Review of 'Declared Areas' Provisions

February 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76092-183-5

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Membership of the Committee

Terms of Reference


List of Recommendations

1. Introduction and Background

  Conduct of the Inquiry
  Overview of the Declared Areas provisions of the Criminal Code
  Previous reviews

2. The Committee's Review

  Current and evolving security threat
  Purpose and necessity
  Operation and effectiveness
  Civil liberties and human rights
  Proposed exemptions
  Committee comment

A. List of Submissions

B. List of Witnesses at Public Hearings

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 Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has commenced a statutory review into the ‘declared area’ provisions, listed in sections 119.2 and 119.3 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The provisions were introduced as part of the Foreign Fighters Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendments in 2014, and make it an offence for a person to enter, or remain in, declares areas if a foreign country, historically on the basis of regional terrorism activity. Under a sunset clause, the provisions are due to expire on 7 September 2021.

Past Public Hearings

22 Sep 2020: Canberra