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Taking or Concealing Mail Receptacles, Articles or Postal Messages

Taking or concealing mail receptacles, articles or postal messages is an offence under section 471.3 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:

  1. You took or concealed a mail receptacle, an article in the course of post or a postal message, and
  2. You did so dishonestly.

A ‘mail receptacle’ includes a letter box or other item or area to which post is delivered. An ‘article in the course of post’ includes an item that appears to have been lost or wrongly delivered.

‘Dishonesty’ is assessed according to the standards of ordinary people. Your actions may be considered ‘dishonest’ even if you offered to pay for any loss incurred.

Duress and necessity are defences to the charge.

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