A Protection Order has two main conditions: no violence and no contact with the people protected by the Order.
The violent person must not:
The person who's been violent must not:
'No contact' conditions don't apply if the person who's been violent (called the respondent) and the person who applied for the Protection Order (called the applicant) live together.
The applicant can tell the respondent at any time that they no longer want to live with them. If they do this, the 'no contact' conditions apply and the respondent must leave. If they don't leave, they're breaking the conditions of the Protection Order and can be arrested and charged with a crime.
The applicant and the respondent can’t have contact with each other unless:
In some cases, the Protection Order will let the applicant have contact with their children. If this happens, it may be under supervision.
When the person who's been violent (the respondent) receives a Protection Order, they must give the Police:
Weapons are any firearm, airgun, pistol, restricted weapon, ammunition or explosive.
If the respondent gets a final Protection Order made against them, their firearms licence will be automatically cancelled by the police.
If the respondent breaks the conditions of a Protection Order, the Police can arrest them and they could appear in the criminal court.
If they’re found guilty of breaking the conditions of a Protection Order, they could be sent to prison for up to three years.
It’s also a crime if the respondent doesn't attend or complete a non-violence course when they’re ordered to. If convicted, they can be fined up to $5000 or sent to prison for up to six months.
When a Protection Order has been made against you, you’ll usually have to go to a non-violence course. The Order will say when and where the course will be held. The course is free of charge.
The course will focus on:
You’ll need to attend the course over several weeks.
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