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Stalking laws

State-based stalking laws

in Criminal Law by Slater and Gordon on

Harassing, stalking or physically intimidating another person with the intent to cause fear of physical or psychological harm carries a maximum penalty of five years jail or $5,500 fine, or both, under NSW laws.”

In Victoria stalking can be the contacting by post, telephone, fax, text message, e-mail or other electronic communication (including internet postings), with the intention to cause mental or physical harm. The maximum offence is 10 years imprisonment.

In Queensland, stalking can include using the telephone, mail, fax, email or through the use of any technology which intimidates, harasses or threatens against a person, whether or not involving violence or a threat of violence. The maximum penalty is 5 years imprisonment (or 7 years in aggravated matters). 

In Western Australia, stalking is when a person pursues another person with the intent to intimidate that person and is liable to a maximum of 3 years imprisonment (or 8 in aggravated matters) and or a fine of up to $24,000.

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