Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Reps
Parliament no

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Amends the: Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 and Intelligence Services Act 2001 to: expand the jurisdictions of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) to include the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Home Affairs; provide that the PJCIS may review proposed counter-terrorism and national security legislation, and all such expiring legislation; enable the PJCIS to request the IGIS to conduct an inquiry into certain operational activities of the agencies within the IGIS’s jurisdiction; clarify the legislation which enables the PJCIS to request a briefing from the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor; clarify the IGIS’s complaints jurisdiction; and make technical amendments; Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 and Office of National Intelligence Act 2018 to require the IGIS and the Office of National Intelligence to provide annual briefings to the PJCIS; Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010 to require the IGIS to provide annual briefings to the committee; Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 to amend the review and access of ACIC criminal intelligence assessment records; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to include an exemption from civil and criminal liability for defence officials and others for certain computer-related conduct. Also makes consequential amendments to 15 Acts.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 22 Jun 2023
Second reading moved 22 Jun 2023

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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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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