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Committee to hear from Government and Civil Society Groups on new identify and disrupt warrants

Issue date: Tuesday, 9 March 2021

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The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) will hold a public hearing this week for its Review of the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020. The Bill review was requested by the Minister for Home Affairs in a letter to the Committee.

Public hearing details

Wednesday, 10 March 2021
10 am–5 pm (AEST)
Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra

A program for the hearing can be found on the committee’s website.

Committee Chair Senator James Paterson stated ‘The committee will consider three new powers proposed in the Bill for the AFP and the ACIC. They are:

  • Data disruption warrants to enable the AFP and the ACIC to disrupt data by modifying, adding, copying or deleting in order to frustrate the commission of serious offences online
  • Network activity warrants to allow agencies to collect intelligence on serious criminal activity being conducted by criminal networks, and
  • Account takeover warrants to provide the AFP and the ACIC with the ability to take control of a person’s online account for the purposes of gathering evidence to further a criminal investigation.’

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, teleconference and video conference facilities may be used to connect witnesses to Committee Members. The hearings will be broadcast live at

Further information on the inquiry can be obtained from the Committee’s website.

Media enquiries

Chair, Senator James Paterson via Sophie McKendry, Media Advisor on 0451 007 915 or

Background information

Committee Secretariat, Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, (02) 6277 2360 or

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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