragraph (b) would include, for example, an airline’s inter‑office correspondence that is carried on one of the airline’s aircraft and that is not consigned as cargo.

mail‑order house means a commercial establishment carrying on business outside Australia that sells goods solely in response to orders placed with it either by mail or electronic means.

notified premises, in relation to a person who is, or has been, a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, means:

                     (a)  the premises or all premises indicated in the application, in accordance with subsection 67EC(3), as places in Australia at which are located:

                              (i)  dedicated computer facilities for the storage of information relating to cargo of that kind; or

                             (ii)  documents relating to such information; and

                     (b)  if a special reporter notifies the Comptroller‑General of Customs under subsection 67EF(2) that, with effect from a particular day, the premises at which all or any of those facilities or documents will be located is to be changed to another place in Australia—with effect from that day, the premises at which all of those facilities and documents will be located.

re‑mail item, in relation to a ship or aircraft, means an item of cargo carried on the ship or aircraft, in respect of which all of the following apply:

                     (a)  the item is packaged in an addressed envelope, of paper or other material, whose length plus width does not exceed 80 cm;

                     (b)  the item consists only of paper;

                     (c)  the item and packaging weigh no more than one kilogram;

                     (d)  the item either has no commercial value or is a publication in respect of which the following apply:

                              (i)  the publication is sent from overseas to the addressee as a subscriber to the publication;

                             (ii)  the subscription is made by a direct dealing with the consignor by either the addressee or another person arranging a gift subscription for the addressee;

                            (iii)  the value of the publication does not exceed $250 (or such other amount as is prescribed for the purposes of subparagraph 68(1)(f)(iii));

                     (e)  the item is not mail;

                      (f)  the item is not, or does not contain, goods covered by paragraph (a) or (b) of the definition of prohibited goods in subsection 4(1);

                     (g)  there is no individual document of carriage for the item;

                     (h)  the item was consigned on the ship or aircraft by the consignor, with other items that are covered by paragraphs (a) to (g) of this definition, to different consignees.

re‑mail reporter means a person or partnership that is registered under Subdivision E as a re‑mail reporter.

special reporter means a person who is registered under Subdivision C as a special reporter in respect of low value cargo of a particular kind.

64  Impending arrival report

             (1)  This section applies to a ship or aircraft in respect of a voyage or flight to Australia from a place outside Australia.

             (2)  If the ship or aircraft is due to arrive at a port or airport in Australia (whether the first port or airport or any subsequent port or airport on the same voyage or flight), the operator must report to the Department, in accordance with this section, the impending arrival of the ship or aircraft.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (4), the report of the impending arrival of the ship or aircraft may be made by document or electronically.

             (4)  If the operator is required to report to the Department under section 64AAB, or to make a cargo report, in respect of the voyage or flight, the report of the impending arrival of the ship or aircraft must be made electronically.

             (5)  A report of the impending arrival of a ship (other than a pleasure craft) must be made:

                     (a)  not earlier than 10 days before the time stated in the report to be the estimated time of arrival of the ship; and

                     (b)  not later than:

                              (i)  the start of the prescribed period before its estimated time of arrival; or

                             (ii)  if the journey is of a kind described in regulations made for the purposes of this subparagraph—the start of the shorter period specified in those regulations before its estimated time of arrival.

          (5A)  A report of the impending arrival of a pleasure craft must be made:

                     (a)  not earlier than the prescribed number of days before the time stated in the report to be the estimated time of arrival of the pleasure craft; and

                     (b)  not later than:

                              (i)  the start of the prescribed period before its estimated time of arrival; or

                             (ii)  if the journey is of a kind described in regulations made for the purposes of this subparagraph—the start of the shorter period specified in those regulations before its estimated time of arrival.

             (6)  Regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (5)(b) or (5A)(b) may prescribe matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) arising out of the making of regulations for those purposes.

             (7)  A report of the impending arrival of an aircraft must be made:

                     (a)  not earlier than 10 days before the time stated in the report to be the estimated time of arrival of the aircraft; and

                     (b)  not later than the prescribed period before that time.

             (8)  For the purposes of paragraph (7)(b), the prescribed period before the estimated time of arrival of an aircraft is:

                     (a)  if the flight from the last airport is likely to take not less than 3 hours—3 hours or such other period as is prescribed by the regulations; or

                     (b)  if the flight from the last airport is likely to take less than 3 hours:

                              (i)  one hour or such other period as is prescribed by the regulations; or

                             (ii)  if the flight is of a kind described in regulations made for the purposes of this subparagraph—such shorter period as is specified in those regulations.

             (9)  A documentary report must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  be communicated to the Department by sending or giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to the reporting of ships or aircraft at the port or airport at which the ship or aircraft is expected to arrive; and

                     (d)  contain such information as is required by the form; and

                     (e)  be signed in a manner specified in the form.

           (10)  An electronic report must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

           (11)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different forms for documentary reports, and different statements for electronic reports, to be made under subsections (9) and (10) in different circumstances, by different kinds of operators of ships or aircraft or in respect of different kinds of ships or aircraft.

           (12)  An operator of a ship or aircraft who intentionally contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 120 penalty units.

           (13)  An operator of a ship or aircraft who contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

           (14)  An offence against subsection (13) is an offence of strict liability.

64AA  Arrival report

             (1)  This section applies to a ship or aircraft in respect of a voyage or flight to Australia from a place outside Australia.

             (2)  When the ship or aircraft has arrived at a port or airport in Australia (whether the first port or airport or any subsequent port or airport on the same voyage or flight), the operator must report to the Department, in accordance with this section, particulars of the arrival of the ship or aircraft and the time of arrival.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (3A), the report must be made:

                     (a)  in the case of a ship—before:

                              (i)  the end of 24 hours (disregarding any period that occurs on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday) after the ship’s arrival; or

                             (ii)  the issue of a Certificate of Clearance in respect of the ship and the port;

                            whichever first happens; or

                     (b)  in the case of an aircraft—before:

                              (i)  the end of 3 hours after the aircraft’s arrival; or

                             (ii)  the issue of a Certificate of Clearance in respect of the aircraft and the airport;

                            whichever first happens.

          (3A)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by legislative instrument, determine that reports for specified ships, or specified aircraft, in specified circumstances must be made before a specified time or before the occurrence of a specified event. Such reports must be made in accordance with the instrument.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (5), a report mentioned in subsection (3) or (3A) may be made by document or electronically.

             (5)  If the operator is required to report to the Department under section 64AAB, or to make a cargo report, in respect of the voyage or flight, a report mentioned in subsection (3) or (3A) must be made electronically.

             (6)  A documentary report must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  be communicated to the Department by sending or giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to the reporting of ships or aircraft at the port or airport of arrival; and

                     (d)  contain such information as is required by the form; and

                     (e)  be signed in a manner specified in the form.

             (7)  An electronic report must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

             (8)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different forms for documentary reports, and different statements for electronic reports, to be made under subsections (6) and (7) in different circumstances, by different kinds of operators of ships or aircraft or in respect of different kinds of ships or aircraft.

             (9)  An operator of a ship or aircraft who intentionally contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 120 penalty units.

           (10)  An operator of a ship or aircraft who contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

           (11)  An offence against subsection (10) is an offence of strict liability.

64AAA  Report of stores and prohibited goods

             (1)  This section applies to a ship or aircraft in respect of a voyage or flight to Australia from a place outside Australia.

             (2)  When the ship or aircraft has arrived at a port or airport in Australia (whether the first port or airport or any subsequent port or airport on the same voyage or flight), the operator must report to the Department, in accordance with this section, particulars of the ship’s stores or aircraft’s stores and of any prohibited goods contained in those stores at the time of arrival.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (3A), the report must be made:

                     (a)  in the case of a ship—before:

                              (i)  the end of 24 hours (disregarding any period that occurs on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday) after the ship’s arrival; or

                             (ii)  the issue of a Certificate of Clearance in respect of the ship and the port;

                            whichever first happens; or

                     (b)  in the case of an aircraft—before:

                              (i)  the end of 3 hours after the aircraft’s arrival; or

                             (ii)  the issue of a Certificate of Clearance in respect of the aircraft and the airport;

                            whichever first happens.

          (3A)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by legislative instrument, determine that reports for specified ships, or specified aircraft, in specified circumstances must be made before a specified time or before the occurrence of a specified event. Such reports must be made in accordance with the instrument.

             (4)  A report mentioned in subsection (3) or (3A) may be made by document or electronically.

             (5)  A documentary report must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  be communicated to the Department by sending or giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to the reporting of ships or aircraft at the port or airport of arrival; and

                     (d)  contain such information as is required by the form; and

                     (e)  be signed in a manner specified in the form.

             (6)  An electronic report must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

             (7)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different forms for documentary reports, and different statements for electronic reports, to be made under subsections (5) and (6) in different circumstances, by different kinds of operators of ships or aircraft or in respect of different kinds of ships or aircraft.

             (8)  An operator of a ship or aircraft who intentionally contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 120 penalty units.

           (11)  In this section:

aircraft’s stores and ship’s stores have the meanings given by section 130C.

64AAB  Notifying Department of particulars of cargo reporters

             (1)  This section applies to a ship or aircraft in respect of a voyage or flight to Australia from a place outside Australia.

             (2)  A cargo reporter who has entered into an agreement or arrangement with another cargo reporter under which cargo for whose carriage the other cargo reporter is responsible is to be carried on the ship or aircraft during the voyage or flight must report to the Department, in accordance with this section, particulars of the other cargo reporter.

             (3)  A report must be made electronically and must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

             (4)  A report must be made before the latest time by which a cargo report may be made.

             (5)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different statements for reports to be made under this section in different circumstances or by different kinds of cargo reporters.

             (6)  A cargo reporter who intentionally contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 120 penalty units.

             (7)  A cargo reporter who contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

             (8)  An offence against subsection (7) is an offence of strict liability.

             (9)  A cargo reporter who is required to make a report under this section is not liable to be prosecuted for, and cannot be served with an infringement notice under Division 5 of Part XIII for, an offence against this section if:

                     (a)  the cargo reporter made a report, but contravened subsection (4) of this section; and

                     (b)  the time (the actual time of arrival) at which the ship or aircraft in question arrived at the first port or airport in Australia since it last departed from a port or airport outside Australia was later than the estimated time of arrival referred to in subsection 64AB(8); and

                     (c)  the cargo reporter would not have contravened subsection (4) of this section if the estimated time of arrival of the ship or aircraft had been its actual time of arrival.

64AAC  Report to Department of persons engaged to unload cargo

             (1)  This section applies to a ship or aircraft in respect of a voyage or flight to Australia from a place outside Australia.

             (2)  The operator must report to the Department, in accordance with this section, particulars of:

                     (a)  in the case of a ship—the stevedore with whom the operator has entered into a contract for the unloading of the cargo from the ship at a place in Australia; or

                     (b)  in the case of an aircraft—the depot operator who will first receive the cargo after it has been unloaded from the aircraft at a place in Australia.

             (3)  A report must be made electronically and must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

             (4)  A report must be made during the period within which a report under section 64 of the impending arrival of the ship or aircraft is required to be made.

             (5)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different statements for electronic reports to be made under this section in different circumstances, by different kinds of operators of ships or aircraft or in respect of different kinds of ships or aircraft.

             (6)  An operator of a ship or aircraft who contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

             (7)  An offence against subsection (6) is an offence of strict liability.

64AB  Cargo reports

             (1)  This section applies to a ship or aircraft in respect of a voyage or flight to Australia from a place outside Australia.

             (2)  If the ship or aircraft is due to arrive at its first port or airport in Australia since it last departed from a port or airport outside Australia, each cargo reporter must report to the Department, in accordance with this section, particulars of all goods:

                     (a)  that the cargo reporter has arranged to be carried on the ship or aircraft on the voyage or flight; and

                     (b)  that are intended to be unloaded from the ship or aircraft at a port or airport in Australia (whether the first port or airport or any subsequent port or airport on the same voyage or flight); and

                     (c)  that are not:

                              (i)  accompanied personal or household effects of a passenger or member of the crew; or

                             (ii)  ship’s stores or aircraft’s stores.

          (2A)  If the ship or aircraft is due to arrive at its first port, or airport, in Australia since it last called at a port, or departed from an airport, outside Australia, each cargo reporter must report to the Department, in accordance with this section, particulars of all goods that the cargo reporter has arranged to be carried on the ship or aircraft and that are intended to be kept on board the ship or aircraft for shipment on to a place outside Australia, other than:

                     (a)  goods that are accompanied personal or household effects of a passenger or member of the crew; or

                     (b)  ship’s stores or aircraft’s stores.

             (4)  A cargo report must be an electronic report.

          (4B)  An electronic cargo report must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

             (5)  If the information required by an approved statement to be communicated electronically refers to particulars of the consignor or consignee of goods:

                     (a)  in the case of a report under subsection (2)—the reference in the statement to the consignor of goods is a reference to a supplier of goods who is located outside Australia and:

                              (i)  initiates the sending of goods to a person in Australia; or

                             (ii)  complies with a request from a person in Australia to send goods to the person; and

                    (aa)  in the case of a report under subsection (2A)—the reference in the statement to the consignor of goods is a reference to a supplier of goods who is located outside Australia and:

                              (i)  initiates the sending of goods to a person in a place outside Australia; or

                             (ii)  complies with a request from a person in a place outside Australia to send goods to the person; and

                     (b)  in any case—the reference in the statement to the consignee of goods is a reference to the person who is the ultimate recipient of goods that have been sent from outside Australia, whether or not the person ordered or paid for the goods.

             (6)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different statements for the cargo reports to be made in different circumstances or by different kinds of cargo reporters.

             (7)  The statement approved for a report by a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind must not require the special reporter to include information relating to cargo of that kind at a level of specificity below the level of a submaster air waybill or an ocean bill of lading, as the case requires.

          (7A)  The statement approved for a report by a re‑mail reporter in relation to re‑mail items must not require the reporter to include information relating to re‑mail items at a level of specificity below the level of a submaster air waybill or an ocean bill of lading, as the case requires.

Note:          This means that a re‑mail reporter using the approved statement does not have to give information about individual re‑mail items.

          (7B)  However, a re‑mail reporter must not use that approved statement for a re‑mail item for which the reporter has information below that level of specificity.

Note:          A re‑mail reporter who does not use the approved statement for re‑mail items must provide information about individual re‑mail items in a cargo report.

             (8)  A cargo report is to be made not later than:

                     (a)  if the cargo is carried on a ship:

                              (i)  the start of the prescribed period; or

                             (ii)  if the journey from the last port is of a kind described in regulations made for the purposes of this subparagraph—the start of the shorter period that is specified in those regulations;

                            before the estimated time of arrival of the ship at the first port in Australia since it last departed from a port outside Australia; or

                     (b)  if the cargo is carried on an aircraft:

                              (i)  2 hours or such other period as is prescribed by the regulations; or

                             (ii)  if the flight from the last airport is of a kind described in regulations made for the purposes of this subparagraph—such shorter period as is specified in those regulations;

                            before the estimated time of arrival specified in the report under section 64 of the impending arrival of the aircraft at the first airport in Australia since it last departed from an airport outside Australia.

          (8A)  Regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (8)(a) may prescribe matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) arising out of the making of regulations for those purposes.

             (9)  A cargo reporter who intentionally contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 120 penalty units.

           (10)  A cargo reporter who contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

           (11)  An offence against subsection (10) is an offence of strict liability.

        (14A)  A cargo reporter who is required to make a cargo report in respect of particular goods is not liable to be prosecuted for, and cannot be given an infringement notice for, an offence against this section if:

                     (a)  the cargo reporter made a cargo report, but contravened subsection (8) because the report was not made before the start of a certain period; and

                     (b)  the time (the actual time of arrival) at which the ship or aircraft in question arrived at the first port or airport in Australia since it last departed from a port or airport outside Australia was later than the estimated time of arrival referred to in subsection (8); and

                     (c)  the cargo reporter would not have contravened subsection (8) if the estimated time of arrival of the ship or aircraft had been its actual time of arrival.

           (15)  Nothing in this section affects the operation of Subdivision C.

           (16)  In this section:

aircraft’s stores and ship’s stores have the meanings given by section 130C.

64ABAA  Outturn reports

             (1)  When cargo is unloaded from an aircraft at an airport, the depot operator whose particulars have been communicated to the Department by the operator of the aircraft under section 64AAC must communicate electronically to the Department an outturn report in respect of the cargo.

             (2)  When a container is unloaded from a ship at a port, the stevedore whose particulars have been communicated to the Department by the operator of the ship under section 64AAC must communicate electronically to the Department an outturn report in respect of the container.

             (3)  When cargo that is not in a container is unloaded from a ship, the stevedore whose particulars have been communicated to the Department by the operator of the ship under section 64AAC must communicate electronically to the Department an outturn report in respect of the cargo.

             (4)  When cargo unloaded from an aircraft or ship has been moved, under a permission given under section 71E, to a Customs place other than a warehouse, the person in charge of the Customs place must communicate electronically to the Department an outturn report in respect of the cargo.

             (5)  An outturn report must:

                     (a)  if it is made under subsection (1), (3) or (4):

                              (i)  specify any goods included in the cargo report that have not been unloaded or, if there are no such goods, contain a statement to that effect; and

                             (ii)  specify any goods not included in the cargo report that have been unloaded or, if there are no such goods, contain a statement to that effect; and

                     (b)  if it is made under subsection (2)—set out a list of the containers that have been unloaded; and

                     (c)  in any case:

                              (i)  be in accordance with an approved statement; and

                             (ii)  state any times required by section 64ABAB; and

                            (iii)  be made within the period or at the time required by that section.

             (6)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different statements for the outturn reports to be made by stevedores, depot operators, or persons in charge of Customs places.

             (7)  An officer may disclose a cargo report to a stevedore, a depot operator or a person in charge of a Customs place (other than a warehouse) for the purpose of enabling the stevedore, operator or person to communicate to the Department an outturn report in respect of the cargo.

             (8)  A person who intentionally contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 120 penalty units.

             (9)  A person who contravenes this section commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

           (10)  An offence against subsection (9) is an offence of strict liability.

           (11)  In this section:

Customs place has the meaning given by subsection 183UA(1).

64ABAB  When outturn report is to be communicated to Department

             (1)  In the case of cargo unloaded from an aircraft at an airport and received into a depot, the depot operator must communicate the outturn report to the Department within 24 hours, or such other period as is prescribed by the regulations, after the time of arrival of the aircraft as stated in the report under section 64AA.

             (2)  Subsections (2A), (2B), (2C), (2D) and (2E) of this section apply to outturn reports a stevedore must communicate under subsection 64ABAA(2) because of the unloading of one or more containers from a ship at a port.

          (2A)  The stevedore must communicate a report at the end of each period:

                     (a)  that starts at a time described in subsection (2B); and

                     (b)  that is 3 hours long; and

                     (c)  during which a container is unloaded.

          (2B)  A period starts:

                     (a)  at the time the first container is unloaded; or

                     (b)  immediately after the end of the most recent period covered by subsection (2A); or

                     (c)  at the first time a container is unloaded after the end of the most recent period covered by subsection (2A), if a container has not been unloaded in the 3 hours starting at the end of the most recent period covered by that subsection.

          (2C)  The first report must state the time the first container is unloaded.

          (2D)  The last report must state the time when the unloading of the containers was completed.

          (2E)  If the stevedore communicates a report that:

                     (a)  covers the unloading of a container that, because of a decision not to unload any more containers that was made after the communication, completes the unloading of the containers; and

                     (b)  does not state the time when the unloading of the containers was completed;

the stevedore must communicate another report that states that the unloading of the containers has been completed. The stevedore must do so within 3 hours of the decision being made.

           (2F)  If the regulations prescribe a period other than 3 hours, subsections (2A), (2B) and (2E) have effect as if they referred to the period prescribed instead of 3 hours.

             (3)  In the case of cargo (not in containers) unloaded from a ship at a wharf, the stevedore must communicate the outturn report to the Department within 5 days, or such other period as is prescribed by the regulations, after the day on which the unloading of the cargo from the ship was completed. The outturn report must state the time when the unloading of the cargo was completed.

             (4)  In the case of cargo unloaded from a ship or aircraft and moved, under a permission given under section 71E, to a Customs place (as defined in subsection 183UA(1)) other than a warehouse, the person in charge of the Customs place must communicate the outturn report to the Department:

                     (a)  if the cargo is in a container:

                              (i)  if the container is not unpacked at that place—within 24 hours (or such longer period as is prescribed by the regulations) after the person in charge of that place recorded the receipt of the container at that place; or

                             (ii)  if the container is unpacked at that place—within 24 hours, or such other period as is prescribed by the regulations, after it was unpacked; or

                     (b)  if the cargo is not in a container—not later than:

                              (i)  the day after the day on which the person in charge of that place recorded a receipt of the cargo at that place; or

                             (ii)  if a later time is prescribed by the regulations—that later time.

If the cargo is in a container that is unpacked at the Customs place, the outturn report must state the time when the unpacking of the cargo was completed.

