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Declaration of public precincts

19 March 2016

The State Government is proposing new laws that will help manage anti-social and disorderly behaviour in public areas.

The Summary Offences (Declared Public Precincts) Amendment Bill 2016 will allow for the declaration of public precincts and give police the same powers they already possess in a licensed venue.

The Summary Offences (Declared Public Precincts) Amendment Bill 2016 (PDF 144KB)  is released for public consultation.

What is being decided?

The Summary Offences (Declared Public Precincts) Amendment Bill 2016 proposes new laws that will help manage anti-social and disorderly behaviour in public areas. It will allow for the declaration of public precincts and give South Australia Police the same powers they already possess in a licensed venue.

The proposed amendments would see the South Australia Police given the following powers in a declared public precinct:

  • conduct a metal detector search of a person;
  • ban a person between specified hours;
  • direct a person to move on, similar to the current powers in the Act;
  • provide an offence of “behave in a disorderly or offensive manner in a declared precinct’ with a penalty of $1250 or an expiation note of $500