Section 93K Crimes Act 1900 | Contaminating Goods


Actions which may alarm the public or cause economic loss are treated seriously under the law.

Section 93K of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of “contaminating goods with intent to cause public harm or economic loss.”

This refers to situations where you are found to have deliberately contaminated goods with something that may pose a threat to the general public, or cause financial loss to another person or company.

Examples of conduct that may constitute “contaminating goods” includes intentionally contaminating plant matter with foreign pests or diseases or lacing goods with a harmful substance in order to cause public concern or economic loss.

It is not necessary for there to be any harm or economic loss actually suffered as a result of your actions – it will be enough if you simply intended to cause the harm or loss.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years’ imprisonment, however this is the absolute maximum and will only be applied in the most serious cases.

If you are facing charges under section 93K, our highly-experienced lawyers can advise you of your options and of any defences that may be available.

The Legislation

Section 93K of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of “contaminating goods” and reads as follows:

93K Contaminating goods with intent to cause public alarm or economic loss

A person who contaminates goods with the intention of:

(a) causing public alarm or anxiety, or

(b) causing economic loss through public awareness of the contamination,

is liable to imprisonment for 10 years.

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