If you’re the subject of an interim control order or a control order, you may be prohibited from carrying on certain activities, known as ‘prescribed activities.’
Section 27 of the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012 specifies a range of prescribed activities that persons the subject of an interim control order or control order cannot take part in until the control order is varied or revoked.
You will be prohibited from carrying out any of these activities as soon as an interim control order takes effect:
- Operating a casino or working as a ‘special employee,’
- Carrying on a security activity within the meaning of the Security Industry Act 1997;
- Carrying on the business of a pawnbroker;
- Carrying on business as a commercial agent or private inquiry agent within the meaning of the Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents Act 2004;
- Possessing or using a firearm, or an imitation firearm or carrying on business as a firearms dealer;
- Operating a tow truck;
- Carrying on business as a motor dealer, motor vehicle repairer or motor vehicle recycler;
- Selling or supplying liquor;
- Carrying on the business of a bookmaker;
- Carrying on a body art tattooing business or performing body art tattooing procedures;
- Carrying out the activities of an owner, trainer, jockey, stablehand, bookmaker, bookmaker’s clerk or another person associated with racing who is required to be registered or licensed under the Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996;
- Carrying out the activities of an owner, trainer or other person associated with greyhound or harness racing who is required to be registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009 or the Harness Racing Act 2009;
- Acting as a combatant, industry participant or promoter within the meaning of the Combat Sports Act 2013;
- Any other activity prescribed by the regulations.
You will be unable to apply for an authorisation to carry out any of these activities while an interim control order is in force.
If you’ve been made the subject of a control order which will affect your ability to continue employment related to a prescribed activity, our lawyers can assist you in understanding your options.
27 Prohibition on carrying on of certain activities when interim control order or control order takes effect
(1) Any authorisation to carry on a prescribed activity that is held by a controlled member of a declared organisation is automatically suspended on the taking effect of an interim control order in relation to the person.
(2) The authorisation is suspended until the interim control order is confirmed (or confirmed with variations) by a control order or is revoked.
(3) On confirmation of the interim control order by a control order, the authorisation is revoked.
(4) A controlled member of a declared organisation is prohibited from applying for any authorisation to carry on a prescribed activity so long as an interim control order or control order in relation to the member is in force.
(5) A suspension or revocation of an authorisation in accordance with this section is effected despite any other Act or any law, award or industrial or other agreement affecting the employment of the person holding the authorisation, and neither the Crown nor the authority that issues an authorisation incurs any liability because of such a suspension or revocation.
(6) In this section:
“authorisation” includes the licensing, registration, approval, certification or any other form of authorisation of a person required by or under legislation for the carrying on of an occupation or activity.
“occupation” means an occupation, trade, profession or calling of any kind that may only be carried on by a person holding an authorisation.
“prescribed activity” means the following:
(a) operating a casino within the meaning of the Casino Control Act 1992 , or being a special employee within the meaning of Part 4 of that Act;
(b) carrying on a security activity within the meaning of the Security Industry Act 1997;
(c) carrying on the business of a pawnbroker within the meaning of the Pawnbrokers and Second-hand Dealers Act 1996;
(d) carrying on business as a commercial agent or private inquiry agent within the meaning of the Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents Act 2004;
(e) possessing or using a firearm, or an imitation firearm, within the meaning of the Firearms Act 1996 or carrying on business as a firearms dealer within the meaning of that Act;
(f) operating a tow truck within the meaning of the Tow Truck Industry Act 1998;
(g) carrying on business as a motor dealer, motor vehicle repairer or motor vehicle recycler within the meaning of the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013;
(i) selling or supplying liquor within the meaning of the Liquor Act 2007;
(j) carrying on the business of a bookmaker within the meaning of the Racing Administration Act 1998;
(j1) carrying on a body art tattooing business or performing body art tattooing procedures within the meaning of the Tattoo Parlours Act 2012;
(k) carrying out the activities of an owner, trainer, jockey, stablehand, bookmaker, bookmaker’s clerk or another person associated with racing who is required to be registered or licensed under the Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996;
(l) carrying out the activities of an owner, trainer or other person associated with greyhound or harness racing who is required to be registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009 or the Harness Racing Act 2009;
(l1) acting as a combatant, industry participant or promoter within the meaning of the Combat Sports Act 2013;
(m) any other activity prescribed by the regulations.
Why Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?
Going to court can be nerve-racking, but having a strong and compassionate legal team behind you can make the experience significantly easier to deal with. Here are 12 reasons to choose our multi-award winning legal team:
Proven Track Record of Exceptional Results
Sydney Criminal Lawyers® consistently achieves outcomes which are in the highest percentile of the Judicial Commission’s sentencing statistics for criminal cases.
Our legal team devises effective case-strategies and fights hard to have cases dropped entirely or charges downgraded – saving clients the time, expense and stress of a defended hearing or jury trial.
Where cases nevertheless proceed, our lawyers have an outstanding track record of winning defended Local Court hearings, and complex jury trials in the District and Supreme Courts.
We also consistently win appeals in the District and Supreme Courts (including the NSWCCA) after clients have received unsatisfactory results with other law firms in the lower courts.We are one of the few firms to achieve successful criminal law appeals in the High Court of Australia.
