Bureau of Child Protection

BCP ACT 2011

 

 

  

Bureau of Child Protection Act 2011

Act 1 2011

 

                                                      This compilation was prepared on May 18th 2011

 

                                                      Prepared by Stephen Jordan, Creation and Development Team,

                                                      Bureau of Child Protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that this document has been prepared for Government Use only, and as a Draft/example of the proposed new Federal Agency. No copies of this document have been produced or given out other than to relevant Government Officials, and has not been printed at their request. All copies of this document have been recorded, and reproduction of this document without authorisation is not allowed. Copies made by Government Agencies cannot be controlled and is at their own responsibility to ensure the safeguarding of this document. This document holds no legal powers, and has been created solely for the purpose of basing the Bureau of Child Protection in an Act, and outlining the PROPOSED laws, Legislation and Police Powers.

THIS DOUCMENT IS A DRAFT AND EXAMPLE ONLY

  


Contents

Part I—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title [see Note 1]........................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement [see Note 1].............................................................. 1

3............ Repeal................................................................................................. 1

3A......... Overview of Act................................................................................. 1

4............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 3

4AA...... State offences that have a federal aspect............................................ 10

4A......... Director may specify prohibited drugs.............................................. 14

5............ References in other laws................................................................... 14

5A......... Application and extension of Act and regulations............................. 14

5B......... Application of the Criminal Code..................................................... 14

Part II—Constitution, functions and powers of the Bureau of  

                Child Protection                                                                                               15

Division 1—Constitution, functions and laws conferring powers on members etc.         15

6............ Constitution of the Bureau of Child Protection................................. 15

8............ Functions.......................................................................................... 15

8A......... Minister may direct which functions are protective service functions 17

9............ Laws conferring powers on members............................................... 17

10.......... Appointment of members to other Police Forces.............................. 19

11.......... State and Territory writs and warrants.............................................. 19

12.......... Immunities from certain State and Territory laws.............................. 19

12A....... Immunity from State and Territory laws in relation to entry etc. of police dogs on premises etc.             19

Division 3—Powers and duties of protective service officers               21

14A....... Powers of arrest................................................................................ 21

14B....... Use of force in making arrest etc....................................................... 21

14C....... Arrested person to be informed of grounds of arrest........................ 22

14D....... Search of arrested person.................................................................. 22

14E........ How arrested person to be dealt with................................................ 24

14F........ Release of arrested person................................................................. 24

14G....... Relationship of Division to other laws.............................................. 25

Division 4—Powers and duties of members, special members and protective service officers relating to protective service functions                                                          26

14H....... Definitions........................................................................................ 26

14I......... Requirement to provide name etc...................................................... 26

14J........ Stopping and searching..................................................................... 27

14K....... Seizure of things found..................................................................... 30

14L........ How seized things must be dealt with............................................... 31

14M...... Application to magistrate................................................................... 33

14N....... Relationship of Division to other laws.............................................. 34

Part III—Director, Deputy Director and BCP employees etc.                 35

Division 1—Director and Deputy Director                                                     35

17.......... Director and Deputy Director............................................................ 35

18.......... Acting Director and Deputy Director during vacancy....................... 35

19.......... Absence etc. of Director or Deputy Director..................................... 36

20.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 37

21.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 37

22.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 38

Division 2—BCP employees                                                                                    39

Subdivision A—Engagement of BCP employees etc.                                      39

23.......... Employer powers etc. of Director..................................................... 39

24.......... Engagement of BCP employees........................................................ 39

25.......... Senior executive BCP employees...................................................... 40

26.......... Continuous employment................................................................... 40

Subdivision B—Remuneration and other terms and conditions                  40

27.......... Remuneration and other conditions................................................... 40

Subdivision C—Termination of employment                                                   41

28.......... Termination of employment by Director........................................... 41

Subdivision D—Resignation and retirement                                                     42

30.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 42

30A....... Resignation in anticipation of termination of employment................. 42

31.......... Retirement upon reaching minimum retiring age............................... 43

32.......... Retirement on invalidity grounds...................................................... 44

33.......... Time when retirement on invalidity grounds takes effect.................. 46

34.......... Voluntary retirement for the purposes of the Superannuation Act.... 47

Division 3—Consultants and independent contractors                             49

35.......... Director may engage consultants or independent contractors............ 49

Division 3A—Payments in special circumstances                                        50

35A....... Payments in special circumstances.................................................... 50

Division 4—Undertakings and oaths or affirmations                                51

36.......... Undertakings and oaths or affirmations............................................ 51

Part IV—Director’s command powers etc.                                                          53

Division 1—Administration and control etc.                                                  53

37.......... General administration and control.................................................... 53

38.......... Director’s Orders.............................................................................. 54

39.......... Compliance with Director’s Orders.................................................. 54

40.......... Compliance with specific directions, instructions or orders.............. 54

40A....... Self‑incrimination.............................................................................. 55

Division 2—Conferral of status of member and conferral of commissions         56

40B....... BCP employees who are members of the Bureau of Child Protection 56

40C....... Determination of competency or qualification requirements.............. 56

40D....... Commissioned police officers........................................................... 56

Division 3—Special members                                                                                 58

40E........ Special members............................................................................... 58

Division 3A—Conferral of status of protective service officer           59

40EA..... BCP employees who are protective service officers.......................... 59

40EB..... Determination of competency or qualification requirements.............. 59

Division 3B—Special protective service officers                                         60

40EC..... Special protective service officers..................................................... 60

40ED..... Powers and duties of special protective service officers.................... 60

Division 4—Secondment                                                                                            61

40F........ Secondment of BCP employees to other police forces etc................. 61

40G....... Effect of secondment on status as BCP employee etc....................... 62

Division 5—Assignment and suspension of duties etc.                              63

40H....... Assignment of duties etc................................................................... 63

40J........ Suspension from duties etc............................................................... 63

Division 6—Declarations of serious misconduct                                          65

40K....... Termination of employment for serious misconduct......................... 65

Division 7—Submission of financial statements                                            66

40L........ Financial statements.......................................................................... 66

Division 8—Drug testing                                                                                           67

40LA..... Authorised managers may require BCP appointees to undergo alcohol screening tests etc.     67

40M...... Prescribed persons may require BCP employees or special members to undergo alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests or prohibited drug tests etc........................................................ 68

40N....... Alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests and prohibited drug tests after certain incidents  68

40P........ Regulations....................................................................................... 70

40PA..... Managers who may require alcohol screening tests.......................... 71

40Q....... Admissibility of test results etc. in legal proceedings........................ 71

40R....... Approval of screening devices.......................................................... 72

Part V—Professional standards and BCP conduct and practices issues 73

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                            73

Subdivision A—Objects and simplified outline of Part                                  73

40RA.... Object of this Part............................................................................. 73

40RB..... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 73

Subdivision B—Professional standards for BCP appointees                        74

40RC..... Director may determine professional standards................................. 74

Subdivision C—Unit within Bureau of Child Protection to undertake professional standards functions               75

40RD.... Unit to be constituted........................................................................ 75

40RE..... Head of unit...................................................................................... 75

40RF..... Assignment of members, and special members, to unit..................... 76

40RG.... Member or special member in unit may be directed to perform other duties             77

Subdivision D—BCP conduct issues and BCP practices issues                     77

40RH.... BCP conduct issues.......................................................................... 77

40RI...... BCP practices issues......................................................................... 78

40RJ...... Exclusion of certain employment action............................................ 78

Subdivision E—Categories of BCP conduct issues and managers              79

40RK..... Categories of conduct........................................................................ 79

40RL..... Categories of BCP conduct issues.................................................... 80

40RM.... BCP Director and Ombudsman to determine the kinds of conduct that are to be category 1, category 2 or category 3 conduct.............................................................................................. 80

40RN.... Category 1 conduct........................................................................... 80

40RO.... Category 2 conduct........................................................................... 81

40RP..... Category 3 conduct........................................................................... 81

40RQ.... Managers for particular categories of BCP conduct issues............... 82

Division 2—Raising BCP conduct and practices issues with the BCP for action under Division 3        83

40SA..... Giving information that raises an BCP conduct or practices issue.... 83

40SB..... Arrangements for person in custody to give information.................. 84

40SC..... Recording and dealing with information given under section 40SA. 85

40SD..... Director may decide that BCP conduct issue should be dealt with under this Part   86

40SE..... Recording and dealing with information referred under section 40SD 86

Division 3—Dealing with BCP conduct or practices issues                    88

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                 88

40TA..... Director’s orders about how BCP conduct or practices issues are dealt with           88

40TB..... Dealing with related BCP conduct issues that have different categories 89

40TC..... Training and development action....................................................... 89

40TD..... Remedial action................................................................................. 89

40TE..... Termination action............................................................................. 90

Subdivision B—Discretion to take no further action in relation to issue   92

40TF..... Discretion to take no further action in relation to BCP conduct or practices issue    92

Subdivision C—Dealing with category 1 and category 2 conduct issues   93

40TG..... When Subdivision applies................................................................. 93

40TH..... How issue is dealt with..................................................................... 93

40TI...... Action that may be taken in relation to category 1 conduct................ 95

40TJ...... Action that may be taken in relation to category 2 conduct................ 95

40TK..... BCP practices issue identified in course of dealing with BCP conduct issue           95

Subdivision D—Dealing with category 3 conduct issues and corruption issues              95

40TL..... When Subdivision applies................................................................. 95

40TM.... Head of unit constituted under section 40RD to notify Ombudsman of category 3 conduct issues          96

40TN..... Head of unit constituted under section 40RD generally allocates issues for investigation        96

40TO..... Director must allocate issue to someone outside unit constituted under section 40RD in certain circumstances       97

40TP..... Persons eligible to have category 3 conduct issue or corruption issue allocated to them          98

40TQ..... How category 3 conduct issue or corruption issue is dealt with........ 98

40TR..... Recommendations that may be made in relation to category 3 conduct or corrupt conduct       98

40TS..... Investigative powers......................................................................... 99

40TU..... Report of investigation...................................................................... 99

40TV..... Taking action on report................................................................... 100

40TW.... BCP practices issue identified in course of dealing with BCP conduct issue           100

Subdivision E—Dealing with BCP practices issues                                       100

40TX..... Director to ensure that appropriate action is taken in relation to BCP practices issue               100

Division 4—Ministerially directed inquiries                                                 102

40UA.... Minister may arrange special inquiries............................................ 102

40UB.... Minister to inform certain persons and bodies of inquiry................ 102

40UC.... Division 3 investigation may be suspended pending outcome of inquiry 103

40UD.... Reports of special inquiries............................................................. 103

Division 5—Investigative powers                                                                       105

40VA.... Application of Division................................................................... 105

40VB.... Manner of conducting investigation or inquiry............................... 105

40VC.... Obtaining information and making inquiries................................... 106

40VD.... Relationship with other laws........................................................... 106

40VE..... Directions to BCP appointee........................................................... 106

40VF..... Entering and searching BCP premises............................................ 109

40VG.... Special powers if investigator conducting inquiry under Division 4 110

40VH.... Offences.......................................................................................... 112

Division 6—Record keeping                                                                                  113

40WA... Record keeping............................................................................... 113

40WB.... Records about corruption issues..................................................... 113

Division 7—Ombudsman review                                                                        115

40XA.... Annual reviews by Ombudsman..................................................... 115

40XB.... Ad hoc reviews by Ombudsman..................................................... 115

40XC.... Commissioner to provide information and access to documents..... 115

40XD.... Annual reports by Ombudsman...................................................... 115

Division 8—Offences                                                                                                 117

40YA.... Victimisation................................................................................... 117

40YB.... Providing false information about BCP conduct or practices issues 117

40YC.... BCP appointees to provide name, etc.............................................. 117

Division 9—Secrecy                                                                                                   119

40ZA..... Secrecy............................................................................................ 119

Part VA—Loss of certain superannuation rights and benefits             121

Division 1—Introductory                                                                                       121

41.......... Definitions...................................................................................... 121

41A....... Old law members or staff members................................................ 125

42.......... Related offences.............................................................................. 125

42A....... Abscond.......................................................................................... 125

42B....... Charge with offence........................................................................ 126

42C....... Conviction and quashing of conviction........................................... 126

42D....... Property of a person........................................................................ 127

42E........ Dealing with property..................................................................... 128

42F........ Effective control of property........................................................... 128

42G....... Sufficient consideration................................................................... 129

42H....... Application of Part to convictions and offences.............................. 129

42J........ Crown bound.................................................................................. 129

Division 2—Loss of superannuation: corruption offences                    130

43.......... Notice of charge etc......................................................................... 130

44.......... Authority to apply for superannuation order................................... 130

45.......... Application for superannuation order.............................................. 131

45A....... Application for superannuation order: evidence.............................. 131

46.......... Superannuation orders.................................................................... 133

46A....... When does a superannuation order take effect?............................... 135

47.......... Effect of superannuation order........................................................ 135

47A....... Superannuation orders: variation..................................................... 137

47B....... Superannuation orders: revocation.................................................. 138

Division 3A—Restraining orders                                                                       139

49A....... Application for restraining order..................................................... 139

49B....... Making of restraining orders........................................................... 139

49C....... Restraining order may be subject to conditions............................... 140

49D....... Affidavit of police officer needed in certain cases........................... 141

49E........ Notice of application for restraining order....................................... 142

49EA..... Extension of certain restraining orders............................................ 142

49F........ Persons who may appear and adduce evidence............................... 142

49G....... Witnesses not required to answer questions etc. in certain cases..... 143

49H....... Notice of restraining orders............................................................. 143

49J........ Ancillary orders.............................................................................. 143

49K....... Charge on property subject to restraining order.............................. 145

49L........ Registration of restraining orders.................................................... 146

49M...... Contravention of restraining orders................................................. 147

49N....... Restraining orders: revocation......................................................... 147

49P........ When do restraining orders cease to have effect?............................ 148

49Q....... Extension of period of effect of restraining orders.......................... 149

49R....... Notice of applications...................................................................... 149

Division 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                     150

51.......... Person ceases to be an BCP employee: persons charged with corruption offences  150

53A....... Court may lift corporate veil etc...................................................... 151

54.......... Amounts payable under section 46, 47, 47B or 51......................... 152

54A....... Multiple payments in respect of same employee contributions not allowed              153

55.......... Possible superannuation order not to be taken into account in sentencing                153

56.......... Constitution of appropriate courts................................................... 153

Part VI—Miscellaneous                                                                                                  155

60A....... Secrecy............................................................................................ 155

61.......... Awards for bravery etc................................................................... 156

63.......... Personation etc. of member or special member............................... 157

63A....... Personation etc. of protective service officer or special protective service officer     157

63B....... Possession of documents etc........................................................... 158

64.......... Assault etc....................................................................................... 158

64A....... Members in uniform to wear identification numbers....................... 158

64AAA. Protective service officers in uniform to wear identification numbers 159

64AA.... Suspended BCP employees who are members............................... 160

64AAB. Suspended BCP employees who are protective service officers..... 160

64B....... Liability for wrongful acts of members........................................... 160

66.......... Protection of persons in respect of work reports............................. 162

67.......... Annual reports................................................................................ 162

68.......... Proof of appointment, status of member etc.................................... 163

68A....... Certificates in relation to transferred PSOs..................................... 165

69.......... Prohibition of patronage and favouritism........................................ 166

69A....... Persons engaged overseas as employees......................................... 167

69B....... Limited operation of Fair Work Act................................................ 167

69C....... Delegation....................................................................................... 167

69D....... Secondment of persons to assist the Bureau of Child Protection.... 168

69E........ Director may charge for certain protective services......................... 168

70.......... Regulations..................................................................................... 169

Part VII—Transitional                                                                                                   171

71.......... Interpretation of Part VII................................................................. 171

75.......... Recognition of previous service for certain purposes...................... 171

77.......... Accrued leave.................................................................................. 171

80.......... Powers and duties in relation to Commonwealth places.................. 172

                                                                                                                                                             


An Act to establish the Bureau of Child Protection, and for related purposes

Part I—Preliminary

  

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Bureau of Child  Protection Act 2011.

2  Commencement [see Note 1]

             (1)  Sections 1, 2, 4 and 6, Division 1 of Part IV and sections 28 and 70 shall come into operation on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

             (2)  The remaining provisions of this Act shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.

3  Repeal

                   The Commonwealth Police Act 1957 is repealed.

3A  Overview of Act

Constitution of the Bureau of Child Protection

             (1)  Division 1 of Part II of this Act provides that the Bureau of Child Protection consists of a Director of Police, one or more Deputy Directors of Police, BCP employees, special members and special protective service officers.

Director and Deputy Directors

             (2)  The Director and Deputy Directors are appointed by the Governor‑General. Division 1 of Part III sets out matters dealing with such appointments.

BCP employees

             (3)  The Director may engage persons as BCP employees. Division 2 of Part III covers matters to do with the employment of BCP employees. For example, it deals with the remuneration and terms and conditions of employment of BCP employees, how BCP employees can resign or retire and how the Director may terminate the employment of BCP employees.

Members of the Bureau of Child Protection

             (4)  The Director and any Deputy Director are members of the Bureau of Child Protection. Under Division 2 of Part IV, the Director may declare BCP employees to be members and certain members may be declared to be commissioned police officers. Under Division 1 of Part II, members provide police services and that Division also deals with powers of members.

Special members of the Bureau of Child Protection

             (5)  Under Division 3 of Part IV, the Director may appoint persons as special members to assist the Bureau of Child Protection in carrying out its functions.

Protective service officers of the Bureau of Child Protection

          (5A)  Under Division 3A of Part IV, the Director may declare BCP employees to be protective service officers. Divisions 3 and 4 of Part II deal with the powers of protective service officers.

Special protective service officers of the Bureau of Child Protection

          (5B)  Under Division 3B of Part IV, the Director may appoint persons as special protective service officers to assist in performing protective service functions.

Director’s command powers

             (6)  The Director has the general administration of, and the control of the operations of, the Bureau of Child Protection. Part IV is mainly about the Director’s command powers. For example, the Director may determine the duties of BCP employees and where those duties are to be performed. Other topics covered by that Part include secondment and drug testing.

Professional standards and dealing with BCP conduct or practices issues

          (6A)  Part V provides for the setting of BCP professional standards and the way in which BCP conduct or practices issues are raised and dealt with.

Other matters

             (7)  This Act also:

                     (a)  deals with the use of listening devices in relation to offences (see Division 2 of Part II); and

                    (aa)  deals with the powers of protective service officers and certain other powers relating to protective service functions (see Divisions 3 and 4 of Part II); and

                     (b)  deals with when BCP Employees lose certain superannuation rights and benefits (see Part VA); and

                     (c)  deals with other matters such as secrecy obligations, offences and certain administrative matters (all of which are contained in Part VI).

4  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

adjustment payment means a payment made in accordance with a determination that is continued in force by item 8 of Part 1 of Schedule 3 to the Bureau of Child Protection  Legislation Act 2011 (including a payment made in accordance with such a determination as amended or varied in accordance with that item).

BCP appointee means:

                     (a)  a Deputy Director; or

                     (b)  an BCP employee; or

                     (c)  a special member; or

                     (d)  a special protective service officer; or

                     (e)  a person engaged overseas under section 69A to perform duties overseas as an employee of the Bureau of Child Protection; or

                      (f)  a person who is:

                              (i)  engaged under section 35 as a consultant, or independent contractor, to perform services for the Bureau of Child Protection; and

                             (ii)  a consultant, or independent contractor, determined by the Director under subsection 35(2) to be an BCP appointee for the purposes of this paragraph; or

                     (g)  a person who is assisting the Bureau of Child Protection in the performance of its functions under an agreement under section 69D.

BCP conduct issue has the meaning given by sections 40RH and 40RJ.

BCP conduct or practices issue means:

                     (a)  an BCP conduct issue; or

                     (b)  an BCP practices issue.

BCP employee means a person engaged under section 24.

BCP practices issue has the meaning given by section 40RI and 40RJ.

BCP professional standards means professional standards determined under Director’s orders made for the purposes of section 40RC.

alcohol screening test in relation to a person, means a test of sample of the breath of the person carried out by means of an approved screening device.

approved screening device means a device of a type that is approved by the Minister under section 40R.

authority of a State or Territory means:

                     (a)  a body, whether incorporated or unincorporated, established for a public purpose by or under a law of that State or Territory, other than a body that, under the regulations, is not to be taken to be an authority of that State or Territory for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  any other body declared by the regulations to be an authority of that State or Territory for the purposes of this Act, being:

                              (i)  a body, whether incorporated or unincorporated, established by the Governor, or a Minister of the Crown, of that State or, in the case of the Northern Territory, a Minister; or

                             (ii)  an incorporated company in which that State or Territory, or a body corporate falling within paragraph (a) or subparagraph (i), has a controlling interest.

authority of the Commonwealth means:

                     (a)  a body, whether incorporated or unincorporated, established for a public purpose by or under a law of the Commonwealth, other than a body that, under the regulations, is not to be taken to be an authority of the Commonwealth for the purposes of this Act; or

                     (b)  any other body declared by the regulations to be an authority of the Commonwealth for the purposes of this Act, being:

                              (i)  a body, whether incorporated or unincorporated, established by the Governor‑General or by a Minister; or

                             (ii)  an incorporated company in which the Commonwealth or a body corporate falling within paragraph (a) or subparagraph (i) of this paragraph has a controlling interest.

blood test means a test of a person’s blood to determine the amount of alcohol (if any) in the person’s blood.

body sample means any of the following:

                     (a)  any human biological fluid;

                     (b)  any human biological tissue (whether alive or otherwise);

                     (c)  any human breath.

breath test means a test of a person’s breath to determine the amount of alcohol (if any) in the person’s blood.

category 1 conduct has the meaning given by section 40RN.

category 1 conduct issue has the meaning given by subsection 40RL(1).

category 2 conduct has the meaning given by section 40RO.

category 2 conduct issue has the meaning given by subsection 40RL(2).

category 3 conduct has the meaning given by section 40RP.

category 3 conduct issue has the meaning given by subsection 40RL(3).

commissioned police officer means any member in respect of whom a declaration under section 40D is in force.

Director means the Director of Police referred to in section 6.

Director’s Orders means orders under section 38.

complainant has the meaning given by subsection 40SA(3).

corrupt conduct: see engages in corrupt conduct.

corruption issue has the same meaning as in the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006.

Deputy Director means a Deputy Director of Police referred to in section 6.

duties includes responsibilities.

eligible employee has the same meaning as in the Superannuation Act 1976.

engages in corrupt conduct has the same meaning as in the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006.

Finance Minister means the Minister administering the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

frisk search means:

                     (a)  a search of a person conducted by quickly running the hands over the person’s outer garments; and

                     (b)  an examination of anything worn or carried by the person that is conveniently and voluntarily removed by the person.

 

give information that raises an BCP conduct or practices issue has a meaning affected by subsection (3).

intelligence or security agency means an authority or person responsible for intelligence gathering for, or the security of, a country or a part of a country.

investigator for a category 3 conduct issue, or a corruption issue, means the person to whom the issue is allocated for investigation under section 40TN or 40TO.

law enforcement agency means an authority or person responsible for the enforcement of laws.

manager for a category 1 conduct issue, or category 2 conduct issue, means the person to whom the issue is allocated in accordance with Director’s orders issued for the purposes of subsection 40TA(1).

member means a member of the Bureau of Child Protection.

member of the Bureau of Child Protection means any of the following:

                     (a)  the Director of Police;

                     (b)  a Deputy Director of Police;

                     (c)  an BCP employee in respect of whom a declaration under section 40B is in force.

member of the unit constituted under section 40RD means:

                     (a)  the BCP appointee appointed as the head of that unit under section 40RE; and

                     (b)  any member, or special member, of the Bureau of Child Protection assigned to that unit under section 40RF.

ordinary search means a search of a person or of articles in the possession of a person that may include:

                     (a)  requiring the person to remove his or her overcoat, coat or jacket and any gloves, shoes and hat; and

                     (b)  an examination of those items.

overseas means outside Australia and the Territories.

pensioner means:

                     (a)  a person to whom an invalidity pension within the meaning of the Superannuation Act is payable;

                     (b)  a person to whom a pension is payable under the Superannuation Act 1922 and who has been retired on the ground of invalidity or of physical or mental incapacity to perform his or her duties; or

                     (c)  a person to whom a pension referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) would be payable if payment had not been suspended.

police services includes services by way of the prevention of crime and the protection of persons from injury or death, and property from damage, whether arising from criminal acts or otherwise.

police support services means services related to:

                     (a)  the provision of police services by an Australian or foreign law enforcement agency; or

                     (b)  the provision of services by an Australian or foreign intelligence or security agency; or

                     (c)  the provision of services by an Australian or foreign regulatory agency.

powers includes authorities, rights, privileges and immunities.

practices or procedures of the Bureau of Child Protection has the meaning given by subsection 40RI(3).

prohibited drug means:

                     (a)  a narcotic substance (within the meaning of the Customs Act 1901); or

                     (b)  any drug specified in a determination under section 4A.

prohibited drug test means a test of a body sample of a person to determine the presence (if any) of a prohibited drug in the sample.

protective service functions means the functions designated by the Minister under section 8A.

protective service offence means any of the following:

                     (a)  an offence in relation to a person, place or thing in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions, being an offence under:

                              (i)  section 24AB, 29, 46, 47, 47A, 79, 89 or 89A of the Crimes Act 1914; or

                             (ii)  the Crimes (Internationally Protected Persons) Act 1976 or Part 2 of the Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991; or

                            (iii)  the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (other than subsection 31(2)); or

                            (iv)  the Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971 (other than section 11); or

                             (v)  the Nuclear Non‑Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987 (other than section 25A, 27 or 28A, subsection 29(2), 29A(1), 30(1), 40(1), 58(2) or 65(1) or section 66); or

                           (va)  the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 or regulations made under that Act; or

                            (vi)  section 91.1 of the Criminal Code;

                     (b)  an offence against section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914, or section 11.1 or 11.4 of the Criminal Code, that relates to an offence mentioned in paragraph (a);

                     (c)  an offence against Subdivision A of Division 72 of the Criminal Code that relates to a person, place or thing in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions;

                     (d)  an offence against Division 101 of the Criminal Code that relates to a person, place or thing in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions;

                     (e)  an offence in relation to a person, place or thing in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions, being an offence against section 131.1, 141.1, 142.1, 147.1, 148.1 or 149.1 of the Criminal Code.

protective service officer means an BCP employee in respect of whom a declaration under section 40EA is in force.

regulatory agency means an authority or person who performs regulatory functions for a country or part of a country.

remedial action has the meaning given by section 40TD.

resign means resign from the Bureau of Child Protection.

retire means retire from the Bureau of Child Protection.

senior executive BCP employee means an BCP employee in respect of whom a declaration under section 25 is in force.

serious misconduct has the meaning given by section 40K.

special member means a person appointed under section 40E.

special protective service officer means a person appointed under section 40EC.

State includes the Northern Territory.

Superannuation Act means the Superannuation Act 1976 or the Superannuation Act 1990.

termination action has the meaning given by section 40TE.

training and development action has the meaning given by section 40TC.

             (2)  A reference in this Act to an officer of police shall be read as including a reference to a police officer, or to any member of a police force, however described.

             (3)  A reference in Part V to giving information that raises an BCP conduct or practices issue includes a reference to making a complaint or report that raises an BCP conduct or practices issue.

