(1) Sections 276, 277 and 278 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 do not prohibit a disclosure of information or a document if the information or document is covered by an authorisation in force under subsection (2).
Making of authorisation
(2) The following persons (each of whom is an eligible person ):
(a) the Director-General of Security;
(b) the Deputy Director-General of Security;
(c) ASIO employee or ASIO affiliate covered by an approval in force under subsection (4);
may authorise the disclosure of specified information or specified documents that came into existence before the time the person from whom the disclosure is sought receives notification of the authorisation.
Note: Section 184 deals with notification of authorisations.
(3) The eligible person must not make the authorisation unless he or she is satisfied that the disclosure would be in connection with the performance by the Organisation of its functions.
(4) The Director-General of Security may, by writing, approve ASIO employee or ASIO affiliate for the purposes of paragraph (2)(c).