Where our clients wish to plead guilty, we frequently achieve ‘dismissals’ and ‘non convictions’ in cases where other lawyers have advised there is no chance of doing so.
Highest Level of Client Satisfaction
We have the best and most comprehensive client review record of any law firm in Australia.
Regular communication, accessibility and quality service are our team’s highest priorities.
We are committed to thoroughly explaining all steps involved in the criminal law process, providing regular updates throughout the proceedings, and making ourselves accessible and responsive.
We are passionate about providing an exceptional level of service to our clients, and we fight hard to achieve optimal results in the shortest period of time.
Australia’s Most Awarded Criminal Law Firm
We have received more awards and accolades than any other criminal law firm in Australia. Our team has been awarded “Criminal Defence Firm of the Year in Australia” in a number of prestigious and competitive awards programs for several years running.
The awards recognise our exceptional track record of results, our outstanding client service, the high level of satisfaction we achieve, the affordability of our services and our overall excellence.
We want our clients to know exactly how much their cases will cost from the very start. That’s why we were the first criminal law firm in Australia to publish ‘fixed fees’, back in 2004.
We offer fixed fees for most types of criminal cases and services.Our fixed fees apply to a range of Local Court cases such as drink driving, drug possession, fraud, common assault and AVOs, and also specific services such as prison visits, bail applications, appeals and defended hearings.
Unlike many other law firms, our fixed fees are published on our website – which ensures transparency and certainty.
Free First Appointment
For those who are going to court, we offer a free first conference of up to an hour with one of our Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers.
We also offer a free first conference to those who have received an unsatisfactory result after being represented in court by another law firm, or after representing themselves, and wish to appeal.
Specialist Lawyer Guarantee
We guarantee that only lawyers with substantial criminal defence experience will work on your case and appear for you in court.
This ensures our clients receive the highest quality representation from an experienced, specialist criminal lawyer.
All NSW Courts
From Bombala to Broken Hill, our lawyers appear in courts throughout New South Wales – and across Australia for Commonwealth cases.
And we offer fixed fees for most criminal and traffic law cases throughout the state.
Our entire firm is exclusively dedicated to criminal law – which makes us true specialists.
All of our lawyers have years of experience representing clients in criminal cases, and our principal has been certified by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist since 2005.
An ‘Accredited Specialist’ is a lawyer who has practised for at least 5 years in a particular field of law (such as criminal law), has passed a rigorous assessment process conducted by the Law Society of NSW, and has been selected by the Specialist Accreditation Committee of the Law Society as an expert in the field.
Accredited Specialists are required to undertake more training each year than other lawyers and must be successful in having their accreditation renewed every year. Specialist Accreditation is the mark of a true specialist.
Our firm’s specialist experience ensures you receive the best possible result, whatever your criminal law case may be.
Results-Focused Law Firm
Our team is passionate about achieving results, and unlike many other law firms, our lawyers do not have monthly financial ‘budgets’ to meet.
The absence of budgets means our lawyers are entirely focused on achieving optimal results in the shortest space of time; whether by getting charges dropped or downgraded at an early stage or having cases ‘thrown out of court’.
Not having budgets also means our lawyers are not under pressure to engage in unscrupulous practices such as unnecessarily adjourning cases or ‘overcharging’ clients – which, sadly, is a common complaint against many other lawyers and law firms.
No budgets encourages regular consultation between lawyers within the firm – promoting an ‘open door’, team environment where lawyers bounce ideas off one another, formulate case strategy together and benefit from each other’s specialised experience, methods, techniques and insights.
The result is a firm which delivers optimal outcomes in the shortest time periods, at the least expense and stress to our clients.
Team of Lawyers Behind You
Our clients benefit from the pool of knowledge that only an extensive team of experienced criminal defence lawyers can provide.
Our lawyers regularly consult one another to stay ‘ahead of the pack’ in the ever-changing field of criminal law – constantly devising, refining and implementing specialised techniques which ensure our clients achieve the best possible outcomes.
A team approach is particularly important when it comes to serious criminal cases such as murder, commercial drug cases, serious and sexual assaults, large-scale fraud, robbery and other ‘indictable’ cases.
In such matters, clients reap the benefits of several lawyers devising and executing case strategies which maximise the chances of having cases dropped or downgraded at an early stage, or ‘thrown out of court’ – often saving clients a great deal of cost, time and anxiety.
Familiar with Magistrates and Judges
Each of our lawyers appears in court on a daily basis, and has done so for years. We have therefore been able to develop an understanding of, and rapport with, magistrates and judges in Sydney and indeed across the state.
Our team’s extensive experience before the courts ensures your case is tailored to the specific nuances of individual judicial officers, maximising the likelihood of a favourable result.
We have offices in locations across the Sydney Metropolitan Area and beyond, including:
- the Sydney CBD, on Castlereagh Street, directly opposite Downing Centre Court,
- Liverpool, directly opposite Liverpool Local Court, and
- Parramatta, near the justice precinct.
We offer free parking at our Sydney CBD and Liverpool locations, and all of our offices are close to train stations and bus terminals.
For those who are unable to attend our offices, we offer conferences by telephone, Skye and FaceTime anywhere around the world.
If you are going to court and wish to arrange a free first consultation, call our 24 hour hotline on (02) 9261 8881 or send us an email at email@example.com.