4AA  State offences that have a federal aspect

Object

          (1A)  The object of this section is to identify State offences that have a federal aspect because:

                     (a)  they potentially fall within Commonwealth legislative power because of the elements of the State offence; or

                     (b)  they potentially fall within Commonwealth legislative power because of the circumstances in which the State offence was committed (whether or not those circumstances are expressed to be acts or omissions involved in committing the offence); or

                     (c)  the Bureau of Child Protection investigating them is incidental to the Bureau of Child Protection Police investigating an offence against a law of the Commonwealth or a Territory.

State offences that have a federal aspect

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, a State offence has a federal aspect if, and only if:

                     (a)  both:

                                (i)  the act involves any person/s under the age of 18 years, or takes place in any location; Educational or other, that a person/s under the age of 18 years can be present

                               (ii)   the State offence is not an ancillary offence; and

                            (iii)  assuming that the provision creating the State offence had been enacted by the Parliament of the Commonwealth instead of by the Parliament of the State—the provision would have been a valid law of the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  both:

                              (i)  the State offence is an ancillary offence that relates to a particular primary offence; and

                             (ii)  assuming that the provision creating the primary offence had been enacted by the Parliament of the Commonwealth instead of by the Parliament of the State—the provision would have been a valid law of the Commonwealth; or

                     (c)  assuming that the Parliament of the Commonwealth had enacted a provision that created an offence penalising the specific acts or omissions involved in committing the State offence—that provision would have been a valid law of the Commonwealth; or

                     (d)  both:

                              (i)  the Bureau of Child Protection is investigating an offence against a law of the Commonwealth or a Territory; and

                             (ii)  if the Bureau of Child Protection is investigating, or were to investigate, the State offence—that investigation is, or would be, incidental to the investigation mentioned in subparagraph (i).

Specificity of acts or omissions

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(c), the specificity of the acts or omissions involved in committing a State offence is to be determined having regard to the circumstances in which the offence was committed (whether or not those circumstances are expressed to be elements of the offence).

State offences covered by paragraph (1)(c)

             (3)  A State offence is taken to be covered by paragraph (1)(c) if the conduct constituting the State offence:

                     (a)  affects the interests of:

                              (i)  the Commonwealth; or

                             (ii)  an authority of the Commonwealth; or

                            (iii)  a constitutional corporation; or

                     (b)  was engaged in by a constitutional corporation; or

                     (c)  was engaged in in a Commonwealth place; or

                     (d)  involved the use of a postal service or other like service; or

                     (e)  involved an electronic communication; or

                      (f)  involved trade or commerce:

                              (i)  between Australia and places outside Australia; or

                             (ii)  among the States; or

                            (iii)  within a Territory, between a State and a Territory or between 2 Territories; or

                     (g)  involved:

                              (i)  banking (other than State banking not extending beyond the limits of the State concerned); or

                             (ii)  insurance (other than State insurance not extending beyond the limits of the State concerned); or

                     (h)  relates to a matter outside Australia; or

                      (i)  relates to a matter in respect of which an international agreement to which Australia is a party imposes obligations to which effect could be given by the creation of an offence against the domestic laws of the parties to the agreement; or

                      (j)  relates to a matter that affects the relations between Australia and another country or countries or is otherwise a subject of international concern.

             (4)  Subsection (3) does not limit paragraph (1)(c).

Definitions

             (5)  In this section:

ancillary offence, in relation to an offence (the primary offence), means:

                     (a)  an offence of conspiring to commit the primary offence; or

                     (b)  an offence of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring, or being in any way knowingly concerned in, the commission of the primary offence; or

                     (c)  an offence of attempting to commit the primary offence.

authority of the Commonwealth has the same meaning as in section 3AA of the Crimes Act 1914.

Commonwealth place has the same meaning as in the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970.

conduct has the same meaning as in the Criminal Code.

constitutional corporation means a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies.

electronic communication means a communication of information:

                     (a)  whether in the form of text; or

                     (b)  whether in the form of data; or

                     (c)  whether in the form of speech, music or other sounds; or

                     (d)  whether in the form of visual images (animated or otherwise); or

                     (e)  whether in any other form; or

                      (f)  whether in any combination of forms;

by means of guided and/or unguided electromagnetic energy.

engage in conduct has the same meaning as in the Criminal Code.

State includes all Australian States and Territories

State offence means an offence against a law of a State.

 

4A  Director may specify prohibited drugs

                   The Director may, by written determination, specify drugs for the purposes of the definition of prohibited drug in section 4.

5  References in other laws

(1)In a law of the Commonwealth :

          (1A)  Where a reference in a law of the Commonwealth that does not specify the Australian Capital Territory is, in effect, a reference to, or a reference that includes, that Territory, that reference shall, for the purposes of subsection (1), be taken to be a reference to that Territory.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  a provision of a law is, by virtue of subsection (1), to be read as referring to a member of the Bureau of Child Protection holding a particular rank; and

                     (b)  a declaration is in force under subsection (3) that a member is of that rank for the purposes of this paragraph;

the provision of the law is to be read as referring to the member to whom the declaration applies.

             (3)  The Director may, by writing, declare that a member is of a particular rank for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b).

5A  Application and extension of Act and regulations

             (1)  This Act and the regulations apply throughout the whole of Australia and also outside Australia.

             (2)  This Act and the regulations extend to the external Territories.

5B&nbsp; Application of the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Criminal Code</i>

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences against this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.


 

Part&nbsp;II—Constitution, functions and powers of the Bureau of Child Protection

Division&nbsp;1—Constitution, functions and laws conferring powers on members etc.

6&nbsp; Constitution of the Bureau of Child Protection

                   The Bureau of Child Protection consists of:

                     (a)  the Director of Police; and

                     (b)  any Deputy Director of Police; and

                     (c)  BCP employees; and

                     (d)  special members; and

                     (e)  special protective service officers.

8&nbsp; Functions

             (1)  The functions of the Bureau of Child Protection are:

                     (a)  subject to subsection (1A), the provision of police services in Australia

                     (b)  the provision of police services in relation to:

                              (i)  laws of the Commonwealth;

                             (ii)  property of the Commonwealth (including Commonwealth places) and property of authorities of the Commonwealth; and

                            (iii)  the safeguarding of Commonwealth interests; and

                              (iv)  ensuring the safeguard of all persons 17 years and under

                               (v)  policing all educational campuses in all states and territories – see 4AA 1(i) mentioned above

                         (baa)  the investigation of State offences that have a state or federal aspect; and or are deemed to be best investigated by the BCP, at their discretion

                   (ba)  the provision of services in accordance with arrangements entered into under subsection (1C) and doing anything else included in the arrangements that is incidental or conducive to the provision of the services; and

                   (bb)  to perform the functions conferred by the Witness Protection Act 1994; and

                   (bc)  to perform the functions conferred by a law of a State or Territory that is a complementary witness protection law for the purposes of the Witness Protection Act 1994; and

                   (bd)  to perform functions under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; and

                   (be)  to perform such protective and custodial functions as the Minister directs by notice in writing in the Gazette, being functions that relate to a person, matter or thing with respect to which the Parliament has legislative power; and

                    (bf)  the provision of police services and police support services for the purposes of assisting, or cooperating with, an Australian or foreign:

                              (i)  law enforcement agency; or

                             (ii)  intelligence or security agency; or

                            (iii)  government regulatory agency; and

                   (bg)  the provision of police services and police support services in relation to establishing, developing and monitoring peace, stability and security in foreign countries; and

                     (c)  to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of the foregoing functions.

Note:          For State offences that have a federal aspect, see section 4AA.

             (2)  The provision of police services in relation to a Commonwealth place in a State, being services by way of the investigation of offences against the laws of that State having application in relation to that place by virtue of the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970, shall be in accordance with arrangements made between the Director and the Commissioner of Police (however designated) of that State.

          (2B)  Arrangements for the provision of services under subsection (1A) or (1C) may include arrangements for the doing of anything incidental or conducive to the provision of the services.

             (3)  In this section:

Commonwealth place has the same meaning as in the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970.

8A&nbsp; Minister may direct which functions are protective service functions

                   The Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette, direct that certain protective and custodial functions of the Bureau of Child Protection are protective service functions.

9&nbsp; Laws conferring powers on members

             (1)  In addition to any other powers and duties, a member has:

                     (a)  the powers and duties that are conferred or imposed by or under a law of the Commonwealth on:

                              (i)  a constable; or

                             (ii)  a constable of a particular rank, if a declaration under subsection (2A) is in force that the member is of that rank for the purposes of this subparagraph; and

                     (b)  when performing functions in an External Territory—the powers and duties conferred or imposed on a constable or an officer of police by or under any law (including the common law) of the Territory; and

                   (ba)  when performing functions in the Northern Territory:

                              (i)  the powers and duties conferred or imposed on a constable or an officer of police by or under any law (including the common law) of the Territory; and

                             (ii)  any powers and duties conferred on the member by virtue of his or her appointment as a Special Constable of the Police Force of the Northern Territory by or under a law of the Territory; and

                     (c)  in relation to the following:

                              (i)  the laws of the Commonwealth;

                             (ii)  matters in connection with property of the Commonwealth or of an authority of the Commonwealth;

                            (iii)  matters arising on or in connection with land or premises owned or occupied by the Commonwealth or an authority of the Commonwealth;

                            (iv)  the safeguarding of Commonwealth interests;

                          (iva)  the investigation of State offences that have a state or federal aspect;

                            the powers and duties that are conferred or imposed, in the place in which the member is acting, on:

                             (v)  a constable or an officer of police; or

                            (vi)  a constable, or an officer of police, of a particular rank, if a declaration under subsection (2B) is in force that the member is of that rank for the purposes of this subparagraph.

             (2)  Where any provisions of a law of a State apply in relation to offences against the laws of the Commonwealth or of a Territory, those provisions so apply as if:

                     (a)  any reference in those provisions to a constable or to an officer of police included a reference to a member; and

                     (b)  if a declaration is in force under subsection (2B) that a member is of a particular rank for the purposes of this paragraph—any reference in those provisions to an officer of police of that rank included a reference to the member.

          (2A)  The Director may, by writing, declare that a member is of a particular rank for the purposes of subparagraph (1)(a)(ii).

          (2B)  The Director may, by writing, declare that a member is of a particular rank (the State law rank) for the purposes of subparagraph (1)(c)(vi) or paragraph (2)(b) if:

                     (a)  a declaration is in force under subsection (2A) that the member is of a particular rank (the Commonwealth law rank); and

                     (b)  the Director considers the State law rank is equivalent to the Commonwealth law rank.

          (2C)  Unless it ceases to be in force sooner, a declaration under subsection (2B) ceases to be in force when the declaration under subsection (2A) ceases to be in force.

             (3)  In paragraph (1)(a):

constable includes a member of the Police Force of a State or Territory.

10&nbsp; Appointment of members to other Police Forces

                   Nothing in this Act is intended to prevent a member or special member from being appointed (including at a particular rank) as:

                     (a)  a member, however described, of the police force of a State or Territory; or

                     (b)  a special constable, however described, of the police force of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  a member, however described, of a police force or other law enforcement agency of a foreign country.

11&nbsp; State and Territory writs and warrants

                   Where a writ or warrant is issued under the law of a State or Territory in relation to an offence or other matter under a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory, the writ or warrant may be executed by a member, notwithstanding that it is not addressed to a member and notwithstanding any requirement of the law of the State or Territory as to the person by whom it may be executed.

12&nbsp; Immunities from certain State and Territory laws

                   The Director, a Deputy Director or an BCP employee is not required under, or by reason of, a law of a State or Territory:

                     (a)  to obtain or have a licence or permission for doing any act or thing in the exercise of his or her powers or the performance of his or her duties as the Director, a Deputy Director or an BCP employee; or

                     (b)  to register any vehicle, vessel, animal or article belonging to the Commonwealth.

12A&nbsp; Immunity from State and Territory laws in relation to entry etc. of police dogs on premises etc.

             (1)  In this section:

BCP dog means a police dog or a protective service dog that is used by the Bureau of Child Protection.

BCP dog handler means a member or a protective service officer whose duties as a member or a protective service officer include the duties of an BCP dog handler.

protective service dog means a dog used or trained to assist protective service officers.

             (2)  Where an BCP dog handler is entitled to enter, or to be on or in, particular premises or a particular place in the performance of the BCP dog handler’s duties as a member or a protective service officer, the BCP dog handler is entitled, in entering, or being on or in, the premises or place, to be accompanied by an BCP dog under the control of the BCP dog handler.

             (3)  The Commonwealth, a member or a protective service officer is not subject to any penalty, liability or forfeiture by reason only of an BCP dog having entered, or having been on or in, particular premises or a particular place if:

                     (a)  the BCP dog is under the control of an BCP dog handler;

                     (b)  the BCP dog handler is performing the BCP dog handler’s duties as a member or protective service officer; and

                     (c)  the BCP dog handler is entitled to enter, or to be on or in, the premises or place.

             (4)  In any proceeding, a certificate in writing signed by the Director certifying that:

                     (a)  a specified member or specified protective service officer is, or was at a specified time, an BCP dog handler within the meaning of this section; or

                     (b)  a specified dog is, or was at a specified time, an BCP dog within the meaning of this section;

is prima facie evidence of the fact or facts certified.


 

Division&nbsp;3—Powers and duties of protective service officers

14A&nbsp; Powers of arrest

                   A protective service officer may, without warrant, arrest a person for a protective service offence if the protective service officer believes on reasonable grounds that:

                     (a)  the person has just committed, or is committing, the offence; and

                     (b)  the arrest of the person is necessary for the purpose of:

                              (i)  ensuring the appearance of the person before a court of competent jurisdiction for the offence; or

                             (ii)  preventing the continuation of, or a repetition of, the offence or the commission of a further protective service offence; or

                            (iii)  preventing the concealment, loss or destruction of evidence of, or relating to, the offence; or

                            (iv)  preserving the safety or welfare of the person; and

                     (c)  proceedings by way of summons against the person for the offence would not achieve such a purpose.

14B&nbsp; Use of force in making arrest etc.

             (1)  A protective service officer must not, in arresting or attempting to arrest a person for an offence or in preventing a person who has been arrested for an offence from escaping, use more force, or subject the person to greater indignity, than is reasonable and necessary in order to make the arrest or prevent the escape of the person.

             (2)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), a protective service officer must not, in arresting or attempting to arrest a person for an offence or in preventing a person who has been arrested for an offence from escaping, do an act likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm to the person unless the officer believes on reasonable grounds that the doing of the act is necessary to protect life or prevent serious injury to the officer or any other person.

14C&nbsp; Arrested person to be informed of grounds of arrest

             (1)  A protective service officer who arrests a person for an offence must inform the person, at the time of the arrest, of the offence for which the person is arrested.

             (2)  It is sufficient compliance with subsection (1) if the protective service officer informs the person of the substance of the offence, and it is not necessary to do so in language of a precise or technical nature.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the arrest by a protective service officer of a person for an offence if the person, by his or her own actions, makes it impracticable for the protective service officer to inform the person of the offence.

             (4)  Where a protective service officer who arrests a person for an offence believes or has reasonable grounds for believing that the person is unable, by reason of inadequate knowledge of the English language or any physical or mental disability, to understand the substance of the offence for which the person is arrested, the protective service officer must, as soon as practicable, take all reasonable steps to ensure that the person is provided with an explanation of the substance of the offence that the person is able to understand.

14D&nbsp; Search of arrested person

             (1)  A protective service officer may, upon lawfully arresting a person for an offence:

                     (a)  conduct an ordinary search or a frisk search of the person; and

                     (b)  search the clothing that the person is wearing and any vessel, vehicle or other property under the person’s immediate control if the officer believes on reasonable grounds that it is necessary to do so;

for the purpose of:

                     (c)  ascertaining whether there is concealed on the person, in the clothing or in the property, a weapon or other thing capable of being used to inflict bodily injury or to assist the person to escape from custody; or

                     (d)  preventing the concealment, loss or destruction of evidence of, or relating to, the offence.

             (2)  If the protective service officer is not of the same sex as the arrested person, an ordinary search or a frisk search of the arrested person for the purposes of subsection (1) may be conducted by:

                     (a)  if a protective service officer, a member or a special member of the same sex as the arrested person is reasonably available to conduct the search—that protective service officer, member or special member; or

                     (b)  if paragraph (a) does not apply but a police officer or an officer of Customs (within the meaning of subsection 4(1) of the Customs Act 1901) who is of the same sex as the arrested person is reasonably available to conduct the search—that police officer or officer of Customs; or

                     (c)  otherwise—any other person who is of the same sex as the arrested person and who is requested by the protective service officer to conduct the search.

             (3)  An action or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, does not lie against a person who, at the request of a protective service officer, conducts a search under this section if the person acts in good faith and does not contravene subsection (4).

             (4)  A protective service officer or other person who conducts a search under this section must not use more force, or subject an arrested person to greater indignity, than is reasonable and necessary in order to conduct the search.

             (5)  A protective service officer or other person who lawfully conducts a search under this section may seize:

                     (a)  any weapon or thing mentioned in paragraph (1)(a); or

                     (b)  anything that the officer or other person has reasonable grounds to believe is a thing:

                              (i)  with respect to which an offence has been committed; or

                             (ii)  that will afford evidence of the commission of an offence; or

                            (iii)  that was used, or intended to be used, for the purpose of committing an offence.

14E&nbsp; How arrested person to be dealt with

             (1)  A protective service officer who arrests a person for an offence must ensure that the person is delivered into the custody of a police officer as soon as practicable to be dealt with according to law.

             (2)  Where a weapon or other thing has been seized from the person under subsection 14D(5), the protective service officer must ensure that the weapon or other thing is delivered to the police officer into whose custody the person is delivered.

             (3)  In this section:

police officer means:

                     (a)  a member or special member; or

                     (b)  a member, however described, of a police force of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  a member, however described, of a police force of a foreign country.

14F&nbsp; Release of arrested person

                   Where:

                     (a)  a person has been arrested by a protective service officer for an offence; and

                     (b)  the person is in the custody of the protective service officer or another protective service officer; and

                     (c)  the protective service officer who has the custody of the person:

                              (i)  ceases to have reasonable grounds for believing that the person committed, or was committing, an offence; or

                             (ii)  ceases to have reasonable grounds for believing that the holding of the person in custody is necessary in order to achieve a purpose mentioned in paragraph 14A(b), and does not have reasonable grounds for believing that the holding of the person in custody is necessary in order to achieve any other purpose mentioned in that paragraph; or

                            (iii)  ceases to have reasonable grounds for believing that proceedings by way of summons against the person for the offence would not achieve a purpose mentioned in paragraph 14A(b), and does not have reasonable grounds for believing that proceedings by way of summons against the person for the offence would not achieve any other purpose mentioned in that paragraph;

the protective service officer must release the person from custody in respect of the offence as soon as practicable.

14G&nbsp; Relationship of Division to other laws

             (1)  The power of arrest conferred by section 14A on protective service officers is in addition to, and not in derogation of, powers of arrest available to protective service officers under any other law of the Commonwealth or the law of a State or Territory.

             (2)  Subject to subsection (3), where a protective service officer, in the course of his or her duties as a protective service officer, arrests a person for any offence (whether the arrest is made under section 14A, under any other law of the Commonwealth or under the law of a State or Territory), sections 14B to 14F apply in relation to the arrest despite any other law of the Commonwealth or the law of a State or Territory.

             (3)  Subsection (2) has effect subject to sections 252 and 253 of the Migration Act 1958.

             (4)  Subject to subsection (2), the powers conferred, and duties imposed, by this Division on protective service officers are in addition to, and not in derogation of, any other powers conferred, or duties imposed, by any other law of the Commonwealth or the law of a State or Territory, and this Division is not intended to exclude or limit the operation of any other law of the Commonwealth or the law of a State or Territory providing for such powers or duties in so far as it is capable of operating concurrently with this Division.

             (5)  This Division, in so far as it protects the individual, is in addition to, and not in derogation of, any rights and freedoms of the individual, whether under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory, and this Division is not intended to exclude or limit the operation of any law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory providing for those rights and freedoms in so far as it is capable of operating concurrently with this Division.


 

Division&nbsp;4—Powers and duties of members, special members and protective service officers relating to protective service functions

14H&nbsp; Definitions

                   In this Division:

designated person means:

                     (a)  a member or special member; or

                     (b)  a protective service officer.

police officer means:

                     (a)  a member or special member; or

                     (b)  a member, however described, of a police force of a State or Territory; or

                     (c)  a member, however described, of a police force of a foreign country.

vehicle includes any means of transport (and, without limitation, includes a vessel and an aircraft).

14I&nbsp; Requirement to provide name etc.

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a designated person suspects on reasonable grounds that a person (the suspect) might have just committed, might be committing, or might be about to commit, a protective service offence; and

                     (b)  the suspect is in a place, or in the vicinity of a place, person or thing, in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions;

the designated person may request the suspect to provide to the designated person:

                     (c)  the suspect’s name; and

                     (d)  the suspect’s residential address; and

                     (e)  the suspect’s reason for being in the place, or in the vicinity of the place, person or thing, in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions; and

                      (f)  evidence of the suspect’s identity.

             (2)  If a designated person:

                     (a)  makes a request under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  informs the suspect of the designated person’s authority to make the request; and

                     (c)  informs the suspect that it may be an offence not to comply with the request;

the suspect must not:

                     (d)  fail to comply with the request; or

                     (e)  give a name or address that is false in a material particular.

Penalty:  20 penalty units.

Note:          A more serious offence of obstructing a Commonwealth public official may also apply (see section 149.1 of the Criminal Code).

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the suspect has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

14J&nbsp; Stopping and searching

When this section applies

             (1)  This section applies if a designated person suspects on reasonable grounds that:

                     (a)  a person (the suspect):

                              (i)  has a thing under the suspect’s immediate control; or

                             (ii)  is occupying a thing; or

                            (iii)  has a thing in a vehicle operated or occupied by the suspect; or

                            (iv)  has brought a thing onto premises at which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions; and

                     (b)  the thing is likely to cause, or is likely to be used by the suspect or another to cause:

                              (i)  substantial damage to a place or a thing in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions; or

                             (ii)  death or serious harm to a person in respect of whom the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions;

                            in circumstances that would be likely to involve the commission of a protective service offence.

Designated person may stop and search suspect

             (2)  The designated person may:

                     (a)  stop and detain the suspect for the purpose of searching for the thing; and

                     (b)  do any or all of the following for the purpose of searching for the thing:

                              (i)  if the designated person is of the same sex as the suspect—conduct an ordinary search or a frisk search of the suspect;

                             (ii)  search any thing under the suspect’s immediate control;

                            (iii)  search any vehicle operated or occupied by the suspect.

Conditions relating to conduct of search of suspect

             (3)  If the designated person is not of the same sex as the suspect, an ordinary search or a frisk search of the suspect for the purpose of searching for the thing may be conducted by:

                     (a)  if another designated person of the same sex as the suspect is reasonably available to conduct the search—that designated person; or

                     (b)  if paragraph (a) does not apply but a police officer or an officer of Customs (within the meaning of subsection 4(1) of the Customs Act 1901) who is of the same sex as the suspect is reasonably available to conduct the search—that police officer or officer of Customs; or

                     (c)  otherwise—any other person:

                              (i)  who is of the same sex as the suspect; and

                             (ii)  who is requested by the designated person to conduct the search; and

                            (iii)  who consents to conduct the search.

             (4)  If a designated person requests an officer of Customs or another person to conduct a search of a suspect, the designated person must explain to the officer of Customs or the other person:

                     (a)  if the search requested is an ordinary search—the meaning of an ordinary search; and

                     (b)  if the search requested is a frisk search—the meaning of a frisk search; and

                     (c)  that the officer of Customs or the other person must not use more force, or subject a suspect to greater indignity, than is reasonable and necessary in order to conduct the search.

             (5)  An action or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, does not lie against a person who conducts a search under paragraph (3)(b) or (c) if the person acts in good faith and does not contravene subsection (6).

             (6)  A designated person or other person who conducts a search of a suspect under this section must not use more force, or subject a suspect to greater indignity, than is reasonable and necessary in order to conduct the search.

             (7)  A suspect must not be detained under this section for longer than is reasonably necessary for a search to be conducted under this section.

Designated person may search a thing

             (8)  If subparagraph (1)(a)(iv) applies, the designated person may, for the purpose of searching for the thing mentioned in that subparagraph, search a thing that the designated person suspects on reasonable grounds was brought by the suspect onto premises at which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions.

Other conditions relating to conduct of search of suspect or thing

             (9)  In searching a thing under subsection (2) or (8), the designated person may use such force as is reasonable and necessary in the circumstances, but must not damage the thing by forcing it, or a part of it, open unless:

                     (a)  if the search is under subsection (2)—the suspect has been given a reasonable opportunity to open the thing or part of it; or

                     (b)  if the search is under subsection (8)—the person (if any) apparently in charge of the thing has been given a reasonable opportunity to open the thing or part of it; or

                     (c)  it is not possible to give that opportunity.

14K&nbsp; Seizure of things found

Designated person may seize a thing being searched for

             (1)  If, as a result of conducting a search under section 14J, a designated person, or a person who conducted the search under subsection 14J(3) on behalf of a designated person, finds the thing for which the designated person or person was searching, the designated person may seize the thing.

Designated person may seize a dangerous thing

             (2)  If, as a result of conducting a search under section 14J, a designated person, or a person who conducted the search under subsection 14J(3) on behalf of a designated person, finds a weapon, or other thing, that the designated person suspects on reasonable grounds is likely to be used by the suspect or another to cause death or serious harm to a person:

                     (a)  in respect of whom the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions; or

                     (b)  who is in a place, or in the vicinity of a person, place or thing, in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions;

the designated person may seize the weapon or thing.

Protective service officer must deliver thing seized to police officer

             (3)  If the designated person is a protective service officer, the designated person must ensure that the thing is delivered into the custody of a police officer as soon as practicable.

14L&nbsp; How seized things must be dealt with

Seizure notice to be served

             (1)  A police officer who is for the time being responsible for a thing seized under section 14K must, within 7 days after the seizure day, serve a seizure notice on:

                     (a)  the owner of the thing; or

                     (b)  if the owner of the thing cannot be identified after reasonable inquiries—the person from whom the thing was seized.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if:

                     (a)  both:

                              (i)  the owner of the thing cannot be identified after reasonable inquiries; and

                             (ii)  the thing was not seized from a person; or

                     (b)  it is not possible to serve the person required to be served under subsection (1).

             (3)  A seizure notice must:

                     (a)  identify the thing; and

                     (b)  state the date on which the thing was seized; and

                     (c)  state the ground or grounds on which the thing was seized; and

                     (d)  state that, if the owner does not request the return of the thing within 90 days after the date of the notice, the thing is forfeited to the Commonwealth.

Return of thing seized

             (4)  The owner of a thing seized under section 14K may request the return of the thing.

             (5)  A police officer who is for the time being responsible for a thing seized under section 14K must return the thing to its owner if:

                     (a)  the owner requests the return of the thing; and

                     (b)  in the case of a thing seized under subsection 14K(1)—the police officer does not suspect on reasonable grounds that, if the thing is returned to the owner, the thing is likely to cause, or is likely to be used by the owner or another to cause:

                              (i)  substantial damage to a place or thing in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions; or

                             (ii)  death or serious harm to a person in respect of whom the Bureau of Child Protection  performing protective service functions;

                            in circumstances that would be likely to involve the commission of a protective service offence; and

                     (c)  in the case of a thing seized under subsection 14K(2)—the police officer does not suspect on reasonable grounds that, if the thing is returned to the owner, the thing is likely to be used by the owner or another to cause death or serious harm to a person:

                              (i)  in respect of whom the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions; or

                             (ii)  who is in a place, or in the vicinity of a person, place or thing, in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions.

