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Summary Offences Act 2005 – 5 September 2014

Summary Offences Regulation 2016 – 1 September 2016

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A person must not commit a public nuisance. A person commits a public nuisance if they behave in a disorderly, offensive, threatening or violent way and their behaviour interferes with the peaceful passage through, or enjoyment of, a public place by a member of the public.

  • Sections 6, 46

A person must not urinate in public.

  • Sections 7, 46

A person must not beg (or solicit donations) for money or goods in public. Exceptions: charity collectors, authorised buskers.

  • Sections 8, 46

A person must not wilfully expose his or her genitals in public.

  • Sections 9, 46

A person must not be intoxicated in public.

  • Sections 10, 46

A person must not trespass i.e. unlawfully enter a place belonging to another.

  • Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, 46

A person must not unlawfully possess a thing that is reasonably suspected of having been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

  • Sections 16, 46, 47, 48

A person must not perform tattooing on a minor.

  • Sections 19, 46

A seller must not sell a potentially harmful thing to another person if the seller knows or believes, on reasonable grounds, that the other person intends to inhale or ingest the thing.

  • Sections 3, 23, 46, Schedule 2

A seller of spray paint must not sell spray paint to a minor.

  • Sections 3, 23A, 23B, 23C, 46, 47, Schedule 2

A seller of spray paint must display a sign at each point of sale in their retail outlet that shows the selling of spray paint to minors is prohibited. For the exact size and wording of the referred to sign, see regulation 16 of the Summary Offences Regulation 2016.

  • Sections 23D, 46; Regulations 15, 16

A person must not disrupt a sporting event by throwing an object.

  • Sections 24, 46

A person must not offer or publicise a reward for the return of stolen or lost property that indicates no questions will be asked.

  • Sections 25A, 46
Reason for law

To define particular offences that may be dealt with in a summary way (Long Title of Act)

Relevant links

Graffiti Removal Powers [Queensland Police]

Forms [Queensland Police]

Trail bike riding in Queensland [Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sporting and Racing]

Homeless Persons Information Queensland [Queensland Government]

Homelessness [Mission Australia]

Brisbane Youth Service

Second Chance Programme – Placing Women Beyond Homelessness

Homelessness Community Action Plans [Community Door]

Swags for Homeless

Pay A Sack Forward

Orange Sky Laundry

Blind Eye Ministries

Emergency and temporary accommodation [Queensland Government]

Find Help: St Vincent de Paul Society

VAKS: Vans And KitchenS


Section 4: notes forming part of an Act is not common for Acts of Parliament.

The section 9 usage of the term ‘genitals’ may allow females to be nude in public.

Section 22 may be unintentionally breached by children in relation to requests of their parents.

Section 27 contains the term ‘rack-rent’. This term may not be understood by members of the public.

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