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Report on counter-terrorism powers by the Victorian Inspectorate

Victoria Police has special powers under the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 to prevent or respond to a terrorist act or threat. Find our inspection reports on their use of powers.

Amendments to the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 (TCPA) came into effect on 1 October 2018. The Act allows Victoria Police to exercise powers to prevent or respond to acts of terrorism.

Under the TCPA, Victoria Police members can:

  • conduct secret searches of premises under the authority of a warrant
  • keep and question people, including children, without charge
  • use special police powers under the authority of a Supreme Court order

Under the TCPA, we’re assigned an inspection role to provide independent oversight of how Victoria Police members are using counter-terrorism powers. 

Reports

Inspection report on Victoria Police records (March 2020)

This report presents the results of the inspection conducted of Victoria Police records under s37D of the TCPA, in March 2020.

Inspection report on Victoria Police records (September 2019)

This report presents the results of the inspection conducted of Victoria Police records under s37D of the TCPA, in September 2019.

Inspection report on Victoria Police records (March 2019) 

This report presents the results of the first inspection we conducted of Victoria Police records under s37D of the TCPA, in March 2019. 

Reviewed 24 August 2020

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