International criminal law

Key statutes

  • Crimes of Torture Act 1989

  • International Crimes and International Criminal Court Act 2000

  • International War Crimes Tribunal Act 1995

  • Terrorism Suppression Act 2000

  • Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Act 2019

Key secondary legislation

  • International War Crimes Tribunals Regulations 1995

Information/links to recent or currently underway reviews

The Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 (TSA) was amended in 2021. The changes included ensuring the criminalisation of conduct condemned by international conventions:

  • making amendments to clarify the definition of a 'terrorist act'
  • creating a new offence to criminalise planning or preparation for a terrorist act
  • creating a new offence to criminalise terrorist weapons and combat training
  • creating a new offence for international travel to carry out terrorist activities
  • expanding the criminal offence of financing terrorism to include broader forms of material support
  • extending the eligibility for a control order to include individuals who have completed a prison sentence for a terrorism-related offence if they continue to present a real risk of engaging in terrorism-related activities.

Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Act - the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passed in 2021 introduced changes to this Act, which enable control orders to be imposed on people convicted of a terrorism-related offences at the end of their prison sentence.