Grievous Bodily Harm (NSW)

In New South Wales, the Crimes Act defines grievous bodily harm as: “any permanent or serious disfiguring of the person, the destruction of a foetus and any grievous bodily disease.” It does not necessarily have to be permanent or life-threatening, but the consensus is that it is a ‘really serious’ injury. Whether an injury fits the definition will be determined on a case by case basis which includes considerations regarding the type of injury, location of the injury and healing and rehabilitation.

There are a number of ways in which a person can be charged with causing grievous bodily harm to another person. Charges can be brought under both the Crimes Act or under the Road Transport Act, if the harm was caused whilst operating a vehicle.

If the injury caused does not meet the threshold of grievous bodily harm, then it may likely fall under the less serious category of ‘actual bodily harm’. As these matters all involve injury to another person, they are taken very seriously by the Courts. If you have been charged with an offence section, it is imperative that you obtain expert legal advice as soon as practicable.

More information about offences involving grievous bodily harm is outlined in the pages below.


If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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