Joint communique from the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Australian Minister for Home Affairs and the Hon Chamal Rajapaksa MP, Sri Lankan State Minister of Home Affairs

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, paid a visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 18 to 21 December 2021, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations in 2022.  Minister Andrews called on the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof G.…

United States and Australia Enter CLOUD Act Agreement to Facilitate Investigations of Serious Crime

The United States and Australia today signed a landmark agreement that will facilitate access to electronic data for investigations of serious crime, including terrorism and child sexual abuse. The agreement is authorized by the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, a bill Congress passed in 2018.  The CLOUD Act Agreement will help ensure…

CONSULTATION ON REFORMS TO ENHANCE THE SECURITY OF AUSTRALIA’S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The Morrison Government has commenced public consultation on proposed legislation designed to enhance the resilience of Australia’s critical infrastructure to security risks, including cyber-attacks. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said two concurrent public consultations were now underway as part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to engage with stakeholders, industry experts and the broader Australian…

APPOINTMENT OF THREE NEW AUSTRALIAN CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE COMMISSION EXAMINERS PUTS FURTHER PRESSURE ON CRIMINAL NETWORKS

The Morrison Government continues to pursue serious organised crime gangs, today announcing the appointment of three new full‑time examiners for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), bringing the total number of ACIC examiners to six. Based throughout Australia, ACIC examiners are independent statutory officers appointed by the Governor-General to exercise coercive powers in the context…

NDIS PROVIDER CHARGED OVER ALLEGED FRAUD

Last week the Australian Federal Police (AFP) executed search warrants across three premises on the Sunshine Coast, following an investigation by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) fraud team – with support from Services Australia, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and the Queensland Police Service. A 36-year-old Caloundra woman, listed as a director of…

MODERNISATION OF AUSTRALIA’S ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE LAWS

The Morrison Government is committed to modernising Australia’s electronic surveillance laws and arrangements, as part of a major reform project to streamline and modernise Australia’s national security legislation. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews today released a public discussion paper, Reform of Australia’s electronic surveillance framework, in line with the Morrison Government’s long-standing commitment to…

MORRISON GOVERNMENT PASSES LAWS TO KEEP FEDERAL OFFENDERS BEHIND BARS

The Morrison Government welcomes the passage of the Crimes Amendment (Remissions of Sentences) Bill 2021. Attorney-General Michaelia Cash said: “the Morrison Government’s highest priority is to keep Australians safe”. “This bill addresses the significant risks to community safety as a result of remissions being granted to federal offenders under state and territory laws.” During the…