Terrorism (Police Powers) Act 2002 No 115
26V Power to search persons for seizable items
(1) In this section:seizable item means anything that:(a) would present a danger to a person, or(b) could be used to assist a person to escape from lawful custody, or(c) could be used to contact another person or to operate a device remotely, or(d) is evidence of, or relates to, a terrorist act.(2) A police officer may, at or soon after the time when a person is taken into custody under a preventative detention order, search the person and anything in the possession of the person in order to ascertain whether the person is carrying any seizable items.(3) A police officer is not authorised to search for evidence of, or relating to, a terrorist act, unless the police officer has reasonable cause to suspect the person is carrying such evidence.(4) The police officer may seize any seizable item found as a result of a search conducted under this section.(5) Division 4 of Part 4 of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 extends to the search of a person conducted under this section. However, in addition to section 31 of that Act, a police officer may only strip search a person under this section if the police officer suspects on reasonable grounds that the person is the target of an authorisation within the meaning of Part 2.