Stalking Laws by State in Australia

There are eight States in Australia, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), Tasmania (TAS), South Australia (SA),Western Australia (WA), Queensland (QLD), Northern Territory (NT).

Click here to read a text version of a "Australian Legislative Responses to stalking" by Dr Gregor Urbas (Australian Institute of Criminology) history of stalking legislation and comparison between Australian states
(DISCLAIMER:This paper and others may not be completely up to date. Please check the legislation carefully for your own State on you State's website. For example the html version of this paper leaves out (Under Sec 359F) numbered paragraphs (5-12) CHECK THE QLD Government Legislation Site to read the whole Section***)

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Click here to go to stalking legislation and information for the AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)

New South Wales (NSW)

Northern Territory (NT)

Queensland (QLD)
Click here for information on Stalking legislation in Queensland

South Australia (SA)

Tasmania (TAS)

Victoria (VIC)

Western Australia (WA)

Source Cyberstalking/stalking information, Queensland private site

Australia (Queensland)

Criminal Code Stalking Amendment Act 1999
What is unlawful Stalking: Chapter 33A-Unlawful Stalking, 359B(c)(ii)
359B. "Unlawful stalking" is conduct
a. intentionally directed at a person (the "stalked person"); and
b. engaged in on any 1 occasion if the conduct is protracted or on more than 1 occasion; and
c. consisting of 1 or more acts of the following, or a similar, type-
i. following, loitering near, watching or approaching a person;
ii. contacting a person in any way, including, for example, by telephone, mail, fax, e-mail or through the use of any technology;
iii. loitering near, watching, approaching or entering a place where a person lives, works or visits;
iv. leaving offensive material where it will be found by, given to or brought to the attention of, a person;
v. giving offensive material to a person, directly or indirectly;
vi. an intimidating, harassing or threatening act against a person, whether or not involving violence or a threat of violence;
vii. an act of violence, or a threat of violence, against, or against property of, anyone, including the defendant; and
d. that-
i would cause the stalked person apprehension or fear, reasonably arising in all the circumstances, of violence to, or against property of, the stalked
person or another person; or
ii causes detriment, reasonably arising in all the circumstances, to the stalked person or another person.

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