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1234.0 - Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC), 1997  
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Contents >> Chapter 3: Definitions >> 15 Offences Against Justice Procedures, Government Security and Government Operations

Division 15 - Offences Against Justice Procedures, Government Security and Government Operations

An act or omission prejudicial to the effective carrying out of justice procedures or any government operations concerned with maintaining government security.

This division is further disaggregated into subdivisions on the basis of whether or not an act or omission was against justice procedures.

Offences in this division are classified into the following subdivisions:

    151 Breach of Justice Order
    152 Other Offences Against Justice Procedures
    153 Offences Against Government Security
    154 Offences Against Government Operations

    Exclusions
    :
    Offences against justice procedures or government security where there is an intent to kill, assault, or steal. These are coded to the relevant divisions, either Division 01, Homicide and Related Offences, Division 02, Acts Intended to Cause Injury, or Division 08, Theft and Related Offences.


Subdivision 151 - Breach of Justice Order

An act or omission prejudicial to the effective execution of justice orders.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of the type of justice order.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    1511 Escape Custody Offences
    1512 Breach of Bail
    1513 Breach of Parole
    1514 Breach of Domestic Violence Order
    1515 Breach of Other Restraining Order
    1519 Breach of Justice Order, nec

    1511 Escape Custody Offences
    Offences relating to a person who was in lawful custody regaining their liberty unlawfully.

      Inclusions
      :
      Escaping
      Aiding/harbouring an escapee
      Freeing person from lawful custody without authority
      Permitting escape from lawful custody without authority
    1512 Breach of Bail
    An act or omission breaching the conditions of a bail order.

      Inclusions:
      Abscond whilst on bail
      Fail to comply with a condition of a bail order (e.g. to be of good behaviour)
      Bail act offences
    1513 Breach of Parole
    An act or omission breaching the conditions of a parole order.

      Inclusions
      :
      Failing to report to parole officer
      (Note where the breach of parole constitutes an offence in its own right, both the new offence and the breach of parole are to be counted. This also applies to the other breach offences)

      Exclusions
      :
      Breach of periodic detention order. This is coded to Group 1519, Breach of Justice Order, nec
      Breach of suspended sentence. This is coded to Group 1519, Breach of Justice Order, nec

    1514 Breach of Domestic Violence Order
    An act or omission breaching the conditions of a domestic violence order.
    1515 Breach of Other Restraining Order
    An act or omission breaching the conditions of a restraining order other than a domestic violence order.

      Exclusions
      :
      Breach of domestic violence order. This is coded to Group 1514, Breach of Domestic Violence Order
      Breach of periodic detention order. This is coded to Group 1519, Breach of Justice Order, nec
    1519 Breach of Justice Order, nec
    An act or omission breaching the conditions of a justice order other than a domestic violence or other restraining order.

      Inclusions
      :
      Breach of periodic detention orders
      Breach of suspended sentence

      Exclusions
      :
      Breach of parole. This is coded to Group 1513, Breach of Parole


Subdivision 152 - Other Offences Against Justice Procedures

An act or omission prejudicial to the effective carrying out of justice procedures other than justice orders.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of subset streams of justice procedures.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    1521 Subvert the Course of Justice
    1522 Resist or Hinder Police Officer or Justice Official
    1523 Prison Regulation Offences
    1529 Offences Against Justice Procedures, nec

    1521 Subvert the Course of Justice
    An act intended to mislead or impede justice proceedings.

      Inclusions
      :
      Perjury (e.g. give false testimony, unlawful oath)
      Bribing or dishonestly attempting to influence a witness, juror or any justice official
      Prevent witness from attending court
      Threats against witnesses
      Destroy or damage evidence
      Fabricate or use fabricated evidence
      Conspiring to obstruct justice
      Deceive witness

      Exclusions
      :
      Bribery of a government official other than a justice official. This is coded to Group 0941, Bribery Involving Government Officials
      Impersonate a justice official. This is coded to Group 0991, Misrepresentation of Professional Status
      Contempt of court not involving the perversion of justice proceedings. This is coded to Group 1529, Offences Against Justice Procedures, nec
      Conspiracy to commit a criminal offence. This is coded to Group 1315, Conspiracy
    1522 Resist or Hinder Police Officer or Justice Official
    An act with the intent of resisting or hindering the directions of a police officer or other justice official in the conduct of their lawful duty.

      Inclusions
      :
      Fail to comply with direction of authorised police officer or justice official

      Exclusions
      :
      Assault of police officers or justice officials. This is coded to Subdivision 021, Assault
    1523 Prison Regulation Offences
    Offences against guidelines regulating conduct within prisons.

      Inclusions
      :
      Possessing contraband
      Supplying contraband
    1529 Offences Against Justice Procedures, nec
    Offences against justice procedures not elsewhere classified in Subdivision 152, Other Offences Against Justice Procedures.

      Inclusions:
      Accessory after the fact
      Misprision of felony
      Contempt of court not involving the perversion of justice proceedings (e.g. interrupting/disrupting court proceedings)
      False report to police


Subdivision 153 - Offences Against Government Security

An act or omission prejudicial to the effective enforcement of government operations concerned with the preservation of national security.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of whether the enforcement of government security operations involved government officers.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    1531 Resist or Hinder Government Officer Concerned with Government Security
    1539 Offences Against Government Security, nec

    1531 Resist or Hinder Government Officer Concerned with Government Security
    An act with the intent of resisting or hindering the official directions of a government officer, other than a police officer or justice official, who is concerned with maintaining government security. Official directions are those given in the conduct of the officer's duties.
    1539 Offences Against Government Security, nec
    Offences against government security other than resisting or hindering the official directions of a government officer, not being a police officer or justice official, who is concerned with maintaining government security.

      Inclusions
      :
      Acts which are harmful to or threaten national security (e.g. treason)
      Phone tapping for espionage purposes
      Sedition
      Selling/disclosing national secrets
      Aiding pirates
      Inciting mutiny or piracy


Subdivision 154 - Offences Against Government Operations

An act with the intent of resisting or hindering government officers, or government operations, other than police, justice or government security officers.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of whether the offence is against an individual person or an operation.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    1541 Resist or Hinder Government Official (Excluding Police Officer, Justice Official or Government Security Officer)
    1549 Offences Against Government Operations, nec

    1541 Resist or Hinder Government Official (Excluding Police Officer, Justice Official or Government Security Officer)
    An act with the intent of resisting or hindering government officers, other than police officer, justice official or government security officers, who are carrying out duties under authority of legislation.

      Inclusions
      :
      Resist Customs official
      Hinder Ambulance or Fire Brigade officer

      Exclusions
      :
      Failure to declare goods. This is coded to Group 1694, Import/Export Regulations
    1549 Offences Against Government Operations, nec
    Offences against government operations, other than those of a security nature, with the intent of impeding the normal functioning capacity of that operation.

      Inclusions
      :
      Failure to complete census form
      Failure to lodge taxation forms
      Failure to vote at election




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