64ABAC  Explanation of shortlanded or surplus cargo

             (1)  If an outturn report specifies:

                     (a)  any goods included in the cargo report that have not been unloaded; or

                     (b)  any goods not included in the cargo report that have been unloaded;

the officer may require the cargo reporter who made the cargo report in relation to the goods to explain why the goods were not unloaded or were not included in the cargo report, as the case may be.

             (2)  If a cargo reporter in respect of whom a requirement is made under subsection (1) fails to comply with the requirement, the cargo reporter commits a offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

64ACA  Passenger reports

Obligation to report on passengers

             (1)  The operator of a ship or aircraft that is due to arrive, from a place outside Australia, at a port or airport in Australia (whether it is the first or any subsequent port or airport of the voyage or flight) must report to the Department on each passenger who will be on board the ship or aircraft at the time of its arrival at the port or airport.

Note 1:       This obligation must be complied with even if the information concerned is personal information (as defined in the Privacy Act 1988).

Note 2:       See also section 64ACC, which deals with what happens if information has already been reported under the Migration Act 1958.

Note 3:       Section 64ACD contains an offence for failure to comply with this subsection.

How report is to be given—certain operators to use an approved electronic system

             (2)  If one of the following paragraphs applies, the operator must give the report by the electronic system approved for the operator for the purposes of this subsection:

                     (a)  the ship is on a voyage for transporting persons:

                              (i)  that is provided for a fee payable by those using it; and

                             (ii)  the operator of which is prescribed by the regulations;

                            and the Comptroller‑General of Customs has, in writing, approved an electronic system for the operator for the purposes of this subsection;

                     (b)  the aircraft is on a flight that is provided as part of an airline service:

                              (i)  that is provided for a fee payable by those using it; and

                             (ii)  that is provided in accordance with fixed schedules to or from fixed terminals over specific routes; and

                            (iii)  that is available to the general public on a regular basis;

                            and the Comptroller‑General of Customs has, in writing, approved an electronic system for the operator for the purposes of this subsection.

Note 1:       An approval, and a variation or revocation of an approval, is a legislative instrument: see subsection (10).

Note 2:       An approval can be varied or revoked under subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (3)  However, if the approved electronic system is not working, then the operator must give the report as if subsection (4) applied.

How report to is be given—other operators

             (4)  The operator of any other ship or aircraft may give the report by document or electronically.

             (5)  If the report relates to a ship, it must be given not later than:

                     (a)  the start of the prescribed period before its estimated time of arrival; or

                     (b)  if the journey is of a kind described in regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph—the start of the shorter period before its estimated time of arrival that is specified in those regulations.

          (5A)  Regulations made for the purposes of subsection (5) may prescribe matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) arising out of the making of regulations for those purposes.

Deadline for giving report—aircraft

             (6)  If the report relates to an aircraft, it must be given not later than:

                     (a)  if the flight from the last airport outside Australia is likely to take not less than 3 hours—3 hours; or

                     (b)  if the flight from the last airport outside Australia is likely to take less than 3 hours—one hour;

before the time stated in the report made under section 64 to be the estimated time of arrival of the aircraft.

Other requirements for documentary reports

             (7)  If the report is given by document, it must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  contain such information as is required by the form; and

                     (d)  be signed in a manner specified in the form; and

                     (e)  be communicated to the Department by sending or giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to the reporting of ships or aircraft at the port or airport at which the ship or aircraft is expected to arrive.

Other requirements for electronic reports

             (8)  If the report is given electronically (whether or not by an electronic system approved for the purposes of subsection (2)), it must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

Different forms and statements for different circumstances etc.

             (9)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different forms for documentary reports, and different statements for electronic reports, to be made under subsections (7) and (8) in different circumstances, by different kinds of operators of ships or aircraft or in respect of different kinds of ships or aircraft.

Legislative instruments

           (10)  An approval of an electronic system for the purposes of subsection (2), or a variation or revocation of such an approval, is a legislative instrument.

Purpose for which information obtained

           (12)  Information obtained by the Department under this section is taken to be obtained by the Department for the purposes of the administration of this Act, the Migration Act 1958, and any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

64ACB  Crew reports

Obligation to report on crew

             (1)  The operator of a ship or aircraft that is due to arrive, from a place outside Australia, at a port or airport in Australia (whether it is the first or any subsequent port or airport of the voyage or flight) must, in accordance with this section, report to the Department on each member of the crew who will be on board the ship or aircraft at the time of its arrival at the port or airport.

Note 1:       This obligation must be complied with even if the information concerned is personal information (as defined in the Privacy Act 1988).

Note 2:       See also section 64ACC, which deals with what happens if information has already been reported under the Migration Act 1958.

Note 3:       Section 64ACD contains an offence for failure to comply with this subsection.

How report is to be given

             (2)  The operator may give the report by document or electronically.

Deadline for giving report

             (3)  The report must be made during the period within which a report under section 64 of the impending arrival of the ship or aircraft is required to be made.

             (4)  However, a report in respect of an aircraft must not be made before the date of departure of the aircraft from the last airport outside Australia.

Other requirements for documentary reports

             (5)  If the report is given by document, it must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  contain such information as is required by the form; and

                     (d)  be signed in a manner specified in the form; and

                     (e)  be communicated to the Department by sending or giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to the reporting of ships or aircraft at the port or airport at which the ship or aircraft is expected to arrive.

Other requirements for electronic reports

             (6)  If the report is given electronically, it must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

Different forms and statements for different circumstances etc.

             (7)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different forms for documentary reports, and different statements for electronic reports, to be made under subsections (5) and (6) in different circumstances, by different kinds of operators of ships or aircraft or in respect of different kinds of ships or aircraft.

Purpose for which information obtained

             (9)  Information obtained by the Department under this section is taken to be obtained by the Department for the purposes of the administration of this Act, the Migration Act 1958, and any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

64ACC  Information does not have to be reported if it has already been reported under the Migration Act 1958

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  both:

                              (i)  section 64ACA or 64ACB of this Act; and

                             (ii)  section 245L of the Migration Act 1958;

                            require the same piece of information in relation to a particular passenger or member of the crew on a particular voyage or flight to be reported; and

                     (b)  the operator has reported that piece of information in relation to that passenger or member of the crew in accordance with that section of the Migration Act 1958;

the operator is then taken not to be required by section 64ACA or 64ACB of this Act (as the case requires) to report the same piece of information in relation to those passengers or crew.

Note:          This may mean that no report at all is required under this Act.

             (2)  However, subsection (1) only applies if the report under the Migration Act 1958 relates to the arrival of the ship or aircraft at the same port or airport for which this Act requires a report.

Note:          So, for example, if a report under the Migration Act 1958 is given for a ship’s or aircraft’s arrival in an external Territory that is not part of Australia for the purposes of this Act, subsection (1) does not apply and a report under this Act is required.

64ACD  Offence for failure to comply

             (1)  An operator of a ship or aircraft who intentionally contravenes section 64ACA or 64ACB commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 120 penalty units.

             (2)  An operator of a ship or aircraft who contravenes section 64ACA or 64ACB commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

             (3)  An offence against subsection (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (4)  An operator of an aircraft or ship commits a separate offence under subsection (1) or (2) in relation to each passenger or member of the crew in relation to whom the operator contravenes section 64ACA or 64ACB.

64ACE  Communication of reports

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, a documentary report that is sent or given to the Department in accordance with section 64, 64AA, 64AAA, 64ACA or 64ACB may be sent or given in any prescribed manner and, when so sent or given, is taken to have been communicated to the Department when it is received by an officer.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a report that is sent electronically to the Department under section 64, 64AA, 64AAA, 64AAB, 64AAC, 64AB, 64ABAA, 64ACA or 64ACB is taken to have been communicated to the Department when an acknowledgment of the report is sent to the person identified in the report as the person sending it.

64ADAA  Requirements for communicating to Department electronically

                   A communication that is required or permitted by this Subdivision to be made to the Department electronically must:

                     (a)  be signed by the person who makes it (see paragraph 126DA(1)(c)); and

                     (b)  otherwise meet the information technology requirements determined under section 126DA.

64ADA  Disclosure of cargo reports to port authorities

             (1)  An officer may disclose a cargo report to a port authority for the purpose of enabling the authority to collect statistics or compute liability for wharfage charges.

             (2)  A person to whom information is disclosed under subsection (1) must not:

                     (a)  use the information for any purpose other than the purpose for which the information was disclosed; or

                     (b)  disclose the information to any person except to the extent necessary for that purpose.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (3)  A reference in this section to disclosure of information includes a reference to disclosure by way of the provision of electronic access to the information.

64AE  Obligation to answer questions and produce documents

             (1)  The operator of a ship or aircraft to whom section 64, 64AA, 64AAA, 64ACA or 64ACB applies must:

                     (a)  answer questions asked by a Collector relating to the ship or aircraft or its cargo, crew, passengers, stores or voyage; and

                     (b)  produce documents requested by the Collector relating to a matter referred to in paragraph (a), if the documents are in his or her possession or control at the time of the request.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (2)  Each cargo reporter to whom section 64AB applies must:

                     (a)  answer questions asked by a Collector relating to the goods he or she has arranged to be carried on the relevant ship or aircraft; and

                     (b)  produce documents requested by the Collector relating to such goods, if the documents are in his or her possession or control at the time of the request.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

          (2A)  Subsection (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (3)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1) or (2) if the person charged had a reasonable excuse for:

                     (a)  refusing or failing to answer questions asked by a Collector; or

                     (b)  refusing or failing to produce documents when so requested by a Collector.

64AF  Obligation to provide access to passenger information

             (1)  An operator of an international passenger air service commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the operator receives a request from the Comptroller‑General of Customs to allow authorised officers ongoing access to the operator’s passenger information in a particular manner and form; and

                     (b)  the operator fails to provide that access in that manner and form.

Note 1:       For operator, international passenger air service and passenger information, see subsection (6).

Note 2:       The obligation to provide access must be complied with even if the information concerned is personal information (as defined in the Privacy Act 1988).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (2)  An operator of an international passenger air service does not commit an offence against subsection (1) at a particular time if, at that time, the operator cannot itself access the operator’s passenger information.

Note 1:       For example, the operator cannot access the operator’s passenger information if the operator’s computer system is not working.

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

             (3)  An operator of an international passenger air service commits an offence if the operator fails to provide an authorised officer to whom the operator is required to allow access in accordance with subsection (1) with all reasonable facilities, and assistance, necessary to obtain information by means of that access and to understand information obtained.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (4)  An operator of an international passenger air service does not commit an offence against subsection (3) if the operator had a reasonable excuse for failing to provide the facilities and assistance in accordance with that subsection.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (5)  An authorised officer must only access an operator’s passenger information for the purposes of performing his or her functions in accordance with:

                     (a)  this Act; or

                     (b)  a law of the Commonwealth prescribed by regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.

             (6)  In this section:

Australian international flight means a flight:

                     (a)  from a place within Australia to a place outside Australia; or

                     (b)  from a place outside Australia to a place within Australia.

international passenger air service means a service of providing air transportation of people:

                     (a)  by means of Australian international flights (whether or not the operator also operates domestic flights or other international flights); and

                     (b)  for a fee payable by people using the service; and

                     (c)  in accordance with fixed schedules to or from fixed terminals over specific routes; and

                     (d)  that is available to the general public on a regular basis.

operator, in relation to an international passenger air service, means a person who conducts, or offers to conduct, the service.

passenger information, in relation to an operator of an international passenger air service, means any information the operator of the service keeps electronically relating to:

                     (a)  flights scheduled by the operator (including information about schedules, departure and arrival terminals, and routes); and

                     (b)  payments by people of fees relating to flights scheduled by the operator; and

                     (c)  people taking, or proposing to take, flights scheduled by the operator; and

                     (d)  passenger check‑in, and seating, relating to flights scheduled by the operator; and

                     (e)  numbers of passengers taking, or proposing to take, flights scheduled by the operator; and

                      (f)  baggage, cargo or anything else carried, or proposed to be carried, on flights scheduled by the operator and the tracking and handling of those things; and

                     (g)  itineraries (including any information about things other than flights scheduled by the operator) for people taking, or proposing to take, flights scheduled by the operator.

Note:          The flights referred to are any flights scheduled by the operator (not just Australian international flights).

64A  Ships or aircraft arriving at certain places

             (1)  The master of a relevant ship or the pilot of a relevant aircraft shall, if required to do so by a Collector, make a report within such time as is specified by the Collector and in such form as is specified by the Collector, of the ship or aircraft and of the cargo of the ship or aircraft.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  The master of a relevant ship or the pilot of a relevant aircraft shall, if required to do so by a Collector, answer questions relating to the ship or aircraft, to its cargo, crew, passengers or stores or to its voyage or flight.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

             (3)  The master of a relevant ship or the pilot of a relevant aircraft shall, if required to do so by a Collector, produce documents relating to the matters referred to in subsection (2).

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

          (3A)  Subsections (1), (2) and (3) are offences of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (4)  In this section:

relevant aircraft means an aircraft that arrives from parts beyond the seas at a place other than an airport in pursuance of permission granted under section 58.

relevant ship means a ship that arrives from parts beyond the seas at a place other than a port in pursuance of permission granted under section 58.

65  Master or pilot of wrecked ship or aircraft to report

             (1)  When any ship is lost or wrecked upon the coast the master or owner shall without any unnecessary delay make report of the ship and cargo by delivering to the Collector a Manifest so far as it may be possible for him or her to do so.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the extent that it requires the master or owner of the ship to make a report of the cargo if the master or owner has:

                     (a)  made a cargo report in respect of the cargo; or

                     (b)  communicated an outward manifest under section 119 in respect of the cargo.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (1A) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (2)  When any aircraft arriving from parts beyond the seas is lost or wrecked at any place within Australia, the pilot or owner shall, without any unnecessary delay, make report of the aircraft and cargo by delivering to the Collector a Manifest so far as it may be possible for him or her to do so.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

          (2A)  Subsection (2) does not apply to the extent that it requires the pilot or owner of the aircraft to make a report of the cargo if the pilot or owner has:

                     (a)  made a cargo report in respect of the cargo; or

                     (b)  communicated an outward manifest under section 119 in respect of the cargo.

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

             (3)  Subsections (1) and (2) are offences of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

66  Goods derelict to be delivered to officer

                   Whoever has any dutiable goods derelict flotsam jetsam lagan or wreck in his or her possession shall deliver the same to an officer without unnecessary delay.

Penalty:  20 penalty units.

67  Interference with derelict goods

             (1)  No person shall unnecessarily move alter or interfere with any goods derelict flotsam jetsam lagan or wreck.

Penalty:  20 penalty units.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who moves, alters or interferes with the goods by authority.

Note:          For by authority, see subsection 4(1).

Subdivision CThe registration, rights and obligations of special reporters

67EA  Special reporters

                   For the purposes of section 64AB of this Act, a person or a partnership may, in accordance with this Subdivision, become a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind.

67EB  Requirements for registration as a special reporter

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must not register a person as a special reporter if:

                     (b)  the applicant does not satisfy the Comptroller‑General of Customs as mentioned in subsection (2) in relation to low value cargo of that kind; or

                     (c)  if the applicant is applying to be registered in respect of low value cargo consigned from a particular mail‑order house—the applicant is not a party to a house agreement with that mail‑order house in force at all times during the 3 consecutive months before the making of the application; or

                     (d)  the applicant does not have dedicated computer facilities having such specifications as are determined, in writing, by the Comptroller‑General of Customs for the purpose of this paragraph, in relation to low value cargo generally, including, in particular, specifications to ensure that the information maintained by the applicant in those facilities will not be able to be accessed or altered by unauthorised persons; or

                     (e)  in the opinion of the Comptroller‑General of Customs:

                              (i)  if the applicant is a natural person—the applicant is not a fit and proper person to be registered as a special reporter; or

                             (ii)  if the applicant is a partnership—any of the partners is not a fit and proper person to be a member of a partnership registered as a special reporter; or

                            (iii)  if the applicant is a company—any director, officer or shareholder of a company who would participate in the management of the affairs of the company is not a fit and proper person so to participate; or

                            (iv)  an employee of the applicant who would participate in the management of the applicant’s dedicated computer facilities is not a fit and proper person so to participate; or

                             (v)  if the applicant is a company—the company is not a fit and proper company to be registered as a special reporter.

             (2)  An applicant for registration as a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind is taken to comply with this subsection if, and only if, the applicant satisfies the Comptroller‑General of Customs that:

                     (a)  in a case of low value cargo consigned from a particular mail‑order house to consignees in Australia—the applicant is likely to make cargo reports covering at least 1,000 such consignments per month from the mail‑order house during the period of registration; or

                     (b)  in a case of low value cargo of another prescribed kind consigned from a place outside Australia to a consignee in Australia—the applicant is likely to make cargo reports covering a number of consignments per month of that kind that is not less than the number specified in the regulations.

             (3)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, in deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person for the purposes of subparagraph (1)(e)(i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) have regard to:

                     (a)  any conviction of the person of an offence against this Act committed within the 10 years immediately before the decision; and

                     (b)  any conviction of the person of an offence punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer:

                              (i)  against another law of the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  against a law of a State or of a Territory;

                            if that offence was committed within the 10 years immediately before that decision; and

                     (c)  whether the person is an insolvent under administration; and

                     (d)  whether the person was, in the 2 years immediately before that decision, a director of, or concerned in the management of, a company that:

                              (i)  had been, or is being, wound up; or

                             (ii)  had had its registration as a special reporter in relation to any low value cargo of any kind cancelled by the Comptroller‑General of Customs because of a breach of any condition to which the registration of the company as a special reporter was subject; and

                     (e)  whether any misleading information or document has been furnished in relation to the person by the applicant under subsection 67EC(2), 67ED(5) or 67EK(12); and

                      (f)  if any information or document given by or in relation to the person was false—whether the applicant knew that the information or document was false; and

                     (g)  whether the person has been refused a transport security identification card, or has had such a card suspended or cancelled, within the 10 years immediately before the decision.

             (4)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, in deciding whether a company is a fit and proper company for the purpose of subparagraph (1)(e)(v), have regard to:

                     (a)  any conviction of the company of an offence:

                              (i)  against this Act; or

                             (ii)  if it is punishable by a fine of $5,000 or more—against another law of the Commonwealth, or a law of a State or of a Territory;

                            committed:

                            (iii)  within the 10 years immediately before that decision; and

                            (iv)  at a time when any person who is presently a director, officer or shareholder of a kind referred to in subparagraph (1)(e)(iii) in relation to the company was such a director, officer or shareholder; and

                     (b)  whether a receiver of the property, or part of the property, of the company has been appointed; and

                     (c)  whether the company is under administration within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001; and

                     (d)  whether the company has executed, under Part 5.3A of that Act, a deed of company arrangement that has not yet terminated; and

                      (f)  whether the company is being wound up.

             (5)  Nothing in this section affects the operation of Part VIIC of the Crimes Act 1914 (which includes provisions that, in certain circumstances, relieves persons from the requirement to disclose spent convictions and requires persons aware of such convictions to disregard them).

67EC  The making of an application

             (1)  An applicant for registration as a special reporter in respect of low value cargo of a particular kind may make an application under this subsection in relation to cargo of that kind.

             (2)  An application must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  contain such information as the form requires; and

                     (d)  be accompanied by such other documentation as the form requires; and

                     (e)  be signed in the manner indicated in the form; and

                      (f)  be lodged as required by subsection (4).

             (3)  Without limiting by implication the generality of the information that may be required by the approved form, the application must indicate the premises in Australia at which the dedicated computer facilities of the applicant are located and the premises in Australia at which documents relating to information required to be stored on those facilities are or will be located.

             (4)  An application is taken to have been lodged with the Department when the application is first received by an officer of Customs designated by the Comptroller‑General of Customs to receive such applications.

             (5)  The day on which an application is taken to have been lodged must be recorded on the application.

             (6)  For the avoidance of doubt, it is the intention of the Parliament that a person who seeks to be registered as a special reporter:

                     (a)  if the person seeks that registration in relation to low value cargo consigned from more than one mail‑order house—must make a separate application for such registration in relation to each such house; and

                     (c)  if the person seeks that registration in relation to low value cargo of any other kind prescribed by the regulations—must make a separate application for such registration in relation to each prescribed kind of low value cargo.

67ED  Consideration of the application

             (1)  If an application under section 67EC for registration as a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind is lodged, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must, having regard:

                     (a)  to the terms of the application; and

                     (b)  if additional information is supplied in response to a requirement under subsection (5)—to that additional information;

decide whether or not to register the applicant in relation to low value cargo of that kind.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must make a decision within 60 days after:

                     (a)  if paragraph (b) does not apply—the lodgment of the application; and

                     (b)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs requires further information to be supplied under subsection (5) and the applicant supplies the information in accordance with that subsection—the receipt of the information.

             (3)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs decides to register the applicant in relation to low value cargo of the kind referred to in the application, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must register the applicant as a special reporter in respect of low value cargo of that kind and notify the applicant, in writing, of that decision specifying the day on which the registration comes into force.

             (4)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs decides not to register the applicant in respect of low value cargo of that kind referred to in the application, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must notify the applicant, in writing, of that decision setting out the reasons for so deciding.

