Pursuant to Article 33, Australia excludes the operation of paragraph 2 of Article 4.
The Government of Australia hereby declares, for and on behalf of Australia, that:
– pursuant to Article 8, members of the judicial personnel of the requesting authority of another Contracting State may be present at the execution of a Letter of Request, subject to prior authorization by the judicial authority executing the Letter of Request;
– pursuant to Article 15, evidence may be taken by a diplomatic officer or consular agent only if permission to that effect is given upon application to the Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department of the Commonwealth of Australia;
– pursuant to Article 16, the Secretary to the Attorney-General's Department of the Commonwealth of Australia will be its competent authority for the purposes of that Article and is empowered to specify conditions with respect to any permission given under that Article; and
– pursuant to Article 23, it will not execute Letters of Request issued for the purpose of obtaining pre-trial discovery of documents as known in common law countries;
– pursuant to Article 40, the Convention extends to all the territories for the international relations of which it is responsible.