Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 No 42



An Act with respect to registration and reporting requirements for certain offenders who commit sexual and other serious offences against children; and for other purposes.
Part 1 Preliminary
1   Name of Act
This Act is the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000.
2   Commencement
This Act commences on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation.
2A   Objects of Act
The objects of this Act are—
(a)  to protect children from serious harm (including physical and psychological harm caused by physical or sexual assault), and
(b)  to ensure the early detection of offences by recidivist child sex offenders, and
(c)  to monitor persons who are registrable persons, and
(d)  to ensure that registrable persons comply with this Act.
s 2A: Ins 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [1].
3   Definitions
(1)  In this Act—
child means any person who is under the age of 18 years.
child abuse material has the same meaning as it has in section 91FB of the Crimes Act 1900.
child protection registration order means an order made under Part 2A, and includes a corresponding child protection registration order.
Class 1 offence means—
(a)  the offence of murder, where the person murdered is a child, or
(b)  an offence that involves sexual intercourse with a child (other than an offence that is a Class 2 offence), or
(c)  an offence against section 66EA of the Crimes Act 1900, or
(d)  an offence against section 272.8, 272.10 (if it relates to an underlying offence against section 272.8) or 272.11 of the Criminal Code of the Commonwealth, or an offence against section 272.18, 272.19 or 272.20 of the Criminal Code of the Commonwealth if it relates to another Class 1 offence as elsewhere defined in this section, or
(d1)  an offence against section 80A of the Crimes Act 1900, where the person against whom the offence is committed is a child, or
(e)  any offence under a law of a foreign jurisdiction that, if it had been committed in New South Wales, would have constituted an offence of a kind listed in this definition, or
(f)  an offence under a law of a foreign jurisdiction that the regulations state is a Class 1 offence, or
(g)  an offence an element of which is an intention to commit an offence of a kind listed in this definition, or
(h)  an offence of attempting, or of conspiracy or incitement, to commit an offence of a kind listed in this definition, or
(i)  an offence that, at the time it was committed—
(i)  was a Class 1 offence for the purposes of this Act, or
(ii)  in the case of an offence occurring before the commencement of this definition, was an offence of a kind listed in this definition.
Class 2 offence means—
(a)  the offence of manslaughter (other than manslaughter as a result of a motor vehicle accident), where the victim of the manslaughter is a child, or
(a1)  an offence that involves sexual touching or a sexual act against or in respect of a child, being an offence that is punishable by imprisonment for 12 months or more, or
(a2)  an offence under section 33 (1) of the Crimes Act 1900, where the person against whom the offence is committed is a child under 10 years of age and the person committing the offence is not a child, or
(a3)  an offence under section 66EB or 66EC of the Crimes Act 1900, or
(b)  an offence under section 86 of the Crimes Act 1900, where the person against whom the offence is committed is a child, except where the person found guilty of the offence was, when the offence was committed or at some earlier time, a parent or carer of the child, or
(c)  an offence under section 80D or 80E of the Crimes Act 1900, where the person against whom the offence is committed is a child, or
(c1)  an offence under section 87 of the Crimes Act 1900, where the person committing the offence has never had parental responsibility (within the meaning of that section) for the child who is taken or detained, or
(d)  an offence under section 91D, 91E, 91F, 91G or 91H of the Crimes Act 1900 (other than an offence committed by a child prostitute), or
(e)    (Repealed)
(f)  an offence under section 91J, 91K or 91L of the Crimes Act 1900 where the person who was being observed or filmed as referred to in those sections was then a child, or
(g)  an offence against section 271.4, 271.7, 272.9, 272.10 (if it relates to an underlying offence against section 272.9), 272.11, 272.12, 272.13, 272.14, 272.15, 273.5, 273.6, 273.7, 471.16, 471.17, 471.19, 471.20, 471.22, 471.24, 471.25, 471.26, 474.19, 474.20, 474.22, 474.23, 474.24A, 474.25A, 474.25B, 474.26, 474.27 or 474.27A of the Criminal Code of the Commonwealth, or an offence against section 272.18, 272.19 or 272.20 of the Criminal Code of the Commonwealth if it relates to another Class 2 offence as elsewhere defined in this section, or
(h)  an offence against section 270.6 or 270.7 of the Criminal Code of the Commonwealth where the person against whom the offence is committed is a child, or
(i)  an offence against section 233BAB of the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth involving items of child pornography or of child abuse material, or
(j)  any offence under a law of a foreign jurisdiction that, if it had been committed in New South Wales, would have constituted an offence of a kind listed in this definition, or
(k)  an offence under a law of a foreign jurisdiction that the regulations state is a Class 2 offence, or
(l)  an offence an element of which is an intention to commit an offence of a kind listed in this definition, or
(m)  an offence of attempting, or of conspiracy or incitement, to commit an offence of a kind listed in this definition, or
(n)  an offence that, at the time it was committed—
(i)  was a Class 2 offence for the purposes of this Act, or
(ii)  in the case of an offence occurring before the commencement of this definition, was an offence of a kind listed in this definition.
community correction order means a community correction order under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
community service order means a community service order under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 or a children’s community service order under the Children (Community Service Orders) Act 1987.
conditional release order means a conditional release order under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
corresponding Act means a law of a foreign jurisdiction—
(a)  that provides for people who have committed specified offences to report in that jurisdiction information about themselves and to keep that information current for a specified period, and
(b)  that the regulations state is a corresponding Act for the purposes of this Act.
corresponding child protection registration order means an order made under a corresponding Act that falls within a class of order that the regulations state is a corresponding child protection registration order for the purposes of this Act.
corresponding registrable offence means an offence that is a registrable offence for the purposes of a corresponding Act but is not a registrable offence within the meaning of this Act.
corresponding registrable person—see section 19BB.
corresponding registrar means the person whose functions under a corresponding Act most closely correspond to the functions of the Commissioner of Police under this Act.
court includes any Magistrate exercising functions under the Criminal Procedure Act 1986, and also includes a court (however described) of a foreign jurisdiction.
detainee means a person who—
(a)  is a detainee within the meaning of the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987, or
(b)  is absent from a detention centre pursuant to an order in force under section 24 of that Act.
disability has the same meaning as it has in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
existing controlled person means a person who, immediately before the commencement of this section—
(a)  was subject to a sentence of imprisonment in respect of a registrable offence, including—
(i)  a term of imprisonment the subject of an intensive correction order, home detention order or sentence suspension order, and
(ii)  a term of imprisonment in respect of which the person was on release on parole under strict supervision,
but not including a term of imprisonment in respect of which the person was on release on parole otherwise than under strict supervision, or
(b)  was a forensic patient in respect of a registrable offence, or
(c)  was an existing licensee in respect of a registrable offence, or
(d)  was participating in the Pre-Trial Diversion of Offenders Program under the Pre-Trial Diversion of Offenders Act 1985 in respect of a registrable offence, or
(e)  was the subject of a community service order in respect of a registrable offence, or
(f)  was subject to a good behaviour bond in respect of a registrable offence, being a bond under which the person was required to submit to strict supervision,
whether under the laws of New South Wales or (in whatever terms expressed) under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction.
existing licensee means a person who is—
(a)  the holder of an existing licence within the meaning of clause 22 of Schedule 2 to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999, or
(b)  the holder of a licence under section 7 of the Habitual Criminals Act 1957, or
(c)  the holder of any equivalent licence granted under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction,
being a person who is for the time being required by the conditions of the licence to submit to strict supervision.
finding of guilt—see subsection (2).
foreign jurisdiction means a jurisdiction other than New South Wales (including jurisdictions outside Australia).
foreign witness protection law means a law of a foreign jurisdiction that provides for the protection of witnesses.
forensic patient means a person who is subject to—
(a)  an order of detention under section 27 or 39 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990, or
(b)  an order under section 24 (1) (b) of that Act that causes the person to be kept in custody.
good behaviour bond means a good behaviour bond under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999, and includes a good behaviour bond referred to in section 33 (1) (b) of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987.
government custody means—
(a)  custody as an inmate or detainee, and includes custody as a forensic patient where the order under section 24 (1) (b), 27 or 39 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990, as originally made, requires the patient to be kept in strict government custody, or
(b)  custody under a law of a foreign jurisdiction in the nature of custody referred to in paragraph (a).
home detention order means a home detention order under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
inmate has the same meaning as it has in the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999.
intensive correction order means an order referred to in section 7 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
interstate Registrar means an authority responsible under a law of another State or a Territory for the registration of births, deaths and marriages.
NSW Registrar means the Registrar within the meaning of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995.
parole order means a parole order within the meaning of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999, and includes any equivalent order made under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction.
Register means the Child Protection Register established under section 19.
registrable offence means an offence that is—
(a)  a Class 1 offence, or
(b)  a Class 2 offence, or
(c)  an offence that results in the making of a child protection registration order.
registrable person—see section 3A.
relevant personal information—see section 9.
reporting obligations, in relation to a registrable person, means the obligations imposed on the person by Part 3.
reporting period means the period, as determined under Division 6 of Part 3, during which a registrable person must comply with the person’s reporting obligations.
sentence includes the following—
(a)  any order under section 24 (1) (b) of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 that causes a person to be kept in custody or any order of detention under section 27 or 39 of that Act,
(b)  any order under section 33 (1) of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987,
(c)  any action taken under section 10A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999,
(d)  any undertaking under section 23 of the Pre-Trial Diversion of Offenders Act 1985,
(e)  any sentence or equivalent order or undertaking imposed under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction.
sentence suspension order means an order under section 12 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
sexual act, sexual intercourse and sexual touching have the same meanings as in Division 10 of Part 3 of the Crimes Act 1900.
strict government custody, in relation to a registrable person, means custody as an inmate, detainee or forensic patient, but does not include such custody if the person—
(a)  is regularly permitted to be absent from a place of custody for any period, regardless of its length, whether on leave of absence or otherwise, and
(b)  is not at all such times under the immediate supervision of an officer of a supervising authority or other person having custody of the person.
strict supervision means supervision by—
(a)  the Commissioner of Corrective Services or an officer employed within the Department of Corrective Services, or
(b)  the Director-General of the Department of Juvenile Justice or an officer employed within that Department, or
(c)  the Director-General of the Department of Health or an officer employed within that Department,
or supervision by an authority of a foreign jurisdiction in the nature of an authority referred to in paragraph (a)–(c).
supervised sentence means—
(a)  a sentence of imprisonment the subject of an intensive correction order or home detention order, or
(b)  a community service order or community correction order, or
(c)  a good behaviour bond or conditional release order under which the person is required to submit to strict supervision, or
(d)  an order of detention under section 27 or 39 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990, other than an order that, as originally made, requires the person to be kept in strict government custody, or
(e)  an order under section 24 (1) (b) of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 that causes a person to be kept in custody, other than an order that, as originally made, requires the person to be kept in strict government custody.
supervising authority, in relation to a registrable person, means an authority prescribed by the regulations as the authority having control of the person.
witness protection program has the same meaning as it has in the Witness Protection Act 1995.
Note—
The Interpretation Act 1987 contains definitions and other provisions that affect the interpretation and application of this Act.
(1A)  Except in so far as the context or subject-matter otherwise indicates or requires or as the regulations provide that this subsection not have effect, a reference in this Act to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 is a reference to that Act as in force at any time (whether before, on or after the commencement of this subsection). This subsection does not affect the meaning or construction of references to any other Act mentioned in this Act.
Note—
The principal purpose of this subsection is to make it clear that references to orders and bonds under the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 extend to orders and bonds under that Act as in force at any time.
(2)  For the purposes of this Act, a reference to a finding of guilt in relation to an offence (however expressed) committed by a person is a reference to any of the following—
(a)  a court making a formal finding of guilt in relation to the offence,
(b)  a court convicting the person of the offence, where there has been no formal finding of guilt before conviction,
(c)  a court accepting a plea of guilty from the person in relation to the offence,
(d)  a court accepting an admission of guilt from the person in relation to the offence for the purpose of the offence being taken into account under Division 3 of Part 3 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999, or under equivalent provisions of the laws of a foreign jurisdiction,
(e)  a verdict under section 22 (1) (b), (c) or (d) or section 38 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990, or under equivalent provisions of the laws of a foreign jurisdiction.
(2A)  A reference to a finding of guilt in this Act does not include a finding of guilt that is subsequently quashed or set aside by a court.
(3)  For the purposes of this Act, offences arise from the same incident only if they are committed within a single period of 24 hours and are committed against the same person.
(4)  For the purposes of this Act, a person who is absent from a detention centre pursuant to an order in force under section 23 or 24 of the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987 is taken to be in custody.
(5)  For the purposes of this Act, section 579 of the Crimes Act 1900 does not apply to or in respect of a registrable offence.
(6)  For the purposes of this Act, a registrable person has a special need if—
(a)  the person has impaired intellectual functioning, that is, the person has—
(i)  total or partial loss of the person’s mental functions, or
(ii)  a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction, or
(iii)  a disorder, illness or disease that affects the person’s thought processes, perceptions of reality, emotions or judgment, or that results in disturbed behaviour, or
(b)  the person is subject to a guardianship order (within the meaning of the Guardianship Act 1987), or
(c)  the person is illiterate, or is not literate in the English language, or
(d)  the person is visually impaired to the extent that the person is unable to read a written notice, or
(e)  the person is subject to some other condition that may prevent the person from being able to understand a written notice.
