Crime Point-in-Time Service Updates

Tuesday 7 January 2020 @ 2.19 p.m.

The Crime Point-in-Time Service has been updated to include the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Act 2019 (Cth) (Act 119 of 2019).

Act 119 of 2019

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Act 2019 (Act) contains a range of amendments to strengthen Australia’s counter-terrorism legislative framework. The measures in the Act fall into two broad categories – amendments relating to restrictions on bail and parole under the Crimes Act 1914 (Crimes Act), and amendments relating to the continuing detention order (CDO) scheme in Division 105A of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

Schedule 1 of the Act contains measures to introduce new restrictions on the existing arrangements for bail and parole. This implements the agreement of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) at its meeting on 9 June 2017. Persons who have links with, or have shown support for, terrorist activities will not be released on bail or parole unless they can show that there are exceptional circumstances that would justify their release into the community.

Schedule 2 of the Act makes amendments to improve the operation of the continuing detention order (CDO) scheme. These amendments address deficiencies in the existing CDO scheme to ensure that the Commonwealth is able to seek the continued detention of terrorist offenders serving custodial sentences who are assessed by a judge in civil proceedings to present an unacceptable risk to the community at the time their sentences finish.

These amendments have been updated in the Point-in-Time Crime Service current to 6 January 2020. (NB: Subscription required).

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