Relevant statutory provisions

14.19   There are a range of Commonwealth laws that could be said to impose strict or absolute liability. The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry asked the ALRC to include consideration of Commonwealth laws in commercial and corporate regulation, environmental regulation and workplace relations law that impose strict liability. This chapter will examine these areas, as well as some laws that arise in the following areas:

  • customs and border protection legislation

  • national security legislation; and

  • copyright legislation.

14.20   The imposition of absolute liability is relatively rare, and is largely confined to technical or jurisdictional elements.[24] Some notable exceptions arise in relation to customs and border protection and national security.