(7)  A reference to sexual touching or a sexual act in this Act does not include a reference to an offence that only involves indecent exposure.
(8)  A reference to doing a thing “in person” in this Act is a reference to doing the thing by personal attendance at a place, it is not sufficient to attend the place by telephone or by any other electronic means.
(9)  Notes included in this Act do not form part of this Act.
s 3: Am 2001 No 50, Sch 1 [1]–[8]; 2001 No 84, Sch 2.2; 2001 No 99, Sch 2; 2001 No 121, Sch 2.33 [1]; 2002 No 1, Sch 3.1 [1] [2]; 2002 No 53, Sch 2.4; 2002 No 98, Sch 1 [1]–[3]; 2004 No 11, Sch 1; 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [2]–[14]; 2004 No 95, Sch 2.1; 2006 No 107, Sch 1.3 [1] [2]; 2007 No 13, Sch 1 [1]–[3]; 2007 No 74, Sch 3; 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [1]–[3]; 2008 No 105, Sch 2.1 [1]; 2009 No 56, Sch 2.4; 2010 No 48, Sch 5.1 [1]–[3]; 2010 No 88, Sch 1 [1] [2]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [2]–[11]; 2017 No 53, Sch 4.4 [1]–[4]; 2018 No 33, Sch 2 [1]–[4].
3AA   Risk to sexual safety of children—meaning
(1)  For the purposes of this Act, a person poses a risk to the lives or sexual safety of one or more children, or of children generally if there is a risk that the person will engage in conduct that may constitute a Class 1 offence or a Class 2 offence against or in respect of a child or children.
(2)  In order for a court to be satisfied that a person poses a risk to the lives or sexual safety of one or more children, or of children generally, it is not necessary for the court to be able to identify a risk to particular children, or a particular class of children.
(3)  A court is to take the following into account in determining whether a person poses a risk to the lives or sexual safety of one or more children, or of children generally—
(a)  the seriousness of each registrable offence committed by the person,
(b)  the age of the person at the time each of those offences was committed,
(c)  the age of each victim of each of those offences at the time that the offence was committed,
(d)  the seriousness of any other offences committed by the person,
(e)  the impact on the person if the order being sought is made compared with the likelihood that the person may commit a registrable offence,
(f)  any other matter that the court considers to be relevant.
s 3AA (previously s 3H): Renumbered 2018 No 33, Sch 2 [8].
Part 2 Offenders to whom Act applies
pt 2: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [15].
3A   Registrable persons
(1)  A registrable person is a person whom a court has at any time (whether before, on or after the commencement of this section) sentenced in respect of a registrable offence, and includes a corresponding registrable person.
(2)  Unless a person is a corresponding registrable person, a person is not a registrable person merely because the person—
(a)  is a person in respect of whom a court has made an order under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 or section 33 (1) (a) of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 (or an equivalent order under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction) in respect of a Class 1 or Class 2 offence, or
(b)    (Repealed)
(c)  as a child committed—
(i)  a single offence involving sexual touching or a sexual act, or
(ii)  a single offence under section 91H of the Crimes Act 1900 or an offence of producing, disseminating or possessing child abuse material (in whatever terms expressed) under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction, or
(iii)  a single offence under section 91J (1), 91K (1) or 91L (1) of the Crimes Act 1900, or
(iv)  a single offence (including an offence committed under the laws of a foreign jurisdiction) that falls within a class of offence the regulations prescribe for the purposes of this subparagraph, or
(v)  a single offence an element of which is an intention to commit an offence of a kind listed in this paragraph, or
(vi)  a single offence of attempting, or of conspiracy or incitement, to commit an offence of a kind listed in this paragraph, or
Note—
Savings and transitional provisions in Schedule 2 provide that references to certain offences in this paragraph are taken to include references to certain earlier offences under provisions that have since been repealed.
(d)  is a person whom a court has found guilty of a registrable offence before 15 October 2001, unless the person is an existing controlled person or the offence results in the making of a child protection registration order against the person.
(3)  A person is not a registrable person if the person is receiving protection under a foreign witness protection law specified by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection, or has the same status as such a person under an order made under a corresponding Act specified by the regulations for the purposes of this section.
(4)  For the purposes of this section, it is irrelevant whether or not a person may lodge, or has lodged, an appeal in respect of a finding of guilt, sentence or child protection registration order.
(5)  A reference to a single offence in this section includes a reference to more than one offence of the same kind arising from the same incident.
s 3A: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [15]. Am 2007 No 13, Sch 1 [4]; 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [4] [5]; 2008 No 105, Sch 2.1 [2]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [12]–[15]; 2018 No 33, Sch 2 [5].
3B   Circumstances in which person ceases to be registrable person
A person ceases to be a registrable person if—
(a)  the finding of guilt against the person for the only offence that makes the person a registrable person is quashed or set aside by a court, or
(b)  the person’s sentence in respect of that offence is reduced or altered so that the person would not have been a registrable person had the amended sentence been the original sentence, or
(c)  the person is a registrable person only because the person is subject to a child protection registration order and that order is quashed on appeal or otherwise ceases to have effect under this Act.
s 3B: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [15]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [6].
3C   Discretion to treat child offender as non-registrable
(1)  A court that sentences a person for a sexual offence committed by the person when the person was a child may make an order declaring that the person is not to be treated as a registrable person for the purposes of this Act in respect of that offence.
(2)  While the order remains in force, the person is not a registrable person under this Act because of that offence.
(3)  A court may make an order under this section only if—
(a)  the victim of the offence was under the age of 18 years at the time that the offence was committed, and
(b)  the person has not previously been convicted of any other Class 1 offence or Class 2 offence, and
(c)  the court does not impose in respect of the offence—
(i)  a sentence of full-time detention, or
(ii)  a control order (unless the court also, by order, suspends the execution of the control order), and
(d)  the court is satisfied that the person does not pose a risk to the lives or sexual safety of one or more children, or of children generally.
(4)  This section applies only if the sexual offence concerned is a registrable offence and does not limit section 3A (2) (c) as it applies to offences committed by children.
(5)  If an order is made under this section, the order is taken, for the purpose of any provisions that enable the Crown or a prosecutor to appeal against a sentence imposed on the person, to be a part of the person’s sentence.
(6)  In this section—
control order means an order under section 33 (1) (g) of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987.
full-time detention has the same meaning as in the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
sexual offence means the following offences regardless of when the offence occurred—
(a)  an offence under a provision of Division 10, 10A, 15 or 15A of Part 3 of the Crimes Act 1900 or under section 91J, 91K or 91L of that Act,
(b)  an offence under a provision of that Act set out in Column 1 of Schedule 1A to that Act,
(c)  an offence under section 233BAB of the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth involving items of child pornography or child abuse material,
(d)  an offence under Subdivision D of Division 474 of Part 10.6 of the Criminal Code of the Commonwealth,
(e)  an offence of attempting to commit any offence referred to in paragraphs (a)–(d),
(f)  an offence under a previous enactment that is substantially similar to an offence referred to in paragraphs (a)–(e).
s 3C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [15]. Subst 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [7]. Rep 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [16]. Ins 2018 No 33, Sch 2 [6].
Part 2A Child protection registration orders
pt 2A, hdg: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [8].
3D   Child protection registration orders made during criminal proceedings
(1)  If a court finds a person guilty of an offence that is not a Class 1 or a Class 2 offence, it may order that the person comply with the reporting obligations of this Act.
(2)  A court may make an order under this section only if—
(a)  the court is satisfied that the person poses a risk to the lives or sexual safety of one or more children, or of children generally, and
(b)  the court imposes a sentence on the person in relation to the offence (other than an order under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 or section 33 (1) (a) of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987), and
(c)  an application for the imposition of the order is made by the prosecution.
Note—
The effect of subsection (2) (b) is to prevent a child protection registration order being made in certain circumstances if an order is made dismissing the charge or conditionally discharging the offender.
(3)–(5)    (Repealed)
(6)  For the purposes of Division 6 of Part 3, a person subject to an order under this section is deemed to have been found guilty of a Class 2 offence.
(7)    (Repealed)
s 3D: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [15]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [9] [10].
3E   Orders made after conclusion of criminal proceedings
(1)  The Local Court may, on application by the Commissioner of Police, order a person who has been sentenced by a court of New South Wales in respect of an offence that is not a Class 1 offence or a Class 2 offence to comply with the reporting obligations under this Act.
(2)  The Local Court may make an order under this section only if—
(a)  the Court is satisfied that the person poses a risk to the lives or sexual safety of one or more children, or of children generally, and
(b)  the sentence imposed on the person in respect of the offence was not an order under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 or under section 33 (1) (a) of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987.
Note—
The effect of subsection (2) (b) is to prevent a child protection registration order being made if an order is made dismissing the charge or conditionally discharging the offender.
(3)  An application for an order under this section must be made within 60 days after the person with respect to whom the order is sought is sentenced for the relevant offence.
(4)  For the purposes of Division 6 of Part 3, if the Local Court makes an order in respect of a person under this section, the person is taken to have been found guilty of, and sentenced for, a Class 2 offence on the date an order under this section is made.
s 3E: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [15]. Subst 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [11]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 4.1 [1]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [17].
3F   Orders made in relation to foreign offences and old offences
(1)  The Local Court may, on application by the Commissioner of Police, order any of the following persons to comply with the reporting obligations of this Act—
(a)  a person who has been found guilty of an offence against the law of a foreign jurisdiction that, if the offence had been committed in New South Wales, would have been an offence under the law of New South Wales, and who is not otherwise a registrable person in respect of that offence,
(b)  a person who has (at any time) been sentenced by a court for a Class 1 offence of which the person was found guilty before 15 October 2001, unless the person was a child at the time that the offence was committed,
(c)  a person who has (at any time) been sentenced by a court for an offence referred to in paragraph (a), (a2) or (c1) of the definition of Class 2 offence in section 3 (1), of which the person was found guilty before the commencement of this paragraph, unless the person was a child at the time the offence was committed.
(2)  The Local Court may make an order under this section only if it is satisfied that the person poses a risk to the lives or sexual safety of one or more children, or of children generally.
(3)  For the purposes of Division 6 of Part 3, if the Local Court makes an order in respect of a person under this section, the person is taken to have been found guilty of, and sentenced for, a Class 2 offence on the date an order under this section is made.
(4)  Section 51 of the Local Court Act 2007 does not apply to proceedings for an order under this section.
(5)  The fact that an offence in respect of which a person has been found guilty is spent does not prevent the making of an order under this section.
(6)  For the purposes of this section, an offence is spent if, under a law in any jurisdiction, the person is permitted not to disclose the fact that the person was convicted or found guilty of the offence.
s 3F: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [11]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 4.1 [1] [2]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [18].
3G   Child protection registration orders made after grant of bail under Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990
(1)  A court that grants bail to a person in respect of a Class 1 offence or a Class 2 offence under section 10 (3) (b), 14 (b) (ii) or 17 (2) of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 may order that the person comply with the reporting obligations of this Act.
(2)  A court may make an order under this section only if it is satisfied that the person poses a risk to the lives or sexual safety of one or more children, or of children generally.
(3)  A court may make an order under this section only if—
(a)  an application for the imposition of the order is made by the prosecution, and
(b)  the order is made concurrently with the granting of the person’s bail.
(4)  For the purposes of Division 6 of Part 3, if a court makes an order in respect of a person under this section the person is taken to have been found guilty of, and sentenced for, a Class 2 offence on the date the order is made.
(5)  A decision to make an order under this section is taken to be part of a bail decision for the purposes of the Bail Act 2013 and can be varied in accordance with that Act.
(6)  An order made under this section ceases to have effect if—
(a)  proceedings against the person in respect of the Class 1 offence or Class 2 offence are withdrawn by the prosecution or dismissed by a court, or
(b)  the person is sentenced by a court in respect of the Class 1 offence or Class 2 offence, or
(c)  the bail decision is varied under the Bail Act 2013 and, on that variation, the order is quashed or set aside.
(7)  Subsection (4) ceases to apply if the order ceases to have effect.
(8)  If an order under this section ceases to have effect as a consequence of the person having been sentenced by a court in respect of the Class 1 offence or Class 2 offence, and the person continues to be a registrable person, the period for which the person’s reporting obligations continue is to be reduced by the length of time for which the person was required to comply with the reporting obligations under this Act solely as a consequence of the order.
s 3G: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [11]. Am 2009 No 56, Sch 2.4; 2014 No 5, Sch 2.1 [1] [2].
s 3H (renumbered as s 3AA): Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [11]. Am 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [19]; 2018 No 33, Sch 2 [7]. Renumbered 2018 No 33, Sch 2 [8].
Part 3 Reporting obligations
pt 3, hdg (previously Part 2, heading): Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [16].
Division 1 Notices to be given
4   Notices to be given when persons sentenced for registrable offences
(1)  As soon as practicable after a registrable person is sentenced, the sentencing court is to give written notice to the person of—
(a)  the person’s reporting obligations, and
(b)  the consequences that may arise if the person fails to comply with those obligations.
(2)  As soon as practicable after a registrable person is sentenced, the sentencing court is to give written notice of that fact to—
(a)  the Commissioner of Police, and
(b)  the supervising authority for the person.
(2A)  For the avoidance of doubt, it is declared that this section extends to any registrable person whom the court has sentenced to a term of imprisonment even if the term of imprisonment is subject to a sentence suspension order.
