Criminal Code Act 1995

Schedule - The Criminal Code  

Section 3

CHAPTER 10 - NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE  

Part 10.7 - Computer offences  

Division 476 - Preliminary  

SECTION 476.5   Liability for certain acts  

(1)  
A staff member or agent of ASIS, AGO or ASD (the agency ) is not subject to any civil or criminal liability for any computer-related act done outside Australia if the act is done in the proper performance of a function of the agency.

(2)  
A person is not subject to any civil or criminal liability for any act done inside Australia if:


(a) the act is preparatory to, in support of, or otherwise directly connected with, overseas activities of the agency concerned; and


(b) the act:


(i) taken together with a computer-related act, event, circumstance or result that took place, or was intended to take place, outside Australia, could amount to an offence; but

(ii) in the absence of that computer-related act, event, circumstance or result, would not amount to an offence; and


(c) the act is done in the proper performance of a function of the agency.

(2A)  
Subsection (2) is not intended to permit any act in relation to premises, persons, computers, things, or carriage services in Australia, being:


(a) an act that ASIO could not do without a Minister authorising it by warrant issued under Division 2 of Part III of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 or under Part 2-2 of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 ; or


(b) an act to obtain information that ASIO could not obtain other than in accordance with Division 3 of Part 4-1 of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 .

(2AA)  


Subsections (1) and (2) have effect despite anything in a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory, whether passed or made before or after the commencement of this subsection, unless the law expressly provides otherwise.

(2AB)  
Subsection (2AA) does not affect the operation of subsection (2A).

(2B)  
The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security may give a certificate in writing certifying any fact relevant to the question of whether an act was done in the proper performance of a function of an agency.

(2C)  
In any proceedings, a certificate given under subsection (2B) is prima facie evidence of the facts certified.

(3)  


In this section:

AGO
means that part of the Defence Department known as the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation.

ASD
means the Australian Signals Directorate.

ASIS
means the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.

civil or criminal liability
means any civil or criminal liability (whether under this Part, under another law or otherwise).

computer-related act, event, circumstance or result
means an act, event, circumstance or result involving:


(a) the reliability, security or operation of a computer; or


(b) access to, or modification of, data held in a computer or on a data storage device; or


(c) electronic communication to or from a computer; or


(d) the reliability, security or operation of any data held in or on a computer, computer disk, credit card, or other data storage device; or


(e) possession or control of data held in a computer or on a data storage device; or


(f) producing, supplying or obtaining data held in a computer or on a data storage device.

DIGO
(Repealed by No 108 of 2014)

DSD
(Repealed by No 108 of 2014)

staff member
means:


(a) in relation to ASIS - the Director-General of ASIS or a member of the staff of ASIS (whether an employee of ASIS, a consultant or contractor to ASIS, or a person who is made available by another Commonwealth or State authority or other person to perform services for ASIS); and


(b) in relation to ASD - the Director-General of ASD or a member of the staff of ASD (whether an employee of ASD, a consultant or contractor to ASD, or a person who is made available by another Commonwealth or State authority or other person to perform services for ASD); and


(c) in relation to AGO - the Director of AGO or a member of the staff of AGO (whether an employee of AGO, a consultant or contractor to AGO, or a person who is made available by another Commonwealth or State authority or other person to perform services for AGO).




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