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Offences in National Parks : FAQs

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What acts are illegal in the National Parks?

The following acts are examples of common offences in a National Park:

  • Littering;
  • Defacing any structure in the park;
  • Gambling;
  • Begging;
  • Nudity;
  • Disorderly conduct;
  • Bathing or washing in a body of water;
  • Cutting any plants or trees;
  • Capturing or feeding any animal;
  • Disobeying notices and signs posted in the park; and
  • Smoking in nature reserves.
What is the punishment for an offence in a National Park?

A fine that will not exceed $2,000.

Will I be arrested for an offence in a National Park?

Park officers have the same powers as a police officer within the national parks, but park officers will not usually make an arrest unless the offence is of a serious nature.
Park officers will usually give you a Notice of Offence stating your offence and the amount of the fine which you have to pay.

How do I pay the fine?

You can pay by a money order, postal order or cheque sent to the National Parks Board’s office or you can pay the fine electronically at an AXS Station.

Can I appeal against a fine?

You can write in to the National Parks Board to appeal against a Notice of Offence. The National Parks Board takes one month to respond with their decision.
You can also dispute the Notice of Offence in the Magistrate’s Court.

What happens if I do not pay the fine?

The National Parks Board will report the fine to the Magistrate’s Court and it will be enforced as a fine ordered by the Court.

What can we do for you?

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