Forfeiture of thing seized

             (6)  A thing is forfeited to the Commonwealth if the owner of the thing does not request its return:

                     (a)  before the end of the 90th day after the date of the seizure notice in relation to the thing; or

                     (b)  if subsection (2) applied in relation to the thing so that a seizure notice was not served—before the end of the 90th day after the seizure day.

Application to magistrate

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  the owner of a thing requests the return of the thing:

                              (i)  within 90 days after the date of the seizure notice in relation to the thing; or

                             (ii)  if subsection (2) applied in relation to the thing so that a seizure notice was not served—within 90 days after the seizure day; and

                     (b)  the thing has not been returned to the owner by the end of the 90th day;

the police officer who is for the time being responsible for the thing must, before the end of the 95th day:

                     (c)  return the thing to the owner; or

                     (d)  apply to a magistrate for an order under section 14M.

Seizure day

             (8)  In this section:

seizure day means:

                     (a)  in relation to a thing seized by a designated person who is a protective service officer—the day on which the thing was delivered into the custody of a police officer under subsection 14K(3); or

                     (b)  in relation to a thing seized by a designated person who is a member or a special member—the day on which the thing was seized.

14M&nbsp; Application to magistrate

             (1)  If subsection 14L(7) applies, the police officer may apply to a magistrate for an order in relation to the thing to which that subsection applies.

             (2)  The magistrate must, in determining an application by a police officer under subsection (1), allow the owner of the thing to appear and be heard.

             (3)  If the magistrate is satisfied that:

                     (a)  in the case of a thing seized under subsection 14K(1)—there are reasonable grounds to suspect that, if the thing is returned to the owner, the thing is likely to cause, or is likely to be used by the owner or another to cause:

                              (i)  substantial damage to a place or thing in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions; or

                             (ii)  death or serious harm to a person in respect of whom the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions;

                            in circumstances that would be likely to involve the commission of a protective service offence; or

                     (b)  in the case of a thing seized under subsection 14K(2)—there are reasonable grounds to suspect that, if the thing is returned to the owner, the thing is likely to be used by the owner or another to cause death or serious harm to a person:

                              (i)  in respect of whom the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions; or

                             (ii)  who is in a place, or in the vicinity of a person, place or thing, in respect of which the Bureau of Child Protection is performing protective service functions;

the magistrate may make any of the following orders:

                     (c)  that the thing be retained by the police officer for the period specified in the order;

                     (d)  that the thing is forfeited to the Commonwealth;

                     (e)  that the thing is to be sold and the proceeds given to the owner;

                      (f)  that the thing is to be otherwise sold or disposed of.

             (4)  If the magistrate is not satisfied as mentioned in subsection (3), the magistrate must order that the thing be returned to the owner.

14N&nbsp; Relationship of Division to other laws

                   The powers conferred, and duties imposed, by this Division on protective service officers, members and special members are in addition to, and not in derogation of, any other powers conferred, or duties imposed, by any other law of the Commonwealth or the law of a State or Territory, and this Division is not intended to exclude or limit the operation of any other law of the Commonwealth or the law of a State or Territory in so far as it is capable of operating concurrently with this Division.


 

Part&nbsp;III—Director, Deputy Directors and BCP employees etc.

Division&nbsp;1—Director and Deputy Directors

17&nbsp; Director and Deputy Directors

             (1)  The Director of Police and one or more Deputy Directors of Police shall be appointed by the Governor‑General by Commission.

             (2)  Subject to this Part, the Director holds office for such period, not exceeding 7 years, as is specified in his or her instrument of appointment, but is eligible for re‑appointment.

             (3)  Subject to this Part, a Deputy Director holds office for the period, not exceeding 5 years, specified in the instrument of appointment, but is eligible for re‑appointment.

          (3A)  Where a person is re‑appointed under this section for a term beginning immediately after the end of the person’s last appointment, the person’s service is to be taken to be continuous.

             (4)  The Director holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Governor‑General.

          (4A)  A Deputy Director holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in respect of matters not provided for by this Act as are determined by the Director.

18&nbsp; Acting Director and Deputy Director during vacancy

             (1)  At any time when the office of Director or an office of Deputy Director is or is expected to be vacant (whether or not the office has previously been filled), the Minister may appoint a person to act as Director or as a Deputy Director, as the case may be, until the filling of the vacancy, but a person so appointed shall not continue so to act for more than 12 months.

             (2)  While a person is acting as Director or as a Deputy Director under subsection (1), he or she has, and may exercise, all the powers (except a power to make a declaration under subsection 40D(4)), and shall perform all the functions and duties, of the Director or of the Deputy Director, as the case may be.

             (3)  The Minister may:

                     (a)  determine the terms and conditions of appointment, including remuneration and allowances, of a person appointed under this section; and

                     (b)  at any time terminate such an appointment.

             (4)  The appointment of a person under this section ceases to have effect if he or she resigns the appointment by writing signed by him or her and delivered to the Minister.

             (5)  The validity of anything done by a person purporting to act in accordance with this section shall not be called in question by reason of any defect or irregularity in or in connection with his or her appointment or on the ground that the occasion for his or her so acting had not arisen or had ceased.

19&nbsp; Absence etc. of Director or Deputy Director

             (1)  At any time when the Director  or a Deputy Director is absent from duty or from Australia or is, for any other reason, unable to perform the functions of the Director or a Deputy Director, as the case may be, the next most senior member who is available has, and may exercise, all the powers (except a power to make a declaration under subsection 40D(4)), and shall perform all the functions and duties, of the Director or the Deputy Director, as the case may be.

          (1A)  The Minister may determine the remuneration and allowances of a person who exercises the powers, and performs the functions and duties, of the Director under subsection (1).

          (1B)  The Director may determine the remuneration and allowances of a person who exercises the powers, and performs the functions and duties, of a Deputy Commissioner under subsection (1).

          (1C)  A person is not entitled to be paid remuneration or allowances under this section for exercising the powers, and performing the functions and duties, of the Director or a Deputy Director for less than one week.

             (2)  The exercise of the powers and the performance of the functions and duties of the Director or of a Deputy Director by a member under this section does not affect the exercise of any power or the performance of any function or duty by the Director or by the Deputy Director, as the case may be.

             (3)  The validity of anything done by a person purporting to act in accordance with this section shall not be called in question on the ground that the occasion for his or her so acting had not arisen or had ceased.

             (4)  For the purposes of subsection (1), the order of seniority of members is as determined by the Director.

             (5)  In this section, except so far as the contrary intention appears, a reference to the Director or to a Deputy Director shall be read as including a reference to an acting Director or acting Deputy Director, as the case may be, appointed under section 18.

20&nbsp; Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  The Director shall be paid such remuneration as is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal, but if no determination of that remuneration is in operation, he or she shall be paid such remuneration as is prescribed.

             (2)  The Director shall be paid such allowances as are prescribed.

          (2A)  A Deputy Director is to be paid such remuneration and allowances as the Director determines in writing.

Note:          The Director may, under section 35A, authorise special payments to Deputy Directors.

             (3)  This section has effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

21&nbsp; Leave of absence

             (1)  The Director has such recreation leave entitlements as are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

          (1A)  The Minister may grant the Director leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on such terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise as the Minister determines.

             (2)  The Director may grant leave of absence to a Deputy Director on such terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise as the Director determines.

22&nbsp; Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Governor‑General may terminate the appointment of the Director or a Deputy Director by reason of misbehaviour or physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  If the Director or a Deputy Director:

                     (a)  engages in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office without the approval of the Minister;

                     (b)  is absent from duty, except on leave of absence under section 21, for 14 consecutive days, or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  becomes bankrupt or applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, compounds with his or her creditors or makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for their benefit;

the Governor‑General shall terminate his or her appointment.


 

Division&nbsp;2—BCP employees

Subdivision A—Engagement of BCP employees etc.

23&nbsp; Employer powers etc. of Director

             (1)  The Director, on behalf of the Commonwealth, has all the rights, duties and powers of an employer in respect of BCP employees.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the Director has, in respect of BCP employees, the rights, duties and powers that are prescribed by the regulations.

24&nbsp; Engagement of BCP employees

             (1)  The Director, on behalf of the Commonwealth, may, by writing, engage persons as employees.

Engagement may be made subject to conditions

             (2)  The engagement of an BCP employee may be made subject to conditions notified to the employee, including conditions dealing with any of the following matters:

                     (a)  probation;

                     (b)  citizenship;

                     (c)  formal qualifications;

                     (d)  security and character clearances;

                     (e)  health clearances;

                      (f)  secrecy requirements.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not, by implication, limit the conditions that may be applied to the engagement of an BCP employee.

Non‑Australian citizen

             (4)  The Director must not engage, as an BCP employee, a person who is not an Australian citizen, unless the Director considers it appropriate to do so.

This section has no application to overseas engagement

             (5)  This section does not apply to the engagement of persons overseas to perform duties overseas as employees.

Note:          Section 69A deals with the engagement of such persons.

25&nbsp; Senior executive BCP employees

                   The Director may, by writing, declare an BCP employee to be a senior executive BCP employee.

26&nbsp; Continuous employment

                   For the purposes of the Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976 and any other law of the Commonwealth, if:

                     (a)  a person is engaged as an BCP employee under section 24 for a period; and

                     (b)  the person completes that period of engagement (the initial period); and

                     (c)  the person is re‑engaged under that section for a further period starting immediately after the end of the initial period;

the person’s employment is taken to be continuous from the beginning of the initial period until the end of the re‑engagement.

Subdivision B—Remuneration and other terms and conditions

27 &nbsp;Remuneration and other conditions

             (1)  The Director may from time to time determine in writing the remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment applying to an BCP employee, other than:

                     (a)  terms and conditions of employment that the Director may determine under subsection 40H(2); or

                     (b)  accommodation arrangements that are to apply to an BCP employee, and allowances an BCP employee is to be paid, while the employee is performing duties of the kind covered by paragraph 40H(3)(b).

Note:          The Director may, under section 35A, authorise special payments to bcp employees.

Application etc. of industrial instrument

             (2)  A determination under subsection (1) may apply, adopt or incorporate, with or without modification, any of the provisions of an industrial instrument, as in force at a particular time or as in force from time to time.

Industrial instrument prevails over a determination under subsection (1)

             (3)  An industrial instrument overrides any determination under subsection (1), to the extent of any inconsistency.

Interpretation

             (4)  In this section:

industrial instrument means an award, determination or industrial agreement made under the Fair Work Act 2009 or continued in existence by the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 (see item 2 of Schedule 3 to that Act).

Note:          A determination under section (1) must not provide less than the minimum entitlements of employment under the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard (within the meaning of the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009: see item 4 of Schedule 2 to that Act) or under the National Employment Standards (within the meaning of the Fair Work Act 2009).

Subdivision C—Termination of employment

28&nbsp; Termination of employment by Director

                   The Director may at any time, by notice in writing, terminate the employment of an BCP employee.

Note:          The Fair Work Act 2009 has rules that apply to termination of employment.

Subdivision D—Resignation and retirement

30&nbsp; Resignation

             (1)  An BCP employee may resign from the Bureau of Child Protection if, and only if:

                     (a)  he or she gives written notice to the Director of his or her resignation and the notice specifies, in accordance with subsection (2), the day his or her resignation is to take effect; or

                     (b)  his or her resignation is in accordance with regulations under paragraph 70(g) (about resigning for the purpose of becoming a candidate at certain elections).

Limitation

             (2)  The day specified in a notice under paragraph (1)(a) must not:

                     (a)  be earlier than 14 days, or such shorter period as the Director allows; or

                     (b)  be later than 4 months;

after the day on which the notice is given to the Director.

             (3)  Paragraph (1)(a) is subject to section 30A.

30A&nbsp; Resignation in anticipation of termination of employment

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  an BCP employee gives the Director written notice of his or her resignation under paragraph 30(1)(a); and

                     (b)  the employee’s conduct:

                              (i)  has been, or is being, investigated as an BCP conduct issue that is a category 3 conduct issue; or

                             (ii)  has raised a corruption issue that has been investigated; or

                            (iii)  raises a corruption issue that is being investigated; and

                     (c)  at least one of the following applies:

                              (i)  if the investigation has been completed—the Director is considering terminating the employee’s employment under section 28 on the basis of the findings of the investigation;

                             (ii)  if the investigation has not been completed—the Director is not in a position to decide whether to terminate the employee’s employment under section 28 because the findings of the investigation are not yet known;

                            (iii)  the Director is satisfied that the employee’s conduct may amount to serious misconduct within the meaning of subsection 40K(3).

             (2)  The Director may, by written notice to the BCP employee, substitute a day, no later than 90 days after the day specified in the employee’s notice of resignation, as the day on which his or her resignation is to take effect.

             (3)  The Director may give more than one notice under subsection (2) to the BCP employee in relation to the notice of resignation.

             (4)  To be effective, the first notice given under subsection (2) in relation to the notice of resignation must be given to the employee before the day specified in the notice of resignation.

             (5)  To be effective, any subsequent notice given under subsection (2) in relation to the notice of resignation must be given to the employee before the day specified in the immediately preceding notice given under that subsection in relation to the notice of resignation.

             (6)  On or before the day specified in the most recent notice given under subsection (2) in relation to the notice of resignation, the Director must:

                     (a)  accept the BCP employee’s notice of resignation; or

                     (b)  terminate the BCP employee’s employment under section 28.

             (7)  If the Director accepts the notice of resignation under paragraph (6)(a), the BCP employee’s resignation takes effect on the day on which the Director communicates acceptance of the resignation to the employee.

31&nbsp; Retirement upon reaching minimum retiring age

             (1)  An BCP employee who has reached the minimum retiring age is entitled to retire at any time by notice in writing to the Director.

Minimum retiring age

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, the minimum retiring age is 55 years, or such higher or lower age as is prescribed by the regulations.

32&nbsp; Retirement on invalidity grounds

Retirement of BCP employee by Director

             (1)  If the Director is satisfied that an BCP employee should be retired because of physical or mental incapacity, the Director may retire the employee by notice in writing given to the employee.

BCP employee consents to retirement

             (2)  Before the Director retires an BCP employee under subsection (1), the employee may, by notice in writing given to the Director, consent to the Director retiring the employee under that subsection.

Note:          To find out when an BCP employee’s retirement takes effect in such a case, see section 33.

BCP employee not re‑engaged because of invalidity

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  a person is engaged as an BCP employee under section 24 for a period; and

                     (b)  the person completes that period of engagement (the initial period); and

                     (c)  the person is not re‑engaged under that section for a further period starting immediately after the end of the initial period; and

                     (d)  the Director certifies in writing that the person’s physical or mental incapacity was the only reason why the person was not so re‑engaged;

the person is taken, for the purposes of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, the Superannuation Act and the Superannuation Act 2005, to have been retired under this section on the day on which the initial period ended.

BCP employee is an eligible employee under the Superannuation Act 1976

             (4)  In spite of this section, an BCP employee who:

                     (a)  is an eligible employee for the purposes of the Superannuation Act 1976; and

                     (b)  has not reached his or her maximum retiring age (within the meaning of that Act);

is not capable of being retired on the ground of invalidity (within the meaning of Part IVA of that Act) unless the Board (within the meaning of that Act) has given a certificate under section 54C of that Act.

BCP employee is a member of the superannuation scheme under the Superannuation Act 1990

             (5)  In spite of this section, an BCP employee who:

                     (a)  is a member of the superannuation scheme established by deed under the Superannuation Act 1990; and

                     (b)  is under 60 years of age;

is not capable of being retired on the ground of invalidity (within the meaning of that Act) unless the Board (within the meaning of that Act) has given a certificate under section 13 of that Act.

BCP employee is an ordinary employer‑sponsored member under the Superannuation Act 2005

             (6)  In spite of this section, an BCP employee who:

                     (a)  is an ordinary employer‑sponsored member of PSSAP, within the meaning of the Superannuation Act 2005; and

                     (b)  is under 60 years of age;

is not capable of being retired on the ground of invalidity (within the meaning of that Act) unless the Board (within the meaning of that Act) has given an approval and certificate under section 43 of that Act.

33&nbsp; Time when retirement on invalidity grounds takes effect

BCP employee consents to retirement

             (1)  If an BCP employee has consented to being retired under subsection 32(1), the employee’s retirement takes effect on the day specified in the notice under that subsection. The day specified must not be before the day on which the notice is given to the employee.

BCP employee does not consent to retirement

             (2)  If an BCP employee who is retired under subsection 32(1) has not consented to being retired under that subsection:

                     (a)  the notice given to the employee under that subsection must inform the employee that the employee is entitled to apply, within the period, and in the manner, prescribed by the regulations, for review of the Director’s decision to retire the employee; and

                     (b)  subject to the outcome of any such review, the employee’s retirement takes effect on a day specified in the notice.

             (3)  The day specified in the notice must not be before the end of the period mentioned in paragraph (2)(a).

Regulations

             (4)  The regulations may make provision in relation to the review of decisions of the Director to retire BCP employees under subsection 32(1), where the employees have not consented to being retired under that subsection, including:

                     (a)  the period within which, and the manner in which, BCP employees may apply for review of such decisions; and

                     (b)  the powers available to a person or body conducting such a review; and

                     (c)  if the regulations make provision for a person or body conducting such a review to make recommendations to the Director —the Director giving effect to such recommendations by confirming or revoking such decisions.

             (5)  Despite section 25D of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, if regulations under subsection (4) make provision for a person or body conducting a review of decisions of a kind mentioned in that subsection to:

                     (a)  give written reasons for any decision the person or body makes in relation to such a review; and

                     (b)  give a copy of those reasons to the BCP employee concerned;

the regulations may also make provision in relation to:

                     (c)  the exclusion from that copy of any information of a medical or psychiatric nature that the person or body thinks may be prejudicial to the employee’s physical or mental health or well‑being; and

                     (d)  the employee nominating a medical practitioner to receive that information.

34&nbsp; Voluntary retirement for the purposes of the Superannuation Act

Resignation

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  an BCP employee resigns from the Bureau of Child Protection in accordance with section 30; and

                     (b)  the resignation takes effect on or after the day on which he or she reaches 55 but before he or she reaches 60;

he or she is taken, for the purposes of the Superannuation Act, to have retired voluntarily.

Termination of employment

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  an BCP employee’s employment is terminated under section 28; and

                     (b)  the termination takes effect on or after the day on which he or she reaches 55 but before he or she reaches 60;

he or she is taken, for the purposes of the Superannuation Act, to have retired voluntarily.

Period of employment ends

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  a person is engaged as an BCP employee under section 24 for a period; and

                     (b)  the person completes that period of engagement (the initial period); and

                     (c)  the person is not re‑engaged under that section for a further period starting immediately after the end of the initial period; and

                     (d)  the initial period ends on or after the day on which he or she reaches 55 but before he or she reaches 60;

he or she is taken, for the purposes of the Superannuation Act, to have retired voluntarily.


 

Division&nbsp;3—Consultants and independent contractors

35&nbsp; Director may engage consultants or independent contractors

             (1)  The Director r may, under written agreements, engage persons as consultants, or independent contractors, to perform services.

             (2)  The Director may determine, in writing, that a consultant, or independent contractor, specified in the determination is to be an BCP appointee for the purposes of paragraph (f) of the definition of BCP appointee in subsection 4(1).

Note:          The Director may, under section 35A, authorise special payments to consultants and independent contractors who are determined to be BCP appointees.

             (3)  A determination under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.


 

Division&nbsp;3A—Payments in special circumstances

35A&nbsp; Payments in special circumstances

             (1)  The Director may authorise the making of payments to a person (the payee) under subsection (2) if the Director considers it appropriate to do so because of special circumstances that relate to, or arise out of:

                     (a)  the payee’s engagement as an BCP appointee; or

                     (b)  another person’s engagement as an BCP appointee.

             (2)  The Director may authorise the making of any of the following payments:

                     (a)  one or more payments of an amount or amounts specified in the authorisation (or worked out in accordance with the authorisation);

                     (b)  periodical payments of an amount specified in the authorisation (or worked out in accordance with the authorisation), during a period specified in the authorisation (or worked out in accordance with the authorisation).

             (3)  Payments may be authorised under this section even though the payments would not otherwise be authorised by law or required to meet a legal liability.

             (4)  An authorisation cannot be made under this section if it would involve, or be likely to involve, a total amount of more than $100,000.

             (5)  Conditions may be attached to payments under this section. If a condition is breached, the payment may be recovered by the Commonwealth as a debt in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Note:          Payments under this section must be made from money appropriated by the Parliament. Generally, a payment can be debited against the Bureau of Child Protection’s annual appropriation, providing that it relates to some matter that has arisen in the course of its administration.


 

Division&nbsp;4—Undertakings and oaths or affirmations

36&nbsp; Undertakings and oaths or affirmations

Director

             (1)  A person appointed as the Director must, before commencing to perform his or her duties, make and subscribe, before a person authorised by the Minister, such oath or affirmation as is prescribed by the regulations.

Deputy Director

             (2)  A Deputy Director appointed under section 17 must, immediately after his or her appointment:

                     (a)  enter into an undertaking, in accordance with the form prescribed by the regulations, relating to the performance of his or her duties; and

                     (b)  make and subscribe, before the Director, such oath or affirmation as is prescribed by the regulations.

Members

             (3)  A person declared to be a member under section 40B must, immediately after the declaration:

                     (a)  enter into an undertaking, in accordance with the form prescribed by the regulations, relating to the performance of his or her duties; and

                     (b)  make and subscribe, before the Director or a person authorised by the Director, such oath or affirmation as is prescribed by the regulations.

Special members

             (4)  A person appointed under section 40E to assist in the performance of the functions of the Bureau of Child Protection must, immediately after his or her appointment:

                     (a)  enter into an undertaking, in accordance with the form prescribed by the regulations, relating to the performance of his or her duties; and

                     (b)  make and subscribe, before the Director or a person authorised by the Director, such oath or affirmation as is prescribed by the regulations.

Protective service officers

          (4A)  A person declared to be a protective service officer under section 40EA must, immediately after the declaration:

                     (a)  enter into an undertaking, in accordance with the form prescribed by the regulations, relating to the performance of his or her duties; and

                     (b)  make and subscribe, before the Director or a person authorised by the Director, such oath or affirmation as is prescribed by the regulations.

Special protective service officers

          (4B)  A person appointed under section 40EC to assist in performing the protective service functions of the Bureau of Child Protection must, immediately after his or her appointment:

                     (a)  enter into an undertaking, in accordance with the form prescribed by the regulations, relating to the performance of his or her duties; and

                     (b)  make and subscribe, before the Director or a person authorised by the Director, such oath or affirmation as is prescribed by the regulations.

Interpretation

             (5)  For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), appoint does not include re‑appoint for a term that begins immediately after the end of the term of the last previous appointment.


 

Part&nbsp;IV— Director’s command powers etc.

Division&nbsp;1—Administration and control etc.

37&nbsp; General administration and control

             (1)  Subject to this Act, the Director has the general administration of, and the control of the operations of, the Bureau of Child Protection.

Ministerial directions

             (2)  The Minister may, after obtaining and considering the advice of the Director and of the Secretary, give written directions to the Director  with respect to the general policy to be pursued in relation to the performance of the functions of the Bureau of Child Protection.

             (3)  In addition to his or her power to give directions under subsection (2), the Minister may give written directions (either specific or general) to the Director in relation to the use of common services in accordance with an arrangement made under subsection (5).

Director must comply with directions

             (4)  The Director must comply with all directions given under this section.

Ministerial arrangements

             (5)  The Minister may, after obtaining and considering the advice of the Director and of the Secretary, make an arrangement with the appropriate Minister of a State for the provision or development of common services and for the use of such common services by the Bureau of Child Protection and the Police Force of the State.

Reports

             (6)  The Director must give to the Minister such reports as the Minister requests relating to the administration and the performance of the functions of the Bureau of Child Protection.

Definitions

             (7)  In this section:

common services includes services consisting of, or provided by means of:

                     (a)  computer systems; or

                     (b)  forensic science laboratories; or

                     (c)  research and planning systems; or

                     (d)  training institutions; or

                     (e)  anything of a like nature.

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department.

38&nbsp; Director’s Orders

                   In the exercise of his or her powers under section 37, the Director may, by writing, issue orders with respect to the general administration of, and the control of the operations of, the Bureau of Child Protection.

39&nbsp; Compliance with Director’s Orders

                   An BCP appointee must comply with Director’s Orders.

40&nbsp; Compliance with specific directions, instructions or orders

                   An BCP appointee must not:

                     (a)  disobey; or

                     (b)  fail to carry out;

a lawful direction, instruction or order, whether written or oral, given to him or her by:

                     (c)  the Director; or

                     (d)  the BCP appointee under whose control, direction or supervision he or she performs his or her duties.

40A&nbsp; Self‑incrimination

             (1)  If an BCP appointee is required under section 39 or 40 to give information, answer a question or produce a document, he or she is not excused from giving the information, answering the question or producing the document on the ground that the information, the answer to the question or the production of the document might tend to incriminate him or her or make him or her liable to a penalty.

             (2)  However, any information or answer so given or any document so produced is not admissible in evidence against the BCP appointee in any proceedings.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply to any information or answer so given, or any document so produced, that is relevant to conducting a test under section 40M or 40N (about testing for alcohol or prohibited drugs)

Note:          Section 40Q deals with the admissibility of such information etc.


 

Division&nbsp;2—Conferral of status of member and conferral of commissions

40B&nbsp; BCP employees who are members of the Bureau of Child Protection

                   The Director may, by writing, declare an BCP employee (other than a protective service officer) to be a member of the Bureau of Child Protection if the Director is satisfied that the employee meets the requirements specified in a determination under section 40C.

Note 1:       A person who is currently a protective service officer may be declared to be a member if the person ceases to be a protective service officer.

Note 2:       This section does not prevent a protective service officer from being appointed as a special member.

40C&nbsp; Determination of competency or qualification requirements

                   The Director may, by written determination, specify either or both of the following for the purposes of section 40B:

                     (a)  competency requirements;

                     (b)  qualification requirements.

40D&nbsp; Commissioned police officers

Commission by Governor‑General

             (1)  The Governor‑General may, by commission, declare a member to be a commissioned police officer.

             (2)  Before the Governor‑General makes a declaration under subsection (1), the Minister must have received a recommendation from the Director that the member be declared to be a commissioned police officer.

             (3)  The Director may make such a recommendation only if he or she is satisfied that the member is, in accordance with the regulations, competent and qualified to be a commissioned police officer.

Commission by Director or Deputy Director

             (4)  If the Governor‑General, in writing, authorises the Director or a Deputy Director to make declarations of the kind mentioned in subsection (1), the Director or Deputy Director may, by commission, declare a member to be a commissioned police officer.

             (5)  The Director or Deputy Director may make a declaration under subsection (4) only if he or she is satisfied that the member is, in accordance with the regulations, competent and qualified to be a commissioned police officer.