(3)  The regulations may make provision for or with respect to the manner and form in which written notice must be given under this section.
(4)  In this section, court does not include a court of a foreign jurisdiction.
s 4: Am 2007 No 13, Sch 1 [5].
4A   Notices to be given when orders made for persons to comply with reporting obligations
(1)  As soon as practicable after a court makes an order under section 3E, 3F or 3G, the court is to give written notice to the person the subject of the order of—
(a)  the person’s reporting obligations, and
(b)  the consequences that may arise if the person fails to comply with those obligations.
(2)  As soon as practicable after such an order is made, the court is to give written notice of that fact to—
(a)  the Commissioner of Police, and
(b)  the supervising authority (if any) for the person.
(3)  The regulations may make provision for or with respect to the manner and form in which written notice must be given under this section.
s 4A: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [12].
5   Notices to be given when registrable person commences supervised sentence for registrable offence
(1)  As soon as practicable after a registrable person commences a supervised sentence for a registrable offence, the supervising authority for the person is to give written notice to the person of—
(a)  the person’s reporting obligations, and
(b)  the consequences that may arise if the person fails to comply with those obligations.
(2)  The regulations may make provision for or with respect to the manner and form in which written notice must be given under this section.
(3)    (Repealed)
s 5: Am 2001 No 50, Sch 1 [9]; 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [17]; 2008 No 79, Sch 3.1; 2010 No 48, Sch 5.1 [4]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [20].
6   Notices to be given when registrable person ceases to be in custody or under supervision of supervising authority
(1)  As soon as practicable before or after a registrable person—
(a)  ceases to be in strict government custody, or
(b)  ceases to be in government custody, or
(c)  ceases to be subject to a supervised sentence, or
(d)  ceases to participate in the Pre-Trial Diversion of Offenders Program under the Pre-Trial Diversion of Offenders Act 1985, or
(e)  ceases to be subject to a condition of parole requiring the person to be subject to supervision, or
(f)  ceases to be an existing licensee, or
(g)  becomes subject to an order under section 49 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 that allows the person to be absent from a mental health facility, correctional centre or other place on a regular and unsupervised basis,
whether in respect of a registrable offence or otherwise, the supervising authority for the person is to give written notice of that fact to the Commissioner of Police.
(2)  As soon as practicable before or after a registrable person who has been in government custody for 14 or more consecutive days ceases to be in government custody, whether in respect of a registrable offence or otherwise, the supervising authority for the person is to give written notice to the person of—
(a)  the person’s reporting obligations, and
(b)  the consequences that may arise if the person fails to comply with those obligations.
(3)  Notice is not required to be given under subsection (2) if the person ceases to be in government custody because of an order under section 49 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 that allows the person to be absent from a mental health facility, correctional centre or other place on a regular and unsupervised basis.
(4)  The regulations may make provision for or with respect to the following—
(a)  what constitutes absence on a regular and unsupervised basis,
(b)  the manner and form in which written notice must be given under this section.
s 6: Am 2001 No 50, Sch 1 [10] [11]; 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [18]–[20]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [21]–[23].
7   Notices may be given by Commissioner of Police
(1)  The Commissioner of Police may cause written notice to be given to a registrable person of—
(a)  the person’s reporting obligations, and
(b)  the consequences that may arise if the person fails to comply with those obligations,
if the Commissioner suspects that the person may not have received notice, or may otherwise be unaware, of those obligations.
(2)  The regulations may make provision for or with respect to the manner and form in which written notice must be given under this section.
7A   Notices to be given to registrable persons who enter New South Wales or are corresponding registrable persons
(1)  This section applies to a registrable person—
(a)  who enters New South Wales, if the person has not previously been given notice of the person’s reporting obligations in New South Wales, or
(b)  who becomes a corresponding registrable person, if the person is in New South Wales at that time.
(2)  The Commissioner of Police must, as soon as practicable after the registrable person becomes a person to whom this section applies, cause written notice to be given to the person in accordance with the requirements of section 7.
ss 7A–7C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [21].
7B   Notice to be given when reporting obligations change
(1)  This section applies to a registrable person whose reporting obligations have changed since the person was last notified of them in New South Wales.
(2)  The Commissioner of Police must cause written notice to be given to the registrable person as soon as practicable after the change and in no case later than the time the person next reports in accordance with this Act.
(3)  The regulations may make provision for or with respect to the manner and form in which written notice must be given under this section.
ss 7A–7C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [21].
7C   Power of detention to enable notice to be given
(1)  A police officer may exercise a power of detention under this section only if—
(a)  there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a person is a registrable person and that the person has not been given notice, or is otherwise unaware, of the person’s reporting obligations, and
(b)  all other reasonably appropriate means of determining whether the person is a registrable person, or of notifying the person of reporting obligations, as the case requires, have been taken.
(2)  A police officer may detain the person if it is reasonably necessary to do so—
(a)  to enable a determination as to whether or not the person is a registrable person or, if the person is a registrable person, as to whether or not the person has been given notice, or is aware, of the person’s reporting obligations, or
(b)  to enable the person to be given notice of those obligations if the person is not aware of them.
(3)  In detaining the person, the police officer must tell the person—
(a)  why the person is being detained, and
(b)  that the detention is authorised under this Act, and
(c)  that the person will be released immediately after the purpose of the detention is fulfilled.
(4)  The detained person—
(a)  must not be held for a period that is longer than is reasonably necessary to enable the purpose of the detention to be fulfilled, and
(b)  must not be held merely because the person has refused to sign an acknowledgement that the person has been given notice of the person’s reporting obligations, and
(c)  must be released immediately after the purpose of the detention is fulfilled.
ss 7A–7C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [21].
8   Failure to comply with procedural requirements does not affect registrable person’s obligations
A failure to comply with the requirements of this Division does not affect a registrable person’s reporting obligations.
Division 2 Initial report
pt 3, div 2, hdg (previously Part 2, Div 2, heading): Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
9   Relevant personal information to be reported
(1)  For the purposes of this Act, the relevant personal information to be reported by a registrable person consists of the following information—
(a)  the person’s name, together with any other name by which the person is or has previously been known,
(b)  in respect of each name other than the person’s current name, the period during which the person was known by that other name,
(c)  the person’s date of birth,
(d)  the address of each of the premises at which the person generally resides or, if the person does not generally reside at any particular premises, the name of each of the localities in which the person can generally be found,
(e)  the name and date of birth of each child who generally resides in the same household as that in which the person generally resides,
(f)  if the person is a worker—
(i)  the nature of the person’s work, and
(ii)  the name of the person’s employer (if any), and
(iii)  the address of each of the premises at which the person generally works or, if the person does not generally work at any particular premises, the name of each of the localities in which the person generally works,
(g)  details of the person’s affiliation with any club or organisation that has child membership or child participation in its activities,
(h)  the make, model, colour and registration number of any motor vehicle owned or hired by, or generally driven by, the person,
(i)  details of any tattoos or permanent distinguishing marks that the person has (including details of any tattoo or mark that has been removed),
(j)  whether the person has ever been found guilty in any foreign jurisdiction of a registrable offence or of an offence that required the person to report to a corresponding registrar or been subject to a corresponding child protection registration order and, if so, where that finding occurred or that order was made,
(k)  if the person has been in government custody since the person was sentenced or released from government custody (as the case may be) in respect of a registrable offence or corresponding registrable offence, details of when or where that government custody occurred,
(l)  if, at the time of making a report under this Division, the person leaves, or intends to leave, New South Wales to travel elsewhere in Australia on an average of at least once a month (irrespective of the length of any such absence)—
(i)  in general terms, the reason for travelling, and
(ii)  in general terms, the frequency and destinations of the travel,
(m)  details of any carriage service (within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1997 of the Commonwealth) used, or intended to be used, by the person including any phone numbers used, or intended to be used, by the person,
(n)  details of any internet service provider or provider of a carriage service (within the meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1997 of the Commonwealth) used, or intended to be used, by the person,
(o)  details of the type of any internet connection used, or intended to be used, by the person, including whether the connection is a wireless, broadband, ADSL or dial-up connection,
(p)  details of any email addresses, internet user names, instant messaging user names, chat room user names or any other user name or identity used, or intended to be used, by the person through the internet or other electronic communication service,
(q)  any other information prescribed by the regulations.
(1A)  For the purposes of this Act, the relevant personal information to be reported by a registrable person also includes the name, date of birth and address of each child (or other means of contacting each child) with whom the person has had contact, but only if the registrable person was—
(a)  supervising or caring for the child, or
(b)  visiting or staying at a household where the child is present, or
(c)  exchanging contact details with the child (including providing the person’s contact details to the child), or
(d)  attempting to befriend the child.
(1B)  For the purposes of subsection (1A), contact with a child, includes the registrable person having—
(a)  physical contact with the child (including by touching the child or being in very close physical proximity to the child), or
(b)  oral communication with the child (including communication that takes place in person, by telephone or by electronic means such as via the internet), or
(c)  written communication with the child (including communication that takes place by mail, by telephone or by electronic means such as email).
(1C)  The sentencing court (being the court that sentences a person in respect of a registrable offence or that imposes a child protection registration order on the person) may order that the person’s reporting obligations in respect of contacts occurring before the person reaches 18 years of age be modified as set out in the order, if—
(a)  the person is under 18 years of age, and
(b)  the court is of the view that the modification is appropriate in the circumstances taking into account the educational and other needs of the person.
(1D)  A person who, because of a modification under subsection (1C), was not required to report a contact occurring before the person was 18 years of age is not subsequently required to report that contact unless the person’s reporting obligations are further modified so as to require the contact to be reported.
(1E)  Any such further modification may be made by the sentencing court, the Local Court or the Children’s Court on the application of the Commissioner of Police.
(2)  For the purposes of this section—
(a)  a registrable person does not generally reside at any particular premises unless the person resides at those premises for at least 14 days (whether consecutive or not) in any period of 12 months, and
(b)  a child does not generally reside in the same household as a registrable person unless they reside together in that household for at least 3 days (whether consecutive or not) in any period of 12 months, and
(c)    (Repealed)
(d)  a registrable person is not generally employed at any particular premises unless the person is employed at those premises for at least 14 days (whether consecutive or not) in any period of 12 months, and
(e)  a registrable person does not generally drive a particular motor vehicle unless the person drives that motor vehicle on at least 14 days (whether consecutive or not) in any period of 12 months.
(3)  In this section, employer and worker have the same meanings as they have in the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.
s 9: Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2005 No 108, Sch 2.2; 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [13] [14]; 2009 No 93, Sch 1 [1]; 2013 No 31, Sch 3.2 [1] [2]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [24]–[28].
9A   When initial report must be made
(1)  A registrable person of a kind referred to in Column 1 of the Table to this subsection must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police within the period specified in relation to the person in Column 2 of the Table.
Table
Column 1
Column 2
Registrable person
Period for initial report
A registrable person (other than a corresponding registrable person) who enters government custody in New South Wales before, on or after the commencement of this section as a consequence of having being sentenced for a registrable offence and who ceases to be in government custody while in New South Wales
Within 7 days after the registrable person ceases to be in government custody
Any other registrable person who is sentenced for a registrable offence in New South Wales
Within 7 days after the registrable person is sentenced for the registrable offence
A registrable person who enters New South Wales from a foreign jurisdiction and who has not previously been required under this Act to report his or her relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police
Within 7 days after entering and remaining in New South Wales for 14 or more consecutive days, not counting any days spent in government custody
(2)  Despite subsection (1), a registrable person must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police before leaving New South Wales unless the person entered New South Wales from a foreign jurisdiction and remained in New South Wales for less than 14 consecutive days, not counting any days spent in government custody.
s 9A: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [15]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [29].
9B   When new initial report must be made by person whose previous reporting obligations have ceased
(1)  If a registrable person’s reporting period expires but the person is then sentenced for a registrable offence, the person must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police—
(a)  within 7 days after the person is sentenced for the registrable offence, or
(b)  if the registrable person is in government custody, within 7 days after the person ceases to be in government custody,
whichever is the later.
(2)    (Repealed)
(3)  If a registrable person’s reporting obligations are suspended by an order under section 16 (or an equivalent order in a foreign jurisdiction) and that order ceases to have effect under section 16A (or an equivalent provision of the laws of a foreign jurisdiction), the person must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police—
(a)  within 7 days after the order ceases to have effect, or
(b)  if the person is in government custody, within 7 days after the person ceases to be in government custody,
whichever is the later.
(4)  If a registrable person is not in New South Wales at the time the person would be required under subsection (1), (2) or (3) to report relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police, then the person must report that information within 7 days after entering and remaining in New South Wales for 14 or more consecutive days, not counting any days spent in government custody.
(5)  Despite subsections (1)–(3), a registrable person must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police before leaving New South Wales unless the person entered New South Wales from a foreign jurisdiction and remained in New South Wales for less than 14 consecutive days, not counting any days spent in government custody.
s 9B: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2009 No 27, Sch 1.1 [1] [2]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [30].
9C   Persons required to report under corresponding Act
(1)  This section applies to a person (other than one to whom Division 5 applies) who has been required to report to a corresponding registrar, irrespective of whether the person is a registrable person for the purposes of this Act.
(2)  Unless the person has previously complied with the obligation imposed by this section, the person must, within 7 days after entering and remaining in New South Wales, contact (by telephone or another prescribed means) a person nominated by the Commissioner of Police for the purposes of this section.
