Section 13 of the Act sets out the circumstances where an Australian passport may be refused or cancelled on the receipt of a request from a competent authority for reasons related to international law enforcement.

Competent authorities for this purpose are specified in Section 13 of the Act and in Part 3.2 of the Determination.

While numerous persons may act as competent authorities for this section of the Act, for administrative efficiency SES officers in the Australian Passport Office fulfil this role.