Terms of Reference

 Section 187N of the Telecommunication (Interception and Access) Act 1979 provides for the completion of the review by 13 April 2020.      

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

  • the continued effectiveness of the scheme, taking into account changes in the use of technology since the passage of the Bill;
  • the appropriateness of the dataset and retention period;
  • costs, including ongoing costs borne by service providers for compliance with the regime;
  • any potential improvements to oversight, including in relation to journalist information warrants;
  • any regulations and determinations made under the regime;
  • the number of complaints about the scheme to relevant bodies, including the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security;
  • security requirements in relation to data stored under the regime, including in relation to data stored offshore;
  • any access by agencies to retained telecommunications data outside the TIA Act framework, such as under the Telecommunications Act 1997; and
  • developments in international jurisdictions since the passage of the Bill.

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 by Section 187N of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA Act) to review the mandatory data retention regime prescribed by Part 5-1A of the TIA Act provides for the completion of the review by 13 April 2020.

Past Public Hearings

28 Feb 2020: Canberra
14 Feb 2020: Canberra
07 Feb 2020: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed

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