Customs Act 1901


Division 4 - Powers of authorised officers  


For the purpose of determining whether a provision of any Customs-related law has been, or is being, complied with, an authorised officer may enter a cargo terminal and exercise the following powers:

(a) the power to inspect any document at the terminal;

(b) the power to take extracts from, or make copies of, any such document;

(c) the power to take into the terminal such equipment and materials as the authorised person requires for the purpose of exercising powers under a Customs-related law in relation to the terminal.

While at a cargo terminal, an authorised officer may:

(a) access electronic equipment at the terminal; and

(b) use a disk, tape or other storage device that:

(i) is at the terminal; or

(ii) can be used with the equipment or is associated with it;

if the authorised officer has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the electronic equipment, disk, tape or other storage device is or contains information relating to a matter mentioned in subsection (3).

For the purposes of subsection (2), the matters are:

(a) the unloading of goods subject to customs control from a ship or aircraft or their movement to a particular part of the cargo terminal; or

(b) the receipt of goods subject to customs control at the cargo terminal; or

(c) access to goods subject to customs control:

(i) in the cargo terminal; or

(ii) on a ship or aircraft within, or adjacent to, the terminal; or

(d) the security of goods subject to customs control in the cargo terminal; or

(e) where goods subject to customs control are stacked in the terminal; or

(f) ship bay plans relating to the terminal; or

(g) the rostering and attendance of staff at the terminal.

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