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Cooperation with intelligence agencies etc. in connection with performance of their functions

             (1)  An agency may cooperate with and assist the following bodies in the performance of their functions:

                     (a)  another agency;

                     (b)  ASIO;

                   (ba)  ONI;

                     (c)  a Commonwealth authority, or a State authority , that is prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.

             (2)  However, the agency may only do so:

                     (a)  subject to any arrangements made or directions given by the responsible Minister; and

                     (b)  on request by the head (however described) of the body referred to in subsection (1).

Note:          The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has oversight powers in relation to Ministerial directions and authorisations given under this Act. See in particular section 32B of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 (which requires the Minister to give a copy of a direction under this section to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security as soon as practicable after the direction is given).

             (3)  Without limiting subsection (1), in cooperating with and assisting a body in accordance with this section, an agency may make the services of staff members, and other resources, of the agency available to the body.

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