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CRIMES ACT 1914 - SECT 23YDAF

Permissible matching of DNA profiles

             (1)  A matching of a DNA profile on an index of the Commonwealth DNA database system specified in column 1 of the following table with a DNA profile on another index of the system specified in column 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 of the table is not permitted by this Part if:

                     (a)  "no" is shown in relation to the index specified in column 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 opposite the index specified in column 1; or

                     (b)  "only if within purpose" is shown in relation to the index specified in column 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 opposite the volunteers (limited purposes) index specified in column 1 and the matching is carried out for a purpose other than a purpose for which the DNA profile placed on the volunteers (limited purposes) index specified in column 1 was so placed.

 

Profile to be matched

Is matching permitted?

Column 1

Column 2
Crime scene

Column 3
Suspects

Column 4
Volunteers (limited purposes)

Column 5
Volunteers (unlimited purposes)

Column 6
Serious offenders

Column 7
Missing persons

Column 8
Unknown deceased persons

1. crime scene

yes

yes

only if within purpose

yes

yes

yes

yes

2. suspects

yes

yes

only if within purpose

yes

yes

yes

yes

3. volunteers (limited purposes)

only if within purpose

only if within purpose

only if within purpose

only if within purpose

only if within purpose

only if within purpose

only if within purpose

4. volunteers (unlimited purposes)

yes

yes

only if within purpose

yes

yes

yes

yes

5. serious offenders

yes

yes

only if within purpose

yes

yes

yes

yes

6. missing persons

yes

yes

only if within purpose

yes

yes

yes

yes

7.
unknown deceased persons

yes

yes

only if within purpose

yes

yes

yes

yes

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person's conduct causes the matching that is not permitted by this Part of a DNA profile on an index of the Commonwealth DNA database system with a DNA profile on the same or another index of the Commonwealth DNA database system; and

                     (b)  the person is reckless as to any such matching of profiles.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

             (3)  This section does not make it an offence for conduct to cause a matching that is not permitted by this Part if the matching is solely for the purposes of administering the Commonwealth DNA database system.

Note:          A defendant bears the evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3)--see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .



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