National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014

Originating house
Parliament no
Responds to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
Report of the Inquiry into Potential Reforms of Australia’s National Security Legislation
  by amending: the
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
  to: align the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s (ASIO) employment conditions with the Australian Public Service employment framework; modernise ASIO’s warrant-based intelligence collection powers; establish a framework for the conduct of authorised covert intelligence operations; clarify ASIO’s ability to cooperate with the private sector; and provide for certain breaches to be referred to law enforcement agencies for investigation; the
Intelligence Services Act 2001
  to: enable the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) to collect intelligence on Australian persons involved in activities in relation to its operational security; enable ASIS to cooperate with ASIO without ministerial authorisation when undertaking certain intelligence collection activities; enable ASIS to train certain individuals in the use of weapons and self-defence techniques and provide for a limited exception of these in a controlled environment; extend immunity for actions taken in relation to overseas activities; clarify the authority of the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) to provide assistance; and rename DIGO as the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation and the Defence Signals Directorate as the Australian Signals Directorate; the
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
Intelligence Services Act 2001
  to create two new offences and update existing offences, and increase penalties, in relation to the protection of intelligence-related information; and 19 Acts to make consequential and technical amendments. 

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16 Jul 2014Introduced and read a first time
16 Jul 2014Second reading moved
23 Sep 2014Second reading debate
24 Sep 2014Second reading debate
24 Sep 2014Second reading agreed to
24 Sep 2014Committee of the Whole debate
25 Sep 2014Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 56 Government and 4 Palmer United Party agreed to
25 Sep 2014Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
30 Sep 2014Introduced and read a first time
01 Oct 2014Second reading moved
01 Oct 2014Second reading debate
01 Oct 2014Second reading agreed to
01 Oct 2014Consideration in detail debate
01 Oct 2014Third reading agreed to

01 Oct 2014Finally passed both Houses
02 Oct 2014Assent

Act no.: 108

Year: 2014

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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