Part II—Assistance in relation to taking of evidence and production of documents or other articles
Division 2—Requests by foreign countries
13 Requests by foreign countries for the taking of evidence or the production of documents
(1) This section applies if a foreign country (the requesting country) requests:
(b) that documents or other articles in Australia be produced;
for the purposes of a proceeding in relation to a criminal matter in that country or another foreign country (the foreign proceeding).
Part IIIB—Assistance in relation to telecommunications data
15D Requests by foreign countries for telecommunications data
(1) This section applies if:
(a) a foreign country requests the disclosure of specified information or specified documents that come into existence during a specified period; and
(b) the information or documents relate to the fact of a communication passing over a telecommunications system.
(2) To avoid doubt, information or documents do not relate to the fact of a communication passing over a telecommunications system:
(a) if the information is the contents or substance of a communication; or
(b) to the extent that the documents contain the contents or substance of a communication.
(3) The Attorney General may authorise the making of an authorisation under section 180B of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, of a disclosure of information or documents to which this section applies, if he or she is satisfied that:
(a) an investigation relating to a criminal matter involving an offence against the law of the foreign country has commenced in that country; and
(b) the offence:
(i) is punishable by imprisonment for 3 years or more, imprisonment for life or the death penalty; or
(ii) involves an act or omission that, if it had occurred in Australia, would have constituted a serious offence within the meaning of section 5D of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979.
1. States Parties shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Part and under procedures of national law, comply with requests by the Court to provide the following assistance in relation to investigations or prosecutions: