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Australia – Standards – Coverage – Government

Australia – Standards – Coverage – Government

71. For the purposes of this Act, agency means:

(a) a Department; or

(b) an Executive Agency; or

(c) a prescribed authority.

72. (1) For the purposes of this Act, prescribed authority means:

(a) a Statutory Agency; or

(b) a Commonwealth authority (within the meaning of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997) ; or

(c) a Commonwealth company; or

(d) the Australian Federal Police; or

(e) the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; or

(f) the Australian Secret Intelligence Service; or

(g) the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation; or

(h) the Defence Intelligence Organisation; or

(i) the Defence Signals Directorate; or

(j) the Office of National Assessments; or

(k) the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; or

(l) the High Court or any court created by the Parliament; or

(m) the Office of Official Secretary to the Governor General; or

(n) the Ombudsman; or

(o) the IGIS; or

(p) any body that:

(i) is established by a law of the Commonwealth; and

(ii) is prescribed by the PID rules; or

(q) subject to subsection (2) , the person holding, or performing the duties of, an office that:

(i) is established by a law of the Commonwealth; and

(ii) is prescribed by the PID rules.

Exceptions

(2) For the purposes of this Act, a person is not a prescribed authority because he or she holds, or performs the duties of:

(a) an office the duties of which he or she performs as duties of his or her employment as an officer of a Department or as an officer of or under a prescribed authority; or

(b) an office of member of a body; or

(c) an office established by a law of the Commonwealth for the purposes of a prescribed authority.

(3) For the purposes of this Act, a Royal Commission is not a prescribed authority.

Intelligence agencies

(4) For the purposes of this Act, each of the following is taken to be a prescribed authority in its own right, and not to be part of the Defence Department:

(a) the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation;

(b) the Defence Intelligence Organisation;

(c) the Defence Signals Directorate.

Referenced Legislation: Public Interest Disclosure Act (2013)

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