(3)  The contacted nominated person must advise the person whether the person is a registrable person for the purposes of this Act and of any reporting obligations that the person has under this Act.
(4)  A person is not guilty of an offence against section 17 because of a failure to comply with the reporting obligations imposed by subsection (2) if the person—
(a)  is not a registrable person for the purposes of this Act, or
(b)  has not been notified of that reporting obligation, or
(c)  does not remain in New South Wales for 14 or more consecutive days, not counting any days spent in government custody, or
(d)  reports in accordance with section 9A.
s 9C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
Division 3 Ongoing reporting obligations
pt 3, div 3, hdg: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
10   Registrable person must report annually
(1)  A registrable person must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police each year.
(2)  The registrable person must make the report by the end of the calendar month in which the anniversary of the date on which the person first reported in accordance with this Act or a corresponding Act falls.
(3)  If the registrable person has been in government custody since the person last reported the person’s relevant personal information under this section, the information the person must report must include details of when and where that custody occurred.
(4)  If a registrable person’s reporting period expires, but the person is then required to report again under section 9A, the reference to the date on which the person first reported is to be read as a reference to the date on which the person first reported in respect of the current reporting period.
s 10: Am 2000 No 93, Sch 1.2. Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
11   Registrable person must report changes to relevant personal information
(1)  A registrable person must report to the Commissioner of Police any change in the person’s relevant personal information—
(a)  in the case of a change in the information referred to in section 9 (1) (e)—within 24 hours after the change occurs, and
(b)  in any other case—within 7 days after the change occurs.
(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), a change occurs in the place where the registrable person or a child generally resides, or in the place where the registrable person is generally employed, or the motor vehicle that the person generally drives, only on the expiry of the relevant 3-day or 14-day period referred to in section 9 (2).
(3)  If the relevant personal information for a registrable person (other than one to whom Division 5 applies) changes while the person is not in New South Wales, the person must report the change to the Commissioner of Police within 7 days after entering and remaining in New South Wales for 14 or more consecutive days, not counting any days spent in government custody.
(4)  A registrable person who is in government custody for 14 or more consecutive days must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police—
(a)  within 7 days after the person ceases to be in government custody, or
(b)  before leaving New South Wales,
whichever is the sooner.
s 11: Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [16] [17]; 2009 No 93, Sch 1 [2]; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [31]–[33].
11A   Intended absence from New South Wales to be reported
(1)  This section applies if a registrable person—
(a)  intends to leave New South Wales for 14 or more consecutive days to travel elsewhere in Australia, or
(b)  intends to leave New South Wales to travel out of Australia.
(2)  At least 7 days before leaving New South Wales, the registrable person must report the intended travel to the Commissioner of Police and must provide details of—
(a)  each State, Territory or country to which the person intends to go while out of New South Wales, and
(b)  the approximate dates during which the person intends to be in each of those States, Territories or countries, and
(c)  each address or location within each State, Territory or country at which the person intends to reside (to the extent that they are known) and the approximate dates during which the person intends to reside at those addresses or locations, and
(d)  if the person intends to return to New South Wales, the approximate date on which the person intends to return, and
(e)  if the person does not intend to return to New South Wales, a statement of that intention.
(3)  If circumstances arise making it impracticable for a registrable person to make the report 7 days before the person leaves, it is sufficient compliance with subsection (2) if the registrable person reports the required information to the Commissioner of Police at least 24 hours before the intended travel.
ss 11A, 11B: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
11B   Change of travel plans while out of New South Wales to be reported
(1)  This section applies if a registrable person who is out of New South Wales decides—
(a)  to extend a stay elsewhere in Australia beyond 13 days, or
(b)  to change any details given to the Commissioner of Police under section 11A.
(2)  As soon as is practicable after making the decision, the registrable person must—
(a)  if subsection (1) (a) applies, report the details required by section 11A (2) to the Commissioner of Police (including those details as they relate to the travel that has already been completed), or
(b)  if subsection (1) (b) applies, report the changed details to the Commissioner of Police.
(3)  The registrable person must make the report—
(a)  by facsimile or email sent to the Commissioner of Police or to any other address permitted by the regulations, or
(b)  in any other manner permitted by the regulations.
ss 11A, 11B: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
11C   Registrable person to report return to New South Wales or decision not to leave
(1)  This section applies if a registrable person was required to report that the person intended to leave New South Wales under section 11A.
(2)  If the registrable person left New South Wales, the person must report the person’s return to New South Wales to the Commissioner of Police within 7 days after entering and remaining in New South Wales for 14 or more consecutive days, not counting any days spent in government custody.
(3)  If the registrable person decides not to leave New South Wales, the person must report the change of intention to the Commissioner of Police within 7 days of deciding not to leave.
s 11C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [34].
11D   Report of other absences from New South Wales
(1)  This section applies if a registrable person, at the time of making a report under this Division, leaves, or intends to leave, New South Wales to travel elsewhere in Australia on an average of at least once a month (irrespective of the length of any such absence).
(2)  The registrable person must report the following details to the Commissioner of Police—
(a)  in general terms, the reason for travelling,
(b)  in general terms, the frequency and destinations of the travel.
ss 11D, 11E: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
11E   Information concerning international travel to be given to the Australian Federal Police
As soon as practicable after receiving a report under this Division concerning a registrable person’s intentions in relation to travel out of Australia, the Commissioner of Police must ensure that a copy of the report is given to the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.
ss 11D, 11E: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
11F   Intended change of place where registrable person generally resides
(1)  This section applies if a registrable person intends to change the place where the registrable person generally resides.
Note—
This section imposes an additional reporting requirement with respect to residence to that imposed under section 11 (1) (b), which requires a registrable person to report actual (as opposed to intended) changes in the place where the person generally resides.
(2)  At least 14 days before changing the place, the registrable person must report the intended change to the Commissioner of Police and must provide details of—
(a)  the address where the person proposes to generally reside, or
(b)  if the person does not intend to reside at particular premises—the name of the locality of the place where the person intends to generally reside.
(3)  If a change in the place at which a person generally resides occurs because of an emergency or other exceptional circumstances arise making it impracticable for the registrable person to report the intended change, it is sufficient compliance with subsection (2) if the registrable person—
(a)  reports the required information to the Commissioner of Police as soon as practicable (but not more than 3 days) after the change occurs, and
(b)  provides satisfactory evidence of the circumstances which made it impracticable to report the required information sooner to the Commissioner of Police.
(4)  A registrable person who reports an intended change of place under this section and who subsequently changes the place where he or she generally resides to the place detailed in the report is not required to comply with the reporting obligations imposed by section 11 with respect to that change of place.
(5)  A registrable person who reports an intended change and does not make the change within 14 days after it is reported must report this fact to the Commissioner of Police within 3 days after the end of that 14-day period.
s 11F: Ins 2009 No 93, Sch 1 [3].
Division 4 Provisions applying to all reporting obligations
pt 3, div 4, hdg: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
12   Where report is to be made
(1)  A report under this Part is to be made—
(a)  at any police station in the locality in which the registrable person is currently residing (subject to subsection (2)), or
(b)  if a direction is given in accordance with the regulations as to the police station at which the report is to be made, at the police station so directed, or
(c)  at some other place approved (either generally or in a particular case) by the Commissioner of Police.
(2)  If a police station in the locality in which a registrable person is currently residing is a restricted police station, the registrable person—
(a)  with the consent of the Commissioner of Police, may make the report at that station, and
(b)  may make the report at the next nearest police station that is not a restricted police station.
(3)  For the purposes of subsection (2), a restricted police station is a police station that is a police station, or that falls within a class of police station, that the regulations state is not to be used as a venue for the purposes of this section without the consent of the Commissioner of Police.
(4)  This section does not apply if, under section 12A (2), a report is permitted to be made in a way that is inconsistent with this section.
s 12: Am 2001 No 50, Sch 1 [12] [13]; 2002 No 98, Sch 1 [4]–[6]. Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
12A   How reports to be made
(1)  A registrable person must make the following reports under this Part in person—
(a)  a report required by Division 2 (initial report),
(b)  a report required by section 10 (annual report),
(c)  a report of a change of address of the premises at which the person generally resides or, if the person does not generally reside at any particular premises, of the localities in which the person can generally be found,
(d)  a report of the acquisition of, removal of, or change to, any tattoo or distinguishing mark.
(2)  A registrable person may make any other report that the person is required to make in person or in any other way permitted by the regulations or by the Commissioner of Police, either generally or in a particular case.
(3)  Only a police officer may receive a report made in person and only a police officer or a person approved for the purpose by the Commissioner of Police may receive a report made in another way in accordance with subsection (2).
(4)  If a registrable person attending in person is a child, or has a disability that renders it impracticable for the person to make a report, any parent, guardian, carer or other person nominated by the person who is accompanying the registrable person may make the report on the registrable person’s behalf.
(5)  Similarly, if a registrable person who is permitted to make a report other than in person in accordance with subsection (2) is a child, or has a disability that renders it impracticable for the person to make the report himself or herself, a parent, guardian, carer or other person nominated by the registrable person may make the report on the registrable person’s behalf.
ss 12A–12C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
12B   Right to privacy and support when reporting
(1)  A person making a report under this Part at a police station or other place approved by the Commissioner of Police—
(a)  is entitled to make the report out of the hearing of members of the public, and
(b)  is entitled to be accompanied by a support person of the person’s choosing.
(2)  A police officer or other person receiving the report may arrange for an interpreter to be present when a person is making a report under this Part.
(3)  A police officer or other person receiving the report must not allow an interpreter to be present when a person is making a report under this Part unless the interpreter has signed an undertaking not to disclose any information derived from the report unless required or authorised by or under any Act or law to do so.
ss 12A–12C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
12C   Receipt of information to be acknowledged
(1)  As soon as is practicable after receiving a report under this Part, the police officer or other person receiving the report must acknowledge the making of the report.
(2)  The acknowledgment must be in writing, must be given to the person who made the report and must include—
(a)  the name and signature of the police officer or other person who received the report, and
(b)  the date and time when, and the place where, the report was received, and
(c)  a copy of the information that was reported, and
(d)  a copy of the record of any agreement made under subsection (4).
(3)  If a report is not made in person, the police officer or other person who received the report must, as soon as practicable—
(a)  give the person making the report a unique reference number, and
(b)  record that number on the relevant registrable person’s file and on the acknowledgment.
(4)  The Commissioner of Police may make an agreement with the registrable person as to the manner in which any reference number or acknowledgment required to be given by this section may be given.
(5)  The Commissioner of Police must ensure—
(a)  that there is a method of recording an agreement made under subsection (4), and
(b)  that, except with the written consent of the registrable person, any reference number or acknowledgment required to be given by this section is given in accordance with the agreement while the agreement remains in force.
(6)  The Commissioner of Police must ensure that a copy of every acknowledgment is retained.
ss 12A–12C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
12D   Additional matters to be provided
(1)  If a report is required to be made in person, the person making the report must also present for inspection—
(a)  2 identification documents relating to the registrable person, and
(b)  if the person making the report is accompanying the registrable person and making the report on the registrable person’s behalf, 2 identification documents relating to the person making the report, and
(c)  in any case, any other form of identification specified by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.
(1A)  If a registrable person holds a driver licence or a current passport (whether a current Australian passport or current overseas passport), the identification documents presented must include the driver licence, passport or passports (and, if the registrable person holds both a driver licence and a current passport or passports, must include all those identification documents).
(1B)  If a person accompanying a registrable person and making a report on his or her behalf holds a driver licence, the identification documents presented must include the driver licence.
(2)  Each of the following original documents is an identification document for the purposes of this section—
(a)  a full birth certificate,
(a1)  a driver licence,
(b)  an Australian passport that is current or has been expired for less than 2 years,
(c)  a current overseas passport,
(d)  an Australian naturalisation or citizenship document, or immigration papers issued by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs,
(e)  a current Medicare card, pensioner concession card, Department of Veterans’ Affairs entitlement card or other entitlement card issued by the Commonwealth or a State Government,
(f)  a current credit card or account from a bank, building society or credit union, or a passbook or statement of account up to one year old,
(g)  a telephone, gas or electricity bill up to one year old,
(h)  a notice of council rates, water service charges or land valuation up to 2 years old,
(i)  an electoral enrolment card or other evidence of enrolment as an elector up to 2 years old,
(j)  a current student identity card, or a certificate or statement of enrolment up to 2 years old from an educational institution.
(3)  The police officer receiving the report may waive the requirements of subsection (1) (a) and (c) if—
(a)  the registrable person permits his or her fingerprints to be taken immediately before or after the report is made, or
(b)  the police officer is otherwise satisfied as to the registrable person’s identity.
(4)  The police officer receiving the report may waive the requirements of subsection (1) (b) and (c) if the police officer is otherwise satisfied as to the person’s identity.
(5)  The police officer receiving a report may copy any document presented to the officer for inspection under subsection (1) (a) or (b).
(6)  If a report is made otherwise than in person, the regulations may specify—
(a)  the circumstances in which—
(i)  information concerning the identity of the registrable person and the identity of the person making the report, and
(ii)  a document verifying or supporting details in the report,
are required, and
(b)  the manner in which that information is to be provided,
but may not require an original document to be provided.
(7)  In this section—
Australian passport includes a document of identity issued by the Australian Passport Office.
driver licence means a New South Wales driver licence, or any other licence issued under a law in force in a foreign jurisdiction authorising the holder to drive a motor vehicle, containing photo identification of the holder of the licence.
s 12D: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [18]–[22].
