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New Definition of Domestic Abuse in NSW

NSW has introduced a new definition of “domestic abuse” which will articulate more clearly the types of behaviours that may constitute domestic abuse, including coercive and controlling behaviour. A new coercive control offence will come into force separately on 1 July 2024. The new definition is also designed to play an important educative function in […]
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Drivers Fined for Passengers Using Mobile Devices

Mobile Phone Use and Driving

Under NSW law, using a mobile phone whilst driving is illegal and carries significant penalties. But what does it mean to “use” a mobile phone? A recent case in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court shows that it isn’t always black and white. The case involved a man who received an infringement notice for allegedly using […]
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E-Scooters Illegal in NSW

Given the rising popularity of electric-scooters (e-scooters), many people would be surprised to know that riding a privately owned electric scooter on a road or road related area in NSW is illegal. A road related area includes footpaths, shared paths and bicycle lanes. In fact, the only place a person can legally ride an e-scooter […]
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coercive control

NSW Becomes First State to Make Coercive Control an Offence

New South Wales will become the first Australian jurisdiction to criminalise coercive control after historic legislation passed Parliament earlier this month. Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse that involves patterns of behaviour that have the cumulative effect of denying victim-survivors their autonomy and independence. It can involve physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse. […]
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