The Australian Government has released new guidelines to prevent the use of electronic devices while travelling by air or sea.
Key points:Police are required to give passengers the right to be given a handover if they are detainedThe guidelines will apply to all travellers travelling by land, sea and airThe new guidelines will also apply to travellers travelling through airports and ferriesThe new rules were announced on Friday and will apply from 1 January.
Under the new guidelines, travellers will be given the right of a hand-over when they are arrested, detained, questioned or have an incident while travelling through a domestic airport, maritime port or international airport.
Passengers who have been stopped and asked for identification should be given at least two hours to answer the questions and provide an explanation of why they were stopped.
In addition, they will also be given access to a list of all police officers who are authorised to conduct searches at any time and be able to challenge those searches if they believe the search is unlawful.
Anyone detained on arrival will also have the right, in writing, to access a police officer’s report and request a copy of it.
A police officer will not be allowed to use a warrant, search a passenger’s luggage or photograph a passenger without a warrant.
They will also not be permitted to take a photograph or video of a person unless they have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
If a passenger refuses to give the correct documents to a police agent, the agent will be required to contact the police department that detained them.
They must also explain to the officer why they did not comply.
The rules are intended to address concerns about privacy and security in the future, including the need to protect sensitive information.
Mr O’Neill said the changes were designed to ensure the right for people travelling by public transport, and that the new regulations would not prevent travellers from accessing information they had given up in advance.
“This is a way of providing reassurance that travellers will always have the opportunity to get back to their flights as soon as they are released, and to have that reassurance again when they get home,” he said.
“We’re making it a bit easier for people to go about their business while in Australia and it’s not just about being safe, it’s also about providing them with the information they need to do their jobs.”
Mr O, who works for a tourism consultancy firm in Melbourne, said the new rules would also ensure that travellers were not given an unfair advantage because of their nationality or immigration status.
“There’s a real danger that a person may be discriminated against because of where they’re from or because of who they are,” he told ABC News.
“These new rules will ensure that any time a person is detained at an airport, that person is given a chance to have their identity verified.”
I think it’s an important step forward.
“Passengers will also also be able, for the first time, to challenge the legality of searches, if they think they have been unlawfully searched.”
They will be able challenge the searches if there’s been any mistake,” Mr O said.
He said the rules would be introduced in the new year and would apply to new passengers arriving in Australia between January 1 and March 31.
The new regulations were first proposed by the previous Government and will be phased in over a four-year period.”
Our aim is to protect the privacy and the safety of Australians,” Mr McIlroy said.
The Government will publish a draft of the rules, including a draft guidebook, in the New Year.
Topics:travel-and-tourism,law-crime-and,international-aid-and.government-and/or-politics,travel-health-and_insurance,travel,australiaFirst posted January 01, 2021 13:24:50Contact Alex Grech:[email protected]