(1) If a person is arrested for a serious Commonwealth offence (other than a terrorism offence), an investigating official may, at or before the end of the investigation period, apply to a magistrate for an extension of the investigation period.
(2) The application must be made before the magistrate, by telephone or in writing.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), the application must include statements of all of the following:
(a) whether it appears to the investigating official that the person is under 18;
(b) whether it appears to the investigating official that the person is an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander;
(c) the outcome of any previous application under this section in relation to the person and the investigation period;
(d) the period (if any) by which the investigation period has been reduced under subsection 23C(6);
(e) the total amount of time (if any) that has been disregarded under subsection 23C(7) in ascertaining the investigation period under subsection 23C(4);
(f) the maximum amount of time by which the investigation period could be extended;
(g) the reasons why the investigating official believes the investigation period should be extended;
(h) the period by which the investigating official believes the investigation period should be extended.
(4) Subsection (3) does not require any information to be included in the application if disclosure of that information is likely:
(a) to prejudice national security (within the meaning of the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 ); or
(b) to be protected by public interest immunity; or
(c) to put at risk ongoing operations by law enforcement agencies or intelligence agencies; or
(d) to put at risk the safety of the community, law enforcement officers or intelligence officers.
(5) Before the application is considered by the magistrate, the investigating official:
(i) if the application is to be made in writing--provide a copy of the application to the person, or to his or her legal representative; or
(ii) otherwise--inform the person, or his or her legal representative, of all matters or information in the application (other than information of a kind mentioned in subsection (4)); and
(b) must inform the person that he or she, or his or her legal representative, may make representations to the magistrate about the application.
(6) If the application contains any information of a kind mentioned in subsection (4), the investigating official may remove it from any copy of the application that is provided to the person or to his or her legal representative.
(7) The person, or his or her legal representative, may make representations to the magistrate about the application.