12E   Power to take fingerprints
A police officer receiving a report made in person under this Part may take, or may cause to be taken by a person authorised by the police officer, the fingerprints of the registrable person if—
(a)  not reasonably satisfied as to the identity of the registrable person after the officer has examined all of the material relating to identity provided or presented to the officer by, or on behalf of, the registrable person, or
(b)  there are no fingerprints of the person held by the NSW Police Force, or
(c)  if a person permits the person’s fingerprints to be taken under section 12D.
s 12E: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2006 No 94, Sch 3.4 [1].
12F   Power to take photographs
(1)  A police officer receiving a report made in person under this Part may require the registrable person—
(a)  to be photographed, or
(b)  to expose any part of the person’s body to enable that part of the body to be photographed by the officer or another person authorised by the officer.
(2)  A police officer cannot, under this section, require a registrable person to expose his or her genitals, the anal area of his or her buttocks or, in the case of females or transgender people who identify as females, their breasts.
ss 12F, 12G: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
12G   Information to be given before obtaining fingerprints or photographs
Before attempting to exercise a power under section 12E or 12F, the police officer must inform the registrable person in language likely to be understood by the person—
(a)  of the purpose for which the power is to be exercised and, in the case of section 12E (a), why the officer is not satisfied as to the registrable person’s identity, and
(b)  that if the person refuses to give the person’s fingerprints, or to expose part of the person’s body (as the case may be) voluntarily, reasonable force may be used, and
(c)  that the fingerprints or photographs will be retained by the Commissioner of Police.
ss 12F, 12G: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
12H   Retention of documents, fingerprints and photographs
(1)  The Commissioner of Police may retain and use for identification, law enforcement or child protection purposes any of the following taken under this Division from a person—
(a)  copies of any documents,
(b)  any fingerprints,
(c)  any photographs.
(2)  A person having possession of documents, fingerprints or photographs provided under this Division must not use them otherwise than for a purpose permitted by this Division.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
(3)  Despite any other law, a person having possession of the fingerprints of a registrable person provided under, or used for the purposes of, this Division is not required to destroy those fingerprints before the registrable person ceases to have reporting obligations.
Note—
Part 7B of the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000 provides for the carrying out of certain other forensic procedures (including carrying out of buccal swabs and taking samples of hair other than pubic hair) on persons required to comply with the reporting obligations under this Act.
s 12H: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [23].
12I   Reporting by remote offenders
(1)  This section applies if a registrable person resides more than 100 kilometres from the nearest police station that is not a restricted police station.
(2)  A registrable person need not comply with a time limit concerning the making of a report in person under this Part if—
(a)  the person, or another person entitled to make the report on the person’s behalf, contacts the Commissioner of Police before the time limit expires, and
(b)  the Commissioner of Police agrees to allow the report to be made at a specific time that is after the time limit and at a specific place, and
(c)  before the time limit expires the person provides the Commissioner of Police by telephone or other means with the information required to be reported under this Part.
(3)  The Commissioner of Police must ensure that there is a method of recording all agreements made under this section.
(4)  Without limiting subsection (3), the recording method adopted must result in the creation of a written record—
(a)  that is identified by a unique reference number, and
(b)  that identifies when and where each agreement was made, and
(c)  that identifies the person who enters into any agreement, and
(d)  that contains the terms of any agreement.
(5)  If an agreement is made under this section, the Commissioner of Police must ensure that the registrable person is provided with the reference number required by subsection (4) (a).
(6)  The Commissioner of Police must ensure that there is a method of recording all information provided under subsection (2).
s 12I: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [22].
Division 5 Modified reporting procedures for protected witnesses
pt 3, div 5, hdg: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [23].
13   Modified reporting procedures for protected witnesses
(1)  This section applies to each of the following persons—
(a)  any registrable person who is currently a participant in a witness protection program,
(b)  any registrable person who has been a participant in a witness protection program but in respect of whom an order under this section is yet to be made,
(c)  any registrable person the subject of an order in force under this section declaring that the person is a person to whom this section applies.
(1A)  This section (except subsections (3)–(10)) also applies to a registrable person who is receiving protection under a foreign witness protection law specified by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection, or who has the same status as such a person under an order made under a corresponding Act specified by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.
(2)  It is sufficient compliance with the requirements of this Part—
(a)  if a person to whom this section applies provides information required by the Commissioner of Police, at the times and in the manner authorised by the Commissioner of Police for the purposes of this section, and
(b)  if the acknowledgment of the giving of the information is given in a manner approved by the Commissioner of Police, and
(c)  if copies of relevant documents, rather than original documents, are provided.
(3)  The Commissioner of Police must make an order declaring that a registrable person who is or has been a participant in a witness protection program either is, or is not, a person to whom this section applies—
(a)  when the person ceases to be a participant in the program as a consequence of a request under section 11 (1) of the Witness Protection Act 1995, or
(b)  when the Commissioner makes a decision under section 11 (2) of the Witness Protection Act 1995 that the protection and assistance given to the person under the program be terminated.
(4)  On making such an order, the Commissioner of Police must take reasonable steps to notify the person concerned of the terms of the order.
(5)  A person who receives such a notification may, within 14 days after receiving it, apply in writing to the Commissioner of Police for a review of the decision.
(6)  On receiving an application referred to in subsection (5), the Commissioner of Police—
(a)  must review the order, and confirm or reverse it, and
(b)  before making a decision on the matter, must give the applicant a reasonable opportunity to state his or her case, and
(c)  after making a decision on the matter, must given written notice of the decision to the applicant.
(7)  If the decision of the Commissioner of Police is to confirm the order, the notice referred to in subsection (6) (c) must inform the applicant of the applicant’s rights under subsection (8).
(8)  A person who is aggrieved by a decision of the Commissioner of Police in relation to an order under this section may appeal to the Ombudsman against the decision within 3 days after receiving notice of the decision.
(9)  The Ombudsman’s decision in respect of the appeal has effect according to its terms.
(9A)  An order declaring that this section applies to a registrable person takes effect immediately.
(10)  An order declaring that this section does not apply to a registrable person takes effect—
(a)  at the end of 14 days after notice is given to the person concerned as referred to in subsection (4), or
(b)  if an application referred to in subsection (5) is made before the end of that period, at the end of 3 days after notice is given to the applicant as referred to in subsection (6) (c), or
(c)  if an appeal referred to in subsection (8) is made before the end of that period, on the date on which the Ombudsman determines the appeal.
(11)    (Repealed)
s 13: Am 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [24]–[28].
13A   Modification of ongoing reporting obligations
Sections 9 (1), 11A–11D and 18A apply with respect to a person to whom section 13 applies as if any reference in them to New South Wales were a reference to the jurisdiction in which the person generally resides.
s 13A: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [29].
Division 6 Reporting period
pt 3, div 6, hdg: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [30].
14   When reporting obligations begin
For the purposes of this Act, a registrable person’s reporting obligations in respect of a registrable offence begin—
(a)  when the person is sentenced for the offence, or
(b)  when the person ceases to be in government custody in relation to the offence,
whichever is the later.
s 14: Am 2001 No 50, Sch 1 [14] [15]. Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [30].
14A   Length of reporting period
(1)  A registrable person must continue to comply with the reporting obligations imposed by this Part for—
(a)  8 years, if the person has only ever been found guilty of a single Class 2 offence, or
(b)  15 years, if the person—
(i)  has only ever been found guilty of a single Class 1 offence, or
(ii)  has ever been found guilty of more than a single registrable offence but is not covered by paragraph (c), or
(c)  the remainder of the person’s life, if the person is a registrable person in respect of—
(i)  a Class 1 offence and the person subsequently commits and is found guilty of another registrable offence, or
(ii)  a Class 2 offence and the person subsequently commits and is found guilty of a Class 1 offence, or
(iii)  a Class 2 offence and the person subsequently commits and is found guilty of another Class 2 offence and has ever been found guilty of 3 or more Class 2 offences.
Note—
A life-long reporting obligation may be suspended under Division 7.
(2)  Subsection (1) (c) does not apply if the registrable person was not given notice of the person’s reporting obligations under this Act or a corresponding Act before the person committed the subsequent offence.
(3)  A reference in subsection (1) to an offence extends to an offence committed before the commencement of that subsection.
(4)  For the purposes of this section—
(a)  2 or more offences arising from the same incident are to be treated as a single offence, and
(b)  2 or more offences arising from the same incident are to be treated as a single Class 1 offence if at least one of those offences is a Class 1 offence.
ss 14A–14C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [30].
14B   Reduced period applies for young registrable persons
(1)  The reporting periods specified in section 14A do not apply to a person who was a child at the time at which the person committed each registrable offence.
(2)  Instead, a reporting period that is half the reporting period that would otherwise apply to the person under section 14A (or seven and a half years in the case of a reporting period for life) applies to the person.
ss 14A–14C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [30].
14C   Extended reporting period if registrable person still on parole
(1)  This section applies if—
(a)  a registrable person is on parole, or is an existing licensee, in respect of a registrable offence, and
(b)  the reporting period in respect of the offence will end before the expiry of the sentence of imprisonment to which the parole or licence relates.
(2)  Despite anything to the contrary in this Division, the reporting period is extended until the expiry of the term of imprisonment to which the parole or existing licence relates.
ss 14A–14C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [30].
14D   (Repealed)
Division 7 Suspension and extension of reporting obligations
pt 3, div 7, hdg: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [31].
15   Suspension and extension of reporting obligations
(1)  A registrable person’s reporting obligations are suspended for any period during which—
(a)  the person is in government custody, or
(b)  the person is outside New South Wales unless the person is a person to whom Division 5 applies or the obligation is under section 11B, or
(c)  the person is the subject of an order in force under section 16 (or an equivalent order in a foreign jurisdiction), or
(d)  the person is the subject of an interim supervision order or extended supervision order under the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 2006 or the Terrorism (High Risk Offenders) Act 2017.
(2)  The period for which a registrable person’s reporting obligations continue is extended by the length of time for which those obligations are suspended from time to time under subsection (1) (a).
(3)  The period for which a registrable person’s reporting obligations continue is extended by the length of time for which those obligations are suspended from time to time under subsection (1) (b) if, during the time in which the obligations are suspended, the registrable person—
(a)  is travelling outside Australia for one month or more or is resident outside Australia, and
(b)  is not required to report under any corresponding Act.
(4)  The period for which a registrable person’s reporting obligations continue is extended by any countable period during which the person is in breach of the person’s reporting obligations.
(5)  For the purposes of subsection (4), a countable period occurs when a person fails to make an initial report under Division 2, or an annual report under section 10, within one month after the day on which the report was due to be made. In such a case the countable period—
(a)  commences one month after the report was due to be made, and
(b)  finishes when the person reports the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police, and
(c)  does not include any period during which the person’s reporting obligations are suspended.
s 15: Am 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [32]–[34]; 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [25]; 2009 No 93, Sch 1 [4]; 2013 No 4, Sch 2.4; 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [36]; 2017 No 68, Sch 2.4.
16   NCAT may exempt persons from compliance with reporting obligations
(1)  This section applies to a registrable person—
(a)  who is required to continue to comply with the reporting obligations imposed by this Part for the remainder of his or her life, or
(b)  whose reporting period has been extended under section 15 (3) (whether or not he or she is a person referred to in paragraph (a)).
(2)  If (in the case of a registrable person referred to in subsection (1) (a))—
(a)  a period of 15 years has passed (ignoring any period during which the registrable person was in government custody) since the person was last sentenced or released from government custody in respect of a registrable offence or a corresponding registrable offence, whichever is the later, and
(b)  the person did not become the subject of a life-long reporting period under a corresponding Act while in a foreign jurisdiction before becoming the subject of such a period in New South Wales, and
(c)  the person is not subject to parole or licence in respect of a registrable offence (whether in New South Wales or a foreign jurisdiction),
the person may apply to the Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an order suspending the person’s reporting obligations.
(3)  On the application of a registrable person referred to in subsection (2), the Civil and Administrative Tribunal may make an order suspending the registrable person’s reporting obligations.
(3A)  On the application of a registrable person referred to in subsection (1) (b), the Civil and Administrative Tribunal may make an order suspending the registrable person’s reporting obligations for the length of time by which the registrable person’s reporting period was extended under section 15 (3).
(4)  The Civil and Administrative Tribunal is not to make an order under this section unless it considers that the person the subject of the proposed order does not pose a risk to the safety of children.
(5)  In deciding whether to make an order under this section, the Civil and Administrative Tribunal is to take the following matters into account—
(a)  the seriousness of the registrable person’s registrable offences and corresponding registrable offences,
(b)  the period of time since those offences were committed,
(c)  the age of the registrable person, the age of the victims of those offences and the difference in age between the registrable person and the victims of those offences, as at the time those offences were committed,
(d)  the registrable person’s present age,
(e)  the registrable person’s total criminal record,
(f)  any other matter the Tribunal considers appropriate.
(6)  The Children’s Guardian is to be a party to any proceedings for an order under this section. The Children’s Guardian may make submissions in opposition to, or in support of, the making of the order.
(7)  As soon as practicable after receiving an application under this section, the Civil and Administrative Tribunal must notify the Children’s Guardian of the application.
(8)  The Civil and Administrative Tribunal must notify the Commissioner of Police of the terms of any order made under this section.
(9)  The Civil and Administrative Tribunal may not award costs in respect of proceedings under this section.