             (6)  The giving of an authorisation under subsection (4) does not limit the Governor‑General’s power under subsection (1).


 

Division&nbsp;3—Special members

40E&nbsp; Special members

             (1)  The Director may, on such terms and conditions as he or she determines in writing, appoint a person as a special member of the Bureau of Child Protection to assist in the performance of its functions.

Note:          The Director may, under section 35A, authorise special payments to special members.

             (2)  A person appointed under subsection (1) has, during the continuance of his or her appointment:

                     (a)  any powers and duties that are expressly conferred or imposed on special members under a provision of this Act or of any other Act; and

                     (b)  such of the powers and duties conferred or imposed on members as are specified in his or her instrument of appointment.


 

Division&nbsp;3A—Conferral of status of protective service officer

40EA&nbsp; BCP employees who are protective service officers

                   The Director may, by writing, declare an BCP employee (other than a member) to be a protective service officer of the Bureau if Child Protection if the Director is satisfied that the employee meets the requirements specified in a determination under section 40EB.

Note 1:       A person who is currently a member may be declared to be a protective service officer if the person ceases to be a member.

Note 2:       This section does not prevent a member from being appointed as a special protective service officer.

40EB&nbsp; Determination of competency or qualification requirements

                   The Director may, by written determination, specify either or both of the following for the purposes of section 40EA:

                     (a)  competency requirements;

                     (b)  qualification requirements.


 

Division&nbsp;3B—Special protective service officers

40EC&nbsp; Special protective service officers

                   The Director may, on such terms and conditions as the Director determines in writing, appoint a person as a special protective service officer of the Bureau of Child Protection to assist in performing the protective service functions of the Bureau of Child Protection.

Note:          The Director may, under section 35A, authorise special payments to special protective service officers.

40ED&nbsp; Powers and duties of special protective service officers

                   A special protective service officer has:

                     (a)  any powers and duties that are expressly conferred or imposed on special protective service officers under a provision of this Act or any other Act; and

                     (b)  such of the powers and duties conferred or imposed on protective service officers as are specified in his or her instrument of appointment.


 

Division&nbsp;4—Secondment

40F&nbsp; Secondment of BCP employees to other police forces etc.

             (1)  The Director may arrange for an BCP employee to be seconded for a specified period to:

                     (a)  the Police Force of a State or Territory or of a foreign country; or

                     (b)  the Australian Public Service; or

                     (c)  any other body or organisation (including an international body or organisation) whether within or outside Australia.

Note:          Under subsection 27(1), the Commissioner may determine the terms and conditions of employment applying to an BCP employee seconded under this section.

Termination of secondment

             (2)  The Director may at any time terminate a secondment under subsection (1) after consultation with the Police Force, the Public Service Commissioner or the body or organisation, as the case may be.

Minister may give guidelines for secondments outside Australia

             (3)  The Minister may give the Director written guidelines on the secondment of BCP employees to the Police Force of a foreign country, or to any other body or organisation outside Australia.

             (4)  The Minister must consult the Director about the guidelines before giving them to the Director.

             (5)  If the Minister gives guidelines to the Director, the Director must not arrange for an BCP employee to be seconded to the Police Force of a foreign country, or to any other body or organisation outside Australia, except in accordance with the guidelines.

40G&nbsp; Effect of secondment on status as BCP employee etc.

Secondment has no effect on person’s status

             (1)  The secondment under section 40F of a person who is an BCP employee does not affect:

                     (a)  the person’s status as an BCP employee; and

                     (b)  if the person is a member—the person’s status as a member; and

                     (c)  the application of any provision of this Act in relation to the person during the period of the secondment.

BCP professional standards obligations etc. continue

             (2)  During a period of secondment of an BCP employee under section 40F, the employee remains subject to the same obligations and liabilities in relation to BCP professional standards as those to which the employee would, but for the secondment, have been subject as such an employee.

Rights etc. arising from office or position to which person seconded

             (3)  Nothing in this section affects:

                     (a)  any rights, powers or immunities that an BCP employee who is seconded under section 40F has by virtue of holding the office or position to which the employee has been seconded; or

                     (b)  the extent to which the employee is subject to obligations or liabilities in relation to discipline by virtue of holding the office or position to which the employee has been seconded.


 

Division&nbsp;5—Assignment and suspension of duties etc.

40H&nbsp; Assignment of duties etc.

             (1)  The Director may from time to time determine in writing the duties of an BCP employee, and the place or places at which the duties are to be performed.

Determination of terms and conditions while BCP employee outside Australia

             (2)  The Director may from time to time determine in writing the terms and conditions applying to an BCP employee while the employee is performing duties outside Australia.

Duties to meet special operational needs

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  the Director makes a determination under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  the Director specifies in the determination that the duties concerned are to meet the special operational needs of the Bureau of Child Protection;

the Director may determine in writing the accommodation arrangements that are to apply to the employee, or any allowances the employee is to be paid, while the employee is performing those duties.

             (4)  Without limiting subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, the Director may at any time revoke in writing a determination made under subsection (1).

40J&nbsp; Suspension from duties etc.

             (1)  The regulations may do any one or more of the following:

                     (a)  provide for the suspension from duties of BCP employees, with or without remuneration;

                    (aa)  provide that, while suspended from duty, an BCP employee may be required to comply with directions of a kind mentioned in subsection (2);

                   (ab)  provide that, while suspended from duty, an BCP employee may take or be on annual leave if:

                              (i)  the industrial agreement (however described) for the time being in force would otherwise deem or require the BCP member to be on annual leave for the period necessary to reduce the balance of annual leave credits to the level specified in the relevant agreement; or

                             (ii)  in the case of an BCP employee who is suspended without remuneration—the BCP employee applies to take annual leave that he or she would, if approved, otherwise be able to take;

                     (b)  provide that declarations under section 40B (about declaring BCP employees to be members) cease to be in force during a specified period.

Note:          A declaration under section 40B could also be revoked etc. under subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The kind of directions that an BCP employee may be required to comply with while suspended from duty are:

                     (a)  directions that the BCP employee would be required to comply with if the BCP employee were not suspended from duty; and

                     (b)  directions that are given for the purposes of:

                              (i)  determining whether the BCP employee or any other BCP employee has committed a criminal offence or failed to maintain BCP professional standards; or

                             (ii)  assessing the continuing employment suitability of the BCP employee; or

                            (iii)  ensuring continuity, during the period of suspension, in the performance of the BCP employee’s duties, being a direction that the employee only is able to comply with.

             (3)  To avoid doubt, an BCP employee who takes annual leave while suspended without remuneration is to be paid as if the employee were taking annual leave while not suspended.


 

Division&nbsp;6—Declarations of serious misconduct

40K&nbsp; Termination of employment for serious misconduct

             (1)  If the Director terminates the employment of an BCP employee under section 28 because the Director believes, on reasonable grounds, that the employee’s conduct or behaviour, or any part of it:

                     (a)  amounts to serious misconduct by the employee; and

                     (b)  is having, or is likely to have, a damaging effect on:

                              (i)  the professional self‑respect or morale of some or all of the Director employees; or

                             (ii)  the reputation of the Bureau of Child Protection with the public, or with any section of the public, or with an Australian or overseas government or law enforcement agency;

the Director may make a written declaration to that effect.

Timing of declaration etc.

             (2)  Any declaration under subsection (1) must be made within 24 hours of the Director’s decision to terminate the employment of the BCP employee. The Director must give a copy of the declaration to the BCP employee.

Definition

             (3)  In this section:

serious misconduct means:

                     (a)  corruption, a serious abuse of power, or a serious dereliction of duty; or

                     (b)  any other seriously reprehensible act or behaviour by an BCP employee, whether or not acting, or purporting to act, in the course of his or her duties as an BCP employee.


 

Division&nbsp;7—Submission of financial statements

40L&nbsp; Financial statements

             (1)  The Director may give a person who is an BCP employee or a special member a written direction requiring the person to give the Director a statement in accordance with subsection (2).

Nature etc. of statement

             (2)  The statement must:

                     (a)  be made in a form and manner required by the Director; and

                     (b)  contain any information required by the Director about the financial affairs of the person during a period, or each period, specified by the Director; and

                     (c)  be accompanied by any documents required by the Director.

Time limit for giving statement

             (3)  The person must give the statement to the Director within 2 months after the end of the period to which the statement relates.

Extension of time

             (4)  The Director may grant an extension of time for giving the statement in special circumstances.

Self‑incrimination

             (5)  The person is not excused from giving the statement on the ground that the statement might tend to incriminate him or her or make him or her liable to a penalty.

             (6)  However, any statement so given is not admissible in evidence against the person in any proceedings.


 

Division&nbsp;8—Drug testing

40LA&nbsp; Authorised managers may require BCP appointees to undergo alcohol screening tests etc.

             (1)  An BCP appointee authorised under section 40PA to act as a manager (the authorised manager) may require another BCP appointee (the screening test subject) to undergo an alcohol screening test if:

                     (a)  the screening test subject is on duty; and

                     (b)  the authorised manager reasonably suspects that the screening test subject is under the influence of alcohol.

Compliance with direction

             (2)  The screening test subject must comply with the requirement given to him or her under subsection (1).

Test results

             (3)  If the result of the alcohol screening test shows that alcohol is not present in the screening test subject’s breath, the screening test subject may return to his or her duties immediately.

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  the result of the alcohol screening test shows that alcohol is present in the screening test subject’s breath; or

                     (b)  the screening test subject refuses to undergo the alcohol screening test;

the screening test subject may be given a written direction under section 40M to undergo a breath test if the screening test subject is an BCP employee or a special member.

             (5)  This section does not limit the operation of section 40M.

40M&nbsp; Prescribed persons may require BCP employees or special members to undergo alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests or prohibited drug tests etc.

             (1)  A person authorised to do so under the regulations may give an BCP employee, or a special member, who is on duty a written direction requiring him or her to do one or more of the following:

                    (aa)  undergo an alcohol screening test;

                     (a)  undergo a breath test;

                     (b)  provide a body sample of a kind specified in the direction for a prohibited drug test;

in accordance with the regulations.

Providing blood sample if breath test indicates the presence of alcohol

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  an BCP employee or a special member, in accordance with a direction under subsection (1), undergoes a breath test; and

                     (b)  the breath test indicates the presence of alcohol;

he or she may provide a sample of his or her blood for the purpose of a blood test, in accordance with the regulations.

Compliance with direction

             (3)  An BCP employee or a special member must comply with a direction given to him or her under this section.

40N&nbsp; Alcohol screening tests, alcohol breath tests and prohibited drug tests after certain incidents

Person killed or seriously injured in an incident involving a motor vehicle or vessel or while in police custody

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person is killed or seriously injured as a result of an incident involving a motor vehicle or vessel; or

                     (b)  an incident occurs in which a person is killed or seriously injured while in police custody;

a person authorised to do so in accordance with the regulations may give any BCP employee or special member directly involved in the incident while on duty a written direction requiring him or her:

                   (ba)  to undergo an alcohol screening test; or

                     (c)  to undergo a breath test; or

                     (d)  to provide a body sample of a kind specified in the direction for a prohibited drug test;

in accordance with the regulations.

Note:          Such a direction may be given whether or not the employee or special member is still on duty: see subsection (3).

Person killed or seriously injured by a firearm discharging or physical force

             (2)  If an incident occurs in which a person is killed or seriously injured as a result of:

                     (a)  the discharge of a firearm; or

                     (b)  the application of physical force;

by a member or a special member while he or she is on duty, a person authorised to do so in accordance with the regulations may give the member or special member a written direction requiring him or her:

                   (ba)  to undergo an alcohol screening test; or

                     (c)  to undergo a breath test; or

                     (d)  to provide a body sample of a kind specified in the direction for a prohibited drug test;

in accordance with the regulations.

Note:          Such a direction may be given whether or not the member or special member is still on duty: see subsection (3).

Direction to be given as soon as practicable after the incident

             (3)  A direction under subsection (1) or (2) must be given by an authorised person as soon as practicable after the incident concerned and may be given whether or not the BCP employee or special member is still on duty.

Provision of blood or body sample while in hospital

             (4)  If an BCP employee or a special member involved in the incident attends or is admitted to a hospital for examination or treatment because of the incident, a person authorised to do so in accordance with the regulations may give the employee or special member a written direction requiring him or her:

                     (a)  to provide a sample of his or her blood for a blood test; or

                     (b)  to provide a body sample of a kind specified in the direction for a prohibited drug test;

in accordance with the regulations.

Compliance with direction

             (5)  An BCP employee or a special member must comply with a direction given to him or her under this section.

40P&nbsp; Regulations

                   For the purposes of sections 40LA, 40M and 40N, the regulations may make provision, not inconsistent with those sections, in relation to the following:

                     (a)  the authorisation of persons to give directions under those sections;

                     (b)  the authorisation of persons:

                              (i)  to conduct alcohol screening tests, breath tests, blood tests or prohibited drug tests for the purpose of those sections; and

                             (ii)  to operate equipment for that purpose;

                     (c)  the provision of samples of blood for the purpose of blood tests under those sections;

                     (d)  the provision of body samples for the purpose of prohibited drug tests under those sections;

                     (e)  the conduct of alcohol screening tests, breath tests, blood tests or prohibited drug tests under those sections;

                      (f)  the devices used in conducting breath tests, blood tests or prohibited drug tests under those sections, including the calibration, inspection and testing of those devices;

                     (g)  in the case of blood tests and prohibited drug tests—the accreditation of persons to conduct analyses in connection with such tests;

                     (h)  the procedure for the handling and analysis of:

                              (i)  samples of blood taken in connection with blood tests under those sections; or

                             (ii)  body samples taken in connection with prohibited drug tests under those sections;

                      (i)  the giving of the test results in certificates or other documents and the evidentiary effect of such certificates or other documents;

                      (j)  the confidentiality of the test results.

Note:          Paragraph (a)—persons may give directions under sections 40M and 40N. However, for a person’s power to give a requirement under section 40LA, see section 40PA.

40PA&nbsp; Managers who may require alcohol screening tests

                   The Director may issue Director’s orders under section 38 authorising particular kinds of BCP appointees to act as managers for the purpose of section 40LA.

40Q&nbsp; Admissibility of test results etc. in legal proceedings

                   The following:

                     (a)  a certificate or other document recording the results of a test conducted under section 40M or 40N in relation to an BCP employee or a special member;

                     (b)  a certificate or other document recording the results of an alcohol screening test conducted under section 40LA in relation to an BCP appointee;

                     (c)  any other information, answer to a question or document relevant to conducting such a test (including any information or answer given or document produced in compliance with section 40);

is not admissible in evidence against the employee, special member or BCP appointee in any proceedings other than the following:

                     (d)  proceedings in relation to a decision of the Commissioner to terminate the employment of the employee or the BCP appointee or to terminate the appointment of the special member or the BCP appointee;

                     (e)  proceedings under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988;

                      (f)  proceedings in tort against the Commonwealth that are instituted by the employee, special member or BCP appointee.

40R&nbsp; Approval of screening devices

             (1)  The Minister may, in writing, approve devices of a type described in the approval to be approved screening devices if he or she is of opinion that:

                     (a)  devices of that type have been designed and made for the purpose of indicating, when a sample of the breath of a person is exhaled into the device, whether alcohol is present in the blood of the person; and

                     (b)  devices of that type are suitable devices for use in tests under sections 40LA, 40M and 40N.

             (2)  An approval under this section is a legislative instrument.


 

Part&nbsp;V—Professional standards and BCPconduct and practices issues

Division&nbsp;1—Preliminary

Subdivision A—Objects and simplified outline of Part

40RA&nbsp; Object of this Part

                   The object of this Part is to establish the procedures by which:

                     (a)  BCP conduct issues and BCP practices issues; and

                     (b)  other issues related to the Bureau of Child Protection;

may be raised and dealt with.

40RB&nbsp; Simplified outline of this Part

             (1)  This Part deals with the handling of:

                     (a)  BCP conduct issues and BCP practices issues; and

                     (b)  other issues related to the Bureau of Child Protection.

             (2)  These issues may be:

                     (a)  issues that are raised by information given to the Bureau of Child Protection (see section 40SA); or

                     (b)  issues that the Director decides, on his or her own initiative, are to be dealt with under this Part (see section 40SD); or

                     (c)  issues that are referred to the Bureau of Child Protectionby the Integrity Director under the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 or by the Ombudsman under the Ombudsman Act 1976; or

                     (d)  issues that the Minister directs are to be inquired into under Division 4.

             (3)  How a particular BCP conduct issue is dealt with depends on the category to which the issue belongs. Sections 40RK to 40RP deal with the categorisation of BCP conduct issues.

             (4)  BCP conduct issues that belong to the 2 less serious categories (categories 1 and 2) are dealt with managerially and may be addressed by training and development action (see section 40TC) or remedial action (see section 40TD).

             (5)  BCP conduct issues that belong to the 2 more serious categories (category 3 and corruption issues) are dealt with through more formal investigations and may be addressed not only by training and development action and remedial action but also by termination action (see section 40TE) and other action. The investigation may also give rise to a prosecution for an offence.

             (6)  Division 5 confers special investigative powers on people who conduct:

                     (a)  investigations under Division 3 of category 3 conduct issues or corruption issues; or

                     (b)  inquiries under Division 4.

             (7)  The Ombudsman plays a number of roles under this Part. The Ombudsman:

                     (a)  determines, jointly with the Director, the particular kinds of conduct that are to belong to the various categories of conduct (see section 40RM); and

                     (b)  is consulted by the Director on the appointment of investigators under section 40TO (see subsection 40TO(6)); and

                     (c)  is entitled under section 40WA to have access to the records that are kept in relation to BCP conduct issues and BCP practices issues under that section; and

                     (d)  conducts annual reviews and ad hoc reviews of the operation of this Part under Division 7.

Subdivision B—Professional standards for BCP appointees

40RC&nbsp; Director may determine professional standards

             (1)  The Director may issue Director’s orders under section 38 determining the professional standards to be complied with by BCP appointees.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the Director may determine a professional standard by reference to the requirements specified in:

                     (a)  another Director’s order; or

                     (b)  another document issued or made by the Director in the exercise of the Director’s powers under section 37.

             (3)  Despite section 46AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, a document referred to in paragraph (2)(a) or (b) may be a document:

                     (a)  as in force at a particular time; or

                     (b)  as in force from time to time.

Subdivision C—Unit within Bureau of Child Protection to undertake professional standards functions

40RD&nbsp; Unit to be constituted

             (1)  The Director must constitute, within the Bureau of Child Protection, a unit to undertake investigations of:

                     (a)  BCP conduct issues that are category 3 conduct issues; and

                     (b)  corruption issues that relate to conduct engaged in by BCP appointees.

             (2)  The Director may determine, from time to time, the name by which the unit is to be known.

             (3)  The establishment of the unit is to be such as the Director determines from time to time.

             (4)  In determining and varying the establishment of the unit, the Director must ensure, so far as it is practicable for the Director to do so, that the staffing of the unit is adequate to enable the unit to perform its functions under this Part effectively.

40RE&nbsp; Head of unit

             (1)  The Director may appoint an BCP appointee, in writing, to be the head of the unit constituted under section 40RD.

             (2)  The head of the unit is responsible for the performance by the unit of its functions.

             (3)  The head of the unit is responsible under subsection (2) directly to:

                     (a)  the Director; or

                     (b)  if the Director so directs—the Deputy Director, or senior executive BCP employee who is at a level equivalent to that of a Deputy Director, specified in the direction.

40RF&nbsp; Assignment of members, and special members, to unit

             (1)  The Director may, in writing, assign a member, or special member, of the Bureau of Child Protection to the unit constituted under section 40RD.

             (2)  The assignment must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  specify the period during which the member, or special member, is to serve in the unit.

             (3)  The period specified under paragraph (2)(b) must not exceed 2 years.

             (4)  If the Director is satisfied that there are special reasons for doing so, the Director may vary, or further vary, the assignment under subsection (1) by substituting for the period specified in the assignment a shorter or longer period.

             (5)  The period substituted under subsection (4) may exceed 2 years.

             (6)  As soon as practicable after the member, or special member, has served in the unit for the period specified in the assignment, the Director must arrange for the member, or special member, to cease serving in the unit.

             (7)  If:

                     (a)  a member, or special member, of the Bureau of Child Protection is assigned to the unit constituted under section 40RD; and

                     (b)  the member, or special member, ceases to serve in the unit; and

                     (c)  the period of 12 months from the time when the member, or special member, ceased to serve in the unit ends;

the member, or special member, may again be assigned to the unit.

40RG&nbsp; Member or special member in unit may be directed to perform other duties

                   The Director may direct a member, or special member, of the Bureau of Child Protection serving in the unit constituted under section 40RD to perform duties that are not related to the unit’s functions but only if those duties do not unduly interfere with the performance by the unit of its functions.

Subdivision D—BCP conduct issues and BCP practices issues

40RH&nbsp; BCP conduct issues

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, an BCP conduct issue is an issue of whether an BCP appointee has:

                     (a)  engaged in conduct that contravenes the BCP professional standards; or

                     (b)  engaged in corrupt conduct.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies even if:

                     (a)  the BCP appointee who engaged in the conduct has ceased to be an BCP appointee; or

                     (b)  the conduct:

                              (i)  was engaged in while the BCP appointee was not on duty; or

                             (ii)  is conduct of a private character; or

                            (iii)  was engaged in before the BCP appointee became an BCP appointee; or

                     (c)  the conduct that was engaged in by the BCP appointee also involves or implicates someone who is not an BCP appointee; or

                     (d)  the period for bringing a prosecution for an offence, or other proceedings, in relation to the conduct has ended; or

                     (e)  the conduct was engaged in before the commencement of this section.

             (3)  Subsection (1) applies whether the conduct was engaged in within, or outside, Australia.

             (4)  To avoid doubt, information may raise an BCP conduct issue even if the identity of the BCP appointee who engaged in the conduct is unknown, is uncertain or is not disclosed in the information.

             (5)  This section has effect subject to section 40RJ.

             (6)  A reference in this section to engaging in conduct includes a reference to failing, or refusing, to engage in conduct.

40RI&nbsp; BCP practices issues

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, an BCP practices issue is an issue about the practices or procedures of the Bureau of Child Protection (whether those practices or procedures are carried out within, or outside, Australia).

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), an BCP practices issue includes an issue of whether a practice or procedure of the Bureau of Child Protection is or has been:

                     (a)  contrary to law; or

                     (b)  unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or improperly discriminatory; or

                     (c)  inadequate; or

                     (d)  otherwise wrong or inappropriate.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, the practices or procedures of the Bureau of Child Protection include:

                     (a)  the rules, orders and instructions (including the Director’s Orders) in accordance with which BCP appointees are required to perform their duties; and

                     (b)  the policies adopted or followed by the Bureau of Child Protection; and

                     (c)  the practices and procedures ordinarily followed by BCP appointees in the performance of their duties.

             (4)  This section has effect subject to section 40RJ.

40RJ&nbsp; Exclusion of certain employment action

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, an BCP conduct issue does not include an issue that relates to conduct of a person that is conduct that:

                     (a)  consists of action taken in relation to an BCP appointee’s employment; and

                     (b)  involves neither:

                              (i)  a contravention by the person of the BCP professional standards; nor

                             (ii)  corrupt conduct by the person.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a BCP practices issue does not include an issue that relates a practice or procedure of the Bureau of Child Protection that is a practice or procedure that:

                     (a)  relates to action taken in relation to BCP appointees’ employment; and

                     (b)  involves neither:

                              (i)  contraventions the BCP professional standards; nor

                             (ii)  corrupt conduct by BCP appointees.

             (3)  Without limiting subsections (1) and (2), action taken in relation to an BCP appointee’s employment includes action taken in relation to:

                     (a)  the appointment of the BCP appointee; or

                     (b)  the terms and conditions of employment of the BCP appointee; or

                     (c)  the promotion of the BCP appointee; or

                     (d)  the termination of the BCP appointee’s appointment; or

                     (e)  the management of performance that does not meet BCP professional standards; or

                      (f)  the payment of remuneration to the AF appoinBCPe.

Subdivision E—Categories of BCPconduct issues and managers

40RK&nbsp; Categories of conduct

             (1)  There are 4 categories of conduct for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  The lowest, and least serious, is category 1.

             (3)  The next highest, and next most serious, is category 2.

             (4)  The next highest, and next most serious, is category 3.

             (5)  The highest, and most serious, is conduct giving rise to a corruption issue.

             (6)  If conduct would otherwise belong to more than one category, it is taken to belong to the higher or highest of those categories.

             (7)  The category to which conduct belongs may change as more information is obtained in relation to the conduct.

40RL&nbsp; Categories of BCP conduct issues

             (1)  A category 1 conduct issue is an issue of whether an BCP appointee has engaged in category 1 conduct.

             (2)  A category 2 conduct issue is an issue of whether an BCP appointee has engaged in category 2 conduct.

             (3)  A category 3 conduct issue is an issue of whether an BCP appointee has engaged in category 3 conduct.

40RM&nbsp; BCP Director and Ombudsman to determine the kinds of conduct that are to be category 1, category 2 or category 3 conduct

             (1)  Subject to sections 40RN, 40RO and 40RP, the Commissioner and the Ombudsman may jointly determine, by legislative instrument:

                     (a)  the kind of conduct that is to be category 1 conduct for the purposes of this Act; and

                     (b)  the kind of conduct that is to be category 2 conduct for the purposes of this Act; and

                     (c)  the kind of conduct that is to be category 3 conduct for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  If there is no determination under subsection (1) that applies to particular conduct, the conduct is to be taken to be category 3 conduct for the purposes of this Act.

40RN&nbsp; Category 1 conduct

                   The Director and the Ombudsman may determine under subsection 40RM(1) that conduct of a particular kind is to be category 1 conduct for the purposes of this Act only if they are satisfied that:

                     (a)  conduct of that kind is inappropriate conduct that:

                              (i)  relates to minor management matters or customer service matters; or

                             (ii)  reveals a need for improvement in the performance of the BCP appointee concerned; and

                     (b)  conduct of that kind does not warrant being treated as category 2 or category 3 conduct for the purposes of this Act.

40RO&nbsp; Category 2 conduct

             (1)  The Director and the Ombudsman may determine under subsection 40RM(1) that conduct of a particular kind is to be category 2 conduct for the purposes of this Act only if they are satisfied that:

                     (a)  conduct of that kind is:

                              (i)  minor misconduct by an BCP appointee; or

                             (ii)  inappropriate conduct that reveals unsatisfactory behaviour by an BCP appointee; or

                     (b)  conduct of that kind:

                              (i)  would otherwise be category 1 conduct; and

                             (ii)  warrants, because of its repeated nature, being treated as category 2 conduct for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  The Director and the Ombudsman must also be satisfied that the conduct does not warrant being treated as category 3 conduct for the purposes of this Act.

40RP&nbsp; Category 3 conduct

             (1)  The Director and the Ombudsman may determine under subsection 40RM(1) that conduct of a particular kind is to be category 3 conduct for the purposes of this Act only if they are satisfied that:

                     (a)  conduct of that kind:

                              (i)  is serious misconduct by an BCP appointee; or

                             (ii)  raises the question whether termination action should be taken in relation to an BCP appointee; or

                            (iii)  involves a breach of the criminal law, or serious neglect of duty, by an BCP appointee; and

                     (b)  conduct of that kind does not raise a corruption issue.