             (5)  If, in considering the application, the Comptroller‑General of Customs decides that he or she needs further information on any matter dealt with in the application:

                     (a)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice in writing to the applicant, require the applicant to provide such additional information relating to that matter as the Comptroller‑General of Customs specifies within a period specified in the notice; and

                     (b)  unless the information is given to the Comptroller‑General of Customs within that period—the applicant is taken to have withdrawn the application.

67EE  Basic conditions attaching to registration as a special reporter

             (1)  The registration of a special reporter is subject to:

                     (a)  the conditions set out in this section and section 67EF; and

                     (b)  if the special reporter is registered as a special reporter in respect of low value cargo consigned from a mail‑order house—section 67EG; and

                     (c)  if regulations under section 67EH apply—that section.

             (2)  The special reporter must give the Comptroller‑General of Customs written information of any of the following matters within 30 days after the occurrence of the matter:

                     (a)  any matter that might, if the reporter were not a special reporter but were an applicant for registration, cause paragraph 67EB(1)(e) to apply in relation to the reporter;

                     (b)  if, after the registration, or renewal of registration, of a company as a special reporter, a person commences to participate, as a director, officer or shareholder, in the management of the affairs of the company—the fact of such commencement; and

                     (c)  if, after the registration, or renewal of registration, of a special reporter, a person commences to participate as an employee of the special reporter in the management of the dedicated computer facilities of the special reporter—the fact of such commencement; and

                     (d)  if the special reporter is a partnership—the fact of any change in the membership of the partnership.

             (3)  The special reporter must communicate such cargo reports by using dedicated computer facilities.

67EF  Storage and record maintenance conditions

             (1)  A person who is or has been a special reporter must:

                     (a)  store in dedicated computer facilities at notified premises all information relating to individual consignments that the reporter would, but for the reporter’s registration under section 67ED or renewal of registration under section 67EK, be required to give to the Department under section 64AB; and

                     (b)  for 2 years after the date that an abbreviated cargo report covering a consignment is transmitted to the Department, retain at notified premises all the information stored under paragraph (a) in relation to that consignment and also all physical documents of a prescribed kind that cover or relate to that consignment.

             (2)  If, at any time, while a person is, or within 2 years after the person ceased to be, a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, the person intends to change the location of notified premises at which:

                     (a)  all or any of the dedicated computer facilities used to store information relating to cargo of that kind are situated; or

                     (b)  all or any documents containing information relating to cargo of that kind required to be stored in such facilities are situated;

the person must, before so doing, notify the Comptroller‑General of Customs in writing of the intention to change the premises and include particulars of the changes proposed and of the date on which those changes will take effect.

             (3)  The special reporter must ensure that the changed premises referred to in subsection (2) are located in Australia.

             (4)  The special reporter must provide an officer of Customs with online access to the information stored and retained under subsection (1) and with the capacity to download that information, or a part of that information, at any time as required by an officer of Customs.

             (5)  The special reporter must, despite providing an officer of Customs with the capacity to download information referred to in subsection (4), electronically transfer that information, or a part of that information, to an officer of Customs at any reasonable time as required by an officer of Customs.

67EG  Special mail‑order house condition

                   If a person is registered as a special reporter in relation to low value cargo consigned from a particular mail‑order house, the person must:

                     (a)  ensure, at all times while that person continues to be a special reporter in relation to that mail‑order house, that there is in force between the person and that mail‑order house a house agreement within the meaning of section 63A; and

                     (b)  if the agreement expires or for any reason is terminated or there is a breach or an alleged breach of the terms of that agreement—notify the Comptroller‑General of Customs, in writing, of that expiration or termination or of that breach or alleged breach.

67EH  Further conditions may be imposed by regulations

                   The regulations may, at any time, provide that:

                     (a)  if a person is first registered as a special reporter after that time; or

                     (b)  if a person’s registration as a special reporter is renewed after that time;

that registration, or registration as renewed, is subject to such further conditions relevant to registration or renewal of registration as a special reporter under this Subdivision as the regulations specify.

67EI  Breach of conditions of registration

             (1)  A person who is or has been a special reporter must not breach a condition of the person’s registration as a special reporter.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  An offence against subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

67EJ  Duration of registration

                   If a person is registered as a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, that registration:

                     (a)  unless paragraph (b) applies—comes into force on a date specified by the Comptroller‑General of Customs under subsection 67ED(3); and

                     (b)  if it is a renewed registration—comes into force on a date determined under subsection 67EK(8); and

                     (c)  remains in force for 2 years after it comes into force unless, before that time, it is cancelled under section 67EM.

67EK  Renewal of registration

             (1)  A person who is a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind may seek renewal of registration in relation to cargo of that kind by making and lodging a further application in accordance with the requirements of section 67EC:

                     (a)  unless paragraph (b) applies—not later than 30 days before the end of the current period of registration; or

                     (b)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied that, for reasons beyond the control of the special reporter, it was not possible to meet the requirements of paragraph (a)—not later than such later date before the end of the period of registration as the Comptroller‑General of Customs specifies.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), sections 67EB and 67EC apply in relation to an application for renewal of registration in the same manner as they applied to the original application.

             (3)  Subsection 67EB(2) has effect in relation to an application for renewal of registration:

                     (a)  if the registration relates to a low value cargo consigned from a particular mail‑order house—as if that subsection required the applicant, as a special reporter, to have reported at least 3,000 consignments of such cargo from that house during the 3 months immediately before the making of the application; and

                     (c)  if the registration relates to low value cargo of another prescribed kind—as if that subsection required the applicant, as a special reporter, to have reported at least the prescribed number of consignments of cargo of that kind during the 3 months before the making of the application.

             (4)  In considering an application for renewal of registration as a special reporter, if the Comptroller‑General of Customs has varied the specifications in relation to dedicated computer facilities in any manner, the special reporter must ensure that the computer facilities meet the specifications as so varied.

             (5)  If an application for renewal of registration as a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind is lodged, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must, having regard to the terms of the application and, where additional information is supplied under subsection (12), to the additional information, decide whether or not to renew the registration of the applicant in relation to low value cargo of that kind.

             (6)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must make the decision before, or as soon as possible after, the end of the current period of registration.

             (7)  If, for any reason, the Comptroller‑General of Customs has not completed the consideration of the application for renewal of registration at the time when the current period of registration would, but for this subsection, expire, the current period of registration is taken to continue until the consideration of the application is concluded and a resulting decision made.

             (8)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs decides to renew the registration of a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must renew the registration and notify the applicant for renewal, in writing, of that decision specifying the day on which, in accordance with subsection (10), the renewal of registration comes into force.

             (9)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs decides not to renew the registration of a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must notify the applicant for renewal, in writing, of that decision setting out the reasons for so deciding.

           (10)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs decides to renew the registration of a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, that renewal takes effect on the day following the end of the current period of registration, or of that period as it is taken to have been extended under subsection (7).

           (11)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs refuses to renew the registration of a special reporter in relation to low value cargo of a particular kind, the registration in relation to cargo of that kind continues:

                     (a)  until the end of the current period of registration, unless it is earlier cancelled; or

                     (b)  if the current period of registration is taken to have been extended under subsection (7)—until the making of the decision to refuse to renew registration.

           (12)  If, in considering an application for renewal of registration, the Comptroller‑General of Customs decides that he or she needs further information on any matter dealt with in the application:

                     (a)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice in writing to the applicant, require the applicant to provide such additional information relating to the matter as the Comptroller‑General of Customs specifies within a period specified in the notice; and

                     (b)  unless the information is given to the Comptroller‑General of Customs within that period—the applicant is taken to have withdrawn the application.

67EL  Comptroller‑General of Customs to allocate a special identifying code for each special reporter

                   If the Comptroller‑General of Customs registers an applicant as a special reporter in respect of low value cargo of a particular kind, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must allocate to the reporter a special identifying code for use by the special reporter when making an abbreviated cargo report in relation to cargo of that kind.

67EM  Cancellation of registration as special reporter

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, at any time, give to a special reporter a notice of intention to cancel the special reporter’s registration if the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied that:

                     (b)  if the special reporter were not a special reporter but were an applicant for registration—circumstances have arisen whereby paragraph 67EB(1)(e) applies in relation to the reporter; or

                     (c)  the special reporter has breached any condition to which the registration as a special reporter is subject in accordance with section 67EE, 67EF, 67EG or 67EH; or

                     (d)  if the special reporter is registered as such in relation to low value cargo consigned from a particular mail‑order house:

                              (i)  there is no longer a house agreement in force between the special reporter and that house; or

                             (ii)  the terms of such an agreement have been breached.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), the expression 10 years immediately before the decision in subsections 67EB(3) and (4) is to be taken to be 10 years immediately before the notice.

             (3)  The notice of intention to cancel registration must:

                     (a)  specify the ground or grounds for the intended cancellation; and

                     (b)  invite the special reporter to provide a written statement to the Comptroller‑General of Customs within 30 days after the notice is given (the submission period) explaining why the registration should not be cancelled; and

                     (c)  state that the Comptroller‑General of Customs may decide to cancel the registration at any time within the 14 days following the end of the submission period, if the grounds or at least one of the grounds exists at that time.

             (4)  At any time within the 14 days referred to in paragraph (3)(c), the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice in writing, decide to cancel the registration of the special reporter generally in relation to low value cargo of all kinds or of a particular kind, as the Comptroller‑General of Customs considers appropriate, if, having regard to any statements made by the special reporter in response to the notice, the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied that at least one of the grounds specified in the notice exists at the time of the decision.

             (5)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs decides to cancel the registration within the 14 days, the registration is cancelled:

                     (a)  if paragraph (b) does not apply—28 days after the decision of the Comptroller‑General of Customs; or

                     (b)  if the special reporter applies to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of the decision of the Comptroller‑General of Customs—when the Tribunal affirms the decision of the Comptroller‑General of Customs.

             (6)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, by notice in writing, cancel a registration if the Comptroller‑General of Customs receives a written request by the special reporter that the registration be cancelled on or after a specified day indicated in the request letter.

             (7)  A notice under subsection (1), (4) or (6) may be served:

                     (a)  by post at the address indicated by the special reporter in the application for registration or renewal or at an address subsequently indicated by the special reporter; or

                     (b)  if the special reporter is a company—by post at the registered office of the company; or

                     (c)  by giving it personally to the special reporter, if the special reporter is a natural person.

             (8)  Failure to send a notice to a special reporter under subsection (6) does not affect the cancellation of the registration.

Subdivision ERegistering re‑mail reporters

67F  Applying to be a re‑mail reporter

             (1)  A person or partnership may apply to be registered as a re‑mail reporter.

Note:          A re‑mail reporter is generally not required to give information about individual re‑mail items in a cargo report: see subsections 64AB(7A) and (7B).

             (2)  An application must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  contain the information that the form requires; and

                     (d)  be accompanied by any other documentation that the form requires; and

                     (e)  be signed in the manner indicated by the form; and

                      (f)  be lodged with an authorised officer.

67G  Registering re‑mail reporters

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must register an applicant as a re‑mail reporter if:

                     (a)  the applicant applies under section 67F; and

                     (b)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied that the applicant would be unlikely to have information, or access to information, about re‑mail items that would allow the applicant to make cargo reports at a level of specificity below the level of submaster air waybill or ocean bill of lading; and

                     (c)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied that the applicant meets the fit and proper person test under section 67H.

             (2)  For the purposes of deciding whether to register the applicant, the Comptroller‑General of Customs may request, in writing, the applicant to provide additional information specified in the request within a specified period.

             (3)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must decide whether to register the applicant within:

                     (a)  if no additional information has been requested under subsection (2)—60 days of the lodgment of the application under section 67F; or

                     (b)  if additional information has been requested under subsection (2)—60 days of the Comptroller‑General of Customs receiving the information.

             (4)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must:

                     (a)  notify the applicant in writing of his or her decision; and

                     (b)  if the decision is to register the applicant—specify, in the notification, the day from which the applicant is registered as a re‑mail reporter.

             (5)  The registration may be made subject to any conditions specified in the notification.

67H  Fit and proper person test

             (1)  An applicant meets the fit and proper person test for the purposes of paragraph 67G(1)(c) if the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied that:

                     (a)  if the applicant is a natural person—the applicant is a fit and proper person to be registered as a re‑mail reporter; and

                     (b)  if the applicant is a partnership—all of the partners are fit and proper persons to be members of a partnership registered as a re‑mail reporter; and

                     (c)  if the applicant is a company—all of the company’s directors, officers and shareholders who would participate in managing the affairs of the company are fit and proper persons to do so; and

                     (d)  each employee of the applicant who would participate in making cargo reports in relation to re‑mail items under section 64AB is a fit and proper person to do so; and

                     (e)  if the applicant is a company—the company is a fit and proper company to be registered as a re‑mail reporter.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, in deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person for the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), (b), (c) or (d), have regard to:

                     (a)  any conviction of the person of an offence against this Act committed within the 10 years immediately before the decision; and

                     (b)  any conviction of the person of an offence punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer:

                              (i)  against another law of the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  against a law of a State or Territory;

                            if that offence was committed within the 10 years immediately before that decision; and

                     (c)  whether the person is an insolvent under administration; and

                     (d)  whether the person was, in the 2 years immediately before that decision, a director of, or concerned in the management of, a company that:

                              (i)  had been, or is being, wound up; or

                             (ii)  had had its registration as a re‑mail reporter cancelled by the Comptroller‑General of Customs under paragraph 67K(1)(a), (b) or (d); and

                     (e)  whether any misleading information or document has been provided in relation to the person by the applicant under subsection 67F(2) or 67G(2); and

                      (f)  if any information or document given by or in relation to the person was false—whether the applicant knew that the information or document was false; and

                     (g)  whether the person has been refused a transport security identification card, or has had such a card suspended or cancelled, within the 10 years immediately before the decision.

             (3)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, in deciding whether a company is a fit and proper company for the purpose of paragraph (1)(e), have regard to:

                     (a)  any conviction of the company of an offence:

                              (i)  against this Act; or

                             (ii)  if it is punishable by a fine of $5,000 or more—against another law of the Commonwealth, or a law of a State or Territory;

                            committed:

                            (iii)  within the 10 years immediately before that decision; and

                            (iv)  at a time when any person who is presently a director, officer or shareholder of a kind referred to in paragraph (1)(c) in relation to the company, was such a director, officer or shareholder; and

                     (b)  whether a receiver of the property, or part of the property, of the company has been appointed; and

                     (c)  whether the company is under administration within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001; and

                     (d)  whether the company has executed, under Part 5.3A of that Act, a deed of company arrangement that has not yet terminated; and

                      (f)  whether the company is being wound up.

             (4)  Nothing in this section affects the operation of Part VIIC of the Crimes Act 1914 (which includes provisions that, in certain circumstances, relieve persons from the requirement to disclose spent convictions and requires persons aware of such convictions to disregard them).

67I  Obligation of re‑mail reporters to notify Comptroller‑General of Customs of certain matters

                   A re‑mail reporter must notify the Comptroller‑General of Customs in writing if:

                     (a)  an event or circumstance occurs after the reporter’s registration which section 67H would require the Comptroller‑General of Customs to have regard to if the reporter were, at that time, an applicant for registration; or

                     (b)  a person becomes, or ceases to be:

                              (i)  if the reporter is a partnership—a member of the partnership; and

                             (ii)  if the reporter is a company—a director, officer or shareholder of the company who would participate in managing the affairs of the company; and

                            (iii)  an employee of the reporter who would participate in making cargo reports in relation to re‑mail items under section 64AB.

67J  Varying etc. conditions of registration

             (1)  After registration, the Comptroller‑General of Customs may impose a new condition on a re‑mail reporter’s registration by notifying the reporter in writing of the condition.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may remove or vary any condition of a re‑mail reporter’s registration by notifying the reporter in writing of the removal or variation.

67K  Cancelling the registration of a re‑mail reporter

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may cancel the registration of a re‑mail reporter if:

                     (a)  the reporter reports an item of cargo in the approved form or statement referred to in subsection 64AB(7A) that was not a re‑mail item; or

                     (b)  the reporter uses the approved form or statement in breach of subsection 64AB(7B); or

                     (c)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs is no longer satisfied as mentioned in paragraph 67G(1)(b) or (c); or

                     (d)  the reporter breaches a condition of the reporter’s registration or section 67I.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must notify the reporter in writing of the cancellation of the registration.

Division 4The entry, unshipment, landing, and examination of goods

Subdivision APreliminary

68  Entry of imported goods

             (1)  This section applies to:

                     (a)  goods that are imported into Australia; and

                     (b)  goods that are intended to be imported into Australia and that are on board a ship or aircraft that has commenced its journey to Australia; and

                     (c)  a ship or aircraft that is intended to be imported into Australia and that has commenced its journey to Australia;

but does not apply to:

                     (d)  goods that are accompanied or unaccompanied personal or household effects of a passenger, or a member of a crew, of a ship or aircraft; and

                     (e)  goods, other than prescribed goods:

                              (i)  that are included in a consignment consigned through the Post Office by one person to another; and

                             (ii)  that have a value not exceeding $1,000 or such other amount as is prescribed; and

                      (f)  goods, other than prescribed goods:

                              (i)  that are included in a consignment consigned otherwise than by post by one person to another; and

                             (ii)  that are all transported to Australia in the same ship or aircraft; and

                            (iii)  that have a value not exceeding $250 or such other amount as is prescribed; and

                     (g)  containers:

                              (i)  that are the property of a person carrying on business in Australia; and

                             (ii)  that are imported on a temporary basis to be re‑exported, whether empty or loaded; and

                     (h)  containers:

                              (i)  that were manufactured in Australia; and

                             (ii)  that are, when imported into Australia, the property of a person carrying on business in Australia; and

                            (iii)  that were the property of that person when, and have remained the property of that person since, they were exported or were last exported from Australia; and

                      (i)  goods that, under the regulations, are exempted from this section, either absolutely or on such terms and conditions as are specified in the regulations; and

                      (j)  goods stated in a cargo report to be goods whose destination is a place outside Australia.

             (2)  The owner of goods to which this section applies may enter the goods for home consumption or for warehousing:

                     (a)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—at any time before the ship or aircraft first arrives at a port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged; or

                     (b)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—at any time before the ship or aircraft first arrives at a port or airport in Australia.

             (3)  If the owner of goods to which this section applies does not enter the goods under subsection (2) for home consumption or for warehousing, the owner must enter the goods for home consumption or for warehousing:

                     (a)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—after the ship or aircraft first arrives at a port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged; or

                     (b)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—after the ship or aircraft first arrives at a port or airport in Australia.

          (3A)  An entry of goods for home consumption is made by communicating to the Department an import declaration in respect of the goods.

          (3B)  An entry of goods for warehousing is made by communicating to the Department a warehouse declaration in respect of the goods.

             (4)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(d), goods:

                     (a)  in quantities exceeding what could reasonably be expected to be required by a passenger or member of the crew of a ship or aircraft for his or her own use; or

                     (b)  that are, to the knowledge or belief of a passenger or member of the crew of a ship or aircraft, to be sold, or used in the course of trading, in Australia;

are not included in the personal or household effects of a passenger or crew member.

             (5)  For the purposes of paragraphs (1)(e) or (f), the value of goods must be ascertained or determined under Division 2 of Part VIII.

68A  Goods imported for transhipment

                   If a cargo report in relation to goods states that the destination of the goods is a place outside Australia, an officer may direct a person who has possession of the goods:

                     (a)  not to move the goods; or

                     (b)  to move them to a place specified in the direction.

69  Like customable goods and excise‑equivalent goods

             (1)  A person may apply to the Collector for permission to deliver into home consumption like customable goods or excise equivalent goods:

                     (a)  of a kind specified in the application; and

                     (b)  to which section 68 applies;

without entering them for that purpose:

                     (c)  in respect of a recurring 7 day period; or

                     (d)  in respect of a calendar month if:

                              (i)  the person is a small business entity or included in a class prescribed by the regulations; or

                             (ii)  the like customable goods or excise‑equivalent goods to be delivered into home consumption are of a kind prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subparagraph.

             (2)  If a person applies in respect of a recurring 7 day period, the person may specify in the application the 7 day period that the person wishes to use.

             (3)  Despite the definition of days in section 4, Sundays and public holidays are counted as days for the purpose of determining a recurring 7 day period. This subsection does not affect the operation of section 36 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (4)  An application must be made in writing in an approved form.

             (5)  The Collector may, on receiving an application under subsection (1) or advice under subsection (13) or (14), by notice in writing:

                     (a)  give permission to the person to deliver into home consumption, from a place specified in the permission:

                              (i)  like customable goods to which section 68 applies; or

                             (ii)  excise‑equivalent goods to which section 68 applies;

                            to which the application relates without entering them for that purpose; or

                     (b)  refuse to give such a permission and set out in the notice the reasons for so refusing.

             (6)  If a permission is to apply in respect of a 7 day period, the notice must specify:

                     (a)  the 7 day period for which permission is given; and

                     (b)  the first day of the 7 day period from which permission is given.

