Commonwealth Offences – Federal

Welcome to the Federal Terrorist Acts article page. Everything you need to know about Terrorist Acts according to Federal law.

What the Law States according to Federal Law for Terrorist Acts

According to Federal Law for the charge of Terrorist Acts:

Sections 101.1 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code states:

(1) A person commits an offence if the person engages in a terrorist act.

(2) Section 15.4 (extended geographical jurisdiction-category D) applies to an offence against subsection (1)

Section 15.4 states

If a law of the Commonwealth provides that this section applies to a particular offence, the offence applies:

(a) whether or not the conduct constituting the alleged offence occurs in Australia; and

(b) whether or not a result of the conduct constituting the alleged offence occurs in Australia.

The Maximum Penalty – Terrorist Acts

The Maximum penalty for the offence of Terrorist Acts is life imprisonment.

What the Police must prove according to Federal Law for Terrorist Acts

In order for the Police to prove their case at Court, they must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt.

The accused engaged in a terrorist act.

It will be necessary for the Police in every offence to prove that the accused was the person who committed the offence.

Possible Defences under Federal Law – Terrorist Acts

Possible defences to this offence include but are not limited to

1. The accused did not engage in a terrorist act.
2. The act was not terrorism.
3. Identification i.e. it was not the accused

In Federal which court will hear the matter – Terrorist Acts

This matter is Commonwealth Offence which means it is dealt with in the Supreme Court.


Date: 09/01/2009