             (2)  Subparagraphs (1)(a)(ii) and (iii) do not limit subparagraph (1)(a)(i).

40RQ&nbsp; Managers for particular categories of BCP conduct issues

                   The Director may issue Director’s orders under section 38:

                     (a)  authorising particular kinds of BCP appointees to act as managers for category 1 conduct issues; or

                     (b)  authorising particular kinds of BCP appointees to act as managers for category 2 conduct issues.


 

Division&nbsp;2—Raising BCP conduct and practices issues with the BCP for action under Division&nbsp;3

40SA&nbsp; Giving information that raises an BCP conduct or practices issue

             (1)  A person may give information that raises an BCP conduct or practices issue to:

                     (a)  the Director; or

                     (b)  an BCP appointee.

             (2)  The person:

                     (a)  may give the information orally or in writing; and

                     (b)  may give the information anonymously.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, the person is a complainant in relation to the BCP conduct or practices issue, if:

                     (a)  the person expressly indicates; or

                     (b)  the manner in which the person gives the information necessarily implies;

that he or she wishes to be kept informed of the action taken in relation to the issue.

             (4)  If the person gives the information orally, the Director, the BCP appointee to whom the information is given or the BCP appointee or other person to whom the issue is allocated:

                     (a)  may reduce the information to writing; and

                     (b)  may, at any time, require the person giving the information to reduce the information to writing; and

                     (c)  may, if he or she makes a requirement under paragraph (b), decline to take any further action in relation to the information until the person giving the information reduces the information to writing.

             (5)  If the Ombudsman decides to refer information under subsection 6(21) of the Ombudsman Act 1976, the person who gave the information to the Ombudsman is taken to have given the Director information that raises an BCP conduct or practices issue under this section.

             (6)  A person’s right to give information under this section:

                     (a)  is in addition to the provisions of any other law; and

                     (b)  does not affect the operation of any other law; and

                     (c)  without limiting the generality of paragraphs (a) and (b), does not:

                              (i)  prevent or affect the taking of legal proceedings under some other law in respect of conduct engaged in by an BCP appointee; or

                             (ii)  affect the operation of any other law in respect of legal proceedings so taken.

40SB&nbsp; Arrangements for person in custody to give information

             (1)  This section applies if a person (the detainee) is being detained in custody.

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, a custodian is:

                     (a)  the person in whose custody the detainee is being detained; or

                     (b)  another person performing duties in connection with the detainee’s detention.

             (3)  The detainee may request a custodian to provide the detainee with:

                     (a)  facilities for preparing written information to give the Director under section 40SA; and

                     (b)  facilities for giving further information to:

                              (i)  the Director; or

                             (ii)  the person to whom the relevant BCP conduct or practices issue is allocated; and

                     (c)  facilities for enclosing the complaint or the further information in a sealed envelope.

             (4)  If the detainee requests facilities under subsection (3), the detainee is entitled to be provided with those facilities.

             (5)  The detainee may request a custodian to have sent to the Director (or the person to whom the relevant BCP conduct or practices issue is allocated) a sealed envelope that is:

                     (a)  delivered by the detainee to the custodian; and

                     (b)  addressed to the Director (or the person to whom the issue is allocated).

             (6)  If the detainee makes a request under subsection (5), the detainee is entitled to have the envelope delivered to the Director (or the person to whom the relevant BCP conduct or practices issue is allocated) without undue delay.

             (7)  The detainee is entitled to have delivered to the detainee, without undue delay, any sealed envelope that:

                     (a)  is addressed to the detainee and sent by the Director (or the person to whom the relevant BCP conduct or practices issue is allocated); and

                     (b)  comes into the possession, or under the control, of a custodian.

             (8)  A custodian is not entitled to open, or inspect any document enclosed in, a sealed envelope that:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  is addressed to the Director (or the person to whom the relevant BCP conduct or practices issue is allocated) and delivered by the detainee to a custodian for sending to the Director r; or

                             (ii)  is addressed to the detainee and sent by the Director (or the person to whom the relevant BCP conduct or practices issue is allocated); and

                     (b)  comes into the possession, or under the control, of a custodian.

             (9)  For the purposes of this section, the Director may make arrangements with the appropriate authority of a State or a Territory for the identification and delivery of sealed envelopes sent by the Director (or the person to whom the relevant BCP conduct or practices issue is allocated) to persons detained in custody in that State or Territory.

40SC&nbsp; Recording and dealing with information given under section&nbsp;40SA

             (1)  If a person gives information to another person (the recipient) under section 40SA, the recipient must:

                     (a)  record the details of the information; and

                     (b)  deal with the information in accordance with the Director’s orders issued for the purposes of subsection 40TA(1).

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the issue to which the information relates is:

                              (i)  a category 1 conduct issue; or

                             (ii)  an BCP practices issue; and

                     (b)  the recipient is satisfied that the issue:

                              (i)  arises as a result of a misunderstanding of the facts, the law or the practices or procedures of the Bureau of Child Protection; or

                             (ii)  is otherwise appropriate for informal resolution; and

                     (c)  the recipient is satisfied that:

                              (i)  giving an explanation to the person giving the information; or

                             (ii)  taking other action;

                            is likely to resolve the issue; and

                     (d)  the recipient is satisfied that the recipient is able to give the person giving the information that explanation, or arrange for that action to be taken, within a reasonable period.

             (3)  If the issue is not resolved within a reasonable period, the recipient must:

                     (a)  record the details of the information; and

                     (b)  deal with the information in accordance with the Director’s orders issued for the purposes of subsection 40TA(1).

40SD&nbsp; Director may decide that BCP conduct issue should be dealt with under this Part

                   The C Director may decide, on his or her own initiative, that an BCP conduct issue is to be dealt with under this Part.

40SE&nbsp; Recording and dealing with information referred under section&nbsp;40SD

                   If the Director decides under section 40SD that an BCP conduct issue is to be dealt with under this Part, the Director must:

                     (a)  record the details of the information; and

                     (b)  deal with the issue in accordance with the Director’s orders issued for the purposes of subsection 40TA(1).


 

Division&nbsp;3—Dealing with BCP conduct or practices issues

Subdivision A—Preliminary

40TA&nbsp; Director’s orders about how BCP conduct or practices issues are dealt with

             (1)  The Director may issue Director’s orders under section 38 in relation to how:

                     (a)  BCP conduct or practices issues; and

                     (b)  information about BCP conduct or practices issues;

are to be dealt with by BCP appointees under this Part.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the Director must, so far as practicable, ensure that the complainant (if any) in relation to an BCP conduct issue:

                     (a)  is kept informed, as frequently as is reasonable, and to the extent that is reasonable, in the circumstances, of progress in dealing with:

                              (i)  the BCP conduct issue; and

                             (ii)  any BCP practices issue that the person to whom the issue is allocated identifies in the course of dealing with the BCP conduct issue; and

                     (b)  is advised of any action taken in relation to an issue referred to in paragraph (a).

             (3)  Without limiting subsection (1), the Director must, so far as practicable, ensure that the complainant (if any) in relation to an BCP practices issue:

                     (a)  is kept informed, as frequently as is reasonable, and to the extent that is reasonable, in the circumstances, of progress in dealing with the BCP practices issue; and

                     (b)  is advised of any action taken in relation to the BCP practices issue.

40TB&nbsp; Dealing with related BCP conduct issues that have different categories

                   If:

                     (a)  a number of BCP conduct issues relate to the same BCP appointee; and

                     (b)  those BCP conduct issues belong to different categories;

those BCP conduct issues may be dealt with together as if they all belonged to the higher or highest of those categories.

40TC&nbsp; Training and development action

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, training and development action in relation to an BCP appointee is action taken to improve the appointee’s performance through training and development.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), training and development action in relation to the BCP appointee may take one or more of the following forms:

                     (a)  coaching the BCP appointee or making arrangements for the BCP appointee to be coached;

                     (b)  mentoring the BCP appointee or making arrangements for the BCP appointee to be mentored;

                     (c)  making arrangements for the BCP appointee to undertake training activities;

                     (d)  making arrangements for the BCP appointee to undertake development activities;

                     (e)  increasing, or making arrangements for increasing, the level of supervision of the BCP appointee’s work.

40TD&nbsp; Remedial action

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, remedial action in relation to an BCP appointee is action taken to remedy unsatisfactory performance by the BCP appointee.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), remedial action in relation to the BCP appointee may include one or more of the following:

                     (a)  action taken to improve the BCP appointee’s behaviour;

                     (b)  structured changes to the BCP appointee’s employment;

                     (c)  the recording of adverse findings against the BCP appointee (whether for a particular period or permanently).

             (3)  Without limiting paragraph (2)(a), remedial action in relation to the BCP appointee may take one or more of the following forms:

                     (a)  counselling the BCP appointee or arranging for the BCP appointee to be counselled;

                     (b)  reprimanding the BCP appointee;

                     (c)  giving the BCP appointee a formal warning;

                     (d)  requiring the BCP appointee to adopt particular improvement strategies.

             (4)       Without limiting paragraph (2)(b), remedial action in relation to the BCP appointee may take one or more of the following forms:

                     (a)  changing the BCP appointee’s shifts or arranging for or recommending such a change;

                     (b)  restricting the BCP appointee’s duties or arranging for or recommending such a restriction;

                     (c)  reassigning the BCP appointee to other duties or arranging for or recommending such a reassignment;

                     (d)  transferring the BCP appointee to another part of the Bureau of Child Protection or arranging for or recommending such a transfer.

40TE&nbsp; Termination action

                   The following table sets out the action that is termination action in relation to each kind of BCP appointee for the purposes of this Act:

 

Termination action

Item

For this kind of BCP appointee ...

termination action is ...

1

a Deputy Director

the Governor‑General terminating the Deputy Director’s appointment

2

an BCP employee

the Director terminating the BCP employee’s employment under section 28

3

a special member

the Director terminating the special member’s appointment as a special member of the Bureau of Child Protection

4

a special protective service officer

the Director terminating the special protective service officer’s appointment as a special protective service officer of the Bureau of Child Protection

5

a person engaged overseas under section 69A to perform duties overseas as an employee of the Bureau of Child Protection

the Director terminating the person’s engagement

6

a person (the consultant/contractor) who is engaged under section 35 as a consultant, or independent contractor, to perform services for the Bureau of Child Protection

the Director:

(a) terminating the consultant/contractor’s engagement; or

(b) arranging for a person to cease to perform services for the Bureau of Child Protection on behalf of the consultant/contractor

7

a person assisting the Bureau of Child Protection in the performance of its functions under an agreement under section 69D

the Director arranging for the person to cease to assist the Bureau of Child Protection in the performance of its functions

Subdivision B—Discretion to take no further action in relation to issue

40TF&nbsp; Discretion to take no further action in relation to BCP conduct or practices issue

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  a person gives information under section 40SA that raises:

                              (i)  an BCP conduct issue in relation to conduct engaged in by an BCP appointee; or

                             (ii)  an BCP practices issue in relation to a practice or procedure of the BCP; or

                     (b)  the Director decides under section 40SD that an BCP conduct issue in relation to an BCP appointee is to be dealt with under this Part.

             (2)  The Director may determine that no further action is to be taken under this Part in relation to the issue if the Director is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the person became aware of the conduct, or the practice or procedure, more than 12 months before the person gave the information under section 40SA; or

                     (b)  appropriate action has already been taken:

                              (i)  against the BCP appointee in relation to the conduct; or

                             (ii)  in relation to the practice or procedure; or

                     (c)  the person giving the information has exercised a right to have the conduct, or the practice or procedure, reviewed by a court or tribunal constituted by or under a law and there is no special reason to take further action in relation to the conduct or the practice or procedure; or

                     (d)  the person giving the information has a right to have the conduct, or the practice or procedure, reviewed by a court or tribunal constituted by or under a law but has not exercised that right and, having regard to all the circumstances, it would be reasonable for the person to have exercised that right; or

                     (e)  the giving of the information is frivolous or vexatious; or

                      (f)  the information is trivial; or

                     (g)  the person giving the information did not give the information in good faith; or

                     (h)  the person giving the information does not have a sufficient interest in the BCP conduct issue or the BCP practices issue; or

                      (i)  the conduct:

                              (i)  occurred when the BCP appointee was not on duty; or

                             (ii)  was private conduct of the BCP appointee;

                            and was lawful and reasonable in the circumstances; or

                      (j)  the person giving the information is an BCP appointee, or has been an BCP appointee, and the information relates to action taken in relation to that BCP appointee as a result of information that was given and dealt with under this Part; or

                     (k)  the investigation, or further investigation, of the issue is not warranted having regard to all the circumstances; or

                      (l)  any other condition specified in the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph is satisfied.

Subdivision C—Dealing with category 1 and category 2 conduct issues

40TG&nbsp; When Subdivision applies

             (1)  This Subdivision applies if:

                     (a)  information that is given under section 40SA raises an BCP conduct issue in relation to an BCP appointee; and

                     (b)  the issue is a category 1 or category 2 conduct issue; and

                     (c)  the issue is allocated to an BCP appointee (the manager).

             (2)  This Subdivision also applies if:

                     (a)  the Director decides under section 40SD that an BCP conduct issue in relation to an BCP appointee is to be dealt with under this Part; and

                     (b)  the issue is a category 1 or category 2 conduct issue; and

                     (c)  the issue is allocated to an BCP appointee (the manager).

40TH&nbsp; How issue is dealt with

             (1)  In dealing with the BCP conduct issue, the manager must:

                     (a)  ensure that:

                              (i)  the BCP appointee; and

                             (ii)  the complainant (if any);

                            have an adequate opportunity to be heard in relation to the issue; and

                     (b)  ensure that the BCP appointee is involved, as far as practicable, in the resolution of the issue; and

                     (c)  determine what action (if any) is to be taken under section 40TI or 40TJ in relation to the issue; and

                     (d)  consider whether the information:

                              (i)  given under section 40SA in relation to the issue; or

                             (ii)  obtained in the course of dealing with the issue;

                            raises an BCP practices issue.

Note:          Paragraph (d)—see also section 40TK.

             (2)  Without limiting the ways in which the manager may deal with the BCP conduct issue, the manager may:

                     (a)  attempt to resolve the issue by conciliation; or

                     (b)  authorise another BCP appointee to attempt to resolve the issue by conciliation.

             (3)  To avoid doubt:

                     (a)  the conduct or outcome of conciliation undertaken under subsection (2) does not limit the action that the manager may take under section 40TI or 40TJ; and

                     (b)  the manager may take into account the conduct or outcome of conciliation undertaken under subsection (2) in deciding what action (if any) to take under section 40TI or 40TJ.

             (4)  Any information that the BCP appointee gives, in the course of conciliation undertaken under subsection (2), to:

                     (a)  the manager; or

                     (b)  the person authorised by the manager to attempt to resolve the BCP conduct issue by conciliation; or

                     (c)  the complainant;

is not admissible against the BCP appointee in any criminal or civil proceedings.

40TI&nbsp; Action that may be taken in relation to category 1 conduct

                   If the manager is satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that the BCP appointee has engaged in category 1 conduct, the manager may take training and development action in relation to the BCP appointee.

Note:          For training and development action, see section 40TC.

40TJ&nbsp; Action that may be taken in relation to category 2 conduct

                   If the manager is satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that the BCP appointee has engaged in category 2 conduct, the manager may do either or both of the following:

                     (a)  take remedial action in relation to the BCP appointee;

                     (b)  take training and development action in relation to the BCP appointee.

Note 1:       For remedial action, see section 40TD.

Note 2:       For training and development action, see section 40TC.

40TK&nbsp; BCP practices issue identified in course of dealing with BCP conduct issue

             (1)  This section applies if the manager is satisfied that the information:

                     (a)  given under section 40SA in relation to the BCP conduct issue; or

                     (b)  obtained in the course of dealing with the BCP conduct issue;

raises an BCP practices issue.

             (2)  The manager must bring the BCP practices issue to the attention of an appropriate BCP appointee.

             (3)  The manager may make such recommendations as the manager considers appropriate to address the BCP practices issue.

Subdivision D—Dealing with category 3 conduct issues and corruption issues

40TL&nbsp; When Subdivision applies

             (1)  This Subdivision applies if:

                     (a)  information that is given under section 40SA raises an BCP conduct issue in relation to an BCP appointee; and

                     (b)  the issue is a category 3 conduct issue.

             (2)  This Subdivision also applies if:

                     (a)  the Director decides under section 40SD that an BCP conduct issue in relation to an BCP appointee is to be dealt with under this Part; and

                     (b)  the issue is a category 3 conduct issue.

             (3)  This Subdivision also applies if:

                     (a)  the Director notifies the Integrity Director of a corruption issue under section 19 of the Law Enforcement Integrity Director Act 2006 and the Bureau of Child Protection investigates the issue under subsection 22(1) of that Act; or

                     (b)  a corruption issue relates to the conduct of an BCP appointee and the Integrity Commissioner refers the issue to the Bureau of Child Protection under Division 2 of Part 4 of that Act.

             (4)  This Subdivision also applies if the Ombudsman arranges with the Director under section 8D of the Ombudsman Act 1976 for a category 3 conduct issue to be dealt with jointly by the Ombudsman and the Bureau of Child Protection.

40TM&nbsp; Head of unit constituted under section&nbsp;40RD to notify Ombudsman of category 3 conduct issues

             (1)  The head of the unit constituted under section 40RD must notify the Ombudsman of the issue if the issue is a category 3 conduct issue.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if this Subdivision applies to the issue because of subsection 40TL(4) (Ombudsman arranging for issue to be dealt with jointly by Ombudsman and Bureau of Child Protection).

40TN&nbsp; Head of unit constituted under section&nbsp;40RD generally allocates issues for investigation

             (1)  Subject to subsection (3) and section 40TO, the head of the unit constituted under section 40RD must allocate the issue to one or more law enforcement officers (within the meaning of the Crimes Act 1914) for investigation.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the head of the unit may allocate the issue to himself or herself.

             (3)  The head of the unit may allocate the issue to a person who is not a member of the unit only with the Director’s agreement.

40TO&nbsp; Director must allocate issue to someone outside unit constituted under section&nbsp;40RD in certain circumstances

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the issue relates to the conduct of a person who is a member of the unit constituted under section 40RD; or

                     (b)  the issue does not relate to the conduct of a person who is a member of the unit but the Director is satisfied that it would be inappropriate, for any reason, for the issue to be allocated to a person who is a member of that unit for investigation.

             (2)  The Director must allocate the issue to a person for investigation.

             (3)  The person to whom the issue is allocated must not be a member of the unit constituted under section 40RD.

             (4)  A corruption issue must not be allocated to the Ombudsman.

             (5)  Without limiting subsection (2), the Commissioner may, with the agreement of the Ombudsman, allocate the issue to the Ombudsman if the issue is a category 3 conduct issue.

             (6)  If:

                     (a)  the issue is a category 3 conduct issue; and

                     (b)  the Director allocates the issue under subsection (2) to someone other than the Ombudsman;

the Director must consult with the Ombudsman about the choice of the person to whom the issue is to be allocated.

             (7)  If the issue is a corruption issue, the Director must consult with the Integrity Commissioner about the choice of the person to whom the issue is to be allocated.

40TP&nbsp; Persons eligible to have category 3 conduct issue or corruption issue allocated to them

                   The issue may be allocated to a person under section 40TN or 40TO only if the person has appropriate qualifications or experience to conduct the investigation of the issue.

40TQ&nbsp; How category 3 conduct issue or corruption issue is dealt with

             (1)  This section applies if the issue is allocated to a person under section 40TN or 40TO.

             (2)  In investigating the issue, the investigator must:

                     (a)  ensure that:

                              (i)  the BCP appointee; and

                             (ii)  the complainant (if any);

                            have, subject to the requirements of the investigation, an adequate opportunity to be heard in relation to the issue; and

                     (b)  consider whether the information:

                              (i)  given under section 40SA in relation to the issue; or

                             (ii)  obtained in the course of dealing with the issue;

                            raises an BCP practices issue.

40TR&nbsp; Recommendations that may be made in relation to category 3 conduct or corrupt conduct

             (1)  If the investigator is satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that the BCP appointee has engaged in category 3 conduct or corrupt conduct, the investigator may recommend that any one or more of the following be taken in relation to the BCP appointee:

                     (a)  termination action;

                     (b)  remedial action;

                     (c)  training and development action;

                     (d)  any other action that the Director can take in relation to the BCP appointee.

Note 1:       For termination action, see section 40TE.

Note 2:       For remedial action, see section 40TD.

Note 3:       For training and development action, see section 40TC.

Note 4:       If evidence emerges, at any stage of the investigation, that the BCP appointee may have committed an offence, the investigator could also arrange for the BCP appointee to be charged with the offence. This might be done even before the investigation of the issue is completed. The BCP appointee might be charged with the offence even if the investigator does not recommend that termination, remedial or training and development action to be taken in relation to the BCP appointee.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the Director may take termination action in relation to an BCP employee whether or not a recommendation has been made by an investigator that termination action be taken in relation to the employee.

40TS&nbsp; Investigative powers

             (1)  If the investigator is not the Ombudsman, the investigator has, in relation to the investigation of the issue, the powers provided for in Division 5.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, subsection (1) applies even if the investigator is investigating the issue jointly with the Ombudsman.

             (3)  If the investigator is the Ombudsman, the Ombudsman has, in relation to the investigation of the issue, the same powers that the Ombudsman has under the Ombudsman Act 1976 in relation to the investigation of a complaint made under that Act.

40TU&nbsp; Report of investigation

             (1)  On completion of the investigation of the issue, the investigator must:

                     (a)  prepare a written report of the results of the investigation; and

                     (b)  give the report to:

                              (i)  the head of the unit constituted under section 40RD if the issue was allocated to the investigator under section 40TN; or

                             (ii)  the Director if the issue was allocated to the investigator under section 40TO.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the issue is investigated jointly with the Ombudsman; and

                     (b)  the arrangement under which the joint investigation is conducted specifies that the Ombudsman is to lead the investigation.

             (3)  Without limiting subsection (1), the report prepared under that subsection must include any recommendations that the investigator makes under section 40TR.

Note:          See also section 40TW.

40TV&nbsp; Taking action on report

                   The Director must ensure that:

                     (a)  any recommendations made in the report under section 40TU are fully considered; and

                     (b)  appropriate action is taken in relation to the issue to which the report relates.

40TW&nbsp; BCP practices issue identified in course of dealing with BCP conduct issue

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the investigator is satisfied that the information:

                              (i)  given under section 40SA in relation to the issue; or

                             (ii)  obtained in the course of dealing with the issue;

                            raises an BCP practices issue; and

                     (b)  the investigator prepares a report under section 40TU in relation to the investigation.

             (2)  The investigator:

                     (a)  must identify the BCP practices issue in the report; and

                     (b)  may include in the report such recommendations as the investigator considers appropriate to address the BCP practices issue.

Subdivision E—Dealing with BCP practices issues

40TX&nbsp; Director to ensure that appropriate action is taken in relation to BCP practices issue

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  a person gives information under section 40SA that raises an BCP practices issue; or

                     (b)  an BCP practices issue is:

                              (i)  brought, under section 40TK, to the attention of an BCP appointee; or

                             (ii)  identified, under section 40TW, in a report prepared under section 40TU;

                            as a result of an BCP conduct issue being dealt with under this Part.

             (2)  The Director must ensure that appropriate action is taken to have the issue dealt with.


 

Division&nbsp;4—Ministerially directed inquiries

40UA&nbsp; Minister may arrange special inquiries

             (1)  The Minister may, if he or she thinks it appropriate to do so, arrange for an inquiry to be held, by such person or persons, and in such manner, as he or she determines, concerning:

                     (a)  any conduct engaged in by an BCP appointee; or

                     (b)  any matter relating to the practices or procedures of the Bureau of Child Protection; or

                     (c)  any other matter relating to the Bureau of Child Protection.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies even if:

                     (a)  the conduct referred to in paragraph (1)(a) is:

                              (i)  being dealt with under Division 3; or

                             (ii)  the subject of a complaint made to the Ombudsman; or

                     (b)  the matter referred to in paragraph (1)(b) is:

                              (i)  a practice or procedure that is being dealt with under Division 3; or

                             (ii)  the subject of a complaint made to the Ombudsman.

40UB&nbsp; Minister to inform certain persons and bodies of inquiry

             (1)  If the Minister arranges under section 40UA for an inquiry to be held into any conduct or other matter, the Minister must inform the following of the inquiry:

                     (a)  the Ombudsman;

                     (b)  the Integrity Commissioner;

                     (c)  such other persons or bodies as the Minister considers appropriate.

             (2)  The Minister must inform those people, and those bodies, of:

                     (a)  the fact that the inquiry will be held; and

                     (b)  the conduct or matter into which the inquiry is to be held; and

                     (c)  the person or persons who are to conduct the inquiry; and

                     (d)  the manner in which the inquiry will be held.

40UC&nbsp; Division&nbsp;3 investigation may be suspended pending outcome of inquiry

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the Minister arranges under section 40UA for an inquiry to be held into conduct or a matter; and

                     (b)  the conduct or matter is being dealt with, or is about to be dealt with, under Division 3.

             (2)  The Director may suspend further action in relation to the conduct or matter under Division 3 until the inquiry has been completed.

             (3)  If the Director:

                     (a)  receives a report in relation to the inquiry; and

                     (b)  is satisfied, having considered that report, that it is appropriate to do so;

the Director may terminate the investigation of the conduct or matter under Division 3.

             (4)  If the conduct or matter is being dealt with under Division 3 jointly by the Ombudsman and the Bureau of Child Protection, the Director may take action under subsection (2) or (3) only after consulting the Ombudsman.

40UD&nbsp; Reports of special inquiries

             (1)  If an inquiry is held in accordance with arrangements made under section 40UA, the person holding the inquiry:

                     (a)  must report to the Minister the results of the inquiry; and

                     (b)  may make such recommendations (if any) arising out of the inquiry as the person considers appropriate.

             (2)  On receipt of a report of the results of an inquiry held in accordance with arrangements made under section 40UA, the Minister may cause such action to be taken, arising out of the Minister’s consideration of the report, as he or she thinks fit.

             (3)  Without limiting subsection (2), the Minister may do one or more of the following:

                     (a)  give a copy of the report to the Director;

                     (b)  give a copy of the report to the Ombudsman;

                     (c)  give a copy of the report to the Integrity Commissioner;

                     (d)  recommend to the Commissioner that the Director consider directing that training and development action be taken in relation to an BCP appointee;

                     (e)  recommend to the Commissioner that the Director consider directing that remedial action be taken in relation to an BCP appointee;

                      (f)  recommend to the Commissioner that the Director consider directing that termination action be taken in relation to an BCP appointee;

                     (g)  recommend that an BCP appointee be charged with a criminal offence;

                     (h)  refer a corruption issue in relation to an BCP appointee to the Integrity Commissioner.


 

Division&nbsp;5—Investigative powers

40VA&nbsp; Application of Division

             (1)  This Division applies if a person (the investigator):

                     (a)  is investigating a category 3 conduct issue or a corruption issue under Division 3; or

                     (b)  is conducting an inquiry under Division 4.

             (2)  The powers provided for in this Division are in addition to any other powers the investigator may have.

Note:          For example, if the investigator is a member, or special member, of the Bureau of Child Protection and the investigation or inquiry involves a possible criminal offence against a law of the Commonwealth, the investigator may have powers in relation to the investigation of offences against the laws of the Commonwealth.

