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SUMMARY OFFENCES ACT 1988 - SECT 11C
Custody of knife in public place or school
(1) A person must not, without reasonable excuse (proof of which lies on the
person), have in his or her custody a knife in a public place or a school.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.
Without limitation, it is a reasonable excuse for the purposes of this section
for a person to have custody of a knife, if:
(a) the custody is reasonably
necessary in all the circumstances for any of the following:
(i) the lawful
pursuit of the person’s occupation, education or training,
preparation or consumption of food or drink,
(iii) participation in a lawful
entertainment, recreation or sport,
(iv) the exhibition of knives for retail
or other trade purposes,
(v) an organised exhibition by knife collectors,
(vi) the wearing of an official uniform,
(vii) genuine religious purposes, or
(b) the custody is reasonably necessary in all the circumstances during travel
to or from or incidental to an activity referred to in paragraph (a), or
the custody is of a kind prescribed by the regulations.
(3) However, it is
not a reasonable excuse for the purposes of this section for a person to have
custody of a knife solely for the purpose of self defence or the defence of
(6) The regulations may provide that this section does not
apply to or in relation to any specified class or description of knife.
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