Section 14 of the Act provides for a competent authority to request the Minister for Foreign Affairs to refuse or cancel an Australian passport where the competent authority forms a reasonable suspicion that the person is likely to engage in harmful conduct and that, by denying a passport, the harmful activity might be prevented.

Competent authorities for this purpose are specified in Section 14 of the Act and in Part 3.4 of the Determination.

The Competent Authority Requests and Approved Senior Officer Unit (CAU) is responsible for liaison with competent authorities and for preparing submissions for consideration by the Minister.