Section 474.29A Criminal Code Act | Using Carriage Service for Suicide Related Material


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The Legislation

Section 474.29A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Using Carriage Service for Suicide Related Material and is extracted below.

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474.29A Using a carriage service for suicide related material

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person:

(i) uses a carriage service to access material; or

(ii) uses a carriage service to cause material to be transmitted to the person; or

(iii) uses a carriage service to transmit material; or

(iv) uses a carriage service to make material available; or

(v) uses a carriage service to publish or otherwise distribute material; and

(b) the material directly or indirectly counsels or incites committing or attempting to commit suicide; and

(c) the person:

(i) intends to use the material to counsel or incite committing or attempting to commit suicide; or

(ii) intends that the material be used by another person to counsel or incite committing or attempting to commit suicide.

Penalty: 1,000 penalty units.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person:

(i) uses a carriage service to access material; or

(ii) uses a carriage service to cause material to be transmitted to the person; or

(iii) uses a carriage service to transmit material; or

(iv) uses a carriage service to make material available; or

(v) uses a carriage service to publish or otherwise distribute material; and

(b) the material directly or indirectly:

(i) promotes a particular method of committing suicide; or

(ii) provides instruction on a particular method of committing suicide; and

(c) the person:

(i) intends to use the material to promote that method of committing suicide or provide instruction on that method of committing suicide; or

(ii) intends that the material be used by another person to promote that method of committing suicide or provide instruction on that method of committing suicide; or

(iii) intends the material to be used by another person to commit suicide.

Penalty: 1,000 penalty units.

(3) To avoid doubt, a person is not guilty of an offence against subsection (1) merely because the person uses a carriage service to:

(a) engage in public discussion or debate about euthanasia or suicide; or

(b) advocate reform of the law relating to euthanasia or suicide;

if the person does not:

(c) intend to use the material concerned to counsel or incite committing or attempting to commit suicide; or

(d) intend that the material concerned be used by another person to counsel or incite committing or attempting to commit suicide.

(4) To avoid doubt, a person is not guilty of an offence against subsection (2) merely because the person uses a carriage service to:

(a) engage in public discussion or debate about euthanasia or suicide; or

(b) advocate reform of the law relating to euthanasia or suicide;

if the person does not:

(c) intend to use the material concerned to promote a method of committing suicide or provide instruction on a method of committing suicide; or

(d) intend that the material concerned be used by another person to promote a method of committing suicide or provide instruction on a method of committing suicide; or

(e) intend the material concerned to be used by another person to commit suicide.