Consorting Issues Paper - Review of the use of the consorting provisions by the NSW Police Force - Division 7 Part 3A of the Crimes Act 1900 - November 2013

ISBN 978-1-925061-17-8
Category Reports and submissions
Publication Date 4 November 2013


New consorting provisions came into effect on 9 April 2012 and are set out in the Crimes Act 1900 in Division 7, Part 3A. It is now an indictable offence punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment and/or a $16,500 fine to habitually consort with convicted offenders after receiving a warning from police. Anyone can be warned or charged with consorting.

Consorting includes face to face contact and other means of communication such as electronic media. The provisions are being used by the NSW Police Force to address organised criminal activity and local crime issues.

The Ombudsman is required to review the operation of the consorting provisions and prepare a report for the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General who will table it in Parliament.

We have released a paper outlining what we consider to be the main issues emerging from the use of the new consorting provisions in their first 12 months of operation. We welcome your comments about the issues discussed in the paper and on any other aspect of the provisions and their operation. In particular, we seek information about the personal experiences of people who have been directly affected by the new consorting provisions.

Submissions close on 28 February 2014. Download our issues paper using the link below.

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