Terms of Reference

Section 187N of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 provides for the review and requires the Committee to complete its review by 30 September 2020.

The Committee has resolved to focus on the following aspects of the legislation:

  • the threshold, scope and proportionality of powers provided for by the Act;
  • authorisation processes and decision-making criteria;
  • the scope of enforcement provisions and the grant of immunities;
  • interaction with intelligence agencies other powers;
  • interaction with foreign laws, including the United States’ Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act;
  • impact on industry and competitiveness; and
  • reporting obligations and oversight measures.      

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


Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)


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