Providing information to authorised officers

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Authorised officers often have powers to require you to provide your details if they reasonably believe that you have committed or are committing an offence against the Act under which they are appointed. For example, authorised DSEofficers can ask you for your name and address if they have a belief based on reasonable grounds that you are committing an offence against the SPLA(s17) or the FA(s95A). The authorised DSE officer can require you to provide evidence of you name and address, if they believe that the details you provide are false. You must provide this evidence, unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, if you have no such evidence on you).

Similarly, an authorised Council officer can demand your name and address if they reasonably suspect you have committed or are about to commit an offence against any Act, regulation or local law which they are appointed to enforce under the LGA(s224(6)). Both authorised DSE officers and authorised Council officers must tell you the grounds their belief that you are committing or about to commit an offence under the FA (s95A), SPLA (s 17), LGA (s 224(6A)).

If you fail to provide your name and address to an authorised DSE officer, provide false details, or refuse to provide evidence of your details without reasonable excuse you can be fined up to around $600, by FA (s95A(3)), SPLA (s17(3)). The officer must inform you of this if they wish to charge you. If you fail to give your name and address to an authorised Council officer, you can be liable for a fine of up to around $7,300 by the LGA (s 224(8)).

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