From September 2022 police and protective service officers have new powers in and around police stations.
Police and protective service officers can now:
- ask why you are at or near a police station. ‘Near a police station’ includes in the car park or out the front.
- ask for your name and address if they do not think you have a legitimate reason for being there. A ‘legitimate reason’ includes reporting a crime, asking for help, or if you need to go there as part of your bail conditions.
Police and protective service officers can ask you to leave the station or direct you to stay away for up to seven days. They can do this if they believe two things:
- you do not have a legitimate reason for being there
- this is needed to preserve the peace or station security.
Police and protective service officers can remove, arrest or fine you if:
- you do not answer these questions
- you do not leave or stay away when asked
- you try to stop police carrying out these duties
- you try to stop someone from going into or leaving the police station.
For more information, please see our pages on speaking to the police and protective service officers.
Information about this booklet
This free booklet is a general guide to help you when you deal with the police.
It includes information for young people under the age of 18 and people with cognitive disability.
It has information about:
- when you can remain silent
- when you have to give your name and address
- getting arrested
- giving fingerprints
- being searched
- giving body samples
- move on powers
- making a complaint about police
- traffic offences
Order free copies of this resourceSome of our publications have limits on how many copies you can order. If you need more copies, email email@example.com or phone (03) 9269 0234 and ask for the Community Legal Education team.
Police powers and my rights
Your rights when you are speaking with the police, or if you are searched or arrested.
Fines and infringements
Information about the infringements system and what happens if fines are not paid on time.
Going to court for a criminal charge
If you have to go to the Magistrates' Court for a criminal charge, this information will help you decide when to see a lawyer and how to respond to the charges.
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Reviewed 25 January 2023