Police Safety Orders

A Police Safety Order (PSO) is issued by Police when they have reasonable grounds to believe that family violence has occurred or may occur. A PSO can last for up to five days, but is usually one or two days.

The purpose of the PSO is to protect people at risk from violence, harassment, or intimidation. The order stays in force until the expiry time/date listed on the order. The Police do not need the consent of the person at risk to issue the order. 

When a PSO is made, the person bound by the order must leave the address while the PSO is in force, even if they own the property at that address and/or normally live there. 

The bound person must not assault, threaten, intimidate or harass the protected person (the person at risk) or encourage anyone else to do the same. They must not follow, stop or contact in any way the person at risk in any place, either at home, at work, or anywhere else the person at risk visits often. The bound person must surrender all firearms and their firearms licence to the Police for the period of the PSO.

The PSO also protects any children living with the person at risk.  Any conditions of parenting orders or agreements permitting access or care by the bound person are suspended.

The Police may detain the bound person for up to two hours to issue and serve the PSO. There is no right of appeal.

What happens if a PSO is breached?  If the bound person does anything not permitted by the PSO, the Police can take the person in custody and put them before the Court. The Court may issue a warrant to arrest the bound person if required to bring them before the Court. 

 The Court may:

  • release the bound person without any further order
  • direct the Police to issue another PSO
  • issue a Temporary Protection Order (if the person at risk does not object). The Court does not need an application from anyone to issue a Temporary Protection Order.

No criminal convictions result from the issue of a Police Safety Order.

For more information about Police Safety Orders, click here.