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Contents (1998 - 133)
Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 No 133
Current version for 1 July 2017 to date (accessed 19 November 2017 at 23:06)
Part 2 Division 3 Section 23
23   Exemptions relating to law enforcement and related matters
(1)  A law enforcement agency is not required to comply with section 9 if compliance by the agency would prejudice the agency’s law enforcement functions.
(2)  A public sector agency (whether or not a law enforcement agency) is not required to comply with section 9 if the information concerned is collected in connection with proceedings (whether or not actually commenced) before any court or tribunal.
(3)  A public sector agency (whether or not a law enforcement agency) is not required to comply with section 10 if the information concerned is collected for law enforcement purposes. However, this subsection does not remove any protection provided by any other law in relation to the rights of accused persons or persons suspected of having committed an offence.
(4)  A public sector agency (whether or not a law enforcement agency) is not required to comply with section 17 if the use of the information concerned for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was collected is reasonably necessary for law enforcement purposes or for the protection of the public revenue.
(5)  A public sector agency (whether or not a law enforcement agency) is not required to comply with section 18 if the disclosure of the information concerned:
(a)  is made in connection with proceedings for an offence or for law enforcement purposes (including the exercising of functions under or in connection with the Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime Act 1989 or the Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990), or
(b)  is to a law enforcement agency (or such other person or organisation as may be prescribed by the regulations) for the purposes of ascertaining the whereabouts of an individual who has been reported to a police officer as a missing person, or
(c)  is authorised or required by subpoena or by search warrant or other statutory instrument, or
(d)  is reasonably necessary:
(i)  for the protection of the public revenue, or
(ii)  in order to investigate an offence where there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offence may have been committed.
(6)  Nothing in subsection (5) requires a public sector agency to disclose personal information to another person or body if the agency is entitled to refuse to disclose the information in the absence of a subpoena, warrant or other lawful requirement.
(6A)  A public sector agency is not required to comply with the information protection principles with respect to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information if:
(a)  the agency is providing the information to another public sector agency or the agency is being provided with the information by another public sector agency, and
(b)  the collection, use or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary for law enforcement purposes.
(7)  A public sector agency (whether or not a law enforcement agency) is not required to comply with section 19 if the disclosure of the information concerned is reasonably necessary for the purposes of law enforcement in circumstances where there are reasonable grounds to believe that an offence may have been, or may be, committed.
(8)  In this section:
(a)  a reference to law enforcement purposes includes a reference to law enforcement purposes of another State or a Territory or the Commonwealth, and
(b)  a reference to an offence includes a reference to an offence against a law of another State or a Territory or the Commonwealth, and
(c)  a reference to the protection of the public revenue includes a reference to the protection of the public revenue of another State or a Territory or the Commonwealth.