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Declared Areas Offence under review by the Intelligence and Security Committee

Parliament of Australia < 1 mins read

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will hold a public hearing for its review of the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Declared Areas) Bill 2024 (Declared Areas Bill) on Monday, 20 May 2024.

Counter-terrorism provisions within the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Criminal Code) include the ability for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ‘declare’ an area, making it a potential offence, punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment, for an Australian citizen, resident or visa-holder to enter or remain in the area. The declared areas offence is presently due to sunset in September 2024.

The Committee has invited Government and non-government representatives to its hearing to discuss the Declared Areas Bill, which primarily aims to continue the declared areas offence and related provisions in the Criminal Code for a further three years.

Committee Chair, Mr Peter Khalil MP, said ‘The Committee has received mixed evidence regarding the declared areas offence. We look forward to hearing from a range of Government and non-Government witnesses to inform our review and report to Parliament.’

Further information on the inquiry can be obtained from the Committee’s website.

The Committee’s website has a full program for the hearing, and the hearing will be broadcast live at

Public hearing

Monday, 20 May 2024
11:30 am – 2:30 pm AEST
Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House, Canberra, and via videoconference

Media inquiries

Chair Mr Peter Khalil MP, via Lachlan Hinds
0455 999 677

For background information

Committee Secretariat, Parliamentary Joint Committee on intelligence and Security
(02) 6277 2360

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

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