             (7)  If a permission is to apply in respect of a calendar month, the notice must specify the calendar month from which permission is given.

             (8)  A permission given under subsection (5) in respect of like customable goods or excise‑equivalent goods is subject to the following conditions:

                     (a)  if a person’s permission applies in respect of a 7 day period and specifies goods other than gaseous fuel—the condition that, to the extent that the permission relates to goods other than gaseous fuel, the person give the Collector a return, by way of a document or electronically, on the first day following the end of each 7 day period, providing particulars in accordance with section 71K or 71L in relation to the goods that have, during the period to which the return relates, been delivered into home consumption under the permission;

                     (b)  if a person’s permission applies in respect of a 7 day period and specifies gaseous fuel—the condition that, to the extent that the permission relates to gaseous fuel, the person give the Collector a return, by way of a document or electronically, on or before the seventh day following the end of each 7 day period, providing particulars in accordance with section 71K or 71L in relation to the gaseous fuel that has, during the period to which the return relates, been delivered into home consumption under the permission;

                     (c)  if a person is a small business entity and the person’s permission applies in respect of a calendar month—the condition that the person give the Collector a return, by way of a document or electronically, on or before the 21st day of each calendar month, providing particulars in accordance with section 71K or 71L in relation to the goods that have, during the previous calendar month, been delivered into home consumption under the permission;

                     (d)  if a person’s permission applies in respect of a calendar month and the person is included in a class mentioned in subparagraph (1)(d)(i) or has permission to enter like customable goods or excise‑equivalent goods of a kind prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of subparagraph (1)(d)(ii)—any condition prescribed by the regulations;

                     (e)  if a person ceases to be a small business entity—the condition that the person advise the Collector, in writing, of that fact as soon as practicable after ceasing to be a small business entity;

                      (f)  if a person ceases to be included in a class mentioned in subparagraph (1)(d)(i)—the condition that the person advise the Collector, in writing, of that fact as soon as practicable after ceasing to be included in that class;

                     (g)  in any case—the condition that on or after the goods are imported and before they are delivered into home consumption, the goods to which the permission relates must have been or must be entered for warehousing;

                     (h)  the condition that, at the time when each return is given to the Collector, the person pay any duty owing at the rate applicable when the goods were delivered into home consumption;

                      (i)  any other condition, specified in the permission, that the Collector considers appropriate.

Note:          Paragraphs (8)(a), (b), (c) and (d)—see also subsection (9).

             (9)  Despite paragraphs (8)(a), (b), (c) and (d), the Collector may determine different conditions for giving the Collector a return if subsection (13) or (14) applies.

           (10)  A person to whom a permission is given under subsection (5) must comply with any conditions to which the permission is subject.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

           (11)  Subsection (10) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

           (12)  If the Collector is satisfied that a person to whom a permission has been given under subsection (5) has failed to comply with any condition to which the permission is subject, the officer may, at any time while the permission remains in force, by notice in writing, revoke the permission. The notice must set out the reasons for the revocation.

           (13)  If:

                     (a)  a person is a small business entity or included in a class mentioned in subparagraph (1)(d)(i); and

                     (b)  the person’s permission applies in respect of a calendar month; and

                     (c)  the person advises the Collector, in writing, that the person ceases to be a small business entity or included in a class mentioned in subparagraph (1)(d)(i);

the Collector must, by notice in writing:

                     (d)  revoke the permission with effect from a specified day; and

                     (e)  give another permission under subsection (5) in respect of a 7 day period.

           (14)  If a person advises the Collector, in writing, that the person wishes to change the 7 day period in respect of which their permission applies, the Collector may, by notice in writing:

                     (a)  revoke the permission with effect from a specified day; and

                     (b)  give another permission under subsection (5) in respect of another period.

           (15)  Subsections (12) to (14) do not, by implication, limit the application of subsections 33(3) and (3AA) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

70  Special clearance goods

             (1)  In this section, special clearance goods means goods to which section 68 applies comprising:

                     (a)  goods reasonably required for disaster relief or for urgent medical purposes; or

                     (b)  engines or spare parts that are unavailable in Australia and are urgently required for ships or aircraft, or for other machinery that serves a public purpose; or

                     (c)  perishable food.

             (2)  A person who has imported or proposes to import goods referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition of special clearance goods may apply to the Collector at any time, in writing, for permission to deliver the goods into home consumption without entering them for that purpose.

             (3)  A person who has imported goods referred to in paragraph (b) or (c) of the definition of special clearance goods may apply to the Collector, in writing, for permission to deliver the goods into home consumption without entering them for that purpose:

                     (a)  if the goods become subject to customs control outside the hours of business for dealing with import entries; and

                     (b)  the application is made before those hours of business resume.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (5), the Collector may, on receipt of an application under subsection (2) or (3), by notice in writing:

                     (a)  grant permission for the goods to which the application relates to be delivered into home consumption without entering them for that purpose; or

                     (b)  refuse to grant such a permission and set out in the notice the reasons for so refusing.

             (5)  A permission granted in respect of goods is subject to any condition, specified in the permission, that the Collector considers appropriate.

             (6)  Where an application is made in respect of perishable food, the Collector must not grant the permission unless he or she is satisfied that, if he or she refused to do so, the food would be of little or no commercial value when the hours of business for dealing with import entries resumed.

             (7)  Where permission is granted in respect of goods, the person to whom the permission is granted must:

                     (a)  give the Department a return, within 7 days of the delivery of the goods into home consumption, providing particulars in accordance with section 71K or 71L in relation to the goods; and

                     (b)  at the time when the return is given to the Department, pay any duty owing at the rate applicable when the goods were delivered into home consumption; and

                     (c)  comply with any condition to which the permission is subject.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

          (7A)  Subsection (7) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (8)  Where the Collector is satisfied that a person to whom a permission has been granted under this section has failed to comply with any of the conditions to which the permission is subject, the Collector may, at any time before goods are delivered into home consumption, by notice in writing, revoke the permission and set out in the notice the reasons for that revocation.

             (9)  In this section, a reference to the hours of business for dealing with import entries is a reference to a time when, under regulations made for the purposes of section 28, the applicant would be able to give a documentary import declaration to the Department.

71  Information and grant of authority to deal with goods not required to be entered

Information to be given under this section

             (1)  A person to whom section 71AAAB or 71AAAF applies must give information to the Department under this section in the circumstances mentioned in those sections.

Authority to deal granted under this section

             (2)  A Collector must, if circumstances mentioned in Subdivision AA or AB of this Division require it, give an authority to deal with goods under this section.

Refusal to grant authority to deal under this section

             (3)  A Collector may, in the circumstances mentioned in section 71AAAB, refuse under this section to authorise the delivery of goods into home consumption.

Subdivision AAInformation and grant of authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods

71AAAA  Meaning of Subdivision AA goods

                   In this Subdivision:

Subdivision AA goods means:

                     (a)  goods of a kind referred to in paragraph 68(1)(d); and

                     (b)  goods that are prescribed by regulations made for the purposes of subsection 71AAAE(1).

71AAAB  Report and grant of authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods

Providing information about Subdivision AA goods

             (1)  A person:

                     (a)  who is the owner of Subdivision AA goods; or

                     (b)  who is covered by regulations made under subsection 71AAAE(2);

must, in the circumstances specified in the regulations, provide, under section 71, the information specified in the regulations:

                     (c)  at the time; and

                     (d)  in the manner and form;

specified in the regulations.

Authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods

             (2)  If Subdivision AA goods are imported into Australia, a Collector must, having regard to information about the goods given under subsection (1) and (if any) section 196C:

                     (a)  authorise the delivery of the goods into home consumption under section 71; or

                     (b)  refuse to authorise the delivery of the goods into home consumption and give reasons for the refusal.

             (3)  A decision of a Collector mentioned in subsection (2) must be communicated in writing, electronically, or by another method prescribed by the regulations.

Duty etc. to be paid before authority given

             (4)  A Collector must not give an authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods unless the duty (if any) and any other charge or tax (if any) payable on the importation of the goods has been paid.

71AAAC  Suspension of authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods

Suspension of authority to deal

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a Collector has given an authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods; and

                     (b)  before the goods are dealt with in accordance with the authority, an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods were imported into Australia in contravention of a Customs‑related law;

the officer may suspend the authority for a specified period.

             (2)  An officer suspends an authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods by signing a notice:

                     (a)  stating that the authority is suspended; and

                     (b)  setting out the reasons for the suspension;

and serving a copy of the notice on:

                     (c)  the owner of the goods; or

                     (d)  if the owner does not have possession of the goods—on the person who has possession of the goods.

Revoking a suspension of authority to deal

             (3)  If, during the period of a suspension of an authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods, an officer becomes satisfied that there are no longer reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods were imported into Australia in contravention of a Customs‑related law, the officer must revoke the suspension.

             (4)  An officer revokes a suspension of an authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods by signing a notice:

                     (a)  stating that the authority is suspended; and

                     (b)  setting out the reasons for the suspension;

and serving a copy of the notice on:

                     (c)  the owner of the goods; or

                     (d)  if the owner does not have possession of the goods—on the person who has possession of the goods.

When suspension or revocation of suspension has effect

             (5)  A suspension of an authority to deal with Subdivision AA goods, or a revocation of a suspension of such an authority, has effect from the time when the relevant notice was given.

Subdivision ABInformation and grant of authority to deal with specified low value goods

71AAAD  Meaning of specified low value goods

                   In this Subdivision:

specified low value goods means goods of a kind referred to in paragraph 68(1)(e), (f) or (i).

71AAAE  Regulations

             (1)  The regulations may prescribe goods that are excluded from being specified low value goods.

Note 1:       These goods are Subdivision AA goods for the purposes of Subdivision AA of this Division.

Note 2:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

             (2)  The regulations may prescribe persons who are not required to comply with the provisions of this Subdivision.

Note 1:       These persons must comply with Subdivision AA of this Division.

Note 2:       For specification by class, see subsection 13(3) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

71AAAF  Making a self‑assessed clearance declaration

             (1)  Despite section 181, the owner of specified low value goods, or a person acting on behalf of the owner, must give the Department a declaration (a self‑assessed clearance declaration) under section 71 containing the information that is set out in an approved statement.

             (2)  A self‑assessed clearance declaration must be communicated electronically to the Department.

             (3)  A self‑assessed clearance declaration may be communicated together with a cargo report.

71AAAG  Collector’s response if a self‑assessed clearance declaration is communicated separately from a cargo report

             (1)  If a self‑assessed clearance declaration is communicated to the Department but not together with a cargo report, a Collector must communicate a self‑assessed clearance declaration advice electronically to the person who made the declaration.

             (2)  A self‑assessed clearance declaration advice:

                     (a)  must refer to the number given by a Collector to identify the self‑assessed clearance declaration to which the advice is a response; and

                     (b)  must contain:

                              (i)  a statement that the goods covered by the declaration are cleared for home consumption; or

                             (ii)  a direction that the goods covered by the declaration be held in their current location or further examined.

71AAAH  Collector’s response if a self‑assessed clearance declaration is communicated together with a cargo report

                   If a self‑assessed clearance declaration is communicated together with a cargo report, a Collector may communicate electronically to the person who made the declaration a direction that the goods covered by the declaration be held in their current location or further examined.

71AAAI  Authority to deal with goods covered by a self‑assessed clearance declaration

If declaration is communicated separately from a cargo report

             (1)  If a Collector gives a self‑assessed clearance declaration advice in response to a self‑assessed clearance declaration, a Collector must communicate electronically to the person to whom the advice was given an authority under section 71 to deliver into home consumption the goods covered by the declaration.

Note 1:       Section 71AAAL prevents a Collector from authorising the delivery of goods into home consumption while certain duty etc. payable on the goods is outstanding.

Note 2:       A Collector does not have to give an authority to deal with the goods while the goods are subject to a direction under subparagraph 71AAAG(2)(b)(ii) (see section 71AAAK) or while an officer is seeking further information (see section 71AAAO).

If declaration is communicated together with a cargo report

             (2)  If the Department receives a self‑assessed clearance declaration together with a cargo report, a Collector must communicate electronically:

                     (a)  if a Collector gave a direction under section 71AAAH in response to the declaration—to the person who has possession of the goods covered by the declaration; or

                     (b)  otherwise—to the person who made the declaration;

an authority under section 71 to deliver into home consumption the goods covered by the declaration.

Note 1:       Section 71AAAL prevents a Collector from authorising the delivery of goods into home consumption while certain duty etc. payable on the goods is outstanding.

Note 2:       A Collector does not have to give an authority to deal with the goods while the goods are subject to a direction under section 71AAAH (see section 71AAAK) or while an officer is seeking further information (see section 71AAAO).

71AAAJ  Contents of authority to deal with specified low value goods

             (1)  An authority to deal with specified low value goods must set out:

                     (a)  any condition under subsection (2) of this section that applies to the authority; and

                     (b)  the date on which the authority is given; and

                     (c)  any other prescribed information.

             (2)  An authority to deal with specified low value goods may be expressed to be subject to a condition that a specified permission for the goods to be dealt with (however described) be obtained under another law of the Commonwealth.

             (3)  If an authority to deal with specified low value goods is expressed to be subject to the condition that a specified permission be obtained, the authority is taken not to have been given until the permission has been obtained.

71AAAK  No authority to deal with specified low value goods while subject to a direction to hold or further examine

                   A Collector is not required to grant an authority to deal with specified low value goods at any time while the goods are subject to a direction under subparagraph 71AAAG(2)(b)(ii) or section 71AAAH.

71AAAL  No authority to deal with specified low value goods unless duty etc. paid

Duty etc. to be paid before authority given

             (1)  A Collector must not give an authority to deal with specified low value goods unless the duty (if any) and any other charge or tax (if any) payable on the importation of the goods has been paid.

First exception

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to an authority to deal with specified low value goods, if the goods are covered by item 2 of the table in subsection 132AA(1).

Note:          Subsection 132AA(1) provides that import duty on goods covered by item 2 of the table in that subsection must be paid by a time worked out under the regulations.

Second exception

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to an authority to deal with specified low value goods, if:

                     (a)  the only duty, charge or tax outstanding on the importation of the goods is one or more of the following:

                              (i)  the assessed GST payable on the taxable importation, if any, that is associated with the import of the goods;

                             (ii)  if a taxable importation of a luxury car is associated with the import of the goods—the assessed luxury car tax payable on that taxable importation;

                            (iii)  if a taxable dealing is associated with the import of the goods—the assessed wine tax payable on that dealing; and

                     (b)  because of the following provisions, the unpaid assessed GST, assessed luxury car tax or assessed wine tax (as appropriate) is not payable until after duty on the goods was payable (or would have been payable if the goods had been subject to duty):

                              (i)  paragraph 33‑15(1)(b) of the GST Act;

                             (ii)  paragraph 13‑20(1)(b) of the Luxury Car Tax Act;

                            (iii)  paragraph 23‑5(1)(b) of the Wine Tax Act.

71AAAM  Suspension of authority to deal with specified low value goods

Suspension of authority to deal

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a Collector has given an authority to deal with specified low value goods; and

                     (b)  before the goods are dealt with in accordance with the authority, an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods were imported into Australia in contravention of a Customs‑related law;

the officer may suspend the authority for a specified period.

             (2)  An officer suspends an authority to deal with specified low value goods by:

                     (a)  if the authority was given in the circumstances mentioned in subsection 71AAAI(1)—sending electronically to the person who made the self‑assessed clearance declaration a message stating that the authority is suspended and setting out the reasons for the suspension; or

                     (b)  if the authority was given in the circumstances mentioned in subsection 71AAAI(2)—sending electronically to the person who has possession of the goods a message stating that the authority is suspended and setting out the reasons for the suspension.

Revoking a suspension of authority to deal

             (3)  If, during the period of a suspension of an authority to deal with specified low value goods, an officer becomes satisfied that there are no longer reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods were imported into Australia in contravention of a Customs‑related law, the officer must revoke the suspension.

             (4)  An officer revokes a suspension of an authority to deal with specified low value goods by:

                     (a)  if the authority was given in the circumstances mentioned in subsection 71AAAI(1)—sending electronically to the person who made the self‑assessed clearance declaration relating to the goods a message stating that the suspension is revoked; or

                     (b)  if the authority was given in the circumstances mentioned in subsection 71AAAI(2)—sending electronically to the person who has possession of the goods a message stating that the suspension is revoked.

When suspension or revocation of suspension has effect

             (5)  A suspension of an authority to deal with specified low value goods, or a revocation of a suspension of such an authority, has effect from the time when the relevant notice was given or the relevant message was sent.

71AAAN  Cancellation of authority to deal with specified low value goods

             (1)  An officer may, at any time before specified low value goods are dealt with in accordance with an authority to deal, cancel the authority.

             (2)  An officer cancels an authority to deal with specified low value goods by sending electronically, to the person who has possession of the goods, a message stating that the authority is cancelled and setting out the reasons for the cancellation.

             (3)  A cancellation of an authority has effect from the time when the message was sent.

71AAAO  Officer may seek further information in relation to self‑assessed clearance declaration

             (1)  A Collector may refuse to grant an authority to deal with goods covered by a self‑assessed clearance declaration until an officer doing duty in relation to self‑assessed clearance declarations:

                     (a)  has verified particulars of the goods; or

                     (b)  is satisfied of any other matter that may be relevant to the granting of an authority to deal.

             (2)  If an officer doing duty in relation to self‑assessed clearance declarations believes on reasonable grounds that the owner of goods covered by a self‑assessed clearance declaration:

                     (a)  has custody or control of commercial documents relating to the goods that will assist the officer to determine whether this Act has been or is being complied with in respect of the goods; or

                     (b)  has or can obtain information that will so assist the officer;

the officer may require the owner:

                     (c)  to deliver to the officer the commercial documents in respect of the goods that are in the owner’s custody or control (including any such documents that had previously been delivered to an officer and had been returned to the owner); or

                     (d)  to deliver to the officer such information, in writing, relating to the goods (being information of a kind specified in the notice) as is within the knowledge of the owner or as the owner is reasonably able to obtain.

             (3)  A requirement for the delivery of documents or information in respect of a self‑assessed clearance declaration must:

                     (a)  be communicated electronically to the person who made the declaration; and

                     (b)  contain such particulars as are set out in an approved statement.

             (4)  If an owner of goods has been required to deliver documents or information in relation to the goods under subsection (2), a Collector must not grant an authority to deal with the goods unless the requirement has been complied with or withdrawn.

             (5)  An officer doing duty in relation to self‑assessed clearance declarations may ask:

                     (a)  the owner of goods covered by a self‑assessed clearance declaration; or

                     (b)  if another person made the declaration on behalf of the owner—the other person;

any questions relating to the goods.

             (6)  If a person has been asked a question in respect of goods under subsection (5), a Collector must not grant an authority to deal with the goods unless the question has been answered or withdrawn.

             (7)  If an officer doing duty in relation to self‑assessed clearance declarations believes on reasonable grounds that the owner of goods covered by a self‑assessed clearance declaration:

                     (a)  has custody or control of documents relating to the goods that will assist the officer to verify the particulars shown in the declaration; or

                     (b)  has or can obtain information that will so assist the officer;

the officer may require the owner to produce the documents or supply the information to the officer.

             (8)  If an owner of goods has been required to verify a matter in respect of the goods under subsection (7), a Collector must not grant an authority to deal with the goods unless the requirement has been complied with or withdrawn, or a security has been taken for compliance with the requirement.

             (9)  Subject to section 215, if a person delivers a commercial document to an officer doing duty in relation to self‑assessed clearance declarations under this section, the officer must deal with the document and then return it to the person.

71AAAP  Withdrawal of self‑assessed clearance declarations

             (1)  A self‑assessed clearance declaration may, at any time before the goods covered by the declaration are dealt with in accordance with an authority to deal, be withdrawn by either:

                     (a)  the owner of the goods; or

                     (b)  a person acting on behalf of the owner;

communicating the withdrawal electronically to an officer doing duty in relation to self‑assessed clearance declarations.

             (2)  A person who makes a self‑assessed clearance declaration in respect of goods may, at any time before the goods are dealt with in accordance with an authority to deal with the goods, change information in the declaration.

             (3)  If a person changes information in a self‑assessed clearance declaration, the person is taken, at the time when the self‑assessed clearance declaration advice is communicated in respect of the altered declaration, to have withdrawn the declaration as it previously stood.

             (4)  A withdrawal of a self‑assessed clearance declaration has no effect during any period while a requirement under subsection 71AAAO(2) or (7) in respect of the goods to which the declaration relates has not been complied with.

             (5)  A withdrawal of a self‑assessed clearance declaration is effected when it is, or is taken under section 71AAAT to have been, communicated to the Department.

             (6)  If:

                     (a)  a self‑assessed clearance declaration is communicated to the Department; and

                     (b)  any duty, fee, charge or tax in respect of goods covered by the declaration remains unpaid in respect of the goods for 30 days starting on:

                              (i)  the day on which the self‑assessed clearance declaration advice relating to the goods is communicated; or

                             (ii)  if under subsection 132AA(1) the duty is payable by a time worked out under the regulations—the day on which that time occurs; and

                     (c)  after that period ends, the Comptroller‑General of Customs gives written notice to the owner of the goods requiring payment of the unpaid duty, fee, charge or tax (as appropriate) within a further period set out in the notice; and

                     (d)  the unpaid duty, fee, charge or tax (as appropriate) is not paid within the further period;

the self‑assessed clearance declaration is taken to have been withdrawn under subsection (1).

