Law system in Australia really works.
Here you can be sure that any crime's
author will have the punishment that deserves.
Those who come to Australia for a short period
may not take note of this process, but with
time, you will see the number of rules and laws
that govern our lives, day after day. In my
opinion, they are excessive but necessary to
keep the order and protect people. One day, I
was with an American, a New Zealander and a
Brazilian joking about each one's lives in each
respective country. After gallons of beer, we
came to a conclusion that USA is the
"cannot country", New Zealand is the
" I am sorry but it's not allowed",
Brazil is " Everything is possible",
and Australia is " No way".
all know that laws are absolutely necessary for
the maintenance of any society and its'
development. In Australia, you can say that
"The Law Is the Law", independent of
social status or the amount of money a person
has in the bank. Police are very well trained
and equipped, with top class and respectful
professionals, men and women. Justice is fast
with prosecutions swift also.
there is a problem
on the way called Civil Liability. It is
destroying Australia in innovation and
happiness. Because of the high price of
insurance premiums to cover liability from
anyone, Doctors are going out of business, tours
operators are shutting down their risky
operations, and even Councils are taking parks
out of children playgrounds. It is sad but it is
true. Four million dollars was given to a person
who hit his head on a sand bar in Bondi beach
(Sydney) between the life saving flags. These
guys who protect your life were cited as
irresponsible and ordered to pay absurd
compensation. Not to go too deeply into it all,
I recommend a movie called " The Man who
prosecuted God". It explains exactly what
is happening with the liability situation in
Australia. Why don't they just copy New Zealand?
which has a governmental controlled compensation
system, simply the best in the world.
Can't : No, No, No!!!
Smoking in any
place that is not outdoors. A few work
places allow you to smoke in the office, and
some areas inside pubs. No way, inside a Taxi,
Bus, Shopping Centres, Airports, Food Courts,
alcohol in public areas such as parks,
beaches etc.. But you can drink inside your
home, in a licensed restaurant or in a pub.
Drink driving is a very serious offence, and the
limit is about 2 cans of beer, or 1 glass of
wine or half a glass of spirit. Fines starts at
AU$ 75 for public places and go into there
thousands for drinkdriving. For this last one,
you will have to go to Court. To buy alcohol and
tobacco you need to be 18.
It's obvious but..,
you can not sell or produce illegal drugs. The
consumption is tolerated but reprehended, in
case of foreigners it can lead to jail and
You can't sell
anything on the streets including to other
business without a license. For example, you
can't catch a beautiful fish and sell it to a
restaurant, or produce food in your home to sell
to the general public. There are heavy fines to
do so. Anything you plan to sell will require a
license, except in markets or garage sales.
bicycle without a helmet and driving a car
without seat belts attracts AU$ 110 fine.
Bicycles are considered vehicles in Australia,
and car drivers are expected to consider you as
another vehicle and give space to you. (they
don't do it very much) . You must also signal
with your arms when turning right or left and
stop at intersections and signals just like a
car does. Bicycles are not allowed on motorways
or high speed freeways. In the big cities there
are exclusive bike lanes for you to ride.
Not to pay your fines, may lead to bigger and bigger
fines, and confiscation of your assets to cover it in
case you don't have money, or even prison. If you leave
Australia and leave unpaid fines, when you return in the
far future you may have a very big surprise - if they
let you return!
It is prohibited by law
to work in Australia with a Tourist Visa.Working
without the correct visa may lead to prison and
deportation. Student visas holders can apply for a
permit for part time work (20 hours per week) Also,
there are holiday working visas, which give permission
for some countries who have agreements with Australia to
work for a certain period in Australia. Overstaying your
visa in Australia may bring fines or deportation. If you
intend to extend your stay in Australia, you must visit
an Immigration office before your visa expires.
For the ones who love to
fight, know that touching a person without consent
is considered invasion of privacy and physical
aggression that can lead to prosecution. It means it is
not necessary to break the other person in half, just by
touching them is already an offence. You can shout,
scream, throw things on the ground or fart, but if you
verbally offend or punch a person you are in trouble.
Courts solve these cases in a flash usually with fines
to the aggressor.
Getting rid of trash,
or throwing anything on the streets including cigarette
buts, calls for a AU$ 75 fine.
Racial, Religious and discriminatory matters, are
passive of prosecution and even jail. Also, when you
plan to photograph someone you don't know, ask their
permission before do so. Supplying phone numbers and
addresses without a persons' consent can also lead to
prosecution by breach of the privacy act. Sex, colour
age and race, are a no no field for discrimination, with
the same consequences as above.
aren't there only to make the street look more beautiful
or to decorate the street. Wherever there is a ped
crossing without pedestrian lights to help you cross the
road, you must stop and wait until a person finishes
crossing. In case of intersections with traffic lights,
you have to follow the lights. Also, other indication
signs on parks, beaches, and streets govern the rules.
we can't place all Australian legislation on a page, but
these are the most frequently asked questions about
Australian Rules and Laws. Hopefully you will obey the
Help was sent to Tasmania for pretending to be a
Red Back Spider freaking out the kids.