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Section 186A Customs Act 1901
Refusing to Allow Copying of Documents

Section 186A of the Customs Act 1901 (Cth) deals with Refusing to Allow Copying of Documents and is extracted below.

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186A Power to make copies of, and take extracts from, documents in certain circumstances

(1) If:

(a) a document is examined under section 186; and
(b) as a result of that examination, an officer of Customs is satisfied that the document or part of the document may contain information relevant to:

(i) an importation or exportation, or to a proposed importation or exportation, of prohibited goods; or
(ii) the commission or attempted commission of any other offence against this Act or of any offence against a prescribed Act; or
(iii) the performance of functions under section 17 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979; or
(iv) the performance of functions under section 6 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001; or
(v) security (within the meaning of section 4 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979);
the officer of Customs may make a copy of, or take an extract from, the document, or arrange for another officer of Customs or other person having the necessary experience, to make such a copy or take such an extract.

(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), a copy may be made of, or an extract taken from, a document:

(a) by photocopying the document or a part of the document; or
(b) by photographing the document or a part of the document; or
(c) by electronically scanning the document or a part of the document; or
(d) by making an electronic copy of information contained in the document or a part of the document; or
(e) by making a written copy of information contained in the document or a part of the document.

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