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Public Safety Preservation Act 1986 – 29 August 2016

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Public Safety Preservation Act 1986 – 29 August 2016

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An ‘emergency commander’ of the government may declare an emergency situation in a specified area. For the definition of ‘emergency situation’, refer to the Schedule dictionary. During a declared emergency situation, the government may exercise the powers set out in section 8 of the Act. Pursuant to this section, a resource surrender direction may be issued. A person who has surrendered property may claim compensation from the government.

  • Sections 4, 5, 6, 8, 43A, 46, 50, Schedule

A ‘terrorist emergency forward commander’ of the government may declare that a terrorist emergency exists for a stated area. During the period of a terrorist emergency, the government may control the movement of persons in the declared area (among other matters).

  • Sections 8G, 8K, 8L, 8M, 8N, 8O, 8Q, 43B, 50

A State police officer of at least the rank of assistant commissioner may declare a chemical, biological or radiological (CBR) emergency. On the declaration of a CBR emergency, the government is responsible for the overall management and control of emergency responders responding to the emergency.

  • Sections 12, 17, 18, 19, 43C, 50
Reason for law

To provide protection for members of the public in terrorist, chemical, biological, radiological or other emergencies that create or may create danger of death, injury or distress to any person, loss of or damage to any property or pollution of the environment. (Long Title of Act)

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Section 46 contains the phrase ‘ex gratia’. This phrase may not be understood by members of the public.



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