(10)  A party to proceedings under this section may appeal to the Supreme Court, on a question of law, from any decision of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal in the proceedings.
(11)  An applicant in respect of whom the Civil and Administrative Tribunal refuses to make an order under this section is not entitled to make a further application to the Tribunal until 5 years have elapsed from the date of the refusal, unless the Tribunal otherwise orders at the time of the refusal.
(12)  In this section, Children’s Guardian means the Children’s Guardian appointed under section 115 of the Children’s Guardian Act 2019.
s 16: Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [35]. Am 2009 No 93, Sch 1 [5]–[8]; 2013 No 31, Sch 3.2 [3]–[6]; 2013 No 95, Sch 2.22; 2019 No 25, Sch 5.5.
16A   Cessation of order
(1)  An order made under section 16 ceases to have effect if, at any time after the making of the order, the registrable person—
(a)  is made subject to a child protection registration order or any other order prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this section, or
(b)  is found guilty of a registrable offence, or
(c)  becomes a corresponding registrable person who must under section 19BC continue to comply with the reporting obligations imposed by this Part for any period.
(2)  An order that ceases to have effect in accordance with subsection (1) is revived if—
(a)  the finding of guilt that caused the order to cease to have effect is quashed or set aside by a court, or
(b)  the order ceased to have effect in accordance with subsection (1) (a) and the child protection registration order or other order prescribed by the regulations is quashed on appeal or the registrable person’s finding of guilt in respect of the offence that resulted in the making of that order is quashed or set aside by a court.
(3)  For the purposes of this section, it is irrelevant whether or not a person may lodge, or has lodged, an appeal in respect of a finding of guilt or child protection registration order or other prescribed order referred to in this section.
s 16A: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [35]. Am 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [37].
16B   Application for new order
(1)  If an order ceases to have effect in accordance with section 16A, the registrable person may apply under section 16 for a new order.
(2)  Section 16 (11) does not apply with respect to an application referred to in subsection (1).
(3)  If an order ceases to have effect in accordance with section 16A (1) (b) or (c), on an application for a new order, section 16 (2) (a) applies as if the period referred to were a period of 15 years (ignoring any period during which the person was in government custody) since the person last committed a registrable offence or a corresponding registrable offence.
s 16B: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [35].
Division 7A Entry by police to residential premises
pt 3, div 7A: Ins 2013 No 77, Sch 2 [1].
16C   Entry by police officers to verify residence
(1)  One or more police officers may, without prior notice, enter and inspect any residential premises of a registrable person for the purpose of verifying any relevant personal information reported by the registrable person under section 9.
Note—
Safeguards relating to the exercise of power under this section are set out in Part 15 of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002.
(2)  The power of entry and inspection under this section may be exercised in respect of any particular residential premises of a registrable person—
(a)  twice during the first 12-month period following the making of an initial report by the registrable person under Division 2 (only one of which may be exercised after the period of 28 days following the making of that report), and
(b)  once during each following 12-month period.
(3)  A power may not be exercised under this section if the relevant reporting period of the registrable person has expired.
(4)  A registrable person must allow a police officer to enter and inspect any residential premises of the registrable person under this section and must co-operate with any such police officer with respect to that entry and inspection.
(5)  For the avoidance of doubt, an obligation imposed on a registrable person under subsection (4) is a reporting obligation of the registrable person.
(6)  A power is not exercisable under this section in respect of any part of residential premises that is occupied exclusively by a person other than the registrable person unless the police officer exercising the power has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the part of the premises is used by the registrable person.
(7)  In this section—
residential premises of a registrable person means premises identified by the registrable person under section 9 (1) (d) as an address at which the registrable person generally resides.
s 16C: Ins 2013 No 77, Sch 2 [1]. Am 2014 No 31, Sch 5.1.
Division 8 Offences
pt 3, div 8 (previously Part 2, Div 3): Renumbered 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [36].
17   Offence of failing to comply with reporting obligations
(1)  A registrable person must not fail to comply with any of the person’s reporting obligations without reasonable excuse.
Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or imprisonment for 5 years, or both.
(2)  In determining whether a registrable person had a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with the person’s reporting obligations, the court before which the proceedings are being heard is to have regard to the following matters—
(a)  the person’s age,
(b)  whether the person has a disability that affects the person’s ability to understand, or to comply with, those obligations,
(b1)  whether the form of the notification given to the person as to the person’s obligations was adequate to inform the person of those obligations, having regard to the person’s circumstances,
(c)  any matter prescribed by the regulations,
(d)  any other matter the court considers appropriate.
(2A)  In proceedings for an offence under this section, the onus of proving that a registrable person had a reasonable excuse lies with the person and must be proved on the balance of probabilities.
(3)  It is a defence to proceedings for an offence arising under this section if it is established by or on behalf of the registrable person charged with the offence that, at the time the offence is alleged to have occurred, the person had not received notice, and was otherwise unaware, of the person’s reporting obligations.
s 17: Am 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [37]; 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [26]; 2019 No 20, Sch 1.2.
18   Offence of furnishing false or misleading information
A person must not, in purported compliance with this Part, furnish information that the person knows to be false or misleading in a material particular.
Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or imprisonment for 5 years, or both.
s 18: Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [27].
18A   Bar to prosecution for failing to report leaving New South Wales
(1)  This section applies if a registrable person leaves New South Wales and is found guilty of failing to report his or her presence in a foreign jurisdiction as required by a corresponding Act.
(2)  The registrable person is not to be prosecuted for a failure to comply with section 17 in respect of the travel out of New South Wales.
s 18A: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [38].
Division 9 Child Protection Register
pt 3, div 9, hdg (previously Part 2, Div 4, heading): Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [39].
19   Child Protection Register
(1)  The Commissioner of Police is to establish and maintain a Child Protection Register or arrange with another person or body for the establishment and maintenance of a Child Protection Register on the Commissioner’s behalf.
(2)  The Register is to contain the following information in respect of each registrable person (to the extent that it is known by the Commissioner of Police)—
(a)  the person’s name and other identifying particulars,
(b)  details of each Class 1 or Class 2 offence of which the person has been found guilty or with which the person has been charged,
(c)  details of each offence of which the person has been found guilty that resulted in the making of a child protection registration order,
(d)  the date on which the person was sentenced for any registrable offence,
(e)  the date on which the person ceased to be in government custody in respect of a registrable offence, or entered or ceased to be in government custody in respect of any offence during the person’s reporting period,
(f)  whether the person is a child or has any special need or disability,
(g)  any information provided to the Commissioner in respect of the person under this Part,
(h)  any information the Commissioner considers appropriate for inclusion in the Register,
(i)  any other information prescribed by the regulations.
s 19: Subst 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [39].
19A   Restriction on who may access personal information on protected witnesses
The Commissioner of Police must ensure that any information in the Register about a person to whom Division 5 applies, whose identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained from that information, cannot be accessed other than by a person authorised by the officer responsible for the day to day operation of the witness protection program.
Note—
Division 5 applies to certain people who are, or were, in witness protection programs.
ss 19A, 19B: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [39].
19B   Registrable person’s rights in relation to Child Protection Register
(1)  If asked to do so by a registrable person, the Commissioner of Police must provide the person with a copy of all the reportable information that is held in the Register in relation to the person.
(2)  The Commissioner of Police must comply with subsection (1) as soon as practicable after being asked to do so.
(3)  A registrable person may ask the Commissioner of Police to amend any reportable information held on the Register in relation to the person that is incorrect.
(4)  The Commissioner of Police must comply with such a request on being satisfied that the information is incorrect.
(5)  In this section—
reportable information means any information supplied to the Commissioner of Police by, or on behalf of, the registrable person that the person is required to report to the Commissioner and that is still held in the Register.
ss 19A, 19B: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [39].
19BA   Exemption of certain agencies from privacy protection legislation
(1)  A scheduled agency—
(a)  may collect and use personal information about a registrable person, and
(b)  may disclose personal information about a registrable person to another scheduled agency,
if the collection, use or disclosure accords with a written authorisation given by a senior officer of the agency.
(2)  An authorisation under this section must specify—
(a)  the period (maximum 12 months) for which it has effect, and
(b)  the agencies to which the personal information may be disclosed.
(3)  A senior officer of a scheduled agency may give an authorisation under this section only if the officer is satisfied that—
(a)  there are reasonable grounds to suspect that there is a risk of substantial adverse impact on—
(i)  the registrable person, or
(ii)  some other person or class of persons,
if the collection or use of the personal information, or the disclosure of the personal information to one or more of the agencies specified in the authorisation, does not occur, or
(b)  the collection or use of the personal information, or the disclosure of the personal information to one or more of the agencies specified in the authorisation, is likely to assist in developing or giving effect to a case management plan for the registrable person.
(3A)  For the purposes of avoiding an adverse impact or for developing or giving effect to a case management plan for a registrable person as referred to in subsection (3), the Commissioner of Police may, by written notice served on a scheduled agency, direct the scheduled agency to provide to the Commissioner personal information about the registrable person collected or used by the scheduled agency of the kind described in the notice.
(3B)  The scheduled agency is authorised to disclose, and must disclose, the personal information about the registrable person to the Commissioner of Police.
(3C)  The provision of information under this section in good faith—
(a)  does not give rise to any liability to civil, criminal or disciplinary action, and
(b)  is not a breach of professional etiquette or ethics or a departure from accepted standards of professional conduct.
(4)  This section has effect despite anything to the contrary in the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 or the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002.
(5)  In this section—
personal information means anything that constitutes personal information for the purposes of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 or the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002.
scheduled agency means an agency listed in Schedule 1.
senior officer, in relation to a scheduled agency, means a member of staff of the agency whom the head of the agency has nominated in writing as being a senior officer for the purposes of this section.
substantial adverse impact includes, but is not limited to, serious physical or mental harm, sexual abuse, significant loss of benefits or other income, imprisonment, loss of housing or the loss of a carer.
(6)  The regulations may amend or substitute Schedule 1.
s 19BA: Ins 2008 No 71, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2009 No 93, Sch 1 [9] [10].
Division 10 Corresponding registrable persons—special provisions
pt 3, div 10 (ss 19BB–19BD): Ins 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [38].
19BB   Corresponding registrable persons
(1)  A corresponding registrable person is a person who—
(a)  has at any time been in a foreign jurisdiction and at that time was required to report to the corresponding registrar, and
(b)  would, if the person were currently in that jurisdiction, still be required to report to that corresponding registrar.
(2)  Subject to the regulations, a person is a corresponding registrable person under subsection (1) even if the offence in respect of which he or she is required to report in the foreign jurisdiction is not a registrable offence for the purposes of this Act.
(3)  A corresponding registrable person includes a person who—
(a)  has been found guilty of an offence under a law of a foreign jurisdiction that is a Class 1 offence or a Class 2 offence for the purposes of this Act, and
(b)  as a consequence of having been found guilty of that offence has been required to report in that jurisdiction information about himself or herself to a person or body exercising functions substantially similar to those of the Commissioner of Police under this Act, and to keep that information current for a particular period, and
(c)  would, if the person were currently in that jurisdiction, still be required to report that information.
(4)  The regulations may exclude any person or class of persons from being a corresponding registrable person.
pt 3, div 10 (ss 19BB–19BD): Ins 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [38].
19BC   Reporting period for corresponding registrable person
The reporting period for a corresponding registrable person is the whole period during which the person is a corresponding registrable person.
pt 3, div 10 (ss 19BB–19BD): Ins 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [38].
19BD   Initial report
(1)  A person who becomes a corresponding registrable person while the person is in New South Wales must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police within 7 days (not counting any days spent in government custody) after becoming a corresponding registrable person if—
(a)  the person has not previously reported the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police, or
(b)  the person is a registrable person whose reporting period has expired.
(2)  Despite subsection (1), a corresponding registrable person who is proposing to leave New South Wales within those 7 days must report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police before leaving New South Wales.
pt 3, div 10 (ss 19BB–19BD): Ins 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [38].
Part 3A Change of name
pt 3A: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [28].
19C   Application of Part
(1)  This Part applies despite anything to the contrary in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995.
(2)  For the avoidance of doubt, the provisions of Division 3 of Part 5 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 apply to a change of name of a registrable person in addition to the provisions of this Part.
s 19C: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [28]. Am 2012 No 14, Sch 2.2.
19D   (Repealed)
19E   Applications for change of name by or on behalf of registrable person
(1)  A registrable person must not without reasonable excuse—
(a)  apply to the NSW Registrar to register a change of his or her name under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995, or
(b)  apply to an interstate Registrar to register a change of his or her name under a law of another State or Territory that is the equivalent of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995,
without having first obtained the written approval of the Commissioner of Police.
Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or imprisonment for 5 years, or both.
(2)  A person must not without reasonable excuse, on behalf of a registrable person—
(a)  apply to the NSW Registrar to register a change of the registrable person’s name under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995, or
(b)  apply to an interstate Registrar to register a change of the registrable person’s name under a law of another State or Territory that is the equivalent of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995,
without having first obtained the written approval of the Commissioner of Police.
Maximum penalty—500 penalty units or imprisonment for 5 years, or both.
s 19E: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [28]. Am 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [40] [41].
19F   Approval by Commissioner of Police
(1A)  This section applies to an application by or on behalf of a registrable person for registration of a change of the person’s name in respect of which the written approval of the Commissioner of Police is required under section 19E.
