Police actively enforcing new out-of-control party legislation

EVENT ORGANISERS and party goers have been put on notice with police now actively enforcing the new Out-of-Control Event Legislation that recently passed in parliament. 

house partyPolice now have the authority to exercise greater powers to deal with unruly parties and events under amendments to the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (QLD).

Party planners, gatecrashers and anyone involved in an out-of-control event who commits an offence will now face a maximum penalty of $12,100 or one year imprisonment.


An Out-of-control Event is defined as a gathering of at least 12 people where at least three persons are engaging in out-of-control conduct which may involve trespassing; damaging property; disorderly conduct; fighting; unreasonable noise; obstructing traffic; high intoxication; and breaking bottles/glass.

Additionally, out-of-control conduct must cause, or be likely to cause, someone at or near the event to feel fearful of violence, to a person or property, or substantially interfere with peoples’ right to enjoy or access a public place.

If underage event organisers are involved in an out-of-control event their parents will be subject to penalties.

The legislation was developed to crack down on wild suburban parties that often lead to senseless violence and property damage.

Police say the bill provides a defence for a person who has taken reasonable steps to ensure the event does not become out-of-control, or where a third party has caused the offence.

If your event starts to get out of control call Triple Zero (000) immediately.