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Yes. Under section 477.3(1), it is an offence to cause unauthorised impairment of an electronic communication, being a communication of information in any form. This offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.
It is also an offence under section 7 of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) to intercept a communication passing over a telecommunications system without the knowledge of the person making the communication. This offence carries a maximum penalty of 2 years’ imprisonment.
Lastly, there are State and Territory laws regulating the use of surveillance devices. The laws differ slightly in each State and Territory. However, in general, they prohibit the use of a listening or surveillance device to listen to or observe a private conversation or activity without the consent of the participants to that conversation or activity.

Provided By:
Phil Catania: Corrs Chambers Westgarth