(1)  The Commissioner of Police may approve an application only if the Commissioner is satisfied that the change of name is in all the circumstances necessary or reasonable.
(2)  The Commissioner of Police must not approve an application if the Commissioner is satisfied that the change of name would, if registered, be reasonably likely—
(a)  to be regarded as offensive by a victim of crime or an appreciable sector of the community, or
(b)  to frustrate the administration of this Act in respect of the registrable person.
(3)  If the Commissioner of Police approves an application, the Commissioner must—
(a)  as soon as practicable, give written notice of the approval to the person who made the application, and
(b)  if the registrable person consents, give a copy of the written notice of approval to the NSW Registrar or the interstate Registrar (as the case so requires).
s 19F: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [28]. Am 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [42] [43].
19G   Registration of change of name
(1)  The NSW Registrar must not register a change of name under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 if—
(a)  the NSW Registrar knows that the change of name relates to the name of the registrable person, and
(b)  the NSW Registrar has not received a copy of the notice of approval of the Commissioner of Police under section 19F.
(2)  If the NSW Registrar does not register a change of name because of the operation of subsection (1), the NSW Registrar must give written notice of the application to the Commissioner of Police.
ss 19G–19I: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [28].
19H   Registrar may correct Register
Without limiting section 45 (Correction of Register) of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995, the NSW Registrar may correct the Register under that section if—
(a)  the name of the registrable person on the Register has been changed, and
(b)  the Commissioner of Police has not approved that change under this Part.
ss 19G–19I: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [28].
19I   Information-sharing between Commissioner of Police and NSW Registrar
Despite any law to the contrary—
(a)  the Commissioner of Police may notify the NSW Registrar of the name (including any other name by which a registrable person is or has previously been known), date of birth and residential address or addresses of the registrable person, and
(b)  if the Commissioner of Police has given notification under paragraph (a) in respect of a registrable person, the Commissioner of Police must notify the NSW Registrar as soon as practicable after the registrable person ceases to be a registrable person.
ss 19G–19I: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [28].
Part 4 Miscellaneous
pt 4 (previously Part 3): Renumbered 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [40].
20   Exclusion of personal liability
An act or omission that a person does or omits to do in good faith in the administration or execution of this Act does not subject the person personally to any action, liability, claim or demand.
20A   Application of reporting obligations to persons subject to child protection prohibition orders
(1)  If a prohibition order (within the meaning of the Child Protection (Offenders Prohibition Orders) Act 2004) is made against a registrable person, the reporting obligations of the registrable person recommence or continue to apply to the registrable person for the term of the order, despite any other provision of this Act.
(2)  Subsection (1) does not affect any period of the application of reporting obligations to a registrable person under this Act that exceeds the period for which a prohibition order is in force.
(3)  A person whose reporting obligations are recommenced by this section must notify the Commissioner of Police of the person’s relevant personal information not later than 28 days after the order is made or within such other period as the regulations may prescribe.
(4)  The regulations may prescribe the manner in which information is to be notified under this section.
(5)    (Repealed)
s 20A: Ins 2004 No 46, Sch 1.1. Am 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [44] [45].
21   Proceedings for offences
(1)  Proceedings for an offence against this Act, except an offence under section 17, 18 or 19E, are to be dealt with summarily.
(2)  Chapter 5 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (which relates to the summary disposal of certain indictable offences unless an election is made to proceed on indictment) applies to and in respect of an offence under section 17, 18 or 19E.
s 21: Am 2001 No 121, Sch 2.33 [2]. Subst 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [29]. Am 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [46].
21A   Certificate evidence
(1)  In proceedings under this Act, a certificate signed by the Commissioner of Police, or a member of the NSW Police Force holding a position designated in writing by the Commissioner of Police for the purposes of this section, certifying that the Register—
(a)  at any particular date contained information specified in the certificate, or
(b)  indicated that, during any particular period, a specified person failed to notify information as required by this Act,
is evidence (unless evidence to the contrary is adduced) of the particulars certified in the certificate.
(2)  Not more than 3 positions are to be designated at any one time under subsection (1).
(3)  For the purposes of this Act, a certificate that would be evidence under a corresponding Act that at a specified time, or during a specified period, a person was required to report to a corresponding registrar under that Act is evidence, and in the absence of evidence to the contrary is proof, of the facts stated in the certificate.
s 21A: Ins 2002 No 98, Sch 1 [7]. Am 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [41] [42]; 2006 No 94, Sch 3.4 [2].
21B   Time limit for prosecutions waived
Despite anything to the contrary in the Criminal Procedure Act 1986, a proceeding for an offence under this Act may be commenced at any time.
ss 21B–21C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [43].
21C   Effect of spent convictions
(1)  The fact that an offence in respect of which a registrable person has been found guilty becomes spent does not affect—
(a)  the status of the offence as a registrable offence for the purposes of this Act in respect of the person, or
(b)  any reporting obligations of the person.
(2)  For the purposes of this section, an offence becomes spent if, under a law in any jurisdiction, the registrable person is permitted not to disclose the fact that the person was convicted or found guilty of the offence.
ss 21B–21C: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [43].
21D   Permitted disclosure of information concerning registrable persons
(1)  A government agency may disclose information concerning a registrable person to the Commissioner of Police or a supervising authority.
(2)  This section has effect despite any other law.
s 21D: Ins 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [43]. Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [30].
21E   Prohibited disclosure of information concerning registrable persons
A person must not disclose any information relating to a registrable person obtained in connection with the administration or execution of this Act, unless the disclosure—
(a)  is made in connection with the administration or execution of this Act or a corresponding Act or for law enforcement purposes, or
(b)  is made with the consent of the person to whom the information relates, or
(c)  is ordered by a court, or any other body or person exercising judicial functions, for the purposes of the hearing or determination by the court, body or person of any matter, or
(d)  is made with the consent of the Commissioner of Police given (either generally or in a particular case) for the purposes of ensuring the safety or protection of a child or of children generally, or
(e)  is made to the Minister or with the consent of the Minister (given in a particular case), or
(f)  is authorised or required by or under this Act or any other law.
Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.
s 21E: Ins 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [31].
22   Regulations
(1)  The Governor may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, for or with respect to any matter that by this Act is required or permitted to be prescribed or that is necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.
(1A)  In particular, regulations may be made for or with respect to the following—
(a)  matters incidental to the making of reports under Part 3, including—
(i)  the manner and form in which a report must be made, and
(ii)  the nature of any verifying documentation or evidence to be produced in support of any such report,
(b)  the form of, or the information to be included in, any notice or other document that is required by this Act to be given to registrable persons,
(c)  the manner in which a notice or other document may be given under this Act,
(d)  the manner and form in which the Register is to be established and maintained, including the manner and form in which information is to be entered in the Register,
(e)  requiring or permitting the Commissioner of Police to remove specified information, or information of a specified class, from the Register,
(f)  the notification of reporting obligations to registrable persons, including—
(i)  permitting the person notifying a registrable person to ask the person to acknowledge being given the notice, and
(ii)  making special provision for the notification of registrable persons who are children or who have disabilities or other special needs, and
(iii)  permitting or requiring a person or body to be notified of a registrable person’s status as a child or person who has a special need or disability to facilitate notification and reporting, and
(iv)  providing for the notification to be given to a carer of, or a person nominated by, a registrable person who may be unable to understand his or her reporting obligations or the consequences of failing to comply with those obligations, and
(v)  requiring that a registrable person be given additional information to that required by this Act, and
(vi)  requiring a person or body to provide specified information to registrable persons concerning their reporting obligations, and
(vii)  requiring a person or body to inform the Commissioner of Police—
(A)  that a registrable person has left the custody or control of the person or body, and
(B)  that the person or body has given specified information to a registrable person, and
(C)  that, in the opinion of the person or body, a registrable person does or does not have the legal capacity to understand specified information, and
(viii)  requiring a person or body to give to the Commissioner of Police any acknowledgment by a registrable person of the receipt of a notice or any other specified information that is held by the person or body,
(g)  requiring a person or body to create records for the purposes of this Act and to retain those records for a specified period or an unlimited period.
(2)  A regulation may create an offence punishable by a penalty not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(3)  The regulations may require the functions under section 4, 4A, 5 or 6 of a court or supervising authority (a primary authority) to be exercised—
(a)  in relation to the functions of a court—
(i)  by a supervising authority, or
(ii)  by the Commissioner of Police, or
(b)  in relation to the functions of a supervising authority—
(i)  by the sentencing court, or
(ii)  by some other supervising authority, or
(iii)  by the Commissioner of Police,
(the secondary authority), but only with the concurrence of the Minister responsible for the primary authority and the Minister responsible for the secondary authority.
s 22: Am 2001 No 50, Sch 1 [16]; 2004 No 85, Sch 1 [44]; 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [32] [33].
23   (Repealed)
24   Savings, transitional and other provisions
Schedule 2 has effect.
25   (Repealed)
26   Review of Act
(1)  The Minister is to review this Act to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
(2)  The review is to be undertaken as soon as possible after the period of 5 years from the date of assent to the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Amendment Act 2007.
(3)  A report on the outcome of the review is to be tabled in each House of Parliament as soon as possible after the review is completed.
s 26: Am 2007 No 87, Sch 1 [35].
Schedule 1 Scheduled agencies
(Section 19BA)
1   
NSW Police Force.
2   
Each of the following parts of the Department of Justice—
(a)  Corrective Services NSW, being that part of the Department comprising the group of staff who are principally involved in the administration of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999,
(b)  Juvenile Justice NSW, being that part of the Department comprising the group of staff who are principally involved in the administration of the following Acts—and including the group of staff within the Department who are known as the Juvenile Justice Branch.
3   
Department of Education and Communities.
4   
Each of the following parts of the Department of Family and Community Services—
(a)  Ageing, Disability and Home Care, being that part of the Department comprising the group of staff who are principally involved in the administration of the following Acts—and including the group of staff within the Department who are known as Ageing, Disability and Home Care,
(b)  Community Services, being that part of the Department comprising the group of staff who are principally involved in the administration of the following Acts—
(i)  the Adoption Act 2000,
and including the group of staff within the Department who are known as Community Services,
(c)  Housing NSW, being that part of the Department comprising the group of staff who are principally involved in the administration of the Housing Act 2001 and including the group of staff within the Department who are known as Housing NSW.
5   
Ministry of Health.
6   
Office of the Public Guardian.
7   
Each local health district constituted under the Health Services Act 1997.
8   
The following statutory health corporations constituted under the Health Services Act 1997
(a)  Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network,
(b)  The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Randwick and Westmead) (incorporating The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children).
9   
St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst (being the recognised establishment or recognised service of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Limited in Schedule 3 (Affiliated health organisations) to the Health Services Act 1997).
10   
Department of Immigration and Border Protection of the Commonwealth.
11   
Centrelink (which is part of the Department of Human Services of the Commonwealth).
12   
Technical and Further Education Commission.
sch 1: Rep 2003 No 82, Sch 3. Ins 2008 No 71, Sch 1 [2]. Am 2010 No 97, Sch 2.3; 2011 (161), cl 3; 2011 No 4, Sch 2.4. Subst 2014 No 54, Sch 1 [47]. Am 2015 (422), cl 23.
Schedule 2 Savings, transitional and other provisions
(Section 24)
Part 1 Preliminary
1   Savings and transitional regulations
(1)  The regulations may contain provisions of a savings or transitional nature consequent on the enactment of this Act or any Act that amends this Act.
(2)  Such a provision may, if the regulations so provide, take effect from the date of assent to the Act concerned or a later day.
(3)  To the extent to which such a provision takes effect from a date that is earlier than the date of its publication in the Gazette, the provision does not operate so as—
(a)  to affect, in a manner prejudicial to any person (other than the State or an authority of the State), the rights of that person existing before the date of that publication, or
(b)  to impose liabilities on any person (other than the State or an authority of the State) in respect of anything done or omitted to be done before the date of that publication.
Part 2 Provisions consequent on enactment of Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2002
2   Registrable offences
(1)  In this clause—
new registrable person means a person who becomes a registrable person on the commencement of an amendment made by the amending Act because of that amendment.
(2)  The amendments made by Schedule 1 [1], [2] and [3] to the amending Act are taken to have had effect from 15 October 2001.
(3)  A new registrable person is taken to have complied with any reporting obligations the person may have had for the period commencing on 15 October 2001 and ending on the commencement of this clause.
(4)  Division 1 of Part 2 (except section 7) and section 10 (1) do not apply to a new registrable person who is not in government custody at the commencement of this clause.
(5)  A new registrable person who is not in government custody at the commencement of this clause must notify the Commissioner of Police of the relevant personal information within 28 days after the person is given written notice under section 7.
(6)  Division 1 of Part 2 (except sections 6, 7 and 8) and section 10 (1) do not apply to a new registrable person who is in government custody at the commencement of this clause.
(7)  A new registrable person who is in government custody at the commencement of this clause must notify the Commissioner of Police of the relevant personal information within 28 days after the person ceases to be in government custody.
(8)  A reference in—
(a)  the definition of reporting obligations in section 3 (1) to Division 2 of Part 2 includes a reference to this clause, and
(b)  section 12 (1) to “information that is required to be given to the Commissioner of Police under this Division” includes a reference to information that is required to be given to the Commissioner of Police under this clause.
