Section 231 Customs Act 1901 | Assembly for Unlawful Purposes

The Legislation

Section 231 of the Customs Act 1901 (Cth) deals with Assembly for Unlawful Purposes and is extracted below.

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231 Assembly for unlawful purposes

(1) All persons to the number of 2 or more assembled with the intention of:

(a) importing prohibited imports; or
(b) smuggling; or
(c) preventing the seizure, or rescuing after seizure, of any prohibited imports or smuggled goods;
shall be guilty of an offence punishable upon conviction by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 2 years.

(2) This section does not apply to, or in relation to, narcotic goods.

(2A) This section does not apply to, or in relation to, unmarked plastic explosives.

Note: Section 72.13 of the Criminal Code creates an offence of importing or exporting unmarked plastic explosives.

(3) An offence against this section is punishable upon summary conviction.

Note: Most offences dealing with the importation and exportation of narcotic goods are located in Part 9.1 of the Criminal Code.