40VB&nbsp; Manner of conducting investigation or inquiry

             (1)  The investigation or inquiry is to be conducted, subject to this Division, in such manner as the investigator thinks fit.

             (2)  If the Ombudsman makes an arrangement with Director under section 8D of the Ombudsman Act 1976 in relation to the investigation of the issue, the investigator must:

                     (a)  investigate the issue jointly with the Ombudsman; and

                     (b)  investigate the issue in accordance with the arrangement.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  the investigator is investigating a category 3 conduct issue or a corruption issue; and

                     (b)  the head of the unit constituted under section 40RD allocated the issue to the investigator;

the head of that unit may give the investigator directions as to the manner in which the investigation is to be conducted and the investigator must comply with those directions.

             (4)  Subsection (3) has effect subject to subsection (2).

             (5)  If:

                     (a)  the investigator is investigating a category 3 conduct issue or a corruption issue; and

                     (b)  the Director allocated the issue to the investigator;

The Director may give the investigator directions as to the manner in which the investigation is to be conducted and the investigator must comply with those directions.

             (6)  Subsection (5) has effect subject to subsection (2).

             (7)  If the investigator is conducting an inquiry under Division 4, the Minister may give the investigator directions as to the manner in which the investigation is to be conducted and the investigator must comply with those directions.

             (8)  A direction given to the investigator under subsection (3), (5) or (7) is not a legislative instrument.

40VC&nbsp; Obtaining information and making inquiries

             (1)  For the purposes of the investigation or inquiry, the investigator may obtain information from such persons, and make such inquiries, as he or she thinks fit.

             (2)  Subsection (1) has effect subject to this Division.

40VD&nbsp; Relationship with other laws

             (1)  Sections 40VB and 40VC do not authorise an BCP appointee to contravene, or fail to comply with, a law that would, if those sections had not been enacted, apply in relation to the investigation or inquiry.

             (2)  Nothing in subsection (1) affects the operation of any other provision of this Division.

40VE&nbsp; Directions to BCP appointee

Investigator may give directions to BCP appointee

             (1)  The investigator may, for the purposes of the investigation or inquiry, direct an BCP appointee:

                     (a)  to give the investigator information (in the manner and form specified in the direction); or

                     (b)  to produce to the investigator a document, record or thing; or

                     (c)  to answer a question; or

                     (d)  to do anything else that is reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining evidence in relation to the investigation or inquiry.

Note:          Failure to comply with the direction is an offence against subsection 40VH(1).

             (2)  A direction under subsection (1) has no effect unless the investigator:

                     (a)  states in the direction that the BCP appointee to whom the direction is given is being expressly directed under that subsection; and

                     (b)  specifies in the direction the substance of the subject matter of the investigation or inquiry; and

                     (c)  if it is practicable to do so—gives the direction in writing; and

                     (d)  if the direction is given in writing—gives the BCP appointee a copy of the direction.

Obligation to comply with direction

             (3)  If an BCP appointee is directed under subsection (1) to give information, produce a document, record or thing, answer a question or do something else for the purposes of obtaining evidence, the BCP appointee is not excused from complying with the direction:

                     (a)  on the ground that complying with the direction:

                              (i)  would be contrary to the public interest; or

                             (ii)  might make him or her liable to a penalty; or

                     (b)  on the ground that the information, the production of the document, record or thing, the answer to the question or the evidence obtained by doing that thing might tend to incriminate him or her; or

                     (c)  on any other ground.

Use to which information etc. may be put

             (4)  The information, the production of the document, record or thing, the answer to the question or the evidence obtained by doing that thing, is not admissible in evidence against the BCP appointee in any civil or criminal proceedings other than:

                     (a)  proceedings for an offence against subsection 40VH(1); or

                     (b)  proceedings in relation to termination action taken in relation to the BCP appointee; or

                     (c)  proceedings under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988; or

                     (d)  proceedings in tort that the BCP appointee institutes against the Commonwealth.

             (5)  Nothing in subsection (4) is taken to affect the admissibility in evidence, in any civil or criminal proceedings, of:

                     (a)  any information given by an BCP appointee to the investigator; or

                     (b)  the production of a document, record or thing by an BCP appointee to the investigator; or

                     (c)  an answer given by an BCP appointee to a question put to him or her by the investigator; or

                     (d)  evidence obtained by an BCP appointee doing something for the purposes of obtaining evidence at the request of the investigator;

if the BCP appointee has not been expressly directed, under subsection (1), to give the information, to produce the document, record or thing, to answer the question or to do that thing.

             (6)  If a document, record or thing is produced to the investigator under a direction under subsection (1), the investigator may:

                     (a)  examine the document, record or other thing; and

                     (b)  retain possession of the document, record or other thing for such period as is necessary for the purposes of the investigation or inquiry.

If the investigator retains possession of a document, record or thing under paragraph (b) during a particular period, the investigator must allow a person who would be entitled to inspect the document, record or thing if it was not in the investigator’s possession to inspect the document, record or thing at all reasonable times.

             (7)  If a document or record is produced to the investigator under a direction under subsection (1), the investigator may take extracts from, or a copy of, the document or record.

             (8)  For all the purposes of this Act, and the regulations in force under this Act, a direction given by the investigator under subsection (1) has effect as if it had been given by the Director.

             (9)  An BCP appointee is not liable to any penalty (other than a penalty under this Act) merely because the appointee:

                     (a)  gives information; or

                     (b)  produces a document, record or thing; or

                     (c)  answers a question; or

                     (d)  does something else;

when directed to do so by the investigator under this section.

Direction is not a legislative instrument

           (10)  If a direction given by an investigator under subsection (1) is in writing, the direction is not a legislative instrument.

40VF&nbsp; Entering and searching BCP premises

             (1)  For the purposes of the investigation or inquiry, the investigator may:

                     (a)  enter, at any time, premises occupied by the Bureau of Child Protection; and

                     (b)  carry on the investigation or inquiry on those premises; and

                     (c)  search those premises; and

                     (d)  examine any document, record or other thing that is on those premises and that is relevant to the investigation or inquiry; and

                     (e)  take extracts from, or a copy of, any document or record that is on those premises and that is relevant to the investigation or inquiry; and

                      (f)  retain possession of the document, record or thing for such period as is necessary for the purposes of the investigation or inquiry.

             (2)  If the investigator retains possession of a document, record or thing under paragraph (1)(f) during a particular period, the investigator must allow a person who would be entitled to inspect the document, record or thing, if it was not in the investigator’s possession, to inspect the document, record or thing at all reasonable times.

             (3)  The document, record or thing referred to in paragraph (1)(d), (e) or (f) need not be one that is being used by the Bureau of Child Protection.

             (4)  In this section:

premises includes a place, vehicle, vessel and aircraft.

40VG&nbsp; Special powers if investigator conducting inquiry under Division&nbsp;4

Section applies to inquiries

             (1)  This section applies if the investigator is conducting an inquiry under Division 4.

Investigator may give direction

             (2)  For the purposes of the inquiry, the investigator may:

                     (a)  direct an BCP appointee to attend before him or her at the time and place specified in the direction and to answer questions relevant to the inquiry when the BCP appointee attends; and

                     (b)  administer an oath or affirmation to the BCP appointee; and

                     (c)  examine the BCP appointee on oath or affirmation; and

                     (d)  by means of sound recording apparatus or otherwise, make a record of any information furnished, or answer given, in compliance with such a direction or cause such a record to be made.

Note:          Failure to comply with a direction under paragraph (a), or to be sworn or make an affirmation under paragraph (b), is an offence (see subsection 40VH(1)).

             (3)  A direction under subsection (2) has no effect unless the investigator:

                     (a)  states in the direction that the BCP appointee to whom the direction is given is being expressly directed under that subsection; and

                     (b)  specifies in the direction the substance of the subject matter of the inquiry; and

                     (c)  if it is practicable to do so—gives the direction in writing; and

                     (d)  if the direction is given in writing—gives the BCP appointee a copy of the direction.

Obligation to comply with direction

             (4)  If an BCP appointee is directed under subsection (2) to answer a question, the BCP appointee is not excused from complying with the direction:

                     (a)  on the ground that answering the question:

                              (i)  would be contrary to the public interest; or

                             (ii)  might make him or her liable to a penalty; or

                     (b)  on the ground that the answer to the question might tend to incriminate him or her; or

                     (c)  on any other ground.

Use to which answer may be put

             (5)  The answer to the question is not admissible in evidence against the BCP appointee in any civil or criminal proceedings other than:

                     (a)  proceedings for an offence against subsection 40VH(1); or

                     (b)  proceedings in relation to termination action taken in relation to the BCP appointee; or

                     (c)  proceedings under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988; or

                     (d)  proceedings in tort that the BCP appointee institutes against the Commonwealth.

             (6)  Nothing in subsection (5) is taken to affect the admissibility in evidence, in any civil or criminal proceedings, of an answer given by an BCP appointee to a question put to him or her by the investigator if the BCP appointee has not been expressly directed, under subsection (2), to answer the question.

Direction has same effect as if given by Director

             (7)  For all the purposes of this Act, and the regulations in force under this Act, a direction given by the investigator under subsection (2) has effect as if it had been given by the Director.

BCP appointee not liable to penalty for answering question

             (8)  An BCP appointee is not liable to any penalty (other than a penalty for an offence against subsection 40VH(1)) under the provisions of any other law because the BCP appointee answers a question when directed to do so by the investigator under subsection (2).

Direction is not a legislative instrument

           (10)  If a direction given by an investigator under subsection (2) is in writing, the direction is not a legislative instrument.

40VH&nbsp; Offences

             (1)  An BCP appointee commits an offence if the BCP appointee:

                     (a)  refuses or fails to comply with a direction given under subsection 40VE(1) or 40VG(2); or

                     (b)  refuses or fails to be sworn or make an affirmation, when required to do so under subsection 40VG(2); or

                     (c)  gives information or makes a statement to the investigator knowing that it is false or misleading in a material particular.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 6 months.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the BCP appointee has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

             (3)  In any proceedings for an offence against subsection (1), the prosecution bears the onus of proving that:

                     (a)  the investigator complied with subsection 40VE(2) in relation to a direction under subsection 40VE(1); or

                     (b)  the investigator complied with subsection 40VG(3) in relation to a direction under subsection 40VG(2).


 

Division&nbsp;6—Record keeping

40WA&nbsp; Record keeping

             (1)  The Director must ensure that adequate records are kept for the purposes of this Part.

             (2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the Director must ensure that records are kept of:

                     (a)  information that is given under section 40SA; and

                     (b)  the action (if any) that is taken in relation to the BCP conduct or practices issue raised by that information; and

                     (c)  if the issue is an BCP conduct issue—the action (if any) that is taken in relation to any BCP practices issue that is:

                              (i)  brought, under section 40TK, to the attention of an BCP appointee; or

                             (ii)  identified, under section 40TW, in a report prepared under section 40TU;

                            as a result of the BCP conduct issue being dealt with under this Part.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply if subsection 40SC(2) (which deals with category 1 conduct issues that are resolved without being recorded) applies to the information.

             (4)  The Integrity Director is entitled to have access to the records kept under this section for the purposes of performing the Integrity Director’s functions.

             (5)  Without limiting section 40XC, the Ombudsman is entitled to have access to the records kept under this section for the purposes of performing the Ombudsman’s functions.

40WB&nbsp; Records about corruption issues

             (1)  The Integrity Director may direct the Director that access to information about a corruption issue is to be restricted in the way specified in the direction.

Note:          For example, the Integrity Director might direct that the information that would otherwise be entered on a database is not to be entered on the database or that, if the information is entered on a database, access to the information on the database is to be restricted in some way.

             (2)  The Director must comply with the direction.


 

Division&nbsp;7—Ombudsman review

40XA&nbsp; Annual reviews by Ombudsman

             (1)  For the purposes of this section, the review periods are:

                     (a)  the period of 12 months commencing on the day on which the Law Enforcement (BCP Professional Standards and Related Measures) Act 2006 commences; and

                     (b)  each succeeding period of 12 months.

             (2)  At least once in each review period, the Ombudsman must, for the purposes of reviewing the administration of this Part during that period, inspect the records of BCP conduct issues and BCP practices issues that have been, or are being, dealt with under Divisions 3 and 4 during that period.

40XB&nbsp; Ad hoc reviews by Ombudsman

                   The Ombudsman may, at any time, inspect the records of BCP conduct issues and BCP practices issues dealt with under Divisions 3 and 4 for the purposes of reviewing the administration of this Part.

40XC&nbsp; Director to provide information and access to documents

                   For the purposes of a review conducted under section 40XA or 40XB, the Ombudsman may require the Director to give the Ombudsman the information, and the access to documents, that the Ombudsman requests.

40XD&nbsp; Annual reports by Ombudsman

             (1)  The Ombudsman must, as soon as practicable after 30 June each year, prepare a report of the Ombudsman’s work and activities under this Division during the preceding 12 months and give copies of the report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives for presentation to the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively.

             (2)  The report must include comments as to the comprehensiveness and adequacy of the administration of matters under Divisions 3 and 4.


 

Division&nbsp;8—Offences

40YA&nbsp; Victimisation

             (1)  A person commits an offence if the person causes, or threatens to cause, detriment to another person (the victim) on the ground that the victim, or any other person:

                     (a)  has given, or may give, information under this Part; or

                     (b)  has produced, or may produce, a document, record or thing to a person under this Part.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 6 months.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), a threat may be:

                     (a)  express or implied; or

                     (b)  conditional or unconditional.

             (3)  In a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1), it is not necessary to prove that the person threatened actually feared that the threat would be carried out.

40YB&nbsp; Providing false information about BCP conduct or practices issues

                   A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person:

                              (i)  gives information under section 40SA that raises an BCP conduct or practices issue; or

                             (ii)  otherwise gives an BCP appointee information in relation to an BCP conduct or practices issue; and

                     (b)  the person knows that the information is false in a material particular.

Penalty:  20 penalty units.

40YC&nbsp; BCP appointees to provide name, etc.

                   An BCP appointee commits an offence if:

                     (a)  a person requests the APBC appointee to give the person any of the following:

                              (i)  his or her name;

                             (ii)  the address of his or her place of duty;

                            (iii)  his or her identification number if her or she has an identification number; and

                     (b)  the person informs the BCP appointee, either expressly or by necessary implication, that the person:

                              (i)  is complaining, or proposes to complain, about action taken by that BCP appointee; or

                             (ii)  is giving information, or proposed to give information, under section 40SA about an BCP conduct issue that relates to conduct engaged in by that BCP appointee; and

                     (c)  the BCP appointee:

                              (i)  refuses or fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the request; or

                             (ii)  gives the person a name, address or identification number that is false in a material particular.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.


 

Division&nbsp;9—Secrecy

40ZA&nbsp; Secrecy

             (1)  This section applies to a person (other than an BCP appointee or the Ombudsman) who conducts:

                     (a)  an investigation of a category 3 conduct issue or a corruption issue under Subdivision D of Division 3; or

                     (b)  an inquiry under Division 4.

Note 1:       BCP appointees are covered by the confidentiality requirements of section 60A.

Note 2:       The Ombudsman is covered by the confidentiality requirements of section 35 of the Ombudsman Act 1976.

             (2)  A person who is, or has been, a person to whom this section applies commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person (either directly or indirectly and either while he or she is, or after he or she has ceased to be, a person to whom this section applies):

                              (i)  makes a record of information; or

                             (ii)  divulges or communicates information; and

                     (b)  the information was given to, or obtained by, the person in the course of, or for the purposes of, the investigation or inquiry.

Penalty:  30 penalty units.

             (3)  Subsection (2) has effect subject to subsections (4), (5) and (6).

             (4)  Subsection (2) does not prevent a person who is, or has been, a person to whom this section applies from making a record of, or divulging or communicating, information for the purposes of the investigation or inquiry.

             (5)  Subsection (2) does not prevent a person who is, or has been, a person to whom this section applies from making a record of, or divulging or communicating, information with the written consent of the appropriate person.

             (6)  Subsection (2) does not prevent a person from producing a record, or giving information, in evidence before a court.

             (7)  For the purposes of this section, the appropriate person is:

                     (a)  the Minister in relation to a person who is conducting, or has conducted, an inquiry under Division 4; and

                     (b)  the Director in relation to any other person to whom this section applies.


 

Part VA—Loss of certain superannuation rights and benefits

Division&nbsp;1—Introductory

41&nbsp; Definitions

                   In this part:

abscond has the meaning given in section 42A.

appropriate court means:

                     (a)  in relation to a person’s conviction of an offence—the court of the State or Territory before which the person was convicted and, in addition, where that court is not the Supreme Court of the State or Territory, that Supreme Court; and

                     (b)  in relation to the charging, or proposed charging, of a person with an offence—the Supreme Court of the State or Territory in which the person has been, or is to be, charged with the offence.

benefit means any benefit payable under a superannuation scheme, including a lump sum payment and a pension.

changeover day means the day on which Schedule 1 to the Australian Federal Police Legislation Amendment Act 1999 commences.

commencing day means the day on which this Part commences.

Commonwealth organisation means:

                     (a)  a body corporate incorporated for a public purpose (whether before, on or after the commencing day) by a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory; or

                     (b)  a body corporate:

                              (i)  incorporated (whether before, on or after the commencing day) under a law of the Commonwealth or a law in force in a State or Territory; and

                             (ii)  in which the Commonwealth or a body corporate mentioned in paragraph (a) has the controlling interest; or

                     (c)  a body corporate, whether incorporated before, on or after the commencing day:

                              (i)  that is a subsidiary of another body corporate mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b); and

                             (ii)  in which that other body corporate has the controlling interest; or

                     (d)  an unincorporated authority or body (other than a prescribed authority or body) established for a public purpose (whether before, on or after the commencing day) by or under a law of the Commonwealth, of a Territory or of the Northern Territory; or

                     (e)  any other incorporated or unincorporated authority or body (however established), other than a prescribed authority or body, that is wholly or substantially financed, either directly or indirectly, by the Commonwealth, whether the authority or body was or is established before, on or after the commencing day.

controlling interest, in relation to a body corporate, means an interest that derives from ownership of at least 50% of the shares in the body corporate that confer voting rights.

convicted has the meaning given in section 42C.

corruption offence means an offence by a person who was an BCP employee or an old law member or staff member at the time when it was committed, being an offence:

                     (a)  whose commission involved an abuse by the person of his or her office as such a person;

                     (b)  that, having regard to the powers and duties of such a person, as the case may be, was committed for a purpose that involved corruption; or

                     (c)  that was committed for the purpose of perverting, or attempting to pervert, the course of justice.

defendant, in Division 3A, has the meaning given in section 49A.

DPP means the Director of Public Prosecutions.

employee contributions, in relation to a person, includes:

                     (a)  any amount paid or transferred into a fund, being an amount that is, under the person’s superannuation scheme, to be taken to be employee contributions; and

                     (b)  any other amount paid or transferred into a fund under the person’s superannuation scheme, being an amount:

                              (i)  attributable to employer contributions paid by the person’s previous employer under another superannuation scheme (not being a superannuation scheme within the meaning of this Act) applicable to the person’s previous employment by that employer; and

                             (ii)  payable to the person as an additional lump sum benefit on his or her resignation or retirement.

encumbrance, in relation to property, includes any interest, mortgage, charge, right, claim or demand in respect of the property.

fund includes the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

interest, in relation to property, means:

                     (a)  a legal or equitable estate or interest in the property; or

                     (b)  a right, power or privilege in connection with the property;

whether present or future and whether vested or contingent.

member, in relation to a superannuation scheme, includes a person who is eligible for a benefit (including a deferred benefit) under the scheme.

offence means:

                     (a)  a common law offence; or

                     (b)  an offence against a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory, being an offence punishable by imprisonment for life or for a term longer than 12 months.

old law member or staff member has the meaning given by section 41A.

property means real or personal property of every description, whether situated in Australia or anywhere else and whether tangible or intangible, and includes an interest in any such real or personal property.

recovery order means a superannuation order containing an order of the kind mentioned in subsection 46(4) or (4A).

relevant period, in relation to a restraining order, means the period starting on the day when the order was made and ending:

                     (a)  if an order or orders have been made under section 49Q—at the time, or on the occurrence of the event, specified in the order, or the last of the orders, so made; or

                     (b)  if paragraph (a) does not apply but an order or orders have been made under paragraph 49J(1)(a) or (b) in relation to the restraining order—at the end of 6 months after the day when the order, or the last of the orders, was so made, or such longer period (if any) as is specified in the order, or the last of the orders; or

                     (c)  in any other case—at the end of 6 months after the day on which the restraining order was made, or such longer period (if any) as is specified in the order.

restraining order means an order under section 49B.

sentence includes a suspended sentence, but does not include a sentence passed, or an order made, under subsection 20AB(1) of the Crimes Act 1914.

superannuation authority means:

                     (a)  in relation to the superannuation scheme established by the Superannuation Act 1976:

                              (i)  for those matters under that Act for which the Board (within the meaning of that Act) is responsible—the Board; and

                             (ii)  for any other matters under that Act—the Director for Superannuation; or

                   (ab)  in relation to the superannuation scheme established by deed under the Superannuation Act 1990—the Board (within the meaning of that Act); or

                     (b)  in any other case—the person (however described) responsible for the administration of the relevant superannuation scheme.

superannuation order means an order under section 46, and includes such an order as varied under section 47A.

superannuation scheme, in relation to a person, means a superannuation scheme (other than a scheme established under a law of a State or Territory) under which employer contributions or benefits are paid or payable, or have at any time been paid, by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth organisation to or in respect of the person, and includes any scheme or organisation under which such contributions are vested in the person.

41A&nbsp; Old law members or staff members

                   For the purposes of this Part, if at a particular time before the changeover day a person was a member or staff member (within the meaning of this Act as in force at that time), the person was an old law member or staff member at that time.

42&nbsp; Related offences

                   For the purposes of this Act, 2 offences are related to each other if the elements of the offences are substantially the same acts or omissions.

42A&nbsp; Abscond

                   For the purposes of this Part, other than subsection 46(2), a person is to be taken to abscond in connection with an offence if and only if:

                     (a)  the person is charged with the offence; and

                     (b)  a warrant for the arrest of the person is issued in relation to that information; and

                     (c)  one of the following happens:

                              (i)  at the end of the period of 6 months starting on the day on which the warrant is issued:

                                        (A)  the person cannot be found; or

                                        (B)  the person is, for any other reason, not amenable to justice and, if the person is outside Australia, extradition proceedings are not on foot;

                             (ii)  at the end of the period of 6 months starting on the day on which the warrant is issued:

                                        (A)  the person is not amenable to justice because he or she is outside Australia; and

                                        (B)  extradition proceedings are on foot;

                                   and those proceedings later end without an order for the person’s extradition.

42B&nbsp; Charge with offence

                   A reference in this Part to a person being charged with an offence is a reference to an information being laid against the person for the offence, whether or not:

                     (a)  a summons has been issued requiring the attendance of the person to answer the information; or

                     (b)  a warrant for the arrest of the person has been issued.

42C&nbsp; Conviction and quashing of conviction

             (1)  For the purposes of this Part, a person is to be taken to be convicted of an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is convicted of the offence, whether summarily or on indictment; or

                     (b)  the person absconds in connection with the offence.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Part, a person is to be taken to have been convicted of an offence in a particular State or Territory if:

                     (a)  where paragraph (1)(a) applies—the person was convicted of the offence in a court in that State or Territory; or

                     (b)  where paragraph (1)(b) applies—the information relating to the offence was laid in that State or Territory.

             (3)  For the purposes of this Part, where a person is to be taken to have been convicted of an offence in a particular State or Territory because of paragraph (2)(b), the person is to be taken to have been so convicted before the Supreme Court of that State or Territory.

             (4)  For the purposes of this Part, a person’s conviction of an offence is to be taken to be quashed:

                     (a)  where paragraph (1)(a) applies—if the conviction is quashed or set aside; or

                     (b)  where paragraph (1)(b) applies—if, after the person is brought before a court in respect of the offence, the person is discharged in respect of the offence or a conviction of the person for the offence is quashed or set aside.

             (5)  A reference in this Part, in relation to a person’s conviction of an offence, to the commission of the offence is, where paragraph (1)(b) applies, a reference to the alleged commission of the offence by the person.

42D&nbsp; Property of a person

             (1)  For the purpose of making a restraining order against the property of a person, that property is to be taken to include property in which the person has a beneficial interest.

             (2)  For the purpose of making a restraining order against the property of a person who is a defendant within the meaning of Division 3A, that property is to be taken to include:

                     (a)  any property of the person that has been transferred by way of gift to another person within 2 years immediately before the day on which the restraining order is made or the day on which the person is charged with the relevant offence, whichever is the first to happen; or

                     (b)  where property of the person has been transferred to another person within that period for a consideration whose value is less than the commercial value of the property when the transfer was made—an interest in the property equal to the proportion worked out using the formula:

where:

VP (value of the property) is the number of dollars in the commercial value of the property when the transfer was made.

VC (value of consideration) is the number of dollars in the value of the consideration for the transfer when the transfer was made.

             (3)  Property that is to be taken to be property of a person under subsection (1) is available to satisfy a recovery order made against the person, whether or not a restraining order has been made against the property.

             (4)  Property that is to be taken to be property of a person under subsection (2) is available to satisfy a recovery order made against the person if, and only if, a restraining order has been made against the property.

42E&nbsp; Dealing with property

                   For the purposes of this Part, dealing with property of a person includes:

                     (a)  if a debt owing by the person is secured by an encumbrance on the property—incurring any further liability or increasing the amount of the debt by any means; and

                     (b)  removing the property from Australia; and

                     (c)  receiving or making a gift of the property.

42F&nbsp; Effective control of property

             (1)  Property may be subject to the effective control of a person within the meaning of this Part, whether or not the person has an interest in the property.

             (2)  Without limiting the generality of any other provision of this Part, in determining:

                     (a)  whether or not property is subject to the effective control of a person; or

                     (b)  whether or not there are reasonable grounds to believe that property is subject to the effective control of a person;

regard may be had to:

                     (c)  shareholdings in, debentures over or directorships of a company that has an interest (whether direct or indirect) in the property; and

                     (d)  a trust that has a relationship to the property; and

                     (e)  family, domestic and business relationships between persons having an interest in the property, or in companies of the kind mentioned in paragraph (c) or trusts of the kind mentioned in paragraph (d), and other persons.

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph (2)(e), family relationships are taken to include the following (without limitation):

                     (a)  relationships between de facto partners (within the meaning of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901);

                     (b)  relationships of child and parent that arise if someone is the child of a person because of the definition of child in this section;

                     (c)  relationships traced through relationships mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b).

             (4)  In this section:

child: without limiting who is a child of a person for the purposes of this Act, someone is the child of a person if he or she is a child of the person within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975.

42G&nbsp; Sufficient consideration

                   A reference in this Part to transferring or acquiring property, or an interest in property, for sufficient consideration is a reference to transferring or acquiring the property or interest for a consideration that is sufficient and, having regard solely to commercial considerations, reflects the value of the property or the interest.

42H&nbsp; Application of Part to convictions and offences

             (1)  This Part does not apply to a person’s conviction of an offence if the conviction happened before the commencing day.

             (2)  This Part applies to an offence committed, or believed to have been committed, at any time, whether before, on or after the commencing day.

