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COMPETITION AND CONSUMER ACT 2010 - SECT 154G

The things that are authorised by a search warrant

             (1)  A search warrant that is in force in relation to premises authorises the executing officer or an officer assisting to do any of the following:

                     (a)  enter the premises;

                     (b)  search the premises, and any thing on the premises, for the kind of evidential material specified in the warrant, and seize things of that kind found on the premises;

                     (c)  make copies of the kind of evidential material specified in the warrant found on the premises;

                     (d)  operate electronic equipment at the premises to see whether the kind of evidential material specified in the warrant is accessible by doing so;

Note:       See also Division 5 (which contains provisions relating to the operation of electronic equipment at the premises).

                     (e)  take equipment and material onto the premises, and use it, for any of the above purposes.

          (1A)  In executing a search warrant that is in force in relation to premises, the executing officer or an officer assisting may:

                     (a)  for a purpose incidental to the execution of the warrant; or

                     (b)  with the written consent of the occupier of the premises;

take photographs, or make video recordings, of the premises or of anything at the premises.

          (1B)  If a search warrant in relation to premises is being executed, the executing officer and the officers assisting may, if the warrant is still in force, complete the execution of the warrant after all of them temporarily cease its execution and leave the premises:

                     (a)  for not more than one hour; or

                     (b)  for a longer period if the occupier of the premises consents in writing.

Seizing other evidence

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  the executing officer or an officer assisting, in the course of searching for the kind of evidential material specified in the warrant, finds another thing that he or she believes on reasonable grounds to be evidence of:

                              (i)  an indictable offence against this Act; or

                             (ii)  an indictable offence against Part 20 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 ; or

                            (iii)  an indictable offence against Part 9 of the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 ; or

                            (iv)  an offence against section 137.1, 137.2 or 149.1 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Part; and

                     (b)  he or she believes on reasonable grounds that it is necessary to seize the other thing in order to prevent its concealment, loss or destruction;

then he or she may seize that other thing.



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