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Unauthorised disclosure of confidential information

    (1)     A person commits an offence if:

    (a)     the person obtains information in the course of performing functions connected with the administration of this Act; and

    (b)     the information is confidential information and the person has knowledge of that circumstance; and

    (c)     the person intentionally engages in conduct; and

    (d)     the conduct results in the disclosure of the information and the person is reckless in relation to that result.

Maximum penalty:     200 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years.

    (2)     Strict liability applies to subsection (1)(a).

    (3)     Subsection (1) does not apply if:

    (a)     the person discloses the information:

        (i)     for the administration of this Act; or

        (ii)     with the consent of the person to whom the information relates; or

        (iii)     for legal proceedings arising out of the operation of this Act; or

    (b)     the information is otherwise available to the public.

Note for subsection (3)

The defendant has an evidential burden in relation to the matters mentioned (see section 43BU of the Criminal Code). In addition to the circumstances mentioned in subsection (3), a person who discloses confidential information will not be criminally responsible for an offence if the disclosure is justified or excused by or under a law (see section 43BE of the Criminal Code).

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