In Australia, offences committed on an aircraft, towards passengers or crew members, or directed towards an aircraft are viewed very seriously, especially given the current climate. They are also treated seriously because of the capacity of an aircraft to cause a great amount of damage and the potential for danger to individuals in the aircraft and on land. This page sets out what the Prosecutor must prove to successfully prosecute you, as well as the maximum penalties for these type of offences.
Offences relating to air safety are contained in the Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991. Under this Act, the definition of an aircraft includes not only commercial aircraft but Commonwealth and defence aircraft. Offences of this nature are Commonwealth offences, that is, they are consistent throughout the states and territories of Australia and will be prosecuted by the Commonwealth DPP. It is indicative of how seriously these matters are treated by Parliament that many of them are strictly indictable offences. That means, they must be finalised in the District or Supreme Courts.
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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.