71AAAQ  Further self‑assessed clearance declaration not to be given while there is an existing self‑assessed clearance declaration

             (1)  If goods are covered by a self‑assessed clearance declaration, a person must not communicate a further self‑assessed clearance declaration in respect of the goods or any part of the goods unless the first‑mentioned self‑assessed clearance declaration is withdrawn.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  An offence under subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

71AAAR  Effect of withdrawal of a self‑assessed clearance declaration

             (1)  When a withdrawal of a self‑assessed clearance declaration takes effect, any authority to deal with the goods to which the declaration relates is revoked.

             (2)  Despite the withdrawal:

                     (a)  a person may be prosecuted under Division 4 of Part XIII, or an infringement notice may be given to a person, in respect of the self‑assessed clearance declaration; and

                     (b)  a penalty may be imposed on a person who is convicted of an offence in respect of the declaration;

as if it had not been withdrawn.

71AAAS  Annotation of self‑assessed clearance declaration by Collector for certain purposes not to constitute withdrawal

                   Any annotation of a self‑assessed clearance declaration that is made by a Collector as a result of the acceptance by a Collector of an application for:

                     (a)  a refund or rebate of all or part of the duty paid on goods covered by the declaration; or

                     (b)  a remission of all or part of the duty payable on goods covered by the declaration;

is not taken to constitute a withdrawal of the declaration for the purposes of this Act.

71AAAT  Manner and effect of communicating self‑assessed clearance declarations to Department

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different statements for electronic communications to be made in relation to different classes of goods for which a self‑assessed clearance declaration is required.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a self‑assessed clearance declaration is taken to have been communicated to the Department electronically:

                     (a)  when a self‑assessed clearance declaration advice is communicated by a Collector electronically to the person identified in the declaration as the person sending the declaration; or

                     (b)  in the case of a self‑assessed clearance declaration communicated to the Department together with a cargo report—when a Collector communicates electronically to the person who made the declaration an acknowledgment of the declaration.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, a withdrawal of a self‑assessed clearance declaration is taken to have been communicated to the Department electronically when an acknowledgment of the withdrawal is communicated by a Collector electronically to the person identified in the withdrawal as the person sending the withdrawal.

Subdivision BImport declarations

71A  Making an import declaration

             (1)  An import declaration is a communication to the Department in accordance with this section of information about:

                     (a)  goods to which section 68 applies; or

                     (b)  warehoused goods;

that are intended to be entered for home consumption.

             (2)  An import declaration can be communicated by document or electronically.

             (3)  A documentary import declaration must be communicated to the Department:

                     (a)  by giving or sending it to an officer doing duty in relation to import declarations at the place at which the goods are to be delivered for home consumption; or

                     (b)  by leaving it at a place:

                              (i)  that has been allocated for lodgement of import declarations by notice published on the Department’s website; and

                             (ii)  that is where the goods are to be delivered for home consumption.

             (5)  If the information communicated to the Department in an import declaration relating to goods adequately identifies any permission (however it is described) that has been given for the importation of those goods, the identification of the permission in that information is taken, for the purposes of any law of the Commonwealth (including this Act), to be the production of the permission to an officer.

             (6)  However, subsection (5) does not affect any power of an officer, under this Act, to require the production of a permission referred to in that subsection.

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  an import declaration is, or is taken under section 71L to have been, communicated to the Department; and

                     (b)  before the time when the declaration is, or is so taken to have been, communicated to the Department, the goods to which the declaration relates:

                              (i)  have been imported; or

                             (ii)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—have been brought to the first port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged; or

                            (iii)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—have arrived at a port or airport in Australia;

the goods are taken to have been entered for home consumption.

             (8)  If:

                     (a)  an import declaration is, or is taken under section 71L to have been, communicated to the Department; and

                     (b)  at the time when the declaration is, or is so taken to have been, communicated to the Department, the goods to which the declaration relates:

                              (i)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—have not been brought to the first port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged; or

                             (ii)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—have not arrived at a port or airport in Australia;

the goods are taken to be entered for home consumption only when they are brought to that first port or airport in Australia or when they arrive at a port or airport in Australia (as the case requires).

71B  Liability for import declaration processing charge

             (1)  When an import declaration (including an altered import declaration) in respect of goods to which section 68 applies (other than warehoused goods) is, or is taken to have been, communicated to the Department under section 71A, the owner of the goods becomes liable to pay import declaration processing charge in respect of the declaration.

             (2)  If a person who is an owner of goods pays import declaration processing charge in respect of an import declaration relating to particular goods, any other person who is an owner of those goods ceases to be liable to pay charge in respect of that declaration.

             (3)  If an import declaration is withdrawn under subsection 71F(1), or is taken, under subsection 71F(2) or (7), to have been withdrawn, before the issue of an authority to deal in respect of goods covered by the declaration, then, despite subsection (1), the owner of the goods is not liable to pay import declaration processing charge in respect of the declaration.

71BA  Warehoused goods declaration fee

             (1)  An owner of warehoused goods who makes an import declaration in respect of the goods is liable to pay a fee (the warehoused goods declaration fee) for the processing of the declaration.

             (2)  The amount of the warehoused goods declaration fee is:

                     (a)  if the import declaration is made electronically—$23.20 or, if another amount (not exceeding $34.80) is prescribed by the regulations, the amount so prescribed; or

                     (b)  if the import declaration is made by document—$60.00 or, if another amount (not exceeding $90.00) is prescribed by the regulations, the amount so prescribed.

             (3)  If a person who is an owner of warehoused goods pays the warehoused goods declaration fee for the processing of an import declaration in respect of the goods, any other person who is an owner of the goods ceases to be liable to pay the fee for the processing of the import declaration.

             (4)  In this section:

warehoused goods includes goods that, under section 100, may be dealt with as warehoused goods.

71C  Authority to deal with goods in respect of which an import declaration has been made

             (1)  If an import declaration in respect of goods has been communicated to the Department, a Collector must give an import declaration advice, by document or electronically, in accordance with this section.

             (2)  An import declaration advice relating to goods entered by documentary import declaration:

                     (a)  must be given to the owner of the goods or be made available for collection by leaving it at a place that has been allocated for collection of such advices by notice published on the Department’s website; and

                     (b)  must contain:

                              (i)  a statement to the effect that the goods are cleared for home consumption; or

                             (ii)  a statement that the goods are directed to be held in their current location or are directed for further examination.

             (3)  An import declaration advice relating to goods entered by an electronic import declaration:

                     (a)  must refer to the number given by a Collector to identify the particular import declaration; and

                     (b)  must be communicated electronically to the person who made the declaration; and

                     (c)  must contain:

                              (i)  a statement to the effect that the goods are cleared for home consumption; or

                             (ii)  a statement that the goods are directed to be held in their current location or are directed for further examination.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (5), if:

                     (a)  an import declaration advice is given or communicated under this section; and

                     (b)  a payment is made of any duty, assessed GST, assessed luxury car tax, assessed wine tax, import declaration processing charge or other charge or fee payable at the time of entry of, or in respect of, the goods covered by the import declaration advice;

a Collector must:

                     (c)  if the advice was given under subsection (2)—give the person to whom the advice was given an authority, in writing, to take the goods into home consumption; and

                     (d)  if the advice was communicated electronically under subsection (3)—communicate electronically, to the person to whom the advice was communicated, an authority to take the goods into home consumption.

             (5)  A Collector is not required to give or communicate an authority under subsection (4) while the goods concerned are subject to a direction referred to in subparagraph (2)(b)(ii) or (3)(c)(ii).

             (6)  A Collector must give an authority under subsection (4) in relation to goods covered by item 2 of the table in subsection 132AA(1) if subsection (4) would require a Collector to do so apart from paragraph (4)(b).

Note:          Subsection 132AA(1) provides that import duty on goods covered by item 2 of the table in that subsection must be paid by a time worked out under the regulations.

             (7)  A Collector must give an authority under subsection (4) in relation to goods if:

                     (a)  that subsection would require a Collector to do so apart from the fact that any or all of the following were not paid when duty on the goods was paid (or would have been payable if the goods had been subject to duty):

                              (i)  the assessed GST payable on the taxable importation, if any, that is associated with the import of the goods;

                             (ii)  if a taxable importation of a luxury car is associated with the import of the goods—the assessed luxury car tax payable on that taxable importation;

                            (iii)  if a taxable dealing is associated with the import of the goods—the assessed wine tax payable on that dealing; and

                     (b)  because of the following provisions, the unpaid GST, luxury car tax or wine tax (as appropriate) was not payable until after duty on the goods was payable (or would have been payable if the goods had been subject to duty):

                              (i)  paragraph 33‑15(1)(b) of the GST Act;

                             (ii)  paragraph 13‑20(1)(b) of the Luxury Car Tax Act;

                            (iii)  paragraph 23‑5(1)(b) of the Wine Tax Act.

             (8)  If goods are authorised to be taken into home consumption, the authority to deal, whether given by a document or electronically, must set out:

                     (a)  any condition of the kind referred to in subsection (9) to which the authority is subject; and

                     (b)  the date on which the authority is given; and

                     (c)  such other information as is prescribed.

             (9)  An authority to deal with goods may be expressed to be subject to a condition that a specified permission for the goods to be dealt with (however it is described) be obtained under another law of the Commonwealth.

           (10)  If an authority to deal with goods is expressed to be subject to the condition that a specified permission be obtained, the authority is taken not to have been given until the permission has been obtained.

           (11)  An officer may, at any time before goods authorised to be taken into home consumption are so dealt with, cancel the authority:

                     (a)  if the authority was given in respect of a documentary declaration, by:

                              (i)  signing a notice stating that the authority is cancelled and setting out the reasons for the cancellation; and

                             (ii)  serving a copy of the notice on the person who made the declaration or, if that person does not have possession of the goods, on the person who has possession of the goods; or

                     (b)  if the authority was given in respect of an electronic declaration—by sending electronically, to the person who made the declaration, a message stating that the authority is cancelled and setting out the reasons for the cancellation.

           (12)  If, at any time before goods authorised to be taken into home consumption are so dealt with, an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods were imported into Australia in contravention of any Customs‑related law, the officer may suspend the authority for a specified period:

                     (a)  if the authority was given in respect of a documentary declaration, by:

                              (i)  signing a notice stating that the authority is so suspended and setting out the reasons for the suspension; and

                             (ii)  serving a copy of the notice on the person who made the declaration or, if that person does not have possession of the goods, on the person who has possession of the goods; or

                     (b)  if the authority was given in respect of an electronic declaration—by sending electronically, to the person who made the declaration, a message stating that the authority is so suspended and setting out the reasons for the suspension.

           (13)  If, during the suspension under subsection (12) of an authority, an officer becomes satisfied that there are no longer reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods were imported into Australia in contravention of a Customs‑related law, the officer must revoke the suspension:

                     (a)  if the authority was given in respect of a documentary declaration, by:

                              (i)  signing a notice stating that the suspension is revoked; and

                             (ii)  serving a copy of the notice on the person to whom the notice of the suspension was given; or

                     (b)  if the authority was given in respect of an electronic declaration—by sending electronically, to the person to whom the message notifying the suspension was sent, a message stating that the suspension is revoked.

           (14)  A cancellation or suspension of an authority, or a revocation of a suspension of an authority, has effect from the time when the relevant notice is served or the relevant message is sent, as the case may be.

71D  Visual examination in presence of officer

             (1)  If a person who is permitted or required to make an import declaration in respect of goods to which section 68 applies does not have the information to complete the declaration, the person may apply to the Department, by document or electronically, for permission to examine the goods in the presence of an officer.

             (2)  A documentary application must be communicated to the Department by giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to import declarations.

             (3)  When an application is given to an officer under subsection (2) or is sent electronically, an officer must, by writing or by message sent electronically, give the applicant permission to examine the goods on a day and at a place specified in the notice.

             (4)  A person who has received a permission may examine the goods in accordance with the permission in the presence of an officer.

71DA  An officer may seek additional information

             (1)  Without limiting the information that may be required to be included in an import declaration, if an import declaration has been made in respect of goods, authority to deal with the goods may be refused until an officer doing duty in relation to import declarations:

                     (a)  has verified particulars of the goods shown in the import declaration; or

                     (b)  is satisfied of any other matter that may be relevant to the granting of an authority to deal.

             (2)  If an officer doing duty in relation to import declarations believes, on reasonable grounds, that the owner of goods to which an import declaration relates has custody or control of commercial documents, or has, or can obtain, information, relating to the goods that will assist the officer to determine whether this Act has been or is being complied with in respect of the goods, the officer may require the owner:

                     (a)  to deliver to the officer the commercial documents in respect of the goods that are in the owner’s custody or control (including any such documents that had previously been delivered to an officer and had been returned to the owner); or

                     (b)  to deliver to the officer such information, in writing, relating to the goods (being information of a kind specified in the notice) as is within the knowledge of the owner or as the owner is reasonably able to obtain.

             (3)  A documentary requirement for the delivery of documents or information in respect of an import declaration must:

                     (a)  be communicated to the person by whom, or on whose behalf, the declaration was communicated; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form and contain such particulars as the form requires.

             (4)  An electronic requirement for the delivery of documents or information in respect of an import declaration must:

                     (a)  be communicated electronically to the person who made the declaration; and

                     (b)  contain such particulars as are set out in an approved statement.

             (5)  An officer doing duty in relation to import declarations may ask:

                     (a)  the owner of goods in respect of which an import declaration has been made; and

                     (b)  if another person made the declaration on behalf of the owner—that other person;

any questions relating to the goods.

             (6)  If an officer doing duty in relation to import declarations believes, on reasonable grounds, that the owner of goods to which an import declaration relates has custody or control of documents, or has, or can obtain, information, relating to the goods that will assist the officer to verify the particulars shown in the import declaration, the officer may require the owner to produce the documents or supply the information to the officer.

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  the owner of goods has been required to deliver documents or information in relation to the goods under subsection (2); or

                     (b)  the owner of, or the person making an import declaration in respect of, goods has been asked a question in respect of the goods under subsection (5); or

                     (c)  the owner of goods has been required to verify a matter in respect of the goods under subsection (6);

authority to deal with the relevant goods in accordance with the declaration must not be granted unless:

                     (d)  the requirement referred to in paragraph (a) has been complied with or withdrawn; or

                     (e)  the question referred to in paragraph (b) has been answered or withdrawn; or

                      (f)  the requirement referred to in paragraph (c) has been complied with or withdrawn, or a security has been taken for compliance with the requirement;

as the case requires.

             (8)  Subject to section 215, if a person delivers a commercial document to an officer doing duty in relation to import declarations under this section, the officer must deal with the document and then return it to the person.

Subdivision DWarehouse declarations

71DH  Making a warehouse declaration

             (1)  A warehouse declaration is a communication to the Department in accordance with this section of information about goods to which section 68 applies that are intended to be entered for warehousing.

             (2)  A warehouse declaration may be communicated by document or electronically.

             (3)  A documentary warehouse declaration must be communicated to the Department:

                     (a)  by giving or sending it to an officer doing duty in relation to warehouse declarations at the place at which the goods are to be delivered for warehousing; or

                     (b)  by leaving it at a place:

                              (i)  that has been allocated for lodgement of warehouse declarations by notice published on the Department’s website; and

                             (ii)  that is where the goods are to be delivered for warehousing.

             (5)  If the information communicated to the Department in a warehouse declaration relating to goods adequately identifies any permission (however it is described) that has been given for the importation of those goods, the identification of the permission in that information is taken, for the purposes of any law of the Commonwealth (including this Act), to be the production of the permission to an officer.

             (6)  However, subsection (5) does not affect any power of an officer, under this Act, to require the production of a permission referred to in that subsection.

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  a warehouse declaration is, or is taken under section 71L to have been, communicated to the Department; and

                     (b)  before the time when the declaration is, or is so taken to have been, communicated to the Department, the goods to which the declaration relates have been imported or have been brought to the first port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged;

the goods are taken to have been entered for warehousing.

             (8)  If:

                     (a)  a warehouse declaration is, or is taken under section 71L to have been, communicated to the Department; and

                     (b)  at the time when the warehouse declaration is, or is so taken to have been, communicated to the Department, the goods to which the declaration relates have not been brought to the first port or airport in Australia at which any goods are to be discharged;

the goods are taken to be entered for warehousing only when they are brought to that port or airport.

71DI  Liability for warehouse declaration processing charge

             (1)  When a warehouse declaration (including an altered warehouse declaration) in respect of goods is, or is taken to have been, communicated to the Department under section 71DH, the owner of the goods becomes liable to pay warehouse declaration processing charge in respect of the declaration.

             (2)  If a person who is an owner of goods pays warehouse declaration processing charge in respect of a warehouse declaration relating to particular goods, any other person who is an owner of those goods ceases to be liable to pay charge in respect of that declaration.

             (3)  If a warehouse declaration is withdrawn under subsection 71F(1), or is taken, under subsection 71F(2) or (7), to have been withdrawn, before the issue of an authority to deal in respect of goods covered by the declaration, then, despite subsection (1), the owner of the goods is not liable to pay warehouse declaration processing charge in respect of the declaration.

71DJ  Authority to deal with goods in respect of which a warehouse declaration has been made

             (1)  If a warehouse declaration in respect of goods has been communicated to the Department, a Collector must give a warehouse declaration advice, by document or electronically, in accordance with this section.

             (2)  A warehouse declaration advice relating to goods entered by documentary warehouse declaration:

                     (a)  must be given to the owner of the goods or be made available for collection by leaving it at a place that has been allocated for collection of such advices by notice published on the Department’s website; and

                     (b)  must contain:

                              (i)  a statement to the effect that the goods are cleared for warehousing; or

                             (ii)  a statement that the goods are directed to be held in their current location or are directed for further examination.

             (3)  A warehouse declaration advice relating to goods entered by an electronic warehouse declaration:

                     (a)  must refer to the number given by a Collector to identify the particular warehouse declaration; and

                     (b)  must be communicated electronically to the person who made the declaration; and

                     (c)  must contain:

                              (i)  a statement to the effect that the goods are cleared for warehousing; or

                             (ii)  a statement that the goods are directed to be held in their current location or are directed for further examination.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (5), if:

                     (a)  a warehouse declaration advice is given or communicated under this section; and

                     (b)  a payment is made of any warehouse declaration processing charge or other charge or fee payable at the time of entry of, or in respect of, the goods covered by the warehouse declaration advice;

a Collector must:

                     (c)  if the advice was given under subsection (2)—give the person to whom the advice was given an authority, in writing, to take the goods into warehousing; and

                     (d)  if the advice was communicated electronically under subsection (3)—communicate electronically, to the person to whom the advice was communicated, an authority to take the goods into warehousing.

             (5)  A Collector is not required to give or communicate an authority under subsection (4) while the goods concerned are subject to a direction referred to in subparagraph (2)(b)(ii) or (3)(c)(ii).

             (6)  If goods are authorised to be taken into warehousing, the authority to deal, whether given by a document or electronically, must set out:

                     (a)  any condition of the kind referred to in subsection (7) to which the authority is subject; and

                     (b)  the date on which the authority is given; and

                     (c)  such other information as is prescribed.

             (7)  An authority to deal with goods may be expressed to be subject to a condition that a specified permission for the goods to be dealt with (however it is described) be obtained under another law of the Commonwealth.

             (8)  If an authority to deal with goods is expressed to be subject to the condition that a specified permission be obtained, the authority is taken not to have been given until the permission has been obtained.

             (9)  An officer may, at any time before goods authorised to be taken into warehousing are so dealt with, cancel the authority:

                     (a)  if the authority was given in respect of a documentary declaration, by:

                              (i)  signing a notice stating that the authority is cancelled and setting out the reasons for the cancellation; and

                             (ii)  serving a copy of the notice on the person who made the declaration or, if that person does not have possession of the goods, on the person who has possession of the goods; or

                     (b)  if the authority was given in respect of an electronic declaration—by sending electronically, to the person who made the declaration, a message stating that the authority is cancelled and setting out the reasons for the cancellation.

           (10)  If, at any time before goods authorised to be taken into warehousing are so dealt with, an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods were imported into Australia in contravention of any Customs‑related law, the officer may suspend the authority for a specified period:

                     (a)  if the authority was given in respect of a documentary declaration, by:

                              (i)  signing a notice stating that the authority is so suspended and setting out the reasons for the suspension; and

                             (ii)  serving a copy of the notice on the person who made the declaration or, if that person does not have possession of the goods, on the person who has possession of the goods; or

                     (b)  if the authority was given in respect of an electronic declaration—by sending electronically, to the person who made the declaration, a message stating that the authority is so suspended and setting out the reasons for the suspension.