Part 3 Provisions consequent on enactment of Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Amendment Act 2004
3   Definitions
In this Part—
additional relevant personal information means any information required to be provided by registrable persons under section 9 (as inserted by the amending Act) that was not required to be provided by registrable persons under section 9 (as in force before its repeal by the amending Act).
appropriate period means—
(a)  in relation to a person who is in New South Wales on the commencement of this clause—28 days after that commencement or before the person leaves New South Wales, whichever period ends first, or
(b)  in relation to a person who is not in New South Wales on that commencement—within 14 days after entering and remaining in New South Wales for 14 or more consecutive days.
existing registrable person means a person who was, immediately before the commencement of section 3A, as inserted by the amending Act, a registrable person under this Act, other than—
(a)  a person who was in government custody immediately before that commencement, or
(b)  a person who was a registrable person because of a registrable offence committed in a foreign jurisdiction and who had not carried out any reporting obligations before that commencement.
new registrable person means a person who is a registrable person merely because of having committed an offence that first became a registrable offence on the commencement of section 3A, other than a person who was in government custody on that commencement.
4   Application of reporting periods and associated provisions
(1)  Regulations may be made for or with respect to the application of Division 6 of Part 3, as inserted by the amending Act, and any other amendments made by that Act on and from a day before the commencement of this clause, being a day subsequent to the introduction of the Bill for that Act into Parliament.
(2)  Any such regulation may be made only for the purpose of facilitating the complementary operation of this Act, as amended by the amending Act, and an Act of another State or Territory that contains provisions that are complementary with this Act as amended by the amending Act.
(3)  A regulation under this clause has effect despite any other provision of this Part.
5   Application of Act to existing registrable persons
(1)  This Act, as amended by the amending Act, applies to an existing registrable person, except as provided by this Schedule or regulations made under this Schedule.
(2)  An existing registrable person must, within the appropriate period, provide the person’s additional relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police. The additional relevant personal information must be provided in the same manner in which an initial report must be made under this Act or in any other manner permitted by the Commissioner of Police either generally or in a particular case.
(3)  The first annual report of an existing registrable person, under section 10 (as inserted by the amending Act), must be made before the end of the calendar month in which the first anniversary of the date that the person first reported information to the Commissioner of Police occurs after one month after the commencement of this clause.
(4)  The period of reporting obligations applicable to an existing registrable person immediately before the commencement of this clause continues to apply to the existing registrable person, except as provided by the regulations.
(5)  Nothing in subclause (4) applies to or in respect of any new reporting obligations of an existing registrable person or to a person who becomes a corresponding registrable person after that date.
(6)  Division 1 of Part 3 (except sections 6 (1) (c)–(f), 7–7C and 8) does not apply to or in respect of an existing registrable person.
(7)  Section 11B, as inserted by the amending Act, does not apply to an existing registrable person who was out of New South Wales on the commencement of this clause.
(8)  Section 11C, as inserted by the amending Act, applies to an existing registrable person who, before the commencement of this clause, was required to notify the Commissioner of Police of an intention to leave New South Wales and was outside New South Wales on that commencement.
(9)  In this clause—
new reporting obligations means obligations in respect of an offence for which a person was sentenced after the commencement of this clause.
6   New registrable persons
(1)  This Act, as amended by the amending Act, applies to a new registrable person in the same way that it applies to a registrable person who is not in government custody and is not an existing registrable person, except as provided by this Schedule or regulations made under this Schedule.
(2)  A new registrable person must, within the appropriate period, provide the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police.
(3)  The report must be made in the manner in which an initial report must be made under this Act.
(4)  For the purposes of calculating the period for which a new registrable person must continue to comply with the person’s reporting obligations, the reporting period for a new registrable person is taken to have commenced on the later of—
(a)  the day when the person was sentenced for the registrable offence, or
(b)  the day when the person ceased to be in government custody in relation to the registrable offence.
(5)  Division 1 of Part 3 (except sections 6 (1) (c)–(f), 7–7C and 8) does not apply to or in respect of a new registrable person.
(6)  Section 11B, as inserted by the amending Act, does not apply to a new registrable person who is out of New South Wales on the commencement of this clause.
7   References to reporting obligations
A reference in this Act to the reporting obligations of a registrable person includes a reference to reporting obligations imposed under this Part.
8   Register
The Register of Offenders (the existing Register), as kept immediately before the repeal of section 19 by the amending Act, is taken to be the Child Protection Register for the purposes of this Act.
9   Time limits for prosecutions
Section 21B, as inserted by the amending Act, does not apply to an offence committed before the commencement of that section if the limitation period for commencing proceedings expired before that commencement.
10   Application of amendments to suspended sentences
(1)  This Act, as amended by the 2007 amending Act extends, and is taken always to have extended, to any person who has been sentenced in respect of a registrable offence at any time before the commencement of the 2007 amending Act.
(2)  Despite subclause (1), a person who has become a registrable person as a consequence of the amendments made by the 2007 amending Act is not guilty of an offence under this Act by virtue of anything the person has done or omitted to do at any time before the commencement of the 2007 amending Act if, at that time, the person was not a registrable person.
(3)  As soon as practicable after the commencement of the 2007 amending Act, the Commissioner of Police is to give any person who has become a registrable person as a consequence of the amendments made by that Act written notice of—
(a)  the person’s reporting obligations, and
(b)  the consequences that may arise if the person fails to comply with those obligations.
(4)  In this clause, the 2007 amending Act means the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Amendment (Suspended Sentences) Act 2007.
Part 5 Provisions consequent on enactment of Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Amendment Act 2007
11   Definition
In this Part, amending Act means the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Amendment Act 2007.
12   Registrable persons
The amendments made to the definitions of Class 1 offence and sentence in section 3 (1) and to section 3A (2) (b) by the amending Act apply in respect of any sentence imposed on or after the commencement of the amendments, including any sentence imposed as a consequence of a finding of guilt made before the commencement of the amendments.
13   Corresponding registrable persons
Section 3C, as substituted by the amending Act, applies to any person who has at any time been in a foreign jurisdiction and required to report to the corresponding registrar or to a person or body whose functions are substantially similar to those of the Commissioner of Police under this Act, whether that obligation arose before, on or after the commencement of this clause (including if it arose as a consequence of a finding of guilt made before 15 October 2001).
14   Child protection registration orders
(1)  Section 3E, as substituted by the amending Act, applies in respect of any person sentenced for an offence on or after the substitution of that section, including if the sentence is imposed for an offence committed before that substitution.
(2)  Section 3F, as inserted by the amending Act, permits a court to make an order referred to in section 3F (1) (a) in respect of any person found guilty of an offence against a law of a foreign jurisdiction at any time, including if the finding of guilt was made before the commencement of that section.
(3)  Section 3G, as inserted by the amending Act, applies to a grant of bail, on or after the commencement of that section, in respect of a Class 1 offence or Class 2 offence which is alleged to have been committed before, on or after that commencement.
15   Changes to personal information
The amendments made to section 11 by the amending Act apply to a change in a person’s relevant personal information that occurs on or after the commencement of the amendments.
16   Increase in penalties—sections 17 and 18
The amendments made to this Act by the amending Act in relation to the maximum penalty for an offence under section 17 or 18, and proceedings for that offence, apply only to an offence under section 17 or 18 that is alleged to have been committed on or after the commencement of the amendments.
17   Disclosure of information
(1)  Section 21E, as inserted by the amending Act, extends to the disclosure, on or after the commencement of that section, of information obtained before that commencement.
(2)  Clause 27 of Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information Act 1989, as inserted by the amending Act, extends to a report provided, or information obtained or placed on the Child Protection Register, before the commencement of that clause.
Part 6 Provisions consequent on enactment of Criminal Legislation Amendment Act 2009
18   Initial report by person whose previous reporting obligations have ceased
Section 9B, as amended by the Criminal Legislation Amendment Act 2009, does not apply in respect of the following registrable persons, and that section, as in force immediately before the commencement of that amendment, continues to apply in respect of any such person—
(a)  a person referred to in section 9B (1) who was sentenced for the registrable offence, or ceased to be in government custody, (whichever is applicable) before that commencement,
(b)  a person referred to in section 9B (2) who became a corresponding registrable person, or ceased to be in government custody, (whichever is applicable) before that commencement,
(c)  a person referred to in section 9B (3), if the order under section 16 ceased to have effect or the person ceased to be in government custody (whichever is applicable) before that commencement.
19   Reporting requirements
(1)  In this clause—
new reporting obligation means any information required to be provided by registrable persons under section 9 (1) (e) or 11F (as amended and inserted, respectively, by the amending Act).
(2)  It is sufficient compliance with a new reporting obligation to report the date of birth of a child if a registrable person who has reported the name and age of a child before the commencement of the amendment to section 9 (1) (e) made by the amending Act reports the date of birth of the child when the registrable person next reports in accordance with this Act after the commencement of the amendment.
(3)  It is sufficient compliance with a new reporting obligation for a registrable person who changes the place where he or she generally resides within 14 days before the insertion of section 11F by the amending Act if the person reports the required information to the Commissioner of Police as soon as possible (but not more than 3 days) after the insertion of that section.
(4)  Section 19BA (3A)–(3C), as inserted by the amending Act, extend to personal information collected or used before the insertion of those subsections.
Part 8 Provisions consequent on enactment of Courts and Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2010
20   Application of amendments
(1)  The amendments made to the definitions of Class 1 offence and Class 2 offence in section 3 (1) by the amending Act extend to any offence referred to in those amendments (a new registrable offence) in respect of which a sentence was imposed before the commencement of the amendments.
(2)  Sections 4 and 5 do not apply in respect of a sentence imposed, or a supervised sentence commenced, before the commencement of the amending Act in respect of a new registrable offence.
(3)  A person who becomes a registrable person on the commencement of the amending Act merely because of having committed a new registrable offence, and who is not in government custody, must, within the appropriate period, report the person’s relevant personal information to the Commissioner of Police.
(4)  The appropriate period is—
(a)  in relation to a person who is in New South Wales on the commencement of the amending Act—21 days after that commencement or before the person leaves New South Wales, whichever period ends first, or
(b)  in relation to a person who is not in New South Wales on that commencement—within 7 days after entering and remaining in New South Wales for 14 or more consecutive days.
(5)  The report must be made in the manner in which an initial report must be made under this Act.
(6)  For the purposes of calculating the period for which a person must continue to comply with the person’s reporting obligations in respect of a new registrable offence, the reporting period for the new registrable offence is taken to have commenced—
(a)  when the person was sentenced for the new registrable offence, or
(b)  when the person ceases to be in government custody in relation to the offence,
whichever is the later.
(7)  A reference in this Act to the reporting obligations of a registrable person includes a reference to the reporting obligations imposed under this Part.
(8)  In this clause, the amending Act means the Courts and Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2010.
21   Entry by police to residential premises
The powers under section 16C may be exercised in respect of residential premises of a registrable person even if the initial report was made by the registrable person before the commencement of that section.
22   Definition
In this Part—
23   Reference to section 91H of the Crimes Act 1900 offence of production, dissemination or possession of child abuse material includes references to older offences
(1)  A reference in the definition of Class 2 offence in section 3 (1) to an offence under section 91H of the Crimes Act 1900 includes a reference to an offence (committed before the commencement of section 91H) under section 578B of the Crimes Act 1900.
(2)  A reference in section 3A (2) (c) (ii) to an offence under section 91H of the Crimes Act 1900 includes a reference to an offence (committed before the commencement of section 91H) under section 578B or 578C (2A) of the Crimes Act 1900.
24   Reference to section 91K of the Crimes Act 1900 offence of filming a person engaged in a private act includes reference to older offences
A reference in section 3A (2) (c) (iii) to an offence under section 91K (1) of the Crimes Act 1900 includes a reference to an offence (committed before the commencement of section 91K) under section 21G (1) of the Summary Offences Act 1988.
25   Orders made after conclusion of criminal proceedings
Section 3E (3), as amended by the amending Act, applies so as to permit an application for an order to be made within 60 days after a person is sentenced for a relevant offence even if the sentence was imposed before that amendment.
26   Risk to sexual safety of children—meaning
Section 3H (3) applies to any determination made after the commencement of that subsection regardless of whether the determination is made in relation to proceedings that commenced before the commencement of that subsection.
27   Registrable person who ceases to be under supervision
(1)  Section 6 (1) (g) does not apply to an order under section 49 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 that was made before the commencement of that paragraph.
(2)  Section 6 (3), as substituted by the amending Act, applies in respect of an order under section 49 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 whether or not that order was made before the commencement of that subsection.
28   Relevant personal information
Section 9, as amended by the amending Act, applies in respect of a report made after those amendments regardless of whether the report relates to matters occurring before those amendments or the reporting obligations of the registrable person commenced before those amendments.
29   Time within which reports must be made
Sections 11 and 11C, as in force immediately before those sections were amended by the amending Act, continue to apply in respect of changes in circumstances that are required to be reported to the Commissioner of Police under those sections if the change occurred before those amendments commenced.
30   Extension of reporting period
Section 15 (4) does not apply in respect of a breach of reporting obligations occurring before the commencement of that subsection.
Part 11 Provisions consequent on enactment of Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Act 2018
31   Sexual touching and sexual act include former acts of indecency
Any references in this Act to sexual touching or sexual act are taken, in a reference to any offence occurring before the commencement of this clause, to include a reference to an act of indecency.
32   Application of section 3C
Section 3C, as inserted by the Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Act 2018, applies to sentences passed after the commencement of that section, regardless of when the offence was committed.
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