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Intentionally Opening a Mail Receptacle Without Authorisation

Intentionally opening a mail receptacle without authorisation is an offence under section 471.7(2) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You opened a mail receptacle
  2. You did so intentionally
  3. You were not authorised by Australia post to open the mail receptacle, and
  4. You knew you were not authorised by Australia Post to open the mail receptacle.

A ‘mail receptable’ includes a letter box or other item to which post is delivered.

Duress and necessity are defences to the charge.

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