42J&nbsp; Crown bound

             (1)  This Part binds the Crown in right of the Commonwealth, of each of the States, of the Australian Capital Territory, of the Northern Territory and of Norfolk Island.

             (2)  Nothing in this Part renders the Crown liable to be prosecuted for an offence.


 

Division&nbsp;2—Loss of superannuation: corruption offences

43&nbsp; Notice of charge etc.

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  a person who is or was an BCP employee is charged with an offence; or

                             (ii)  a person who was an old law member or staff member at any time is charged with an offence; and

                     (b)  the Director considers that the offence is, or may be, a corruption offence;

the Director shall notify the Minister in writing of the charge.

             (2)  A notice shall contain particulars of the charge and set out the reasons why the Director considers that the offence is, or may be, a corruption offence.

             (3)  Where the Director notifies the Minister that a person has been charged with an offence, the Director shall notify the Minister in writing if:

                     (a)  the person is acquitted or convicted of the offence; or

                     (b)  the charge is withdrawn or otherwise disposed of without the conviction of the person.

44&nbsp; Authority to apply for superannuation order

                   Where:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  a person who is or was an BCP employee is convicted of an offence; or

                             (ii)  a person who was an old law member or staff member at any time is convicted of an offence; and

                     (b)  the Minister is of the opinion that the offence is a corruption offence;

the Minister shall, by notice in writing, authorise the DPP to apply to the appropriate court for a superannuation order in respect of the person.

45&nbsp; Application for superannuation order

             (1)  If the DPP is authorised to apply for a superannuation order in respect of a person who is taken to have been convicted of an offence because of paragraph 42C(1)(b), the DPP must make that application to the appropriate court.

          (1A)  If:

                     (a)  the DPP is authorised to apply for a superannuation order in respect of a person who is convicted of 1 or more offences; and

                     (b)  the person is sentenced to imprisonment for life in respect of the offence, or any of the offences, or:

                              (i)  if there is only 1 offence—to imprisonment for a term longer than 12 months; or

                             (ii)  if there are 2 or more offences—to imprisonment for a single term longer than 12 months, or to cumulative terms that together add up to longer than 12 months, in respect of all or any of them;

the DPP must make that application to the appropriate court.

             (2)  The DPP must not make an application for a superannuation order otherwise than under this section.

             (3)  The DPP must take reasonable steps to give written notice of an application to the person in respect of whom the superannuation order is sought.

45A&nbsp; Application for superannuation order: evidence

             (1)  In determining an application for a superannuation order in respect of a person, the appropriate court may have regard to the transcript of any proceedings against the person for the offence to which the application relates and to the evidence given in any such proceedings.

             (2)  In an application for a superannuation order, any finding of fact made by a court in any proceedings for the offence to which the application relates, is prima facie evidence of that fact and the finding may be proved by the production of documents, under the seal of the court, in which the finding appears.

             (3)  In an application for a superannuation order in respect of a person, a certificate signed or sealed by the person’s superannuation authority:

                     (a)  stating that employer contributions or benefits made or payable by the Commonwealth or a specified Commonwealth organisation in respect of the person are held in a specified fund under the relevant superannuation scheme; and

                     (b)  stating the amount that equals the sum of those contributions or benefits as at the specified day plus the amount of interest on those contributions or benefits accrued under the scheme before that day;

is prima facie evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

             (4)  In an application for a superannuation order in respect of the person, a certificate signed or sealed by the person’s superannuation authority:

                     (a)  stating that benefits have been paid to the person under the relevant superannuation scheme; and

                     (b)  stating the amount that equals the sum of the benefits so paid as at the specified day; and

                     (c)  stating another amount that equals the part of the amount mentioned in paragraph (b) that is attributable to the sum of the employee contributions paid under the scheme by the person as at the specified day plus the amount of interest on those contributions accrued under the scheme before that day;

is prima facie evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

             (5)  A document purporting to be sealed with the seal of a court is to be taken to have been lawfully sealed with the seal of that court unless the contrary is proved.

             (6)  A document purporting to be signed or sealed by a person’s superannuation authority is to be taken to have been signed or duly sealed by that superannuation authority unless the contrary is proved.

46&nbsp; Superannuation orders

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), where an application is made to an appropriate court for a superannuation order in respect of a person, the court shall, if satisfied that the offence to which the application relates is a corruption offence, by order, declare that:

                     (a)  the person was convicted of a corruption offence; and

                     (b)  this Part applies in relation to:

                              (i)  the rights of, and benefits paid or payable to or in respect of, the person under any superannuation scheme; and

                             (ii)  any entitlement of the person to receive an adjustment payment.

             (2)  Where a person is, because of paragraph 42C(1)(b), to be taken to have been convicted of an offence, a court must not make a superannuation order in relation to the person unless the court is also satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the person has absconded and:

                     (a)  the person has been committed for trial for the offence; or

                     (b)  the court is satisfied, having regard to all the evidence before it, that a reasonable jury, properly instructed, could lawfully find the person guilty of the offence.

             (3)  Where:

                     (a)  employer contributions or benefits made or payable by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth organisation in respect of the person under any superannuation scheme have been paid into, and are held in, a fund under the scheme; and

                     (b)  the person would, but for subsection 47(1), become entitled, subject to and in accordance with the scheme, to the benefit, or to a benefit attributable to the employer contributions, as the case may be;

the court must:

                     (c)  work out, and specify in the superannuation order, the amount that it thinks reflects the value of the sum of those contributions or benefits as at the day on which the order is made, plus the interest on those contributions or benefits accrued under the scheme before that day; and

                     (d)  include in the superannuation order an order that the amount so specified be paid to the Commonwealth or Commonwealth organisation, whichever the court considers appropriate.

             (4)  Where any benefits have been paid to the person under any superannuation scheme (whether before, on or after the commencing day) the court must:

                     (a)  specify in the superannuation order the amount worked out using the formula:

                            where:

AB (amount of benefits) is the amount that the court thinks reflects the value of the sum of the benefits paid by the Commonwealth or Commonwealth organisation to the person under the scheme as at the day on which the order is made.

EC (employee contributions) is an amount that the court thinks is equal to the part of AB that is attributable to the sum of the employee contributions paid under the scheme by the person as at that day plus the interest on those contributions accrued under the scheme before that day; and

                     (b)  include in the superannuation order an order that the person pay the amount so specified to the Commonwealth or Commonwealth organisation, whichever the court considers appropriate.

          (4A)  Where the person has received an adjustment payment, the court must:

                     (a) work out, and specify in the superannuation order, the amount that it thinks reflects the value of the amount of the payment as at the day on which the order is made; and

                     (b)  include in the superannuation order an order that the person pay the amount so specified to the Commonwealth.

             (5)  For the purposes of subsection (4), the value of an amount of employer contributions or benefits, and of accrued interest, is their value worked out having regard to any decline in the purchasing power of money between the day on which the contributions or benefits were made or paid, or the interest accrued, as the case may be, and the day as at which their value must be worked out.

          (5A)  For the purposes of subsection (4A), the value of an amount of an adjustment payment is its value worked out having regard to any decline in the purchasing power of money between the day on which the amount was paid and the day as at which its value must be worked out.

             (6)  The DPP must give written notice of a superannuation order to the person’s superannuation authority.

46A&nbsp; When does a superannuation order take effect?

             (1)  A superannuation order made in relation to a person who has absconded takes effect on the day on which it is made.

             (2)  A superannuation order made in relation to a person, other than a person who has absconded, does not take effect until:

                     (a)  the end of the period (if any) allowed for appealing against the conviction or sentence under the relevant Commonwealth, State or Territory law; or

                     (b)  if the person appeals against his or her conviction or sentence, or both—the appeal, and any proceedings resulting from it, are finally determined, withdrawn or otherwise disposed of.

47&nbsp; Effect of superannuation order

             (1)  Where a court makes a superannuation order in respect of a person:

                     (a)  all rights of, and benefits payable to or in respect of, the person or a dependant of the person (being rights or benefits arising out of the person’s membership of any superannuation scheme) cease, or cease to be payable, on the day on which the order takes effect and the person ceases to be a member of the scheme on that day; and

                    (aa)  any entitlement of the person to an adjustment payment ceases on that day and an adjustment payment is not payable to the person on or after that day; and

                     (b)  any amount of the kind mentioned in subsection 46(3) that is vested in the person ceases to be so vested on that day; and

                     (c)  the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth organisation is not liable to pay any employer contribution or benefit under the scheme in respect of the person on or after that day.

          (1A)  An amount payable by a person to the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth organisation under a superannuation order is a debt due by the person to the Commonwealth or the Commonwealth organisation, as the case may be.

          (1B)  An order under subsection 46(3), (4) or (4A) against a person may be enforced as if it were an order made in civil proceedings instituted by the Commonwealth or the relevant Commonwealth organisation against the person to recover a debt due by the person to the Commonwealth or the Commonwealth organisation, and the debt arising from the order is to be taken to be a judgment debt.

             (2)  Despite the Superannuation Act, or any other Act or any agreement, where subsection (1) applies to a person who is an BCP employee, the person is entitled, on the day on which he or she ceases to be a member of the relevant superannuation scheme, to payment of an amount equal to the sum of the employee contributions paid under the scheme by the person (being contributions that are held in a fund under the scheme) plus the amount of interest on those contributions accrued under the scheme.

             (3)  Despite the Superannuation Act, or any other Act or any agreement, where subsection (1) applies to a person:

                     (a)  who:

                              (i)  was an BCP employee at the time the relevant corruption offence was committed but was not such an employee when charged with that offence; or

                             (ii)  was an old law member or staff member at the time the relevant corruption offence was committed but was not such a member or an BCP employee when charged with that offence; and

                     (b)  who would, but for that subsection, have been entitled to payment of benefits under the relevant superannuation scheme on or after the day on which the superannuation order takes effect;

the person is entitled, on the day on which he or she ceases to be a member of the scheme, to payment of an amount worked out using the formula:

where:

AC is an amount equal to the sum of the employee contributions paid under the scheme by the person plus the amount of interest on those contributions accrued under the scheme; and

AR is an amount equal to that part of the sum of all amounts paid to the person by way of benefit before the day on which the superannuation order takes effect that is attributable to AC.

47A&nbsp; Superannuation orders: variation

             (1)  If a superannuation order made in respect of a person:

                     (a)  specifies an amount under subsection 46(3) or (4); and

                     (b)  takes effect on a day that is later than the day on which the order is made;

the DPP may, as soon as practicable after the order takes effect, apply to the court that made the order to vary the order by substituting for the specified amount an increased amount, having regard to any amount of employer contributions or benefits paid by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth organisation in respect of the person during the prescribed period.

             (2)  Where an application is made, the court must vary the superannuation order accordingly and, for the purposes of working out the increased amount to be specified in the superannuation order, as varied, subsections 46(3), (4) and (5) apply as if references in subsections 46(3) and (4) to the day on which the order is made were references to the day on which the variation is made.

             (3)  In this section:

prescribed period means the period starting on the day on which the superannuation order is made and ending on the day on which the variation is made.

47B&nbsp; Superannuation orders: revocation

             (1)  A superannuation order made in relation to a person is to be taken to have been revoked if:

                     (a)  the person’s conviction is quashed; or

                     (b)  the person’s sentence is so reduced or otherwise changed that it would no longer support the making of an application for a superannuation order under subsection 45(1A); or

                     (c)  where the person is taken to be convicted because of paragraph 42C(1)(b)—the person is brought before a court in respect of the offence concerned and, having been convicted of that offence, does not receive a sentence that would support the making of an application for a superannuation order under subsection 45(1A).

             (2)  Where a superannuation order is taken to have been revoked, the DPP must give written notice of the fact to:

                     (a)  the person in respect of whom the order was made; and

                     (b)  the person’s superannuation authority.

             (3)  Where:

                     (a)  a superannuation order is made in relation to a person who is taken to be convicted because of paragraph 42C(1)(b); and

                     (b)  the superannuation order is to be taken to have been revoked;

there is payable to the person an amount determined by the Finance Minister, being an amount that the Minister considers to be a fair recompense to the person, having regard to:

                     (c)  any amount paid to the person under subsection 47(2) or (3); and

                     (d)  any amount recovered from the person under a recovery order against the person; and

                     (e)  any other financial loss sustained by the person as a result of the superannuation order; and

                      (f)  any other matters that the Minister thinks are relevant in the circumstances of the case.


 

Division&nbsp;3A—Restraining orders

49A&nbsp; Application for restraining order

             (1)  Where a person (in this Division called the defendant):

                     (a)  has been convicted of an offence; or

                     (b)  has been, or is about to be, charged with an offence;

the DPP may apply to the appropriate court for a restraining order against specified property of the defendant or of another person, or both.

             (2)  For the purposes of an application, the DPP may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, give the court such undertakings with respect to the payment of damages or costs, or both, as the court requires.

49B&nbsp; Making of restraining orders

             (1)  Subject to this Division, where an application is made for a restraining order against property and the appropriate court is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the offence concerned is, or may be, a corruption offence; and

                     (b)  if the defendant has been sentenced in respect of the offence—the sentence would support the making of an application for a superannuation order under subsection 45(1A); and

                     (c)  the defendant is, or has been, a member of a superannuation scheme;

the court may, by order, direct that the property, or such part of the property as is specified in the order, is not to be disposed of, or otherwise dealt with, by any person except in the manner and circumstances (if any) specified in the order.

             (2)  A restraining order must not be made against a person’s property to any extent greater than is necessary to ensure the recovery of any amount payable, or reasonably likely to be payable, by the defendant under a recovery order.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not prevent the court from making a restraining order against a person’s property, being property whose value is more than the amount payable, or reasonably likely to be payable, by the defendant under a recovery order if there is no other property of sufficient value in respect of which the court can make a restraining order.

             (4)  A court may make a restraining order against property whether or not there is any risk of the property being disposed of, or otherwise dealt with, in a manner that would defeat the operation of this Part.

             (5)  Where the application is made in reliance on the proposed charging of the defendant with the offence concerned, the court must not make a restraining order unless satisfied that the defendant will be charged with the offence, or with a related corruption offence, within 48 hours.

             (6)  A court may refuse to make a restraining order if the Commonwealth refuses or fails to give the court such undertakings as the court considers appropriate with respect to the payment of damages or costs, or both, in relation to the making and operation of the order.

49C&nbsp; Restraining order may be subject to conditions

             (1)  A restraining order against a person’s property may be made subject to such conditions as the court thinks fit, for example, conditions providing for meeting, out of the property or a specified part of the property, all or any of the following:

                     (a)  the person’s reasonable living expenses (including the reasonable living expenses of any dependants of the person) and reasonable business expenses;

                     (b)  the person’s taxed legal expenses in defending a criminal charge;

                     (c)  a specified debt incurred by the person in good faith (being a debt to which neither paragraph (a) or (b) applies).

             (2)  The court must not make provision of a kind mentioned in subsection (1) unless satisfied that the person cannot meet the expense or debt concerned out of property that is not subject to a restraining order.

49D&nbsp; Affidavit of police officer needed in certain cases

             (1)  Where an application is made for a restraining order and the defendant has not been convicted of the offence concerned, the court must not make a restraining order unless:

                     (a)  the application for the order is supported by an affidavit of a police officer stating that the officer believes the defendant committed the offence; and

                     (b)  the court is satisfied, having regard to the matters contained in the affidavit, that there are reasonable grounds for so believing.

             (2)  Where an application for a restraining order is made against specified property of a person other than the defendant, the court must not make a restraining order against the property unless:

                     (a)  the application is supported by an affidavit of a police officer stating that the officer believes that the property is subject to the effective control of the defendant; and

                     (b)  the court is satisfied, having regard to the matters contained in the affidavit, that there are reasonable grounds for so believing.

             (3)  An affidavit made by a police officer for the purpose of this section stating that the officer believes a particular matter must set out the grounds on which the officer holds that belief.

             (4)  The court may, at any time before the final determination of an application for:

                     (a)  a restraining order; or

                     (b)  an extension of the period of effect of a restraining order;

direct the DPP to give or publish notice of the application to a specified person or class of persons in the manner and within the time the court thinks appropriate.

             (5)  In this section:

police officer means a member of the Bureau of Child Protection or of the police force of a State or Territory.

49E&nbsp; Notice of application for restraining order

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), the DPP must give written notice of an application for a restraining order against property to:

                     (a)  the owner of the property; and

                     (b)  any other person the DPP has reason to believe may have an interest in the property.

             (2)  Where notice of an application has not been given, the court must consider the application if the DPP asks it to do so but, subject to section 49EA, a restraining order made by virtue of this subsection ceases to have effect at the end of the period (not exceeding 14 days) specified by the court in the restraining order.

49EA&nbsp; Extension of certain restraining orders

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), the court may, on application made by the DPP before the end of the period mentioned in subsection 49E(2), extend the period of operation of a restraining order made in reliance on that subsection.

             (2)  Subsections 49D(1), (2), (3) and (5) apply, with the necessary changes made, to the extension of the period of operation of a restraining order made in reliance on subsection 49E(2) in the same way as they apply to the making of a restraining order.

             (3)  The DPP must give written notice of an application under subsection (1) for the extension of a restraining order to:

                     (a)  the owner of the property against which the restraining order was made; and

                     (b)  any other person who the DPP has reason to believe may have an interest in the property.

49F&nbsp; Persons who may appear and adduce evidence

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  the DPP applies for a restraining order against property; and

                     (b)  notice of the application is given under subsection 49E(1);

any person who claims an interest in the property may appear and adduce evidence at the hearing of the application.

             (2)  Where the DPP applies for the extension of the period of effect of a restraining order made in respect of property, any person who claims an interest in the property may appear and adduce evidence at the hearing of the application.

49G&nbsp; Witnesses not required to answer questions etc. in certain cases

                   On the hearing of an application for a restraining order, a witness is not required to answer a question or to produce a document if the court is satisfied that the answering of the question or the production of the document may prejudice the investigation of, or the prosecution of a person for, an offence.

49H&nbsp; Notice of restraining orders

             (1)  Subject to subsection (2), where a restraining order is made against a person’s property, the DPP must give the person written notice of the order.

             (2)  Where:

                     (a)  a court makes a restraining order; and

                     (b)  the court is satisfied that it would be in the public interest to delay giving notice of the order to a person;

the court may include in the restraining order an order that giving the person notice of the restraining order be delayed for the specified period and the DPP must give the person notice of the restraining order as soon as practicable after the end of the specified period.

49J&nbsp; Ancillary orders

             (1)  Where an appropriate court makes a restraining order, it may, at the same time or at any later time, make any ancillary orders that it thinks appropriate, for example:

                     (a)  an order varying the property to which the restraining order relates;

                     (b)  an order varying any condition to which the restraining order is subject; and

                     (c)  an order for the examination on oath before the court or the Registrar of the court of any person, including:

                              (i)  the owner of property subject to the restraining order (in this paragraph called the owner); or

                             (ii)  the defendant;

                            about the affairs (including the nature and location of any property) of:

                            (iii)  anyone else who is either the owner or the defendant, or both; and

                            (iv)  if the person to be examined is either the owner or the defendant, or both—that person; and

                     (d)  an order about carrying out any undertaking with respect to the payment of damages or costs given by the Commonwealth in connection with the making of the restraining order.

             (2)  An ancillary order may be made on application by:

                     (a)  the DPP; or

                     (b)  the owner of property subject to the restraining order; or

                     (c)  with the leave of the court—any other person.

             (3)  Where:

                     (a)  a defendant has been convicted of, or has been charged or is about to be charged with, an offence; and

                     (b)  an appropriate court makes a restraining order against property in reliance on the conviction, charging or proposed charging; and

                     (c)  a person, other than the defendant, who has an interest in the property applies to the court for a variation of the order to exclude the person’s interest from the order;

the court must grant the application if satisfied that the applicant’s interest in the property is not subject to the effective control of the defendant.

             (4)  Where a person is examined before a court or a registrar under an order under subsection (1), the person is not excused from answering a question when required to do so by the court or registrar, as the case may be, on the ground that the answer to the question might tend to incriminate the person or make the person liable to forfeiture or a penalty.

             (5)  Where a person is examined before a court or registrar under an order under subsection (1), the statement or disclosure made by the person in answer to a question put in the course of the examination, and any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect result of the statement or disclosure, is not admissible against the person in any criminal proceedings except a proceeding for giving false testimony in the course of the examination.

             (6)  For the purposes of subsection (5), proceedings on an application for a superannuation order or a restraining order are not criminal proceedings.

             (7)  On the hearing of an application for an order under subsection (1), a witness is not required to answer a question or to produce a document if the court is satisfied that the answering of the question or the production of the document may prejudice the investigation of, or the prosecution of the person for, an offence.

49K&nbsp; Charge on property subject to restraining order

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  a recovery order is made against a defendant; and

                     (b)  a restraining order is, or has been, made against:

                              (i)  property of the defendant; or

                             (ii)  property of another person in relation to which an order is, or has been, made under subsection 53A(1);

                            in reliance on the defendant’s conviction of a particular offence or a related corruption offence or on the charging, or proposed charging, of the defendant with a particular offence or a related corruption offence;

then, upon the making of the later of the orders, there is created, by force of this section, a charge on the property to secure the payment of the amount specified in the recovery order to the Commonwealth or the relevant Commonwealth organisation, as the case requires.

             (2)  A charge on property of a person ceases to have effect:

                     (a)  if the relevant recovery order ceases to have effect; or

                     (b)  upon payment to the Commonwealth, or the relevant Commonwealth organisation, of the amount specified in the order; or

                     (c)  upon the person becoming a bankrupt; or

                     (d)  upon the sale or other disposition of the property by the owner of the property with the consent of the court that made the recovery order; or

                     (e)  upon the sale of the property to a purchaser in good faith for sufficient consideration who, at the time of the purchase, has no notice of the charge;

whichever first occurs.

             (3)  A charge on property:

                     (a)  is subject to every encumbrance on the property that came into existence before the charge and that would, but for this subsection, have priority over the charge; and

                     (b)  has priority over all other encumbrances; and

                     (c)  subject to subsection (2), is not affected by any change of ownership of the property.

             (4)  Where:

                     (a)  a charge is created on property of a particular kind; and

                     (b)  the provisions of any law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory provide for the registration of title to, or charges over, property of that kind;

the DPP may cause the charge to be registered under the provisions of that law and, if the charge is so registered, a person who purchases, or otherwise acquires an interest in, the property after the registration is to be taken, for the purposes of paragraph (2)(e), to have notice of the charge at the time of the purchase or acquisition.

49L&nbsp; Registration of restraining orders

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  a restraining order applies to property of a particular kind; and

                     (b)  the provisions of any law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory provide for the registration of title to, or charges over, property of that kind;

the authority responsible for administering those provisions may, on application by the DPP, record on the register kept under those provisions particulars of the restraining order.

             (2)  Where particulars of a restraining order are recorded under subsection (1), a person who later deals with the property is to be taken, for the purposes of section 49M, to have notice of the restraining order at the time of the dealing.

49M&nbsp; Contravention of restraining orders

             (1)  A person who intentionally contravenes a restraining order by disposing of, or otherwise dealing with, property that is subject to the restraining order is guilty of an offence punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 5 years.

             (2)  Where:

                     (a)  a restraining order is made against property; and

                     (b)  the property is disposed of, or otherwise dealt with, in contravention of the restraining order; and

                     (c)  the disposition or dealing was either not for sufficient consideration or not in favour of a person who acted in good faith;

the DPP may apply to the court that made the restraining order for an order that the disposition or dealing be set aside.

             (3)  Where the DPP makes an application under subsection (2) in relation to a disposition or dealing, the court may make an order:

                     (a)  setting the disposition or dealing aside as from the day on which it took place; or

                     (b)  setting the disposition or dealing aside as from the day of the order under this subsection and declaring the respective rights of any persons who acquired interests in the property on or after the day on which the disposition or dealing took place and before the day of the order under this subsection.

49N&nbsp; Restraining orders: revocation

                   Where a court has made a restraining order against a person’s property, the court may, on application made by the person, revoke the order if:

                     (a)  where the order was made in reliance on the person’s conviction of an offence or the charging, or proposed charging, of the person with an offence—the person gives security satisfactory to the court for the payment of any amount that may be specified in a recovery order against the person; or

                     (b)  the person gives undertakings satisfactory to the court concerning the person’s property.

49P&nbsp; When do restraining orders cease to have effect?

             (1)  A restraining order ceases to have effect if any of the following things happen:

                     (a)  the defendant is acquitted of the offence, or the charge is withdrawn or otherwise disposed of without conviction and the defendant has not been charged with a related corruption offence before the acquittal, withdrawal or disposal;

                     (b)  the defendant is convicted of the offence, but does not receive a sentence that would support the making of an application for a superannuation order under subsection 45(1A);

                     (c)  the Minister refuses to authorise the DPP to apply for a superannuation order in respect of the defendant;

                     (d)  the appropriate court refuses to make a recovery order against the defendant;

                     (e)  such an order is made in respect of the defendant but is later satisfied or is taken to have been revoked;

                      (f)  where the restraining order was made in reliance on the proposed charging of the person with an offence—the defendant is not charged with the offence or a related corruption offence before the end of the period of 48 hours after the order is made.

             (2)  Subject to this section, a restraining order ceases to have effect, if it has not already done so under subsection (1), at the end of the relevant period in relation to the order.

             (3)  If, within the relevant period in relation to a restraining order, an application is made under section 49Q for an extension of the period of effect of the restraining order and the court refuses the application after the end of the relevant period, the restraining order ceases to have effect when the court refuses the application.

             (4)  If, within the relevant period in relation to a restraining order, an application is made under section 49Q for an extension of the period of effect of the restraining order and the application is granted, the restraining order ceases to have effect at the time, or on the occurrence of the event, specified in an order made by the court under that section.

49Q&nbsp; Extension of period of effect of restraining orders

             (1)  The DPP may, before the end of the relevant period in relation to a restraining order made in reliance on a person’s conviction of an offence or the charging, or proposed charging, of a person with an offence, apply to the court that made the restraining order for an extension of the period of effect of the order.

             (2)  Where, on an application for an extension of the period of effect of a restraining order, the court is satisfied:

                     (a)  that a recovery order has been, or may still be, made against the person; and

                     (b)  where the property concerned is the property of another person—an order under subsection 53A(1) has been, or may still be, made;

the court may:

                     (c)  by order, extend the period of effect of the restraining order; and

                     (d)  make such other order or orders as it thinks appropriate in relation to the operation of the restraining order.

             (3)  The DPP must give a person written notice of an application in relation to a restraining order in respect of the person’s property.

49R&nbsp; Notice of applications

             (1)  A person who applies under section 49J for an ancillary order in relation to a restraining order must give written notice of the application to each other person who is entitled under subsection 49J(2) to make an application under section 49J in relation to the restraining order.

             (2)  A person who applies under section 49N for revocation of a restraining order must give written notice of the application to the DPP.


 

Division&nbsp;4—Miscellaneous

51&nbsp; Person ceases to be an BCP employee: persons charged with corruption offences

             (1)  Where:

                     (a)  a person is charged with an offence;

                     (b)  the person ceases, for any reason, to be an BCP employee on or after the day on which the person is charged (whether because the period of the person’s engagement ends, by operation of law or because of anything done by the person or the Director);

then, if the Director believes on reasonable grounds that the offence is a corruption offence, the Director shall notify the person’s superannuation authority in writing that the person’s rights and entitlements under the relevant superannuation scheme are suspended.

