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Declared Public Precincts

What is a Declared Public Precinct?

A Declared Public Precinct is a strictly defined area that has been proclaimed to give certain powers to police to maintain public safety and order in that area.

Learn all about the current Declared Public Precinct for the Fringe

Where is the Declared Public Precinct?

The area to be a Declared Public Precinct is contained within the boundaries of:

  • Northern boundary of North Terrace, from the eastern boundary of Pulteney Street, to Botanic Road
  • Northern boundary of Botanic Road to Eastern boundary of Dequetteville Terrace
  • Eastern boundary of Dequetteville Terrace to Southern boundary of Bartels Road
  • Southern boundary of Bartels Road to Southern boundary of East Terrace
  • Southern boundary of East Terrace to Southern boundary of Pirie Street
  • Southern boundary of Pirie Street to Eastern boundary of Pulteney Street
  • Eastern Boundary of Pulteney Street to Northern boundary of North Terrace.

Declared Public Precinct for the Fringe

When is the Declared Public Precinct operational?

SA Police has identified a heightened risk to public safety and order during the following hours so the declared public precinct for a period of 12 hours from 6:00 pm on each night commencing on Friday 16 February 2024 and reoccurring for each described day and time of the week until declared otherwise or until 6:00 am on Monday 18 March 2024, whichever occurs sooner.

Learn all about the current Declared Public Precinct in the city

Where is the Declared Public Precinct?

The area to be a Declared Public Precinct is contained within the boundaries of:

  • Northern boundary of North Terrace to western boundary of Montefiore Road; and
  • Western Boundary of Montefiore Road to the Southern Bank of the River Torrens.
  • Southern bank of the River Torrens to eastern boundary of King William Road (adjacent to the King William Road Bridge);
  • Eastern boundary of King William Road to the northern boundary of Victoria Drive.
  • Northern Boundary of Victoria Drive to the Eastern Boundary of Kintore Avenue.
  • The Eastern Boundary of Kintore Avenue to the Northern boundary of North Terrace.
  • Northern boundary of North Terrace to the Eastern Boundary of Pulteney Street.
  • Eastern Boundary of Pulteney Street to the Southern Boundary of Grenfell Street.
  • Southern boundary of Grenfell Street and Currie Streets to the Western boundary of West Terrace; and
  • Western boundary of West Terrace to northern boundary of North Terrace.

Adelaide City Declared Public Precinct

When is the Declared Public Precinct operational?

SA Police has identified a heightened risk to public safety and order during the following hours so the Declared Public Precinct will therefore be operational from:

  • Monday to Thursday 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
  • Friday 6.00 pm to 6.00 am Saturday
  • Saturday 6.00 pm to 6.00 am Sunday
  • Sunday 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

The Declared Public Precinct will commence from 10.00 am on Tuesday, 10 October 2023 until 10.00 pm on Wednesday, 10 April 2024.

What does this mean?

To maintain public safety and order, SA Police are able to do the following in the Declared Public Precinct:

  • Conduct a metal detector search of a person and any property in their possession for the presence of weapons.
  • Carry out general drug detection in relation to any person within the precinct.
  • Order a person / group posing a risk to public safety and order to leave the declared public precinct.
  • Ban a person who commits an offence of a kind that may pose a risk to public safety and order, or  behaves in an offensive or disorderly manner within the precinct (for up to 24 hours).
  • Remove children from the declared public precinct who are in danger of physical harm or abuse, behaving in an offensive or disorderly manner, or otherwise committing or about to commit an offence.

These powers give police the ability to issue expiation notices for offences within the geographic area or to issue barring orders covering the precinct. These are similar to, but in addition to, licensed premises barring orders.

If you are subject to any of the above, you are legally required to comply with the officer’s direction.

What are the maximum penalties involved?

A person who is barred, but enters or remains, in the Declared Public Precinct is guilty of an offence which carries a maximum penalty of $2500.

A person who is ordered to leave, but remains, re-enters, or attempts to re-enter, the Declared Public Precinct is guilty of an offence which carries a maximum penalty of $1250.

A person can also be issued with a $344 expiation notice (Expiation fee $250 + $94 Victim of Crime Levy) for behaving in an offensive or disorderly manner within the Declared Public Precinct.

A person who carries an offensive weapon or dangerous article within the Declared Public Precinct is guilty of an offence which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 or imprisonment for two years.

Why was this introduced?

The changes to the Summary Offences Act 1953 were enacted to maintain public safety and order in a defined area for which there is a reasonable likelihood of conduct in the area posing a risk to public safety and order and that the area is reasonable having regard to the identified risk.

A ‘declared public precinct’ determination for the ‘City West’ area will significantly enhance the ability of SA Police to appropriately manage conduct that poses a risk to public safety and order for members of the community using this area.