Terms of Reference

Pursuant to the committee's functions set out in paragraph 7(1)(g) of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010, the committee will examine the use and consequences of illicit tobacco in Australia, including the importation of contraband, counterfeit, and unbranded tobacco as well as domestically grown illicit tobacco.

In particular, the committee will examine:

  1. the nature, prevalence and culture of illicit tobacco use in Australia, including in indigenous, regional and non-English speaking communities;
  2. the role of Commonwealth law enforcement agencies in responding to the importation, use, manufacture, distribution and domestic growth of illicit tobacco;
  3. the loss of revenue to the Commonwealth arising from the consumption of illicit tobacco products;
  4. the involvement of organised crime, including international organised crime, in the importation, distribution and use of illicit tobacco in Australia;
  5. the effectiveness of relevant Commonwealth legislation; and
  6. other related issues.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3419

About this inquiry

This inquiry lapsed when the Joint Committee on Law Enforcement ceased to exist at the dissolution of the House of Representatives on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Past Public Hearings

22 Mar 2017: Canberra
23 Nov 2016: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Inquiry lapsed

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