Detained person disclosing a preventative detention order is an offence under section 105.41(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
- You were being detained under a preventative detention order.
- You disclosed to another person:
- That a preventative detention order had been made in relation to you, or,
- That you were being detained, or,
- The period for which you were being detained,
- Your disclosure occurred while you were being detained under the order, and,
- You were not entitled to make the disclosure.
It is not an offence to make the following disclosures while being detained under the order:
- Contacting the Commonwealth Ombudsman in accordance with sections 7(3) and 7(5) of the Ombudsman Act 1976, which outline the manner in which a detained person can make a complaint,
- Providing information to the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police under section 40SB of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979, which outlines the manner in which a person may provide such information,
- Contacting an officer or authority of your state or territory to make a complaint about your treatment in custody, provided that person is legally authorised to deal with such complaints, or,
- Contacting a lawyer solely for the purpose of:
- Obtaining advice about your rights in relation to the order or your treatment under it, or,
- Instructing a lawyer to act for you in relation to:
- Federal court proceedings for a remedy relating to the order or your treatment under it,
- A complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman about the making of the order or your treatment by a member of the AFP,
- Giving information under section 40SB of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979, provided this relates to the making of the order or your treatment by a member of the AFP,
- A complaint to an officer or authority of your state or territory about your treatment by a police officer of that state or territory in connection with the order, provided the officer or authority is legally authorised to deal with such complaints.
You may contact a lawyer by phone, fax, email or arrange to have him or her visit you in person.
If you are unable to make contact with a particular lawyer, or if you are not entitled to contact that lawyer due to a prohibited contact order, Police must reasonably assist you to find another lawyer and may give priority to lawyers with a Commonwealth security clearance.
If you were under the age of 18 years or incapable of managing your affairs due to mental your health, you are permitted to contact a parent, guardian or another person who is able to represent your interests.
Self-defence, duress and necessity are legal defences to the charge.