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Legislation relating to PSOs

Legislation related to protective services officers (PSOs).

Victoria Police Act 2013 (Vic)

This Act governs and regulates police officers and protective services officers. It sets out the powers and duties of the Chief Commissioner and of other police personnel. It also sets out the procedure for making complaints against police and says how complaints will be investigated. The Act provides a system for drug and alcohol testing of police personnel.

See Victoria Police Act 2013 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Victoria Police Regulations 2014 (Vic)

These regulations sets out employment conditions for members of the Victorian Police Force and also for Protective services officers. It provides for testing of police for traces of alcohol and also for illicit drugs. The regulations also prescribe 'designated areas' where protective services officers may exercise their powers and provides details about the disciplinary procedures for the police and protective services officers.

See Victoria Police Regulations 2014 (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).

Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic)

This Act governs minor Victorian offences that can be treated summarily.

See Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

This Act sets out the most serious offences and the maximum fine or term of imprisonment under Victorian law. Most of the offences in the Crimes Act are indictable offences. Indictable offences are usually those with a maximum penalty of 5 years jail, or more.

See Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) (Infringements) Regulations 2019 (Vic)

These regulations prescribe ticket and transport infringements including information to be included in infringement notices, the method of service and for payment of penalties and how infringements can be withdrawn. The regulations also deal with infringements for bus driver accreditation, port safety infringements and over dimensional vehicles.

This is also where fines are set for riding bicycles and skateboards on railway platforms are found.

See Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) (Infringements) Regulations 2019 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic)

This Act provides a scheme for people to be assessed if they appear to have a mental illness. It also sets out when and how a person can be treated for their mental illness and creates the Mental Health Tribunal and the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner.

See Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic)(opens in a new window).