8.1 In this Report, the ALRC recommends the creation of a new general secrecy offence that would make it an offence for a current or former Commonwealth officer to disclose information that causes, or was likely or intended to cause, harm to specified public interests.
8.2 The ALRC does not, however, consider that the new general secrecy offence should be the only criminal provision regulating the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information. There is still a need for specific secrecy offences tailored to the needs of particular agencies; or to the protection of certain kinds of information; or to cover people other than Commonwealth officers. Chapters 8 to 11 consider the circumstances in which separate secrecy offences are warranted, and what such offences should look like.
 Recommendation 5–1.