           (11)  If, during the suspension under subsection (10) of an authority, an officer becomes satisfied that there are no longer reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods were imported into Australia in contravention of a Customs‑related law, the officer must revoke the suspension:

                     (a)  if the authority was given in respect of a documentary declaration, by:

                              (i)  signing a notice stating that the suspension is revoked; and

                             (ii)  serving a copy of the notice on the person to whom the notice of the suspension was given; or

                     (b)  if the authority was given in respect of an electronic declaration—by sending electronically, to the person to whom the message notifying the suspension was sent, a message stating that the suspension is revoked.

           (12)  A cancellation or suspension of an authority, or a revocation of a suspension of an authority, has effect from the time when the relevant notice is served or the relevant message is sent, as the case may be.

71DK  Visual examination in presence of officer

             (1)  If a person who is permitted or required to make a warehouse declaration in respect of goods to which section 68 applies does not have the information to complete the declaration, the person may apply to the Department, by document or electronically, for permission to examine the goods in the presence of an officer.

             (2)  A documentary application must be communicated to the Department by giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to warehouse declarations.

             (3)  When an application is given to an officer under subsection (2) or is sent electronically, an officer must, by writing or by message sent electronically, give the applicant permission to examine the goods on a day and at a place specified in the notice.

             (4)  A person who has received a permission may examine the goods in accordance with the permission in the presence of an officer.

71DL  An officer may seek additional information

             (1)  Without limiting the information that may be required to be included in a warehouse declaration, if a warehouse declaration has been made in respect of goods, authority to deal with the goods may be refused until an officer doing duty in relation to warehouse declarations:

                     (a)  has verified particulars of the goods shown in the warehouse declaration; or

                     (b)  is satisfied of any other matter that may be relevant to the granting of an authority to deal.

             (2)  If an officer doing duty in relation to warehouse declarations believes, on reasonable grounds, that the owner of goods to which a warehouse declaration relates has custody or control of commercial documents, or has, or can obtain, information, relating to the goods that will assist the officer to determine whether this Act has been or is being complied with in respect of the goods, the officer may require the owner:

                     (a)  to deliver to the officer the commercial documents in respect of the goods that are in the owner’s custody or control (including any such documents that had previously been delivered to an officer and had been returned to the owner); or

                     (b)  to deliver to the officer such information, in writing, relating to the goods (being information of a kind specified in the notice) as is within the knowledge of the owner or as the owner is reasonably able to obtain.

             (3)  A documentary requirement for the delivery of documents or information in respect of a warehouse declaration must:

                     (a)  be communicated to the person by whom, or on whose behalf, the declaration was communicated; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form and contain such particulars as the form requires.

             (4)  An electronic requirement for the delivery of documents or information in respect of a warehouse declaration must:

                     (a)  be communicated electronically to the person who made the declaration; and

                     (b)  contain such particulars as are set out in an approved statement.

             (5)  An officer doing duty in relation to warehouse declarations may ask:

                     (a)  the owner of goods in respect of which a warehouse declaration has been made; and

                     (b)  if another person made the declaration on behalf of the owner—that other person;

any questions relating to the goods.

             (6)  If an officer doing duty in relation to warehouse declarations believes, on reasonable grounds, that the owner of goods to which a warehouse declaration relates has custody or control of commercial documents, or has, or can obtain, information, relating to the goods that will assist the officer to verify the particulars shown in the warehouse declaration, the officer may require the owner to produce the documents or supply the information to the officer.

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  the owner of goods has been required to deliver documents or information in relation to the goods under subsection (2); or

                     (b)  the owner of, or the person making a warehouse declaration in respect of, goods has been asked a question in respect of the goods under subsection (5); or

                     (c)  the owner of goods has been required to verify a matter in respect of the goods under subsection (6);

authority to deal with the relevant goods in accordance with the declaration must not be granted unless:

                     (d)  the requirement referred to in paragraph (a) has been complied with or withdrawn; or

                     (e)  the question referred to in paragraph (b) has been answered or withdrawn; or

                      (f)  the requirement referred to in paragraph (c) has been complied with or withdrawn, or a security has been taken for compliance with the requirement;

as the case requires.

             (8)  Subject to section 215, if a person delivers a commercial document to an officer doing duty in relation to warehouse declarations under this section, the officer must deal with the document and then return it to the person.

Subdivision EGeneral

71E  Application for movement permission

             (1)  Where particular goods, or goods of a particular kind, are, or after their importation will be, subject to customs control, application may be made to the Department, by document or electronically, in accordance with this section, for permission to move those goods, or goods of that kind, or to move them after their importation, to a place specified in the application.

             (2)  A documentary movement application must:

                     (a)  be made by the owner of the goods concerned; and

                     (b)  be communicated to the Department by giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to import entries or to the movement of goods subject to customs control.

          (2A)  If:

                     (a)  the goods are goods to which section 68 applies; and

                     (b)  the goods have not been entered for home consumption or warehousing; and

                     (c)  subsection (2C) does not apply to the goods;

a movement application may be made only by:

                     (d)  for goods carried on board a ship or aircraft—the operator of the ship or aircraft, a cargo reporter in relation to the goods, or a stevedore or depot operator who has, or intends to take, possession of the goods; or

                     (e)  for goods that are a ship or aircraft and that are not carried on board a ship or aircraft—the owner of the goods.

          (2B)  A movement application under subsection (2A) must be made electronically.

          (2C)  This subsection applies to goods if:

                     (a)  the goods are:

                              (i)  accompanied by, and described in, temporary admission papers issued in accordance with an agreement between Australia and one or more other countries that provides for the temporary importation of goods without payment of duty; or

                             (ii)  subject to an application under section 162AA for permission to take delivery of goods; and

                     (b)  neither of the following applies:

                              (i)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs has refused to accept a security or undertaking under section 162A in relation to the goods;

                             (ii)  a Collector has refused to grant permission under section 162A to take delivery of the goods.

             (3)  If a movement application is duly communicated to the Department, subsections (3AA) and (3AB) apply.

       (3AA)  An officer may direct the applicant to ensure that the goods are held in the place where they are currently located until the decision is made on the application.

       (3AB)  If a direction is not given under subsection (3AA), or a reasonable period has elapsed since the giving of such a direction to enable the making of an informed decision on the application, an officer must:

                     (a)  if the application is a document movement application—by notice in writing to the applicant; or

                     (b)  if the application is an electronic movement application—by sending a message electronically to the applicant;

do either of the following:

                     (c)  give the applicant permission to move the goods to which the application relates in accordance with the application either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as are specified in the notice or message;

                     (d)  refuse the application and set out in the notice or message the reasons for the refusal.

          (3B)  If a person moves goods otherwise than in accordance with the requirement of a permission to which the goods relate, the movement of the goods is, for the purposes of paragraph 229(1)(g), taken not to have been authorised by this Act.

          (3C)  If a cargo report states that goods specified in the report are proposed to be moved from a Customs place to another Customs place, then, despite section 71L, the statement is taken to be a movement application in respect of the goods duly made under this section.

          (3D)  In subsection (3C):

Customs place has the meaning given by subsection 183UA(1).

             (4)  Where goods are moved to a place other than a warehouse in accordance with a permission under subsection (3), an officer of Customs may, at any time while the goods remain under customs control, direct in writing that they be moved from that place to a warehouse specified in the direction within a period specified in the direction.

             (5)  If goods are not moved in accordance with such a direction, an officer of Customs may arrange for the goods to be moved to the warehouse specified in the direction or to any other warehouse.

             (6)  Where an officer of Customs has arranged for goods to be moved to a warehouse, the Commonwealth has a lien on the goods for any expenses incurred in connection with their removal to the warehouse and for any warehouse rent and charges incurred in relation to the goods.

71F  Withdrawal of import entries

             (1)  At any time after an import entry is communicated to the Department and before the goods to which it relates are dealt with in accordance with the entry, a withdrawal of the entry may be communicated to the Department by document or electronically.

             (2)  If, at any time after a person has communicated an import entry to the Department and before the goods are dealt with in accordance with the entry, the person changes information included in the entry, the person is taken, at the time when the import entry advice is given or communicated in respect of the altered entry, to have withdrawn the entry as it previously stood.

             (3)  A documentary withdrawal of an import entry must:

                     (a)  be communicated by the person by whom, or on whose behalf, the entry was communicated; and

                     (b)  be communicated to the Department by giving it to an officer doing duty in relation to import entries.

             (5)  A withdrawal of an import entry has no effect during any period while a requirement under subsection 71DA(2) or (6) or 71DL(2) or (6) in respect of the goods to which the entry relates has not been complied with.

             (6)  A withdrawal of an import entry is effected when it is, or is taken under section 71L to have been, communicated to the Department.

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  an import entry is communicated to the Department; and

                     (b)  any duty, fee, charge or tax in respect of goods covered by the entry remains unpaid in respect of the goods concerned for 30 days starting on:

                              (i)  the day on which the import entry advice relating to the goods is communicated; or

                             (ii)  if under subsection 132AA(1) the duty is payable by a time worked out under the regulations—the day on which that time occurs; and

                     (c)  after that period ends, the Comptroller‑General of Customs gives written notice to the owner of the goods requiring payment of the unpaid duty, fee, charge or tax (as appropriate) within a further period set out in the notice; and

                     (d)  the unpaid duty, fee, charge or tax (as appropriate) is not paid within the further period;

the import entry is taken to have been withdrawn under subsection (1).

71G  Goods not to be entered while an entry is outstanding

             (1)  If goods have been entered for home consumption under subsection 68(2) or (3), a person must not communicate a further import declaration or a warehouse declaration in respect of the goods or any part of the goods unless the import declaration that resulted in the goods being entered for home consumption is withdrawn.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  An offence for a contravention of subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

71H  Effect of withdrawal

             (1)  When a withdrawal of an import entry in respect of goods takes effect, any authority to deal with the goods is revoked.

             (2)  Despite the withdrawal:

                     (a)  a person may be prosecuted under Division 4 of Part XIII, or an infringement notice may be given to a person, in respect of the import entry; and

                     (b)  a penalty may be imposed on a person who is convicted of an offence in respect of the import entry;

as if it had not been withdrawn.

             (3)  The withdrawal of a documentary import declaration or of a documentary warehouse declaration does not entitle the person who communicated it to have it returned.

71J  Annotation of import entry by Collector for certain purposes not to constitute withdrawal

                   Any annotation of an import entry that is made by a Collector as a result of the acceptance by a Collector of an application for a refund or rebate of all or a part of the duty paid, or for a remission of all or part of the duty payable, on goods covered by the entry, is not to be taken to constitute a withdrawal of the entry for the purposes of this Act.

71K  Manner of communicating with Department by document

             (1)  An import entry, a withdrawal of an import entry, a visual examination application, a movement application, or a return for the purposes of subsection 69(8) or 70(7) or section 105C, that is communicated to the Department by document:

                     (a)  must be in an approved form; and

                     (b)  must contain such information as the approved form requires; and

                     (c)  must be signed in the manner indicated in the approved form.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different forms for documentary communications to be made in different circumstances or by different classes of persons.

71L  Manner and effect of communicating with Department electronically

             (1)  An import entry, a withdrawal of an import entry, a visual examination application, a movement application, or a return for the purposes of subsection 69(8) or 70(7) or section 105C that is communicated to the Department electronically must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may approve different statements for electronic communications to be made in different circumstances or by different classes of persons.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, an import entry, a withdrawal of an import entry or a return for the purposes of subsection 69(8) or 70(7) or section 105C, is taken to have been communicated to the Department electronically when an import entry advice, or an acknowledgment of the withdrawal or the return, is communicated by a Collector electronically to the person identified in the import entry, withdrawal or return as the person sending it.

             (4)  A movement application that is communicated to the Department electronically must communicate such information as is set out in an approved statement.

             (5)  For the purposes of this Act, a movement application is taken to have been communicated to the Department electronically when an acknowledgment of the application is communicated by a Collector electronically to the person identified in the application as the person sending it.

71M  Requirements for communicating to Department electronically

                   A communication that is required or permitted by this Division to be made to the Department electronically must:

                     (a)  be signed by the person who makes it (see paragraph 126DA(1)(c)); and

                     (b)  otherwise meet the information technology requirements determined under section 126DA.

72  Failure to make entries

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  imported goods are required to be entered; and

                     (b)  an entry is not made in respect of the goods within such period commencing on the importation of the goods as is prescribed, or any further period allowed by a Collector;

a Collector may cause or permit the goods to be removed to a warehouse or such other place of security as the Collector directs or permits.

             (2)  Where goods that have been, or may be, removed under subsection (1) are live animals or are of a perishable or hazardous nature and a Collector considers it expedient to do so without delay, the Collector may sell, or otherwise dispose of, the goods.

             (3)  A Collector has a lien on goods for any expenses incurred by him or her in connection with their removal under subsection (1) and for any warehouse rent or similar charges incurred in relation to the goods.

             (4)  Where:

                     (a)  goods (other than goods to which subsection (2) applies) have been, or may be, removed under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  all things that are required to be done to enable authority to deal with the goods to be given, including the making of an entry in respect of the goods, are not done within:

                              (i)  if the goods have been removed—such period as is prescribed commencing on the removal of the goods; or

                             (ii)  if the goods have not been removed—such period as is prescribed commencing on the expiration of the period applicable under paragraph (1)(b) in relation to the goods;

a Collector may sell, or otherwise dispose of, the goods.

             (5)  A period prescribed for the purposes of subsection (1) or subparagraph (4)(b)(i) or (ii) may be a period prescribed in relation to all goods or in relation to goods in a class of goods.

73  Breaking bulk

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2B) and (3), a person shall not break the bulk cargo of a ship arriving in, or on a voyage to, Australia while the ship is within waters of the sea within the outer limits of the territorial sea of Australia, including such waters within the limits of a State or an internal Territory.

Penalty:  250 penalty units.

             (2)  Subject to subsections (2B) and (3), a person shall not break the bulk cargo of an aircraft arriving in, or on a flight to, Australia while the aircraft is:

                     (a)  flying over Australia; or

                     (b)  in, or flying over, waters of the sea within the outer limits of the territorial sea of Australia.

Penalty:  250 penalty units.

          (2A)  Subsections (1) and (2) are offences of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

          (2B)  Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply if the person has the permission of a Collector.

             (3)  Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply in respect of goods authority to deal with which has been given under section 71B.

74  Officer may give directions as to storage or movement of certain goods

             (1)  If an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that a report of the cargo made in respect of a ship or aircraft:

                     (a)  has not included particular goods that are intended to be unloaded from the ship or aircraft at a port or airport in Australia; or

                     (b)  has incorrectly described particular goods;

the officer may give written directions to the cargo reporter as to how and where the goods are to be stored, and as to the extent (if any) to which the goods may be moved.

             (2)  An officer who has given a written direction under subsection (1) may, by writing, cancel the direction if the officer is satisfied that a report of the cargo made in respect of the ship or aircraft has included, or correctly described, as the case may be, the goods.

             (3)  If an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that particular goods in the cargo that is to be, or has been, unloaded from a ship or aircraft are prohibited goods, the officer may give written directions to:

                     (a)  the cargo reporter; or

                     (b)  the stevedore or depot operator whose particulars have been communicated to the Department by the operator of the ship or aircraft under section 64AAC;

as to how and where the goods are to be stored, and as to the extent (if any) to which the goods may be moved.

             (4)  An officer who has given a written direction under subsection (3) may, by writing, cancel the direction if the officer is satisfied that the cargo does not contain prohibited goods.

             (5)  A person who intentionally contravenes a direction given to the person under subsection (1) or (3) commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 120 penalty units.

             (6)  A person who contravenes a direction given to the person under subsection (1) or (3) commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

             (7)  An offence against subsection (6) is an offence of strict liability.

76  Goods landed at ship’s risk etc.

                   Goods unshipped shall be placed by and at the expense of the master or owner of the ship or the pilot or owner of the aircraft from which they were unshipped in a place of security approved by the Collector, and shall until lawfully removed therefrom be at the risk of the master or owner of the ship or the pilot or owner of the aircraft as if they had not been unshipped.

77  Repacking on wharf

                   Any goods may by authority be repacked or skipped on the wharf.

77AA  Disclosure of information to cargo reporter or owner of goods

             (1)  If a cargo reporter in relation to goods that are on a ship or aircraft on a voyage or flight to a place in Australia requests a Collector to inform the cargo reporter:

                     (a)  whether a report of the impending arrival of the ship or aircraft has been made and, if so, the estimated time of arrival specified in the report; or

                     (b)  whether a report of the arrival of the ship or aircraft has been made and, if so, the time of arrival;

a Collector may comply with the request.

             (2)  If goods have been entered for home consumption or warehousing, a Collector may, at the request of the owner of the goods, inform the owner of the stage reached by a Collector in deciding whether or not to give an authority to deal with the goods.

             (3)  If a movement application has been made in respect of goods, a Collector may, at the request of the owner of the goods, inform the owner of the stage reached by a Collector in its consideration of the application.

             (4)  If goods have been entered for export by the making of an export declaration, a Collector may, at the request of the owner of the goods, inform the owner of the stage reached by a Collector in deciding whether or not to give an authority to deal with the goods.

             (5)  If a submanifest in respect of goods has been sent to the Department under section 117A, a Collector may, at the request of the owner of the goods, inform the owner of the stage reached by a Collector in preparing to give a submanifest number in respect of the submanifest.

Division 5Detention of goods in the public interest

77EA  Minister may order goods to be detained

             (1)  The Minister may, if the Minister considers that it is in the public interest to do so, order a Collector to detain the goods specified in the Minister’s order.

             (2)  At the time an order is made to detain goods:

                     (a)  the goods must be goods the importation of which is restricted by the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956; and

                     (b)  the goods must have been imported into Australia; and

                     (c)  the importation of the goods must not breach this Act; and

                     (d)  the goods must not have been:

                              (i)  delivered into home consumption in accordance with an authority to deal with the goods; or

                             (ii)  exported from Australia.

             (3)  An order to detain goods has effect despite any provision of this Act to the contrary.

77EB  Notice to person whose goods are detained

                   If the Minister orders goods to be detained, the Minister must, as soon as practicable after making the order, give written notice of the order to:

                     (a)  the owner of the goods; or

                     (b)  if the owner of the goods cannot be identified after reasonable inquiry—the person in whose possession or under whose control the goods were at the time the order was given.

77EC  Detention of goods by Collector

                   If the Minister orders a Collector to detain goods under section 77EA, a Collector must:

                     (a)  move the goods to a place that is approved by a Collector for the purpose of detaining goods under this Subdivision (unless the goods are already in such a place); and

                     (b)  detain the goods in that place until the goods are dealt with under section 77ED, 77EE or 77EF.

77ED  Minister may authorise delivery of detained goods into home consumption

             (1)  On application by the owner of goods detained under section 77EC, the Minister may authorise the delivery of the goods, or so much of the goods as the Minister specifies in the authority, into home consumption.

             (2)  An authority is subject to any conditions, or other requirements, specified in the authority in relation to the goods.

             (3)  An application under subsection (1) must be made before the end of the period of 12 months after the date of the order.

             (4)  The owner of goods authorised to be taken into home consumption under subsection (1) must comply with any other provision of this Act in relation to taking goods into home consumption.

77EE  Minister may authorise export of detained goods

             (1)  On application by the owner of goods detained under section 77EC, the Minister may authorise the exportation of the goods, or so much of the goods as the Minister specifies in the authority, from Australia.

             (2)  An authority is subject to any conditions, or other requirements, specified in the authority in relation to the goods.

             (3)  An application under subsection (1) must be made before the end of the period of 12 months after the date of the order.

             (4)  The owner of goods authorised to be exported under subsection (1) must comply with any other provision of this Act in relation to exporting goods.

77EF  When goods have been detained for 12 months

Goods to be exported or disposed of

             (1)  This section applies if, at the end of the period of 12 months after an order to detain goods is given, some or all of the goods (the remaining goods) have not been:

                     (a)  delivered into home consumption in accordance with an authority given under section 77ED; or

                     (b)  exported in accordance with an authority given under section 77EE.

             (2)  The Minister may grant an authority to export the remaining goods from Australia.

             (3)  The owner of goods authorised to be exported under subsection (2) must comply with any other provision of this Act in relation to exporting goods.

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  the Minister does not grant an authority to export the remaining goods from Australia within 1 month of the end of the period of 12 months after the date of the order; or

                     (b)  the remaining goods have not been exported from Australia within 2 months after the date of an authority to export the goods under subsection (2);

the Minister must authorise a Collector to dispose of the goods in the manner the Minister considers appropriate.

Compensation for detained goods

             (5)  Nothing in this section prevents a person from seeking compensation in relation to the remaining goods, or other goods ordered to be detained under this Subdivision, in accordance with section 4AB.

Part IVADepots

  

77F  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Part:

Australia Post means the Australian Postal Corporation.

depot, in relation to a depot licence, means the place to which the licence relates.

depot licence means a licence granted under section 77G and includes such a licence that has been renewed under section 77T.

depot licence application charge means the depot licence application charge imposed by the Customs Depot Licensing Charges Act 1997 and payable as set out in section 77H.

depot licence charge means the depot licence charge imposed by the Customs Depot Licensing Charges Act 1997 and payable as set out in section 77U.

depot licence variation charge means the depot licence variation charge imposed by the Customs Depot Licensing Charges Act 1997 and payable as set out in section 77LA of this Act.

