Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2023

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Reps
Parliament no

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Amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 to: clarify the application of civil penalties to ongoing failure to enrol with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) before providing a designated service; allow automated decision-making for certain decisions; and reinstate protections on the use and disclosure of sensitive AUSTRAC information in connection with courts and tribunal proceedings; Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 to relocate a penalty for non compliance with the provision to which it relates; Crimes Act 1914 to: replace references to ‘judicial officer’ with ‘bail authority’; and make minor amendments to rectify incorrect referencing; Criminology Research Act 1971 to provide that the appointment of the Commonwealth representative to the Criminology Research Advisory Council can be made by designation of a position; Foreign Evidence Act 1994 to make technical amendments relating to the use of foreign material in Australian proceedings; International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997 to: provide that the Attorney-General may refuse consent to a request or application for transfer to or from Australia at an earlier stage in the process; and make minor technical amendments; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 to expand the existing mandatory ground of refusal regarding torture; Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to expand the matters on which jurisdictional public interest monitors can make submissions; and Witness Protection Act 1994 to: ensure that past participants of Australian Federal Police (AFP) witness protection programs are covered by the Act; enable participants to be temporarily suspended from the National Witness Protection Program where the AFP is unable to provide them with protection or assistance; and make minor and technical amendments. Also amends five Acts to update references to the South Australian Independent Commission Against Corruption.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 29 Mar 2023
Second reading moved 29 Mar 2023
Second reading debate 09 May 2023
Referred to Federation Chamber 09 May 2023
Second reading debate 10 May 2023
Second reading agreed to 10 May 2023
Reported from Federation Chamber 11 May 2023
Third reading agreed to 11 May 2023

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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  • 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.
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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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