National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014

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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 and 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.


Introduced and read a first time 16 Jul 2014
Second reading moved 16 Jul 2014
Second reading debate 23 Sep 2014
Second reading debate 24 Sep 2014
Second reading agreed to 24 Sep 2014
Committee of the Whole debate 24 Sep 2014
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 56 Government and 4 Palmer United Party agreed to
25 Sep 2014
Third reading agreed to 25 Sep 2014
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 30 Sep 2014
Second reading moved 01 Oct 2014
Second reading debate 01 Oct 2014
Second reading agreed to 01 Oct 2014
Consideration in detail debate 01 Oct 2014
Third reading agreed to 01 Oct 2014
Finally passed both Houses 01 Oct 2014
  • Act no.: 108
  • Year: 2014
02 Oct 2014

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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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

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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