             (2)  The Director shall cause a copy of a notice to be given to the person concerned.

             (3)  Where the Director notifies a superannuation authority that the rights and entitlements of a person are suspended:

                     (a)  the person is entitled, on the day on which he or she ceases to be an BCP employee, to receive payment, if the person elects to do so, of an amount equal to the sum of the employee contributions paid under the scheme by the person (being contributions held in a fund under the scheme) plus the amount of interest on those contributions accrued under the scheme; and

                     (b)  the person is not entitled to exercise any other right, or to receive any other benefit, under the scheme, or to receive an adjustment payment, unless:

                              (i)  the person is acquitted of the offence or the charge is withdrawn or otherwise disposed of without the conviction of the person;

                             (ii)  the person is convicted of the offence, but does not receive a sentence that would support the making of an application for a superannuation order under subsection 45(1A);

                            (iii)  the Minister refuses to authorise the DPP to apply for a superannuation order in respect of the person;

                            (iv)  the appropriate court refuses to make a superannuation order in respect of the person; or

                             (v)  a superannuation order made in respect of the person is taken to have been revoked.

             (4)  Where anything mentioned in paragraph (3)(b) happens, the Commissioner shall, as soon as practicable, notify the relevant superannuation authority accordingly.

             (5)  To avoid doubt, for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), a person does not cease to be an BCP employee in circumstances where the person completes a period of engagement under section 24 (the initial period) and is re‑engaged under that section for a further period starting immediately after the end of the initial period.

53A&nbsp; Court may lift corporate veil etc.

             (1)  Where an appropriate court makes a recovery order against a person, it may, on application by the DPP, if it thinks that particular property is subject to the effective control of the person, make an order declaring that the whole, or a specified part, of that property is available to satisfy the recovery order.

             (2)  Where a court declares that property is available to satisfy a recovery order:

                     (a)  the recovery order may be enforced against the property as if the property were property of the person against whom the order is made; and

                     (b)  a restraining order may be made in respect of the property as if the property were property of the person against whom the restructuring order is made.

             (3)  Where the DPP applies for an order under subsection (1) that property is available to satisfy a recovery order against a person:

                     (a)  the DPP must give written notice of the application to the person and to any other person who the DPP has reason to believe may have an interest in the property; and

                     (b)  the person and any person who claims an interest in the property may appear and adduce evidence at the hearing of the application.

54&nbsp; Amounts payable under section&nbsp;46, 47, 47B or 51

             (1)  Where an amount is payable under an order made under subsection 46(3) in respect of employer contributions or benefits that are held in a fund (other than the Consolidated Revenue Fund), the amount is payable out of the fund by the person responsible for the administration of the fund.

             (2)  Where an amount is payable under an order made under subsection 46(3) in respect of employer contributions or benefits that have been paid to the Commonwealth, the Finance Minister is to make arrangements:

                     (a)  for the payment of the amount out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund; or

                     (b)  where it is not appropriate to make such a payment—for any other appropriate action to be taken;

and the order is to be taken to have been satisfied by the taking of any action that gives effect to the arrangements.

             (3)  An amount payable to a person under subsection 47(2) or (3) or 51(3) is payable:

                     (a)  if the relevant superannuation scheme is established by an Act—by the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  in any other case—by the relevant superannuation authority out of the fund established under the relevant superannuation scheme.

             (4)  Where an amount mentioned in subsection (3) is payable by the Commonwealth, the amount is payable out of the fund established under the relevant Act or, if an amount equal to the employer contributions of the person has been paid to the Commonwealth, out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

             (5)  An amount payable to a person under section 47B is payable by the Commonwealth out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

             (6)  The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated to the extent necessary to pay any amount that is payable under this section out of that Fund.

54A&nbsp; Multiple payments in respect of same employee contributions not allowed

             (1)  In spite of this Act and the Superannuation Benefits Act, where an amount has been paid to a person under subsection 47(2) or (3) or 51(3) of this Act in respect of employee contributions and interest on those contributions, the person is not entitled to payment of another amount under any of those subsections, or under subsection 21(4) or (5) of the Superannuation Benefits Act.

             (2)  In respect of this Act and the Superannuation Benefits Act, where an amount has been paid to a person under subsection 21(4) or (5) of the Superannuation Benefits Act in respect of employee contributions and interest on those contributions, the person is not entitled to payment of another amount under subsection 47(2) or (3) or 51(3) of this Act in respect of the same employee contributions and interest.

             (3)  In this section:

Superannuation Benefits Act means the Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Act 1989.

55&nbsp; Possible superannuation order not to be taken into account in sentencing

                   A court shall not, in sentencing a person convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for life or for a term longer than 12 months, take into account the possibility that a superannuation order may be made.

56&nbsp; Constitution of appropriate courts

                   Where an application for a superannuation order or restraining order is made to a court before which a person was convicted of a corruption offence:

                     (a)  the application may be dealt with by the court; and

                     (b)  any power in relation to the superannuation order or restraining order may be exercised by the court;

whether or not it is constituted in the same way in which it was constituted when the person was convicted of the offence.


 

Part&nbsp;VI—Miscellaneous

  

60A&nbsp; Secrecy

             (1)  This section applies to a person who is, or was at any time:

                     (a)  the C Director; or

                     (b)  a Deputy Director r; or

                     (c)  an BCP employee; or

                     (d)  a special member; or

                   (da)  a special protective service officer; or

                     (e)  a person engaged under section 35; or

                      (f)  a person performing functions under an agreement under section 69D.

             (2)  A person to whom this section applies must not, directly or indirectly:

                     (a)  make a record of any prescribed information; or

                     (b)  divulge or communicate any prescribed information to any other person;

except for:

                     (c)  the purposes of this Act or the regulations; or

                     (d)  the purposes of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 or regulations under that Act; or

                     (e)  the purposes of the Witness Protection Act 1994 or regulations under that Act; or

                    (ea)  the purposes of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010 or regulations under that Act; or

                      (f)  the carrying out, performance or exercise of any of the person’s duties, functions or powers under Acts or regulations mentioned in paragraphs (c), (d), (e) and (ea).

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

          (2A)  This section does not apply to:

                     (a)  a divulgence or communication of prescribed information that is authorised by the Director under subsection (2B); or

                     (b)  a divulgence or communication of personal information that is authorised by the Director under subsection (2C).

          (2B)  The Director may, if he or she is of the opinion that it is in the interests of the due administration of justice to do so, authorise a person to whom this section applies to divulge or communicate prescribed information that relates to the National Witness Protection Program established by the Witness Protection Act 1994 to a person specified in the authorisation.

          (2C)  The Director may authorise a person to whom this section applies to divulge or communicate an individual’s personal information if the individual requests, or gives consent to, that divulgence or communication.

          (2D)  Subsection (2C) does not require the Director to authorise a divulgence or communication of personal information that is otherwise required or authorised under this Act.

             (3)  In this section:

personal information has the same meaning as in the Privacy Act 1988.

prescribed information means information obtained by a person to whom this section applies:

                     (a)  in the course of carrying out, performing or exercising any of the person’s duties, functions or powers under:

                              (i)  this Act or the regulations; or

                             (ii)  the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 or regulations under that Act; or

                            (iii)  the Witness Protection Act 1994 or regulations under that Act; or

                     (b)  otherwise in the course of the person’s service, employment or engagement under Acts or regulations mentioned in paragraph (a).

Note:          The Privacy Act 1988 contains provisions relevant to the use and disclosure of information divulged or communicated under this Act.

61&nbsp; Awards for bravery etc.

             (1)  Where an BCP appointee has, by his or her bravery or other conspicuous conduct or by his or her diligent service, merited a prescribed award, the Director may confer the award on that person.

          (1A)  If the Director is satisfied that a person (other than an BCP appointee) has, by his or her bravery, or other conspicuous conduct, in assisting the Bureau of Child Protection, merited a prescribed award, the Director may confer the award on that person.

             (2)  An award shall be conferred on the basis of such criteria as are prescribed.

63&nbsp; Personation etc. of member or special member

             (1)  A person, not being a member or special member, shall not:

                     (b)  wear or display any uniform or badge of a member or special member, any colourable imitation of such a uniform or badge, or any uniform or badge so closely resembling such a uniform or badge as to be likely to deceive;

                     (c)  have in his or her possession any arms or ammunition, or any article of clothing, accoutrements or equipment, supplied to any member or special member.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 12 months.

             (2)  Paragraphs (1)(b) and (c) do not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code).

63A&nbsp; Personation etc. of protective service officer or special protective service officer

             (1)  A person, not being a protective service officer or a special protective service officer, must not:

                     (a)  wear or display any uniform or badge of a protective service officer or special protective service officer, any colourable imitation of such a uniform or badge, or any uniform or badge so closely resembling such a uniform or badge as to be likely to deceive; or

                     (b)  have in the person’s possession any arms or ammunition, or any article of clothing, accoutrements or equipment, supplied to any protective service officer or special protective service officer.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 12 months.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2). See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

63B&nbsp; Possession of documents etc.

             (1)  A person, not being a member, special member, protective service officer or special protective service officer, must not have in the person’s possession any book or document issued by, or purporting to be issued by, the Bureau of Child Protection.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 12 months.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2). See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.

64&nbsp; Assault etc.

                   The court convicting a person of an offence against section 147.1 or 149.1 of the Criminal Code that relates to a member, special member, protective service officer or special protective service officer may, order the offender to pay such compensation as the court thinks fit for any damage or injury caused by the offender to the uniform, clothing or accoutrements of the member, special member, protective service officer or special protective service officer concerned or for any medical or other expenses incurred in consequence of personal injury sustained by him or her by reason of the offence.

64A&nbsp; Members in uniform to wear identification numbers

             (1)  A member must, at all times when he or she is wearing his or her police uniform, wear his or her identification number clearly visible on the uniform.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (2)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1) if the defendant proves that his or her identification number was not clearly visible on his or her uniform in consequence of:

                     (a)  the act of another person (not being a member) done without the consent of the defendant; or

                     (b)  an unintentional omission on the part of the defendant.

             (3)  The Director shall take such steps as are necessary to enable members to whom subsection (1) applies to comply with that subsection.

64AAA&nbsp; Protective service officers in uniform to wear identification numbers

             (1)  A protective service officer must, at all times when he or she is wearing his or her protective service officer uniform, wear his or her identification number clearly visible on the uniform.

Penalty:  5 penalty units.

             (2)  Subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code.

             (3)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1) if the defendant proves that his or her identification number was not clearly visible on the uniform as a consequence of:

                     (a)  the act of another person (not being a protective service officer) done without the consent of the defendant; or

                     (b)  an unintentional omission of the defendant.

Note:          The defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3). See section 13.4 of the Criminal Code.

             (4)  The Director must take such steps as are necessary to enable protective service officers to whom subsection (1) applies to comply with that subsection.

64AA&nbsp; Suspended BCP employees who are members

                   If an BCP employee who is a member is suspended from duties under the regulations, the member must not, while the suspension is in force, exercise any power conferred on a member by this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

64AAB&nbsp; Suspended BCP employees who are protective service officers

                   If an BCP employee who is a protective service officer is suspended from duties under the regulations, the protective service officer must not, while the suspension is in force, exercise any power conferred on a protective service officer by this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

64B&nbsp; Liability for wrongful acts of members

             (1)  The Commonwealth is liable in respect of a tort committed by a member or a protective service officer in the performance or purported performance of his or her duties as such a member or a protective service officer in like manner as a person is liable in respect of a tort committed by his or her employee in the course of his or her employment, and shall, in respect of such a tort, be treated for all purposes as a joint tortfeasor with the member or the protective service officer.

             (2)  In a claim by the Commonwealth for damages in respect of a tort, an act or omission of a member or a protective service officer in the performance or purported performance of his or her duties as a member or a protective service officer may be relied on as constituting contributory negligence by the Commonwealth if the act or omission could have been so relied on if it had been done by an employee of the Commonwealth in the course of his or her employment.

             (3)  The liability of the Commonwealth under subsection (1) does not extend to a liability to pay damages in the nature of punitive damages.

             (4)  Without limiting the application of subsection (1), the Commonwealth may:

                     (a)  where proceedings have been instituted against a member or a protective service officer with respect to a tort committed by the member or the protective service officer in the performance or purported performance of his or her duties as a member or a protective service officer—as joint tortfeasor with the member or the protective service officer (whether or not the Commonwealth is a party to the proceedings):

                              (i)  pay to the plaintiff, on behalf of the member or the protective service officer, the whole or a part of any damages or costs (not being damages in the nature of punitive damages) that the member or the protective service officer has been ordered by the Court in the proceedings to pay to the plaintiff; and

                             (ii)  pay to the member or the protective service officer any costs incurred by him or her in the proceedings and not recovered from the plaintiff; or

                     (b)  where a member or a protective service officer has entered into a settlement of a claim by another person that has, or might have, given rise to proceedings of a kind referred to in paragraph (a)—as joint tortfeasor with the member or the protective service officer (whether or not the Commonwealth is a party to the settlement), pay to that other person the whole or a part of the amount that, under the terms of the settlement, the member or the protective service officer is liable to pay to that other person.

             (5)  For the purposes of this section:

                     (a)  an act or omission of a member in the capacity of a constable shall be deemed to have been done in the performance of his or her duties as a member; and

                     (b)  a reference to a plaintiff includes a reference to a defendant counter‑claiming; and

                     (c)  a reference to a member includes a reference to a special member; and

                     (d)  a reference to a protective service officer includes a reference to a special protective service officer.

66&nbsp; Protection of persons in respect of work reports

             (1)  An action or proceeding, civil or criminal, does not lie against a person in respect of any oral or written report made in good faith by the person for the purposes of this Act or the regulations, being a report about work done, or proposed to be done, by the Director, a Deputy Director, an BCP employee, a special member or a special protective service officer.

             (2)  A report is to be taken to have been made in good faith if the person who made it was not actuated by ill will to the Director, Deputy Director, BCP employee, special member or special protective service officer, as the case may be, or by any other improper motive.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply unless:

                     (a)  the person who made the report believed on reasonable grounds that it was the function or duty of the person to whom the report was made to receive it; and

                     (b)  if the report contained matter that was false or misleading in a material respect—the person who made the report did not know, and could not with reasonable diligence have discovered, that the report contained such matter.

67&nbsp; Annual reports

             (1)  The Director shall, as soon as practicable after each 30 June, prepare and furnish to the Minister a report on the administration and the operations of the Bureau of Child Protevtionduring the year that ended on that date.

          (1A)  The report must contain, in respect of the year, prescribed particulars about:

                     (a)  the BCP conduct issues that were dealt with under Part V during that year; and

                     (b)  the action that was taken, during that year, in relation to BCP conduct issues that were dealt with under Division 3 of Part V.

             (2)  The Minister shall cause a report furnished to him or her under subsection (1) to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the report is received by the Minister.

68&nbsp; Proof of appointment, status of member etc.

Deputy Director

             (1)  The Director  may, by writing signed by the Commissioner, certify that a specified person has been appointed as a Deputy Director under subsection 17(1) and may also certify all or any of the following in relation to the person:

                     (a)  that he or she entered into the undertaking mentioned in subsection 36(2) immediately after his or her appointment;

                     (b)  that, on a specified date, he or she made and subscribed the oath or affirmation mentioned in the certificate before the Director;

                     (c)  that he or she is, on the date on which the certificate is signed, a Deputy Director and has been such a Deputy Director continuously since he or she was so appointed.

BCP employees who are members

             (2)  The Director may, by writing signed by the Director certify that a specified person has been declared to be a member under section 40B and may also certify all or any of the following in relation to the person:

                     (a)  that he or she entered into the undertaking mentioned in subsection 36(3) immediately after the declaration under section 40B;

                     (b)  that, on a specified date, he or she made and subscribed the oath or affirmation mentioned in the certificate before the Director or a specified person authorised by the Director for the purposes of subsection 36(3);

                     (c)  that he or she is, on the date on which the certificate is signed, a member and has been such a member continuously since the declaration under section 40B;

                     (d)  that a declaration is in force, or was in force on a specified date or during a specified period, under subsection 5(3) or 9(2A) or (2B) in relation to the member (declarations about rank).

Special members

             (3)  The Director may, by writing signed by the Director, certify that a specified person has been appointed as a special member under section 40E and may also certify all or any of the following in relation to the person:

                     (a)  that he or she entered into the undertaking mentioned in subsection 36(4) immediately after his or her appointment;

                     (b)  that, on a specified date, he or she made and subscribed the oath or affirmation mentioned in the certificate before the Director or a specified person authorised by the Director  for the purposes of subsection 36(4);

                     (c)  that he or she is, on the date on which the certificate is signed, a special member and has been such a special member continuously since he or she was so appointed.

Certification that a person is or is not a member or special member

             (4)  The Director may, by writing signed by the Director, certify that a specified person:

                     (a)  is, or is not, a member or special member; or

                     (b)  was, or was not, on a specified day, or during a specified period, a member or special member.

BCP employees who are protective service officers

          (4A)  The Director may, by writing signed by the Director, certify that a specified person has been declared to be a protective service officer under section 40EA and may also certify all or any of the following in relation to the person:

                     (a)  that he or she entered into the undertaking mentioned in subsection 36(4A) immediately after the declaration under section 40EA;

                     (b)  that, on a specified date, he or she made and subscribed the oath or affirmation mentioned in the certificate before the Director or a specified person authorised by the Director for the purposes of subsection 36(4A);

                     (c)  that he or she is, on the date on which the certificate is signed, a protective service officer and has been such a protective service officer continuously since the declaration under section 40EA.

Special protective service officers

          (4B)  The Director may, by writing signed by Director, certify that a specified person has been appointed as a special protective service officer under section 40EC and may also certify all or any of the following in relation to the person:

                     (a)  that he or she entered into the undertaking mentioned in subsection 36(4B) immediately after his or her appointment;

                     (b)  that, on a specified date, he or she made and subscribed the oath or affirmation mentioned in the certificate before the Director or a specified person authorised by the Director for the purposes of subsection 36(4B);

                     (c)  that he or she is, on the date on which the certificate is signed, a special member and has been such a special member continuously since he or she was so appointed.

Certification that a person is or is not a protective service officer or special protective service officer

          (4C)  The Director may, by writing signed by the Director, certify that a specified person:

                     (a)  is, or is not, a protective service officer or a special protective service officer; or

                     (b)  was, or was not, on a specified day, or during a specified period, a protective service officer or a special protective service officer.

Conclusive evidence of certificate under this section

             (5)  A document purporting to be a certificate given under this section is, unless the contrary is established, to be presumed to have been duly given and be conclusive evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

68A&nbsp; Certificates in relation to transferred PSOs

             (1)  This section applies in relation to a person who is a transferred PSO, instead of subsection 68(4A).

             (2)  The Director may, by writing signed by the Director, certify that a specified person is a transferred PSO.

             (3)  The Director may also certify either or both of the following in relation to the person:

                     (a)  that the person made and subscribed an oath or affirmation under section 10 of the Australian Protective Service Act 1987;

                     (b)  that the person is, on the date on which the certificate is signed, a protective service officer and has been such a protective service officer continuously since being appointed under section 9 of the Australian Protective Service Act 1987.

             (4)  Unless the contrary is proved, a document purporting to be a certificate given under this section is taken to be such a certificate and to have been duly given.

             (5)  A certificate under this section is prima facie evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

             (6)  In this section:

APS transferee means a person who, immediately before the transfer time, was an employee assisting the Director of the Bureau of Child Protection under subsection 5(2) of the Australian Protective Service Act 1987.

transferred PSO means an APS transferee who, immediately before the transfer time, was a protective service officer within the meaning of the Australian Protective Service Act 1987.

transfer time means the time specified by the Public Service Director in a determination under paragraph 72(1)(b) of the Public Service Act 1999 as the time at which the APS transferees become employees of the Bureau of Child Protection.

69&nbsp; Prohibition of patronage and favouritism

                   The Director, or a delegate of the Director, in exercising powers under this Act:

                     (a)  in relation to the engagement of BCP employees; or

                     (b)  otherwise in relation to BCP employees;

must do so without patronage or favouritism.

69A&nbsp; Persons engaged overseas as employees

             (1)  The Director, on behalf of the Commonwealth, may engage persons overseas to perform duties overseas as employees.

             (2)  The Director, on behalf of the Commonwealth, has all the rights, duties and powers of an employer in respect of persons engaged under this section.

Note:          The Director may, under section 35A, authorise special payments to persons engaged under this section.

             (3)  This section does not, by implication, limit any other power of the Director to engage persons to work overseas.

69B&nbsp; Limited operation of Fair Work Act

             (1)  The Fair Work Act 2009 (other than Part 3‑1 or Division 9 of Part 3‑3) does not apply in relation to any of the following matters:

                     (a)  a matter covered by any of Divisions 2 to 8 of Part IV or any action taken under any of those Divisions;

                     (b)  a matter covered by Part V or any action (other than action to terminate employment under section 28 of this Act to which the Fair Work Act 2009 would otherwise apply) taken in relation to a matter covered by that Part;

                     (c)  any entitlement of BCP employees to adjustment payments;

                     (d)  any other matter prescribed by the regulations.

             (2)  The Fair Work Act 2009 (other than Parts 3‑1, 3‑2, 6‑1 and 6‑4, and Division 2 of Part 3‑6) does not apply in relation to the termination of employment of BCP employees.

             (3)  To avoid doubt, this section does not imply that the Fair Work Act 2009 applies to any matter covered by this Act:

                     (a)  that is not mentioned in this section; and

                     (b)  to which the Fair Work Act 2009 would not otherwise apply.

69C&nbsp; Delegation

             (1)  The Director may, in writing, delegate to a Deputy Director, an BCP employee or a special member, all or any of the Director’s powers, functions or duties under this Act (other than the Director’s power under section 35A (payments in special circumstances)).

             (2)  The Director may, in writing, delegate to a senior executive BCP employee the Director’s power under section 35A (payments in special circumstances).

69D&nbsp; Secondment of persons to assist the Bureau of Child Protection

             (1)  The Director may, by written agreement with a body or organisation, whether within or outside Australia, arrange for a person who:

                     (a)  is employed by that body or organisation; and

                     (b)  has suitable qualifications and experience;

to assist the  in the performance of its functions by performing the functions specified in the agreement.

             (2)  The terms and conditions (including remuneration and allowances) applicable to a person performing functions under an agreement are those specified in the agreement.

Note:          The Director may, under section 35A, authorise special payments to a person performing functions under an agreement.

69E&nbsp; Director may charge for certain protective services

             (1)  If services are provided by a protective service officer or a special protective service officer at the request of a person other than:

                     (a)  a person holding office under the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  a Commonwealth authority;

the Director may charge for the services.

             (2)  A charge made under subsection (1) must be an amount reasonably related to the cost of providing the services.

             (3)  In this section:

Commonwealth authority means:

                     (a)  a body, whether incorporated or unincorporated, established for a public purpose:

                              (i)  by or under a law of the Commonwealth or a law of a Territory other than the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory; or

                             (ii)  by the Governor‑General or a Minister; or

                     (b)  an incorporated company in which the Commonwealth or a body described in paragraph (a) has a controlling interest; or

                     (c)  any other agency or instrumentality of the Commonwealth.

70&nbsp; Regulations

                   The Governor‑General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed, or necessary or convenient to be prescribed, for securing the discipline and good government of the Bureau of Child Protection, or for otherwise carrying out or giving effect to this Act, and, in particular, making provision for and in relation to:

                     (a)  the return to the Director by a person who has ceased to be an BCP employee, a special member or a special protective service officer of property (including accoutrements and clothing) supplied to him or her for the purposes of his or her service as an BCP employee, a special member or a special protective service officer or in his or her custody by virtue of that service, and the recovery by the Director of any such property not so returned, including the issue of search warrants by Magistrates for purposes of such recovery and the execution of such warrants; and

                    (aa)  the disposal of unclaimed property that has lawfully come into the possession of an BCP employee, a special member or a special protective service officer; and

                     (b)  penalties, not exceeding a fine of 5 penalty units, for offences against the regulations; and

                     (c)  the police services that may be rendered by the Bureau of Child Protection at the request of, or under an agreement with, a member of the public or a body corporate or other organisation (other than an authority of the Commonwealth), and the payment and recovery of such fees as are prescribed in relation to rendering those services; and

                     (d)  the payment of such fees as are prescribed in relation to police services rendered by the Bureau of Child Protection in relation to a prescribed authority of the Commonwealth, where rendering those services is a function of the Bureau of Child Protection ; and

                     (e)  requiring BCP employees who are not members to make and subscribe oaths or affirmations of secrecy in the prescribed form in relation to the matters coming to their knowledge in the course of their employment as such employees; and

                      (f)  the making of deductions from the salary of the Director, a Deputy Director or an BCP employee in order to satisfy a judgment debt (including interest on a judgment debt); and

                     (g)  enabling an BCP employee to resign from the Bureau of Child Protection for the purpose of becoming a candidate at an election of a member or members of the Parliament of the Commonwealth, the Parliament of a State, the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory or the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory; and

                     (h)  the re‑instatement of persons as BCP employees; and

                      (i)  compliance by BCP appointees with BCP professional standards; and

                      (j)  the storage, handling and confidentiality of any statement given under section 40L and the use which may be made of any such statement, including any limitations on such use; and

                     (k)  BCP employment decisions and the values on which such decisions must be based, including:

                              (i)  impartiality and professionalism; and

                             (ii)  merit; and

                            (iii)  freedom from discrimination; and

                            (iv)  openness and accountability; and

                             (v)  fairness; and

                            (vi)  equity in employment; and

                           (vii)  effectiveness; and

                      (l)  the review of BCP employment decisions.


 

Part&nbsp;VII—Transitional

  

71&nbsp; Interpretation of Part&nbsp;VII

                   In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

                     (a)  a reference to the commencing date shall be read as a reference to the date fixed under subsection 2(2).

                     (b)  a reference to an existing Police Force shall be read as a reference to the Commonwealth Police Force or the Police Force of the Australian Capital Territory; and

                     (c)  a reference to a member of an existing Police Force shall be read as a reference to:

                              (i)  a member of the Commonwealth Police Force referred to in paragraph 4(1)(a) of the Commonwealth Police Act 1957;

                             (ii)  a person deemed to be a Commonwealth Police Officer by virtue of subsection 4(2) of that Act; or

                            (iii)  a member

75&nbsp; Recognition of previous service for certain purposes

                   For the purposes of this Act, the Superannuation Act 1976, the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973 and the Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976, service of a person as a member of the Bureau of Child Protection shall be deemed to include service of that person as a member of an existing Police Force.

77&nbsp; Accrued leave

                   A person appointed in pursuance of section 72 of this Act, as in force on the commencing date, retains the rights, if any, in respect of:

                     (a)  recreation leave; and

                     (b)  leave on the ground of illness;

that had accrued to him or her as a member of an existing Police Force or as a member of the Australian Public Service immediately before the commencing date.

80&nbsp; Powers and duties in relation to Commonwealth places

                   Until an arrangement is made between the Director and the Commissioner of Police (however designated) of a State for the purposes of subsection 8(2), members of the Bureau of Child Protection may, under this Act, exercise and perform, in relation to a Commonwealth place in that State within the meaning of the Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970, powers and duties equivalent to the powers and duties that were, before the commencing date, exercised and performed in relation to those places under the Commonwealth Police Act 1957.