Customs Act 1901

PART XII - OFFICERS  

Division 1 - Powers of officers  

Subdivision B - General regulatory powers  

SECTION 186A   POWER TO MAKE COPIES OF, AND TAKE EXTRACTS FROM, DOCUMENTS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES  

186A(1)  
If:


(a) a document is examined under section 186 or 186AA ; and


(b) as a result of that examination, an officer of Customs is satisfied that the document or part of the document may contain information relevant to:


(i) an importation or exportation, or to a proposed importation or exportation, of prohibited goods; or

(ii) the commission or attempted commission of any other offence against this Act or of any offence against a prescribed Act; or

(iii) the performance of functions under section 17 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 ; or

(iv) the performance of functions under section 6 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001; or

(v) security (within the meaning of section 4 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 );

the officer of Customs may make a copy of, or take an extract from, the document, or arrange for another officer of Customs or other person having the necessary experience, to make such a copy or take such an extract.

186A(2)  
Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), a copy may be made of, or an extract taken from, a document:


(a) by photocopying the document or a part of the document; or


(b) by photographing the document or a part of the document; or


(c) by electronically scanning the document or a part of the document; or


(d) by making an electronic copy of information contained in the document or a part of the document; or


(e) by making a written copy of information contained in the document or a part of the document.




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