COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
CEO DIRECTIONS No. 1 of 2010
SUBSECTION 189A(2) OF THE CUSTOMS ACT 1901
I, MICHAEL JOSEPH CARMODY, Chief Executive Officer of Customs, under subsection 189A(2) of the Customs Act 1901, give the following directions relating to the deployment of approved firearms and other approved items of personal defence equipment.
1. An authorised arms issuing officer shall ensure that a person to whom approved firearms or approved items of personal defence equipment (other than anti-ballistic clothing) are issued is the holder of a valid qualification in accordance with CEO Order 1(2010) - Use of Force.
2. Approved firearms and approved items of personal defence equipment must be deployed and used in accordance with CEO Order 1 (2010) - Use of Force.
3. Approved firearms and approved items of personal defence equipment shall be stored according to the guidelines set out in CEO Order 1 (2010) - Use of Force. Any failure to store any approved firearms or approved items of personal defence equipment in the manner provided therein shall be reported to the authorised arms issuing officer.
4. An officer may only use force in accordance with the procedures set out in CEO Order 1 (2010) - Use of Force. This includes in any of the following circumstances:
a) aiming or discharging a firearm, other than for the purpose of destroying an animal or signalling a vessel to heave to;
b) drawing or using a baton against another person;
c) aiming or using a chemical agent;
d) using any compliance or restraint hold, strike, kick or other operational safety application against another person; or
e) using handcuffs or similar restraint against a person.
CEO Directions No. 1 of 2006, dated 21 April 2006, is revoked.
This instrument takes effect on the day after it is registered.
Dated: 3 August 2010
Michael Joseph Carmody
Chief Executive Officer of Customs