(1) Every person commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to a fine not exceeding $2,000 who knowingly communicates to any other person any official information as defined in section 78A(2) of the Crimes Act 1961 (not being official information that is publicly available) or delivers to any other person any object as defined in section 78A(2) of the Crimes Act 1961 knowing that he does not have proper authority to effect the communication or delivery and that the communication of that information or the delivery of that object is likely—
(c) to prejudice the effectiveness of operational plans for the prevention, investigation, or detection of offences or the maintenance of public order, either generally or in a particular case; or
(2) No information shall be laid against any person for—
except with the consent of the Attorney-General:
provided that a person alleged to have committed any offence mentioned in this subsection may be arrested, or a warrant for his arrest may be issued and executed, and any such person may be remanded in custody or on bail, notwithstanding that the consent of the Attorney-General to the laying of an information for the offence has not been obtained, but no further or other proceedings shall be taken until that consent has been obtained.
(3) The Attorney-General may, before deciding whether or not to give his consent under subsection (2), make such inquiries as he thinks fit.
Section 20A: inserted, on 1 July 1983, by section 2 of the Summary Offences Amendment Act (No 2) 1982 (1982 No 159).
Section 20A(1)(a): substituted, on 1 April 1987, by section 25(1) of the Official Information Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 8).
Section 20A(1)(f): substituted, on 1 April 1987, by section 25(1) of the Official Information Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 8).