Review of the amendments made by the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018

December 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76092-165-1

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Membership of the Committee

Terms of Reference

List of Recommendations

1. Introduction

  Overview of the
  Conduct of the Inquiry
  Report structure

2. Background and previous inquiries

  Previous inquiries into the
  Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community (Richardson Review)
  Committee Comment

3. International context and obligations

  Current and emerging technological landscape
  International developments
  Committee Comment

4. Schedule 1: The Industry Assistance Framework

  Overview of Schedule 1 powers
  Impact of implementation on industry bodies
  Prescribed form for TARs, TANs and TCNs
  Definitional concerns raised by stakeholders
  Committee comment

5. Schedules 2-4

  Overview of Schedule 2 to Schedule 4 powers
  Stakeholder views on Schedule 2 to 4 powers
  Committee comment

6. Schedule 5: Operation of ASIO Powers

  Overview of Schedule 5 powers
  Remaining issues with Schedule 5 powers
  Committee comment

7. Reporting and Oversight

  Schedule 1: Industry assistance framework
  Schedule 2: Computer access warrants
  Schedule 3 and Schedule 4: Crimes Act warrants and assistance orders
  Schedule 5: ASIO voluntary and compulsory assistance powers
  Ongoing oversight and the role of the INSLM
  Committee comment

A. List of Submissions

B. Witnesses appearing at public hearings

Additional Comment by Labor Members

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2360

About this inquiry

The Committee is required under Section 187N of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to review amendments made to Commonwealth legislation by the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 and to complete its review by 30 September 2020.

Past Public Hearings

07 Aug 2020: Canberra
27 Jul 2020: Canberra