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Peaceful Assembly Act 1992 – 8 November 2013

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A person has the right to assemble peacefully with others in a public place. This right however may be subject to such restrictions as are necessary and reasonable in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, public order or the protection of the rights and freedoms of other persons. Note: pedestrian malls may be regulated by a local authority.

  • Sections 4, 5

If a public assembly will obstruct a public place, the organisers may give a prescribed notice to the Police and/or local authority to obtain approval of the assembly pursuant to section 10. If approved, the participants in the assembly may be protected from incurring any civil or criminal liability.

  • Sections 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15
Reason for law

To recognise the right of peaceful assembly. (Section 2)

Relevant links

Right to protest [Queensland Government]
Give notice of your intention to hold a public assembly

Peaceful assembly or rally [Brisbane City Council]

(See your local government website for its peaceful assembly information/forms)

Media article

We Must Protest Restrictions On Our Right To Protest

Contested spaces: flash disruptions on the CBD street



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