This Act aims to mitigate vulnerabilities in Australia’s aviation and maritime sectors that may be exploited by organised crime, through amendments to the Customs Act 1901, AusCheck Act 2007 and the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006.

Through amendments to the Customs Act 1901, the Act purports to strengthen the cargo supply chain against criminal infiltrations. The amendments place reporting obligations and integrity tests on cargo terminal operators and handlers that loan and unload cargo and create new offences for using information from the International Cargo System to aid a criminal organisation. The amendments also enable the CEO of Customs and Border Protection to consider the refusal, suspension or cancellation of aviation and maritime security identification cards.

Through amendments to the AusCheck Act 2007, the Act purports to strengthen the ability of ASIC and MSIC schemes to mitigate national security threats, including serious and organised crime by authorising the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department, through AusCheck, to suspend a person’s ASIC or MSIC card (Card) if the person is charged with a serious offence. The power to suspend a person’s card following charge with a serious offence builds upon existing Aviation and Maritime Regulations.

Amendments to the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006 provide that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Deputy President and chair of Committees of the Senate are eligible for appointment to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (PJC-ACLEI). This amendment aims to make membership eligibility for the PJC-ACLEI consistent with Parliamentary Committees with similar functions