Customs Act 1901
A monitoring officer is an officer who is authorised by the Comptroller-General of Customs under this section to enter premises and exercise monitoring powers (whether the authorisation applies generally, during a specified period or in or on specified premises).
The Comptroller-General of Customs must not authorise an officer to enter premises and exercise monitoring powers unless the Comptroller-General of Customs is satisfied that the officer is suitably qualified, because of the officer's abilities and experience, to exercise those powers.
(a) generally; or
(b) during a specified period; or
(c) in or on specified premises; or
(d) during a specified period in or on specified premises.
(a) a monitoring officer may obtain such assistance; and
(b) a monitoring officer or a person assisting a monitoring officer may use such force against things;
as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances.214AC(5) Monitoring powers to be used only as authorised.
(a) an officer who is authorised to enter premises and exercise monitoring powers during a specified period to enter the premises or exercise the powers at a time outside that period; or
(b) an officer who is authorised to enter, and exercise monitoring powers in or on, specified premises to enter, or to exercise the powers in or on, other premises.
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