This website is for use by legal professionals (lawyers and law practices) only. If the information is used incorrectly, you could risk losing money or your legal rights. If you are a member of the public looking for free advice about your legal problems please visit, or contact our Legal Help advice line on 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. 

If you decide to use or rely on the information or make decisions based on the information in this website (which VLA does not recommend) VLA is not liable to you or any third party in any way for any loss, damage, costs or expenses you or they may suffer or incur as a result.

Acts related to arrest

List of the Acts that are related to arrest issues.

Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)

This Act relates to the jurisdiction and powers of the High Court.

See Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth).

Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 (Cth)

This Act relates to crimes committed aboard aircraft.

See Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 (Cth).

Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (Cth)

This Act relates to the discipline of the Defence Force.

See Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (Cth).

Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth)

This Act relates to powers of arrest over bankrupt people.

See Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth).

Customs Act 1901 (Cth)

This Act relating to the customs.

See Customs Act 1901 (Cth).

Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 (Cth)

This Act aims to protect the environment by regulating dumping into the sea, incineration at sea and artificial reef placements, and for related purposes, including the powers of arrest of inspectors.

See Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981(Cth).

Excise Act 1901 (Cth)

This Act relates to excise, including powers of arrest where excisable goods are being manufactured, received, carried or possessed.

See Excise Act 1901 (Cth).

Migration Act 1958 (Cth)

This Act relates to the entry into, and presence in, Australia of aliens, and the departure or deportation from Australia of aliens and certain other persons.

See Migration Act 1958 (Cth).

Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971 (Cth)

This Act relates to the preservation of public order in certain territories, including the premises of certain federal courts and tribunals, personnel of diplomatic and special missions, consular posts, designated overseas missions and international organisations.

See Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971 (Cth).

Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic)

This Act aims to provide for safe, efficient and equitable road use. It sets out the general obligations of road users and the procedures for the registration of motor vehicles and the licensing of drivers.

See Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Graffiti Prevention Act 2007 (Vic)

This Act creates graffiti-related offences and makes it easier for police in Victoria to reduce the incidence of graffiti by providing:

  • search and seizure powers for members of the police force, including what to do if volatile substances are involved
  • power for a council to enter private property for the purpose of removing graffiti.

See Graffiti Prevention Act 2007 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 (Vic)

This Act, formerly called the Transport Act 1983, establishes the law for governance of public transport in Victoria. It gives the department responsibility for ensuring that public transport system is safe, reliable and efficient. The Act also sets out some of the requirements and penalties for taxi-cabs like driving a cab without proper accreditation.

The Act allows a police officer to issue a transport infringement notice.

This includes making sure that plans are made to develop public transport for the changing needs of the public.

See Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Terrorism (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2003 (Vic)

This Act refers some powers under Victorian law to the Commonwealth for making laws to deal with people who are suspected of terrorism offences or terrorist activity.

See Terrorism (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2003 (Vic).

Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 (Vic)

This Act gives additional powers to police, and others who are authorised by police, to stop, search and seize items that police suspect may be terror related. It also gives police the power to conduct covert searches and to detain someone in order to prevent a terrorist attack.

See Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

This Act relates to marriage, divorce and matrimonial causes. It includes law about parental responsibility for children and financial matters arising out of the breakdown of de facto relationships.

See Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)(opens in a new window).