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Legal Aid Commission (ACT), dated 9 September 2010.
Public Advocate of the ACT, dated 16 September 2010.
Public Trustee for the ACT, dated 2 August 2010.
Victims of Crime Support Program (incorporating Victims of Crime Co-ordinator, Victim Support ACT and the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Act 1983), dated 17 September 2010.
Civil Law (Wrongs) Act, pursuant to subsection 4.56(3) of Schedule 4—Professional Standards Councils—Annual Report 2009-2010.
ACT Policing controlled operations—2009-10 annual report
Paper and statement by minister
MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Crimes (Controlled Operations) Act, pursuant to subsection 28(9)—ACT Policing Controlled Operations—Annual Report 2009-10.
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MR CORBELL: I am pleased today to table the ACT Policing controlled operations annual report for 2009-10. In August 2008, the Assembly passed the Crimes (Controlled Operations) Act 2008, the act. This was new, nationally harmonised legislation that provided for the authorisation of conduct and monitoring of controlled operations conducted in the ACT and one or more other jurisdictions.
The act empowers police to involve themselves covertly in organised crime and criminal investigations under strict operational control to gain evidence and intelligence about criminal behaviour. The act protects officers assigned to the operation from criminal liability if they need to break the law during the operation. Controlled operations can only be authorised by the highest ranks in ACT Policing or the Australian Crime Commission and may only be carried out in strict accordance with the details of the formal authority issued for the operation.
Importantly, the act also contains a number of accountability provisions, one of which is that a report be provided to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services annually and presented to the Assembly. This is the first annual report provided to me since the act became operational.
The Ombudsman must inspect the records of a law enforcement agency utilising this act at least once every 12 months to ensure compliance. I can confirm this has occurred this year.
For the financial year 2009-2010, seven controlled operations certificates were completed. Due to the restrictions placed on disclosure of information relating to