International Mail Centre means a place approved in an instrument under subsection (1A) as a place for the examination of international mail.

place includes an area, a building and a part of a building.

receptacle means a shipping or airline container, a pallet or other similar article.

          (1A)  For the purposes of the definition of International Mail Centre in subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by writing, approve a place as a place for the examination of international mail.

             (2)  A reference in this Part to a conviction of a person of an offence includes a reference to the making of an order under section 19B of the Crimes Act 1914, or under a corresponding provision of a law of a State, a Territory or a foreign country, in relation to a person in respect of an offence.

Note:          Section 19B of the Crimes Act 1914 empowers a court that has found a person to have committed an offence to take action without proceeding to record a conviction.

             (3)  Nothing in this Part affects the operation of Part VIIC of the Crimes Act 1914 (which includes provisions relieving persons from requirements to disclose spent convictions).

77G  Depot licences

             (1)  Subject to this Part, the Comptroller‑General of Customs may, on an application made by a person or partnership in accordance with section 77H, grant the person or partnership a licence in writing, to be known as a depot licence, to use a place described in the licence for any one or more of the following purposes:

                     (a)  the holding of imported goods that are subject to customs control under section 30;

                     (b)  the unpacking of goods referred to in paragraph (a) from receptacles;

                     (c)  the holding of goods for export that are subject to customs control under section 30;

                     (d)  the packing of goods referred to in paragraph (c) into receptacles;

                     (e)  the examination of goods referred to in paragraph (a) or (c) by officers of Customs.

             (2)  A depot licence may be granted:

                     (a)  in relation to all the purposes referred to in subsection (1) or only to a particular purpose or purposes referred to in subsection (1) as specified in the licence; and

                     (b)  in relation to goods generally or to goods of a specified class or classes as specified in the licence.

77H  Application for a depot licence

             (1)  An application for a depot licence to cover a place must be made by a person or partnership who would occupy and control the place as a depot if the licence were granted.

             (2)  The application must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  contain such information as the form requires; and

                     (d)  be signed in the manner indicated in the form; and

                     (e)  subject to subsection (3), be accompanied by a depot licence application charge.

             (3)  If Australia Post makes an application under this section for the whole or a part of an International Mail Centre to be covered by a depot licence, it is not liable to pay the depot licence application charge under subsection (2).

77J  Comptroller‑General of Customs may require applicant to supply further information

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by written notice given to an applicant for a depot licence, require the applicant to supply further information in relation to the application within the period that is specified in the notice.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may extend the specified period if the applicant, in writing, requests the Comptroller‑General of Customs to do so.

             (3)  If the applicant:

                     (a)  fails to supply the further information within the specified period, or that period as extended under subsection (2); but

                     (b)  supplies the information at a subsequent time;

the Comptroller‑General of Customs must not take the information into account in determining whether to grant the depot licence.

77K  Requirements for grant of depot licence

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must not grant a depot licence if, in his or her opinion:

                     (a)  if the applicant is a natural person—the applicant is not a fit and proper person to hold a depot licence; or

                     (b)  if the applicant is a partnership—any of the partners is not a fit and proper person to be a member of a partnership holding a depot licence; or

                     (c)  if the applicant is a company—any director, officer or shareholder of a company who would participate in the management or control of the place proposed to be covered by the licence (the proposed depot) is not a fit and proper person so to participate; or

                     (d)  an employee of the applicant who would participate in the management or control of the proposed depot is not a fit and proper person so to participate; or

                     (e)  if the applicant is a company—the company is not a fit and proper company to hold a depot licence; or

                      (f)  if the applicant is a natural person or a company—the applicant would not be in a position to occupy and control the proposed depot if the licence were granted; or

                     (g)  if the applicant is a partnership—none of the members of the partnership would be in a position to occupy and control the proposed depot if the licence were granted; or

                     (h)  the physical security of the proposed depot is not adequate having regard to:

                              (i)  the nature of the place; or

                             (ii)  the procedures and methods that would be adopted by the applicant to ensure the security of goods in the proposed depot if the licence were granted; or

                      (i)  the records that would be kept in relation to the proposed depot would not be suitable to enable an officer of Customs adequately to audit those records.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, in deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person for the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), (b), (c) or (d), have regard to:

                     (a)  any conviction of the person of an offence against this Act committed within the 10 years immediately before that decision; and

                     (b)  any conviction of the person of an offence against another law of the Commonwealth, or a law of a State or of a Territory, that is punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer, being an offence committed within the 10 years immediately before that decision; and

                     (c)  whether the person is an insolvent under administration; and

                     (d)  any misleading statement made under section 77H or 77J in relation to the application for the licence by or in relation to the person; and

                     (e)  if any such statement made by the person was false—whether the person knew that the statement was false; and

                      (f)  whether the person has been refused a transport security identification card, or has had such a card suspended or cancelled, within the 10 years immediately before the decision.

             (3)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, in deciding whether a company is a fit and proper company for the purposes of paragraph (1)(e), have regard to:

                     (a)  any conviction of the company of an offence against this Act committed within the 10 years immediately before that decision and at a time when any person who is presently a director, officer or shareholder of the company was a director, officer or shareholder of the company; and

                     (b)  any conviction of the company of an offence against another law of the Commonwealth, or a law of a State or of a Territory, that is punishable by a fine of $5,000 or more, being an offence committed within the 10 years immediately before that decision and at a time when a person who is presently a director, officer or shareholder of the company was a director, officer or shareholder of the company; and

                     (c)  whether a receiver of the property, or part of the property, of the company has been appointed; and

                     (d)  whether the company is under administration within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001; and

                     (e)  whether the company has executed under Part 5.3A of that Act a deed of company arrangement that has not yet terminated; and

                     (g)  whether the company is being wound up.

             (4)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may refuse to grant a depot licence if, in his or her opinion, the place in relation to which the licence is sought would be too remote from the nearest place where officers of Customs regularly perform their functions for those officers to be able to conveniently check whether the Customs Acts are being complied with at the place.

             (5)  If the place in relation to which the application for a depot licence is sought (the proposed depot) is proposed to be used as a depot for imported goods, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must not grant the licence unless the applicant has, at the proposed depot, facilities that would enable the applicant to communicate with the Department electronically.

77L  Granting of a depot licence

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must decide whether or not to grant a depot licence within 60 days after:

                     (a)  if paragraph (b) does not apply—the receipt of the application for the licence; or

                     (b)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs requires further information relating to the application to be supplied by the applicant under section 77J and the applicant supplied the information in accordance with that section—the receipt of the information.

             (2)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs has not made a decision whether or not to grant a depot licence within 60 days under subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs is taken to have refused the application.

77LA  Variation of places covered by depot licence

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, on application by the holder of a depot licence, vary the licence by:

                     (a)  omitting the description of the place that is currently described in the licence and substituting a description of another place; or

                     (b)  altering the description of the place that is currently described in the licence.

             (2)  The application must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  contain such information as the form requires; and

                     (d)  be signed in the manner indicated in the form; and

                     (e)  be accompanied by payment of the depot licence variation charge.

             (3)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by written notice given to an applicant for the variation of a depot licence, require the applicant to supply further information in relation to the application within the period that is specified in the notice or within such further period as the Comptroller‑General of Customs allows.

             (4)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must not grant an application for the substitution of the description of a place not currently described in the licence, or for the alteration to the description of a place currently described in the licence, if, in his or her opinion:

                     (a)  the physical security of the place whose description is to be substituted, or of the place that would have the altered description, as the case may be, would not be adequate having regard to:

                              (i)  the nature of the place; or

                             (ii)  the procedures and methods that would be adopted by the applicant to ensure the security of goods in the place if the variation were made; or

                     (b)  the records that would be kept in relation to the place would not be suitable to enable an officer of Customs adequately to audit those records.

             (5)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must not grant an application for the substitution of the description of a place not currently described in the licence if, in his or her opinion, the place would be too remote from the nearest place where officers of Customs regularly perform their functions for those officers to be able to conveniently check whether the Customs Acts are being complied with at the place.

             (6)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must decide whether or not to grant the application within 60 days after:

                     (a)  if paragraph (b) does not apply—the receipt of the application; or

                     (b)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs requires further information relating to the application to be supplied by the applicant under subsection (3) and the applicant supplied the information in accordance with that subsection—the receipt of the information.

             (7)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs has not made the decision whether or not to grant the application within the period applicable under subsection (6), the Comptroller‑General of Customs is taken to have refused the application.

77N  Conditions of a depot licence—general

             (1)  A depot licence is subject to the conditions set out in subsections (2) to (10).

             (2)  The holder of a licence must, within 30 days after the occurrence of an event referred to in any of the following paragraphs, give the Comptroller‑General of Customs particulars in writing of that event:

                     (a)  a person not described in the application for the licence as participating in the management or control of the depot commences so to participate;

                     (b)  in the case of a licence held by a partnership—there is a change in the membership of the partnership;

                     (c)  in the case of a licence held by a company:

                              (i)  the company is convicted of an offence of a kind referred to in paragraph 77K(3)(a) or (b); or

                             (ii)  a receiver of the property, or part of the property, of the company is appointed; or

                            (iii)  an administrator of the company is appointed under section 436A, 436B or 436C of the Corporations Act 2001; or

                            (iv)  the company executes a deed of company arrangement under Part 5.3A of that Act;

                     (d)  a person who participates in the management or control of the depot, the holder of the licence or, if a licence is held by a partnership, a member of the partnership:

                              (i)  is convicted of an offence referred to in paragraph 77K(2)(a) or (b); or

                             (ii)  becomes an insolvent under administration; or

                            (iii)  has been refused a transport security identification card, or has had such a card suspended or cancelled, within the applicable period referred to in paragraph 77V(2)(e).

          (2A)  The holder of a licence must not cause or permit a substantial change to be made in:

                     (a)  a matter affecting the physical security of the depot; or

                     (b)  the keeping of records in relation to the depot;

unless the holder has given to the Comptroller‑General of Customs 30 days’ notice of the proposed change.

             (3)  The holder of the licence must pay to the Commonwealth any prescribed travelling expenses payable by the holder under the regulations in relation to travelling to and from the depot by a Collector for the purposes of the Customs Acts. For that purpose, the regulations may prescribe particular rates of travelling expenses in relation to particular circumstances concerning travelling to and from a depot by a Collector for the purposes of the Customs Acts.

             (4)  The holder of the licence must stack and arrange goods in the depot so that authorised officers have reasonable access to, and are able to examine, the goods.

             (5)  The holders of the licence must provide authorised officers with:

                     (a)  adequate space and facilities for the examination of goods in the depot; and

                     (b)  secure storage space for holding those goods.

             (6)  The holder of the licence must, when requested to do so, allow an authorised officer to enter and remain in the depot to examine goods:

                     (a)  which are subject to customs control; or

                     (b)  which an authorised officer has reasonable grounds to believe are subject to customs control.

             (7)  The holder of the licence must, when requested to do so, provide an authorised officer with information, which is in the holder’s possession or within the holder’s knowledge, in relation to determining whether or not goods in the depot are subject to customs control.

             (8)  The holder of the licence must retain all commercial records and records created in accordance with the Customs Acts that:

                     (a)  relate to goods received into a depot; and

                     (b)  come into the possession or control of the holder of the licence;

for 5 years beginning on the day on which the goods were received into the depot.

             (9)  The holder of the licence must keep the records referred to in subsection (8) at:

                     (a)  the depot; or

                     (b)  if the holder has notified the Department in writing of the location of any other places occupied and controlled by the holder where the records are to be kept—those other places.

           (10)  At any reasonable time within the 5 years referred to in subsection (8), the holder of the licence must, when requested to do so:

                     (a)  permit an authorised officer:

                              (i)  to enter and remain in a place that is occupied and controlled by the holder and which the officer has reasonable grounds to believe to be a place where records referred to in subsection (8) are kept; and

                             (ii)  to have full and free access to any such records in that place; and

                            (iii)  to inspect, examine, make copies of, or take extracts from any such records in that place; and

                     (b)  provide the officer with all reasonable facilities and assistance for the purpose of doing all of the things referred to in subparagraphs (a)(i) to (iii) (including providing access to any electronic equipment in the place for those purposes).

           (11)  The holder of the licence is not obliged to comply with a request referred to in subsection (6), (7) or (10) unless the request is made by a person who produces written evidence of the fact that the person is an authorised officer.

77P  Conditions of a depot licence—imported goods

             (1)  If imported goods were received into a depot during a particular month, it is a condition of the licence that the holder of the licence must:

                     (a)  if paragraph (b) does not apply—cause the removal of those goods into a warehouse before the end of the following month; or

                     (b)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs, on written request by the holder made before the end of that following month, grants an extension under this section—cause the removal of the goods into a warehouse within 30 days after the end of that following month.

             (2)  In this section:

month means month of a year.

77Q  Comptroller‑General of Customs may impose additional conditions to which a depot licence is subject

Imposition of additional conditions

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, at any time, impose additional conditions to which a depot licence is subject if the Comptroller‑General of Customs considers the conditions to be necessary or desirable:

                     (a)  for the protection of the revenue; or

                     (b)  for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations; or

                     (c)  for any other purpose.

          (1A)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs imposes conditions under subsection (1) when granting the depot licence, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must specify the conditions in the licence.

          (1B)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs imposes conditions under subsection (1) after the depot licence has been granted:

                     (a)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs must, by written notice to the holder of the licence, notify the holder of the conditions; and

                     (b)  the conditions cannot take effect before:

                              (i)  the end of 30 days after the giving of the notice; or

                             (ii)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs considers that it is necessary for the conditions to take effect earlier—the end of a shorter period specified in the notice.

Variation of imposed conditions

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by written notice to the holder of the licence, vary conditions imposed under subsection (1) in relation to that licence.

             (3)  A variation under subsection (2) cannot take effect before:

                     (a)  the end of 30 days after the giving of the notice under that subsection; or

                     (b)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs considers that it is necessary for the variation to take effect earlier—the end of a shorter period specified in the notice given under that subsection.

77R  Breach of conditions of depot licence

             (1)  The holder of a depot licence must not breach a condition of the licence set out in section 77N or 77P, or a condition imposed under section 77Q (including a condition varied under that section).

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  An offence against subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply if a breach of a condition of the depot licence occurs only as a result of the holder’s compliance, or attempted compliance, with:

                     (a)  a direction given under section 21 of the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 that applies to the holder; or

                     (b)  a special security direction (within the meaning of section 9 of that Act) that applies to the holder.

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

77S  Duration of depot licences

                   Subject to this Part, a depot licence:

                     (a)  comes into force on a date specified in the licence; and

                     (b)  remains in force until the end of the 30 June next following the grant of the licence;

but may be renewed under section 77T.

Note:          Section 77T provides that a licence may continue to be in force for a further period of 90 days after the 30 June referred to in this section under certain circumstances. Another provision that might affect the operation of this section is section 77VC (cancellation of depot licences).

77T  Renewal of depot licences

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, before the end of a financial year, notify each holder of a depot licence of the terms of this section.

             (2)  If the holder pays a depot licence charge for the renewal of the licence before the end of the financial year, the licence is renewed for another period of 12 months at the end of the financial year.

             (3)  If the holder fails to pay the charge before the end of the financial year, a Collector may, until the charge is paid or the end of 90 days immediately following the end of the financial year (whichever occurs first), refuse to permit goods that are subject to customs control to be received into the depot.

             (4)  If the holder pays the charge within 90 days immediately following the end of the financial year, the licence is taken to have been renewed for another period of 12 months at the end of the financial year.

             (5)  If the holder fails to pay the charge within 90 days immediately following the end of the financial year, the licence expires at the end of that period of 90 days.

             (6)  A depot licence that has been renewed may be further renewed.

77U  Licence charges

             (1)  A depot licence charge is payable in respect of the grant of a depot licence by the person or partnership seeking the grant.

             (2)  A person liable to pay a depot licence charge for the grant of a depot licence must pay the charge within 30 days of the decision to grant that licence.

             (3)  A depot licence charge in respect of the renewal of a depot licence is payable by the holder of the licence in accordance with section 77T.

             (4)  Australia Post is not liable to pay a depot licence charge under this section in respect of each grant or renewal of a depot licence that covers the whole or a part of an International Mail Centre.

77V  Notice of intended cancellation etc. of a depot licence

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may give a notice under this subsection to the holder of a depot licence if:

                     (a)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied that:

                              (i)  the physical security of the depot is no longer adequate having regard to the matters referred to in paragraph 77K(1)(h); or

                             (ii)  if the licence is held by a natural person—the person is not a fit and proper person to hold a depot licence; or

                            (iii)  if the licence is held by a partnership—a member of the partnership is not a fit and proper person to be a member of a partnership holding a depot licence; or

                            (iv)  if the licence is held by a company—a director, officer or shareholder of the company who participates in the management or control of the depot is not a fit and proper person so to participate; or

                             (v)  an employee of the holder of the licence who participates in the management or control of the depot is not a fit and proper person so to participate; or

                            (vi)  if the licence is held by a company—the company is not a fit and proper company to hold a depot licence; or

                           (vii)  a condition to which the licence is subject has not been complied with; or

                          (viii)  a licence charge payable in respect of the grant of the depot remains unpaid more than 30 days after the grant of the licence; or

                     (b)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied on any other grounds that it is necessary to cancel the licence for the protection of the revenue or for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  In deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person for the purposes of subparagraphs (1)(a)(ii) to (v), the Comptroller‑General of Customs must have regard to:

                     (a)  whether or not the person is an insolvent under administration; and

                     (b)  any conviction of the person of an offence against this Act, or of an offence against another law of the Commonwealth, or a law of a State or of a Territory, punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer, that is committed:

                              (i)  if the licence has not been renewed previously—after the grant of the licence or within 10 years immediately before the grant of the licence; or

                             (ii)  if the licence has been renewed on one or more occasions—after the renewal or latest renewal of the licence or within 10 years immediately before that renewal; and

                     (c)  any misleading statement made under section 77H or 77J in relation to the application for the depot licence by or in relation to the person; and

                     (d)  if any such statement made by the person was false—whether the person knew that the statement was false; and

                     (e)  whether the person has been refused a transport security identification card, or has had such a card suspended or cancelled:

                              (i)  if the licence has not been renewed previously—after the grant of the licence or within 10 years immediately before the grant of the licence; or

                             (ii)  if the licence has been renewed on one or more occasions—after the renewal or latest renewal of the licence or within 10 years immediately before that renewal.

             (3)  In deciding whether a company is a fit and proper company for the purposes of subparagraph (1)(a)(vi), the Comptroller‑General of Customs must have regard to:

                     (a)  the matters referred to in paragraphs 77K(3)(c) to (g); and

                     (b)  any conviction of the company of an offence against this Act or of an offence against another law of the Commonwealth, or a law of a State or of a Territory, punishable by a fine of $5,000 or more, that is committed:

                              (i)  if the licence has not been renewed previously—after the grant of the licence or within 10 years immediately before the grant of the licence; or

                             (ii)  if the licence has been renewed on one or more occasions—after the renewal or the latest renewal of the licence or within 10 years immediately before that renewal;

                            and at a time when a person who is presently a director, officer or shareholder of the company was a director, officer or shareholder of the company.

             (4)  The notice under subsection (1) must be in writing and must be:

                     (a)  served, either personally or by post, on the holder of the depot licence; or

                     (b)  served personally on a person who, at the time of service, apparently participates in the management or control of the depot.

             (5)  The notice under subsection (1):

                     (a)  must state that, if the holder of the depot licence wishes to prevent the cancellation of the licence, he or she may, within 7 days after the day on which the notice is served, give to the Comptroller‑General of Customs at an address specified in the notice a written statement showing cause why the licence should not be cancelled; and

                     (b)  may, if it appears to the Comptroller‑General of Customs to be necessary to do so:

                              (i)  for the protection of the revenue; or

                             (ii)  for ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations;

                            state that the licence is suspended.

             (6)  If the notice under subsection (1) states that the depot licence is suspended, the licence is suspended on and from the service of the notice.

Note:          For revocation of the suspension, see section 77VB.

             (7)  Despite the giving of a notice under subsection (1) in relation to a depot licence, nothing in this Part prevents:

                     (a)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs giving a notice under subsection 77T(1) in relation to the renewal of the licence; or

                     (b)  the holder of the licence obtaining a renewal of the licence by paying a depot licence charge in accordance with section 77T.

Note:          A depot licence charge paid in the circumstances described in this subsection may be refunded under section 77W.

77VA  Depot must not be used if depot licence is suspended etc.

Offence

             (1)  If a depot licence is suspended under section 77V, a person must not use the depot for a purpose referred to in subsection 77G(1).

