Telecommunications (interception and access) act 1979

1 Jan 2015

Executive summary

The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 Act Annual Report 2013–14 sets out how eligible Commonwealth, State and Territory government agencies have used the powers available under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (the TIA Act) between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.

The primary function of the TIA Act is to protect the privacy of the communications of people who use the Australian telecommunications network.

Law enforcement agencies’ use of interception powers under the TIA Act is independently overseen by the Commonwealth Ombudsman and equivalent state bodies. The TIA Act provides a legal framework for national security and law enforcement agencies to access the information held by communications providers that agencies need to investigate criminal offences and other activities that threaten safety and security.

Serious and organised criminals and persons seeking to harm Australia’s national security, routinely use telecommunications service providers and communications technology to plan and to carry out their activities. Some activities, including child pornography, are predominantly executed through communications devices such as phones and computers.

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