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Proceeds of Crime Bill 2002

Justice and Customs
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Gives effect to Australia’s obligations under the Council of Europe Money-Laundering Convention and other international instruments concerning the confiscation of proceeds of crime by providing for a civil forfeiture scheme, which will operate in parallel with the existing conviction-based confiscation regime, to confiscate unlawfully acquired property without first requiring a conviction. Also: enables freezing and confiscation of property used in, intended to be used in or derived from terrorism offences; strengthens provisions in relation to conviction-based confiscation; and provides for the confiscation of literary proceeds derived from the exploitation of criminal notoriety for commercial purposes.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 13 Mar 2002
Second reading moved 13 Mar 2002
Second reading agreed to 27 Jun 2002
Third reading agreed to 27 Jun 2002
Introduced and read a first time 20 Aug 2002
Second reading moved 20 Aug 2002
Second reading debate 16 Sep 2002
Second reading debate 19 Sep 2002
Second reading agreed to 23 Sep 2002
Third reading agreed to 23 Sep 2002
  • Act no.: 85
  • Year: 2002
11 Oct 2002

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • 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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