Citizenship Amendment Act 2005

14 New section substituted
  • The principal Act is amended by repealing section 27, and substituting the following section:

    27 Offences and penalties
    • (1) Every person commits an offence, and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $15,000, or both, who—

      • (a) for the purpose of procuring anything to be done or not to be done under this Act,—

        • (i) makes any statement that he or she knows to be false in a material particular; or

        • (ii) recklessly makes any statement that is false in a material particular; or

      • (b) knowingly or recklessly submits false or forged documents to support a citizenship application; or

      • (c) in contravention of section 24, knowingly—

        • (i) alters or defaces a document; or

        • (ii) fails to deliver a document; or

      • (d) knowingly or recklessly lends or parts with a document (as defined in section 24(1)) for unlawful purposes; or

      • (e) knowingly resists, obstructs, or deceives any person who is exercising or attempting to exercise any function or power imposed or conferred under this Act.

      (2) Every person commits an offence, and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $50,000, or both, who, knowingly and without reasonable excuse,—

      • (a) records, deletes, or alters any entry in a citizenship register or database; or

      • (b) takes a citizenship document (including any blank certificate) from where it is officially kept; or

      • (c) issues a citizenship document to a person who has no lawful entitlement to the document.