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

Collector may permit use of depot etc. during suspension

             (2)  If a depot licence is suspended under section 77V, a Collector may, while the licence is so suspended and despite subsection (1) of this section:

                     (a)  permit imported goods, or goods for export, that are subject to customs control to be held in the depot; and

                     (b)  permit the unpacking or packing of such goods; and

                     (c)  permit the removal of such goods from the depot, including the removal of such goods to another depot; and

                     (d)  by notice in a prescribed manner to the owner of such goods, require the owner to remove the goods to another depot, or to a warehouse, approved by the Collector; and

                     (e)  take such control of the depot, or all or any goods in the depot, as may be necessary:

                              (i)  for the protection of the revenue; or

                             (ii)  for ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations; and

                      (f)  by notice in writing to the holder of the licence, require the holder to pay to the Commonwealth, in respect of the services of officers required as the result of the suspension, such fee as the Comptroller‑General of Customs determines having regard to the cost of the services.

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

             (3)  Without limiting paragraph (2)(f), the services referred to in that paragraph include services relating to:

                     (a)  the enforcement of the suspension; and

                     (b)  the supervision of activities in relation to the depot that are permitted by a Collector.

             (4)  If an amount that the holder of a depot licence is required to pay in accordance with a notice under paragraph (2)(f) is not paid, that amount may be recovered as a debt due to the Commonwealth by action in a court of competent jurisdiction.

77VB  Revocation of suspension of depot licences

                   If a depot licence is suspended under section 77V, the Comptroller‑General of Customs:

                     (a)  may at any time revoke the suspension; and

                     (b)  if the licence has not been cancelled within 28 days after the day on which the licence was suspended—must revoke the suspension.

Note:          For the cancellation of depot licences, see section 77VC.

77VC  Cancellation of depot licences

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by notice in writing, cancel a depot licence if the Comptroller‑General of Customs is satisfied of any matter mentioned in subparagraphs 77V(1)(a)(i) to (viii), or of the matter mentioned in paragraph 77V(1)(b), in relation to the licence.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must, by notice in writing, cancel a depot licence if the Comptroller‑General of Customs receives a written request from the holder of the licence that the licence be cancelled on and after a specified day.

             (3)  A notice under subsection (1) or (2) must be:

                     (a)  served, either personally or by post, on the holder of the depot licence; or

                     (b)  served personally on a person who, at the time of service, apparently participates in the management or control of the depot.

             (4)  If a depot licence is cancelled under this section, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must, by notice published in a newspaper circulating in the locality in which the depot is situated, inform the owners of goods in the depot of the cancellation and the date of the cancellation.

             (5)  If a depot licence is cancelled under this section, the person or partnership who held the licence before the cancellation must return the licence to an officer of Customs within 30 days after the cancellation.

77W  Refund of depot licence charge on cancellation of a depot licence

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a depot licence is cancelled before the end of a financial year; and

                     (b)  the person or partnership (the former holder) who held the licence before its cancellation has paid the depot licence charge for that financial year;

the former holder is entitled to a refund of an amount worked out using the formula in subsection (1A).

          (1A)  For the purposes of subsection (1), the formula is:

where:

annual rate means the amount of $4,000, or, if another amount is prescribed under subsection 6(2) of the Customs Depot Licensing Charges Act 1997, that other amount.

days in the year means:

                     (a)  if the financial year in which the licence is in force is not constituted by 365 days—the number of days in that financial year; or

                     (b)  otherwise—365.

post‑cancellation days means the number of days in the financial year during which the depot licence is not in force following the cancellation of the licence.

             (2)  If the former holder has paid the depot licence charge in respect of the renewal of the licence for the following financial year, the former holder is entitled to a refund of the full amount of that charge.

77X  Collector’s powers in relation to a place that is no longer a depot

             (2)  If a place ceases to be covered by a depot licence, a Collector may:

                     (a)  permit goods that are subject to customs control to be received into the place during a period of 30 days after the place ceased to be covered by a depot licence; and

                     (b)  permit imported goods to be unpacked from receptacles in the place; and

                     (c)  permit goods for export to be packed into receptacles in the place; and

                     (d)  permit examination of goods that are subject to customs control (the controlled goods) by officers of Customs in the place; and

                     (e)  permit removal of any controlled goods from the place to a depot covered by a depot licence or to a warehouse; and

                      (f)  by notice in writing to the person who was, or who was taken to be, the holder of the licence (the former holder) covering that place, require the former holder to remove any controlled goods to a depot covered by a depot licence or to a warehouse; and

                     (g)  while controlled goods are in the place, take such control of the place as may be necessary for the protection of the revenue or for ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations; and

                     (h)  by notice in writing to the former holder, require the former holder to pay to the Commonwealth, in respect of the services of officers required in relation to any controlled goods as a result of the licence ceasing to be in force (including services relating to the supervision of activities in relation to the place, the stocktaking of goods in the place or the reconciliation of records relating to such goods), such fees as the Comptroller‑General of Customs determines having regard to the cost of the services; and

                      (i)  if the former holder fails to comply with a requirement under paragraph (f) in relation to any controlled goods, remove the goods from the place to a depot covered by a depot licence or a warehouse; and

                      (j)  if goods have been removed under paragraph (i), by notice in writing to the former holder, require the former holder to pay to the Commonwealth in respect of the cost of the removal such fees as the Comptroller‑General of Customs determines having regard to that cost.

             (3)  If an amount that a former holder is required to pay in accordance with a notice under paragraph (2)(h) or (j) is not paid, that amount may be recovered as a debt due to the Commonwealth by action in a court of competent jurisdiction.

77Y  Collector may give directions in relation to goods subject to customs control

             (1)  A Collector may, for the protection of the revenue or for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations, give written directions under this section to:

                     (a)  the holder of a depot licence; or

                     (b)  a person participating in the management or control of the depot;

in relation to goods in the depot that are subject to customs control (the controlled goods).

             (2)  A direction under subsection (1) must be a direction:

                     (a)  to move, or not to move, controlled goods within a depot; or

                     (b)  about the storage of controlled goods in the depot; or

                     (c)  to move controlled goods to another depot or a warehouse; or

                     (d)  about the unpacking from receptacles of controlled goods; or

                     (e)  about the packing into receptacles of controlled goods.

             (3)  A Collector may, for the purpose of:

                     (a)  preventing interference with controlled goods in a depot; or

                     (b)  preventing interference with the exercise of the powers or the performance of the functions of a Collector in respect of a depot or of controlled goods in a depot;

give directions, in relation to the controlled goods, to any person in the depot.

          (3A)  A person who has been given a direction under subsection (1) or (3) must not intentionally refuse or fail to comply with the direction.

Penalty:  120 penalty units.

             (4)  A person who has been given a direction under subsection (1) or (3) must not refuse or fail to comply with the direction.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (5)  An offence against subsection (4) is an offence of strict liability.

             (6)  This section does not limit the directions that a Collector may give under section 112C.

77Z  Licences cannot be transferred

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), a depot licence cannot be transferred to another person.

             (2)  A depot licence may be transferred to another person in the circumstances prescribed by the regulations.

77ZA  Service of notice

                   For the purpose of the application of section 29 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to the service by post of a notice under this Part on a person or partnership who holds or held a depot licence, if the notice is posted as a letter addressed to the person or partnership at the address of the place that is or was the depot, the notice is taken to be properly addressed.

Part VWarehouses

  

78  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

place includes an area, a building and a part of a building.

warehouse, in relation to a warehouse licence, means the warehouse to which the licence relates.

warehouse licence means a licence granted under section 79 and includes such a licence that has been renewed under section 84.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Part, a person shall be taken to participate in the management or control of a warehouse if:

                     (a)  he or she has authority to direct the operations of the warehouse or to direct activities in the warehouse, the removal of goods from the warehouse, or another important part of the operations of the warehouse; or

                     (b)  he or she has authority to direct a person who has authority referred to in paragraph (a) in the exercise of that authority.

79  Warehouse licences

             (1)  Subject to this Part, the Comptroller‑General of Customs may grant a person or partnership a licence in writing, to be known as a warehouse licence, to use a place described in the licence for warehousing goods.

             (2)  A warehouse licence may be a licence to use a place for warehousing goods generally, goods included in a specified class or specified classes of goods or goods other than goods included in a specified class or specified classes of goods.

             (3)  A warehouse licence may authorize blending or packaging, processing, manufacture of excisable goods, trading or other activities specified in the licence to be carried on in the warehouse.

80  Applications for warehouse licences

                   An application for a warehouse licence shall:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  contain a description of the place in relation to which the licence is sought; and

                     (c)  specify the kinds of goods that would be warehoused in that place if it were a warehouse; and

                     (d)  set out the name and address of each person whom the Comptroller‑General of Customs is required to consider for the purposes of paragraph 81(1)(a), (b), (c) or (d); and

                     (e)  set out such particulars of the matters that the Comptroller‑General of Customs is required to consider for the purposes of paragraph 81(1)(e), (f) or (g) as will enable him or her adequately to consider those matters; and

                      (f)  contain such other information as is prescribed.

80A  Comptroller‑General of Customs may require applicant to supply further information

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by written notice given to an applicant for a warehouse licence, require the applicant to supply further information in relation to the application within the period that is specified in the notice.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may extend the specified period if the applicant, in writing, requests the Comptroller‑General of Customs to do so.

             (3)  If the applicant:

                     (a)  fails to supply the further information within the specified period, or that period as extended under subsection (2); but

                     (b)  supplies the information at a later time;

the Comptroller‑General of Customs must not take the information into account in determining whether to grant the warehouse licence.

81  Requirements for grant of warehouse licence

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs shall not grant a warehouse licence if, in his or her opinion:

                     (a)  where the applicant is a natural person—the applicant is not a fit and proper person to hold a warehouse licence; or

                     (b)  where the applicant is a partnership—any of the partners is not a fit and proper person to be a member of a partnership holding a warehouse licence; or

                     (c)  where the applicant is a company—any director, officer or shareholder of the company who would participate in the management or control of the warehouse is not a fit and proper person so to participate; or

                     (d)  an employee of the applicant who would participate in the management or control of the warehouse is not a fit and proper person so to participate; or

                   (da)  where the applicant is a company—the company is not a fit and proper company to hold a warehouse licence; or

                     (e)  the physical security of the place in relation to which the licence is sought is not adequate having regard to:

                            (ia)  the nature of the place;

                              (i)  the kinds and quantity of goods that would be kept in that place if it were a warehouse; or

                             (ii)  the procedures and methods that would be adopted by the applicant to ensure the security of goods in the place if it were a warehouse; or

                      (f)  the plant and equipment that would be used in relation to goods in the place in relation to which the licence is sought if it were a warehouse are not suitable having regard to the nature of those goods and that place; or

                     (g)  the books of account or records that would be kept in relation to the place in relation to which the licence is sought if it were a warehouse would not be suitable to enable an officer of Customs adequately to audit those books or records.

             (2)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs shall, in determining whether a person is a fit and proper person for the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), (b), (c) or (d), have regard to:

                     (a)  any conviction of the person for an offence against this Act committed within the 10 years immediately preceding the making of the application; and

                     (b)  any conviction of the person for an offence under a law of the Commonwealth, of a State or of a Territory that is punishable by imprisonment for a period of one year or longer, being an offence committed within the 10 years immediately preceding the making of the application; and

                     (c)  whether the person is an undischarged bankrupt; and

                     (d)  any misleading statement made under section 80 or 80A in relation to the application by or in relation to the person; and

                     (e)  where any statement by the person in the application was false—whether the person knew that the statement was false; and

                      (f)  whether the person has been refused a transport security identification card, or has had such a card suspended or cancelled, within the 10 years immediately preceding the making of the application.

             (3)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs shall, in determining whether a company is a fit and proper company for the purposes of paragraph (1)(da), have regard to:

                     (a)  any conviction of the company of an offence against this Act committed within the 10 years immediately preceding the making of the application and at a time when a person who is a director, officer or shareholder of the company was a director, officer or shareholder of the company; or

                     (b)  any conviction of the company of an offence under a law of the Commonwealth, of a State or of a Territory that is punishable by a fine of 50 penalty units or more, being an offence committed within the 10 years immediately preceding the making of the application and at a time when a person who is a director, officer or shareholder of the company was a director, officer or shareholder of the company; or

                     (c)  whether a receiver of the property, or part of the property, of the company has been appointed; or

                    (ca)  whether the company is under administration within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001; or

                   (cb)  whether the company has executed under Part 5.3A of that Act a deed of company arrangement that has not yet terminated; or

                     (e)  whether the company is being wound up.

81A  Grant of a warehouse licence

             (1)  If an application for a warehouse licence is made, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must decide whether or not to grant the licence within 60 days after:

                     (a)  if paragraph (b) does not apply—the receipt of the application; or

                     (b)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs, under section 80A, requires the applicant to supply further information in relation to the application and the applicant supplies the information in accordance with that section—the receipt of the information.

             (2)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs has not made a decision whether or not to grant the warehouse licence before the end of the period referred to in subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs is taken to have refused the application at the end of that period.

81B  Variation of the place covered by a warehouse licence

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, on application by the holder of a warehouse licence, vary the licence by:

                     (a)  omitting the description of the place that is described in the licence and substituting a description of another place; or

                     (b)  altering the description of the place that is described in the licence.

             (2)  The application must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  be in an approved form; and

                     (c)  contain such information as the form requires; and

                     (d)  be signed in the manner indicated in the form.

             (3)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by written notice given to an applicant for the variation of a warehouse licence, require the applicant to give further information in relation to the application:

                     (a)  within the period that is specified in the notice; or

                     (b)  within such further period as the Comptroller‑General of Customs allows.

             (4)  If an application for the variation of a warehouse licence is made under subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs must not grant the application if, in his or her opinion:

                     (a)  the physical security of the place whose description is to be substituted, or of the place that would have the altered description, would not be adequate having regard to:

                              (i)  the nature of the place; or

                             (ii)  the kinds and quantity of goods that would be kept in the place if the variation were made; or

                            (iii)  the procedures and methods that would be adopted by the applicant to ensure the security of goods in the place if the variation were made; or

                     (b)  the plant and equipment that would be used in relation to goods in the place, if the variation were made, would not be suitable having regard to the nature of those goods and that place; or

                     (c)  the books of account or records that would be kept in relation to the place, if the variation were made, would not be suitable to enable an officer of Customs adequately to audit those books or records.

             (5)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs must not grant an application under subsection (1) for the substitution of the description of a place in a warehouse licence if, in his or her opinion, the place would be too remote from the nearest place where officers, who regularly perform their functions, would be able conveniently to check whether the Customs Acts are being complied with at the place.

             (6)  If an application is made under subsection (1), the Comptroller‑General of Customs must decide whether or not to grant the application:

                     (a)  if paragraph (b) of this subsection does not apply—within 60 days after receiving the application; or

                     (b)  if:

                              (i)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs requires the applicant to give further information under subsection (3); and

                             (ii)  the applicant supplies the information in accordance with that subsection;

                            within 60 days after receiving the information.

             (7)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs has not made a decision whether or not to grant an application made under subsection (1) before the end of the period that applies under subsection (6), the Comptroller‑General of Customs is taken to have refused the application at the end of that period.

82  Conditions of warehouse licences

             (1)  A warehouse licence is subject to the condition that, if:

                     (a)  a person not described in the application for the licence as participating in the management or control of the warehouse commences so to participate; or

                     (b)  in the case of a licence held by a partnership—there is a change in the membership of the partnership; or

                   (ba)  in the case of a licence held by a company—any of the following events occurs:

                              (i)  the company is convicted of an offence of a kind referred to in paragraph 81(3)(a) or (b);

                             (ii)  a receiver of the property, or part of the property, of the company is appointed;

                            (iii)  an administrator of the company is appointed under section 436A, 436B or 436C of the Corporations Act 2001;

                            (iv)  the company executes a deed of company arrangement under Part 5.3A of that Act;

                             (v)  the company begins to be wound up; or

                     (c)  a person who participates in the management or control of the warehouse, the holder of the licence or, in the case of a licence held by a partnership, a member of the partnership:

                              (i)  is convicted of an offence referred to in paragraph 81(2)(a) or (b); or

                             (ii)  becomes bankrupt; or

                            (iii)  has been refused a transport security identification card, or has had such a card suspended or cancelled, within the applicable period referred to in paragraph 86(1A)(d); or

                     (d)  there is a substantial change in a matter affecting the physical security of the warehouse; or

                     (e)  there is a substantial change in plant or equipment used in relation to goods in the warehouse; or

                      (f)  there is a substantial change in the keeping of accounts or records kept in relation to the warehouse;

the holder of the licence shall, within 30 days after the occurrence of the event referred to in whichever of the preceding paragraphs applies, give the Comptroller‑General of Customs particulars in writing of that event.

             (3)  A warehouse licence is subject to such other conditions (if any) as are specified in the licence that the Comptroller‑General of Customs considers to be necessary or desirable:

                     (a)  for the protection of the revenue; or

                     (b)  for ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations; or

                     (c)  for any other purpose.

             (4)  The conditions specified in a warehouse licence may include:

                     (a)  conditions specifying the persons or classes of persons whose goods may be warehoused in the warehouse; and

                     (b)  conditions limiting the operations that may be performed upon, or in relation to, goods in the warehouse.

             (5)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, upon application by the holder of a warehouse licence and production of the licence, vary the conditions specified in the licence by making an alteration to, or an endorsement on, the licence.

             (6)  Subsection (5) does not limit section 82B.

82A  Comptroller‑General of Customs may impose additional conditions to which a warehouse licence is subject

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, at any time, impose additional conditions to which the licence is subject if the Comptroller‑General of Customs considers the conditions to be necessary or desirable:

                     (a)  for the protection of the revenue; or

                     (b)  for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations; or

                     (c)  for any other purpose.

             (2)  If the Comptroller‑General of Customs imposes conditions under subsection (1):

                     (a)  the Comptroller‑General of Customs must, by written notice to the holder of the warehouse licence, notify the holder of the conditions; and

                     (b)  the conditions cannot take effect before:

                              (i)  the end of 30 days after the giving of the notice; or

                             (ii)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs considers that it is necessary for the conditions to take effect earlier—the end of a shorter period specified in the notice.

82B  Comptroller‑General of Customs may vary the conditions to which a warehouse licence is subject

             (1)  The Comptroller‑General of Customs may, by written notice to the holder of a warehouse licence, vary:

                     (a)  the conditions specified in the warehouse licence under section 82; or

                     (b)  the conditions imposed under section 82A to which the licence is subject.

             (2)  A variation under subsection (1) cannot take effect before:

                     (a)  the end of 30 days after the giving of the notice under that subsection; or

                     (b)  if the Comptroller‑General of Customs considers that it is necessary for the variation to take effect earlier—the end of a shorter period specified in the notice given under that subsection.

             (3)  This section does not limit subsection 82(5).

82C  Breach of conditions of a warehouse licence

             (1)  The holder of a warehouse licence must not breach a condition to which the licence is subject under section 82 or 82A (including a condition varied under subsection 82(5) or section 82B).

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (2)  An offence against subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

83  Duration of warehouse licence

             (1)  A warehouse licence:

                     (a)  comes into force on a date specified in the licence or, if no date is so specified, the date on which the licence is granted; and

                     (b)  subject to this Part, remains in force until 30 June next following the grant of the licence but may be renewed in accordance with section 84.

             (2)  Notwithstanding that a warehouse licence has not been renewed, a Collector may:

                     (a)  permit goods to be placed in the former warehouse; and

                     (b)  permit the removal of goods from the former warehouse, including the removal of goods to a warehouse; and

                     (c)  by notice in writing to the last holder of the licence, require him or her to remove all or specified goods in the former warehouse to a warehouse approved by the Collector; and

                     (d)  take such control of the former warehouse or all or any goods in the former warehouse as may be necessary for the protection of the revenue or for ensuring compliance with the Customs Acts, any other law of the Commonwealth prescribed by the regulations or a law of a State or Territory prescribed by the regulations; and

                     (e)  by notice in writing to the last holder of the licence, require him or her to pay to the Commonwealth in respect of the services of officers required as the result of the licence not having been renewed (including services relating to the supervision of activities in relation to the former warehouse permitted by a Collector, the stocktaking of goods in the former warehouse or the reconciliation of records relating to such goods) such fee as the Comptroller‑General of Customs determines having regard to the cost of the services; and

                      (f)  where the last holder of the licence fails to comply with a requirement under paragraph (c) in relation to goods, remove the goods from the former warehouse to a warehouse; and

                     (g)  where goods have been removed in accordance with paragraph (f), by notice in writing to the last holder of the licence, require him or her to pay to the Commonwealth in respect of the cost of the removal such fee as the Comptroller‑General of Customs determines having regard to that cost.

             (3)  Subject to subsection (4), where a warehouse licence has not been renewed and goods remain in the former warehouse, the Comptroller‑General of Customs must by notice:

                     (a)  published on the Department’s website; and

                     (b)  published in the Gazette; and

                     (c)  published in a newspaper circulating in the locality in which the warehouse is situated;

inform the owners of goods in the former warehouse:

                     (d)  that they are required, within a time specified in the notice or any further time allowed by the Comptroller‑General of Customs, to:

                              (i)  pay to the Collector duty payable in respect of their goods in the former warehouse; or

                             (ii)  remove their goods in the former warehouse to another place in accordance with permission obtained from the Collector; and

                     (e)  that, if they do not comply with the requirements of the notice, their goods in that former wa