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Witness Protection Regulations 2018

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Regulations as made
These regulations repeal and remake the Witness Protection Regulations 1995 in their entirety with minor amendments for clarity. The regulations provide the forms that can be used to grant a National Witness Protection Program (NWPP) participant permission to not disclose their original identity or former NWPP identity, and also list proceedings which should be considered civil proceedings for the purpose of section 27A(3) of the Witness Protection Act 1994.
Administered by: Home Affairs
Registered 11 Dec 2018
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR12-Feb-2019
Tabled Senate12-Feb-2019
Table of contents.

Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

Witness Protection Regulations 2018

I, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Administrator of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulations.

Dated 06 December 2018

Paul de Jersey AC

Administrator of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia

By His Excellency’s Command

Peter Dutton

Minister for Home Affairs

 

 

 

 

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

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

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Schedule 2..................................................................................................................... 1

5............ Definitions..................................................................................................................... 1

6............ Permission not to disclose former identity—prescribed form........................................ 1

7............ Meaning of civil proceeding.......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Forms                                                                                                                                 3

Form 1—Permission under the Witness Protection Act 1994 for participant not to disclose original identity or former NWPP identity                                                                                      3

Form 2—Permission under a complementary witness protection law of a State or Territory for participant not to disclose original identity or former NWPP identity        4

Schedule 2—Repeals                                                                                                                                       5

Witness Protection Regulations 1995                                                                                               5

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Witness Protection Regulations 2018.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this instrument 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.  The whole of this instrument

The day after this instrument is registered.

12 December 2018

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

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

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the Witness Protection Act 1994.

4  Schedule 2

                   Each instrument that is specified in Schedule 2 to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in that Schedule, and any other item in that Schedule has effect according to its terms.

5  Definitions

Note:          A number of expressions used in this instrument are defined in the Act, including the following:

(a)    complementary witness protection law;

(b)    former NWPP identity;

(c)    original identity;

(d)    participant.

                   In this instrument:

Act means the Witness Protection Act 1994.

6  Permission not to disclose former identity—prescribed form

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 16(1)(b) of the Act, Form 1 in Schedule 1 is prescribed.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection 16(5) of the Act, Form 2 in Schedule 1 is prescribed and may be used for the purpose of granting an approval under subsection 16(4) of the Act.

7  Meaning of civil proceeding

                   For the purposes of paragraph (d) of the definition of civil proceeding in subsection 27A(3) of the Act, each of the following is prescribed:

                     (a)  an application for a restraining order under Division 2 of Part 2‑1 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002;

                     (b)  an examination conducted under Division 3 of Part 3‑1 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.


Schedule 1Forms

Note:       See section 6.

Form 1Permission under the Witness Protection Act 1994 for participant not to disclose original identity or former NWPP identity

  

Commonwealth of Australia

 

Witness Protection Act 1994

 

Permission under paragraph 16(1)(b) of the Act for participant not to disclose original identity or former NWPP identity

 

I, [name], the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, under paragraph 16(1)(b) of the Witness Protection Act 1994, give permission to [name of participant]:

             (a)  a participant who has been provided with a new identity under the National Witness Protection Program; and

             (b)  who would, apart from section 16 of that Act, be required by or under a law of the Commonwealth to disclose the participant’s *original identity /*former NWPP identity provided on [date] for a particular purpose, namely [specify the purpose];

not to disclose that identity for that particular purpose.

Dated

 

Commissioner

*Omit if not applicable.

Form 2Permission under a complementary witness protection law of a State or Territory for participant not to disclose original identity or former NWPP identity

  

Commonwealth of Australia

 

Witness Protection Act 1994

 

Permission under complementary witness protection law of a State or Territory for participant not to disclose original identity or former NWPP identity

 

I, [name], the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, under [specify provision] of [specify State or Territory law] of [specify State or Territory], a complementary witness protection law within the meaning of the Witness Protection Act 1994 of the Commonwealth (the Witness Protection Act), give permission to [name of participant]:

             (a)  a participant who has been provided with a new identity under the National Witness Protection Program under the Witness Protection Act; and

             (b)  who would otherwise be required to disclose the participant’s *original identity /*former NWPP identity provided on [date] for a particular purpose, namely [specify the purpose];

not to disclose that identity to a Commonwealth officer for that particular purpose.

Dated

 

Commissioner

*Omit if not applicable.


Schedule 2Repeals

  

Witness Protection Regulations 1995

1  The whole of the instrument

Repeal the instrument.