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A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to passports and the criminal law, and for related purposes
Administered by: Foreign Affairs and Trade
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Registered 14 Jun 2017
Introduced HR 14 Jun 2017
Table of contents.

2016‑2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Passports Legislation Amendment (Overseas Travel by Child Sex Offenders) Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

(Foreign Affairs and Trade)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to passports and the criminal law, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Australian Passports Act 2005                                                                                 3

Criminal Code Act 1995                                                                                            4

Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005                           5

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to passports and the criminal law, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Passports Legislation Amendment (Overseas Travel by Child Sex Offenders) Act 2017.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

A day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if any of the provisions do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the day after the end of that period.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Australian Passports Act 2005

1  After subsection 12(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  A competent authority may make a refusal/cancellation request in relation to the person if the person is:

                     (a)  an Australian citizen; and

                     (b)  a reportable offender.

2  Subsection 12(2)

After “subsection (1)”, insert “or (1A)”.

3  Subsection 12(3) (definition of competent authority)

After “paragraph (1)(a) or (b)”, insert “or (1A)(b)”.

4  Subsection 12(3)

Insert:

reportable offender means a person:

                     (a)  whose name is entered on a child protection offender register (however described) of a State or Territory; and

                     (b)  who has reporting obligations (however described) in connection with that entry on the register.

5  Subsection 18(1)

After “12(1),”, insert “12(1A),”.

6  Paragraph 18(2)(c)

Before “whether”, insert “if the refusal/cancellation request is made under a provision other than subsection 12(1A)—”.

7  Subsection 22(1)

Omit “The”, substitute “Subject to section 22AA, the”.

8  After section 22

Insert:

22AA  When an Australian passport must be cancelled

             (1)  The Minister must cancel an Australian passport that has been issued to a person if a competent authority makes a refusal/cancellation request in relation to the person under subsection 12(1A).

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the suspension of an Australian passport under section 22A does not prevent the Minister from cancelling it under this section.

9  Paragraph 48(c)

After “document”, insert “(other than under section 22AA)”.

10  Paragraph 48(e)

After “paragraph 22(2)(d)”, insert “or section 22AA”.

11  After paragraph 51(1)(c)

Insert:

                  (caa)  subsection 12(2), if the power is exercised because of a refusal/cancellation request made under subsection 12(1A);

12  After paragraph 51(1)(d)

Insert:

                   (da)  section 22AA;

Criminal Code Act 1995

13  After Division 271 of the Criminal Code

Insert:

Division 271AOverseas travel by certain registered offenders

271A.1  Restrictions on overseas travel by certain registered offenders

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is an Australian citizen; and

                     (b)  the person’s name is entered on a child protection offender register (however described) of a State or Territory; and

                     (c)  the person has reporting obligations (however described) in connection with that entry on the register; and

                     (d)  the person leaves Australia.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 5 years.

             (2)  Absolute liability applies to paragraph (1)(a).

Note:          For absolute liability, see section 6.2.

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

                     (a)  a competent authority (within the meaning of section 12 of the Australian Passports Act 2005 or section 13 of the Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005) has given permission (however described) for the person to leave Australia; or

                     (b)  the reporting obligations of the person are suspended at the time the person leaves Australia.

Note:          The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in this subsection: see subsection 13.3(3).

Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005

14  After subsection 13(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  A competent authority may request the Minister to make an order under section 16 in relation to the person’s foreign travel documents if the person is:

                     (a)  an Australian citizen; and

                     (b)  a reportable offender.

15  Subsection 13(2) (definition of competent authority)

After “paragraph (1)(a) or (b)”, insert “or (1A)(b)”.

16  Subsection 13(2)

Insert:

reportable offender means a person:

                     (a)  whose name is entered on a child protection offender register (however described) of a State or Territory; and

                     (b)  who has reporting obligations (however described) in connection with that entry on the register.

17  Subsection 16(1)

After “section 13”, insert “(other than subsection 13(1A))”.

18  After subsection 16(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  If a competent authority makes a request under subsection 13(1A) in relation to a person, the Minister must order the surrender of the person’s foreign travel documents.

19  Subsection 16(2)

After “subsection (1)”, insert “or (1A)”.

20  Subsection 23(1)

After “section 16”, insert “(other than subsection 16(1A))”.

21  Subsection 23A(1)

After “subsection 16(1)”, insert “or (1A)”.

22  Application of amendments

(1)       The amendments of section 12 of the Australian Passports Act 2005 made by this Schedule apply to refusal/cancellation requests made in relation to a person after the commencement of this Schedule, whether the person became a reportable offender (within the meaning of that section) before or after that commencement.

(2)       Section 22AA of the Australian Passports Act 2005, as inserted by this Schedule, applies to the cancellation of an Australian passport after the commencement of this Schedule, whether:

                     (a)  the Australian passport was issued to a person before or after that commencement; or

                     (b)  the person became a reportable offender (within the meaning of section 12 of that Act) before or after that commencement.

(3)       Section 271A.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995, as inserted by this Schedule, applies in relation to conduct engaged in by a person after the commencement of this Schedule, whether the person’s name is entered on a child protection offender register (however described) of a State or Territory before or after that commencement.

(4)       The amendments of section 13 of the Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005 made by this Schedule apply to requests made in relation to a person after the commencement of this Schedule, whether the person became a reportable offender (within the meaning of that section) before or after that commencement.

(5)       The amendments of section 16 of the Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005 made by this Schedule apply to an order for the surrender of a person’s foreign travel documents made after the commencement of this Schedule, whether:

                     (a)  the foreign travel documents were issued to the person before or after that commencement; or

                     (b)  the person became a reportable offender (within the meaning of section 13 of that Act) before or after that commencement.