Excise Act 1901

PART IX - OFFICERS  

Division 1A - Search and seizure  

Subdivision B - Search warrants in respect of things believed to be evidential material  

SECTION 107BE   COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGE TO EQUIPMENT OR DATA  

107BE(1)  
This section applies if:


(a) damage is caused to equipment as a result of it being operated as mentioned in section 107BC or 107BD ; or


(b) the data recorded on the equipment is damaged or programs associated with its use are damaged or corrupted;

because:


(c) insufficient care was exercised in selecting the person who was to operate the equipment; or


(d) insufficient care was exercised by the person operating the equipment.

107BE(2)  
The Commonwealth must pay the owner of the equipment, or the user of the data or programs, such reasonable compensation for the damage or corruption as they agree on.

107BE(3)  
However, if the owner or user and the Commonwealth fail to agree, the owner or user may institute proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia for such reasonable amount of compensation as the Court determines.

107BE(4)  
In determining the amount of compensation payable, regard is to be had to whether the occupier of the premises and his or her employees and agents, if they were available at the time, provided any appropriate warning or guidance on the operation of the equipment.

107BE(5)  
Compensation is payable out of money appropriated by the Parliament.

107BE(6)  
In this section:

damage
, in relation to data, includes damage by erasure of data or addition of other data.




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