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Knife Crime Prevention

The Queensland Police Service – Logan District supported by Council’s Community Safety Program have developed a new community safety initiative, which aims to increase the safety of our young people and the wider community in our public spaces.

A number of educational resources have been developed to encourage community members to make positive choices to increase their safety and protect their future by living their life without a knife. Available resources include:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Knife Crime Prevention campaign?

The Knife Crime Prevention campaign is being led by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) – Logan District Criminal Investigation Branch and is supported by Logan City Council.

The campaign aims to educate the community on Queensland laws regarding knives, in particular:

  • The legal definition of a knife;
  • The potential consequences of carrying a knife in a public place; and
  • The benefits of going knife free.

*It is important to know that certain categories of knives are illegal to carry in a public place under ANY circumstances e.g flick knives.

Who is this campaign aimed at?

The Knife Crime Prevention campaign aims to educate the Logan community on Queensland laws regarding knives, in particular:

  • The legal definition of a knife;
  • The potential consequences of carrying a knife in a public place; and
  • The benefits of going knife free.

Why is the Queensland Police Service and Council running this campaign?

In line with the City of Logan Safe City Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2020, Council is committed to working in partnership with local Police to raise community awareness, understanding of and practicing strategies that increase safety and prevent opportunities for crime throughout the community. The campaign aims to assist City of Logan residents with:

  • feeling safe;
  • being more aware, understanding of and practicing strategies that increase their safety and prevent crime throughout the community; and
  • Enjoying stronger neighbourhood connectivity, sharing a sense of community pride and getting enjoyment out of using our abundance of open spaces and transport hubs.

What types of knife crime is the campaign targeting?

The Knife Crime Prevention campaign is focused on educating the community about Queensland laws concerning possession of a knife in a public place and the consequences associated with this offence.

Specific Knife Legislation
Weapons Act 1990:
  • A person must not physically possess a knife in a public place or a school.
  • A person must not, without reasonable excuse, carry a weapon exposed to view in a public place.
  • Penalties may include a fine of $5,222 and/or a term of imprisonment.

Under Queensland knife laws, a public place includes any vehicle that is in or on a public place and schools. Carrying a knife for self-defence is not considered a 'reasonable excuse' for possessing a knife in a public place.

Criminal Code Act 1899:

  • Any person who goes armed in public without lawful occasion in such a manner as to cause fear to any person is committing an offence.
  • Penalties may include a term of imprisonment.

For further information on knife laws in Queensland and relevant penalties, visit legislation.qld.gov.au and search Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 or Criminal Code Act 1899.

What is the legal definition of a knife?

The word "knife" includes a thing with a sharpened point or blade that is reasonably capable of:

  • Being held in 1 or both hands; and
  • Being used to wound or threaten to wound anyone when held in 1 or both hands.

In Queensland, it is an offence to possess a knife in a public place, which includes any vehicle that is in or on a public place and in a school.

What if I need a knife for my employment?

There are very few instances in which carrying a knife in a public place is legally permitted in Queensland.

For example, the following scenarios may be considered a 'reasonable excuse' for carrying a knife in a public place:

  • It is required to perform a lawful activity, duty or employment;
  • It is part of a lawful exhibition e.g. artefact;
  • It is essential to participate in a lawful entertainment, recreation or sport.

Carrying a knife for self-defence is not considered a legally 'reasonable excuse'.

*It is important to know that certain categories of knives are illegal to carry in a public place under ANY circumstances e.g flick knives.

For further information on knife laws in Queensland and relevant penalties, visit legislation.qld.gov.au and search Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 or Criminal Code Act 1899.

For hints and tips on staying safe when out and about visit: logan.qld.gov.au/communitysafety.

If you need to carry a knife for your employment, you are not permitted to have a knife in your possession outside the hours of your employment.

When travelling to or from your place of employment, the knife should be securely stored e.g. in a locked toolbox.

What if I catch public transport to and from my workplace?

If the supply and use of a knife is essential to your employment and you catch public transport to and/or from your workplace, speak with your employer about a secure place to store your knife at work.

Alternatively, if you do not have a fixed job site. A colleague with a vehicle and lockable toolbox could be another option to safely transport your knife to your place of work.

For further information on knife laws in Queensland and relevant penalties, visit legislation.qld.gov.au and search Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 or Criminal Code Act 1899.

For hints and tips on staying safe when out and about visit: logan.qld.gov.au/communitysafety.

Can I carry a knife in a public?

There are some specific instances where you may be permitted to carry a knife in a public place, however in the State of Queensland it is generally against the law to carry a knife in public.

Specific Knife Legislation
Weapons Act 1990:
  • A person must not physically possess a knife in a public place or a school.
  • A person must not, without reasonable excuse, carry a weapon exposed to view in a public place.
  • Penalties may include a fine of $5,222 and/or a term of imprisonment.

Under Queensland knife laws, a public place includes any vehicle that is in oron a public place and schools. Carrying a knife for self-defence is not considered a 'reasonable excuse' for possessing a knife in a public place.

Criminal Code Act 1899:

  • Any person who goes armed in public without lawful occasion in such a manner as to cause fear to any person is committing an offence.
  • Penalties may include a term of imprisonment.

For further information on knife laws in Queensland and relevant penalties, visit legislation.qld.gov.au and search Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 or Criminal Code Act 1899.

Can I take a knife to a picnic or barbeque in a public park or reserve?

There are some instances where carrying a knife in public is acceptable. The following scenarios are examples of what may be considered reasonable excuses in terms of possessing a knife in a public place:

  • you are on a picnic or at a barbeque and require the knife to cut up food;
  • you are fishing and need a knife to fillet fish or cut up bait;
  • you are using the knife lawfully to undertake the duties of your employment;
  • you require the knife to participate in a lawful entertainment, recreation or sport.

For all of the above scenarios, to reduce the likelihood of the knife causing harm or being perceived as a threat to others, the knife must be stored appropriately and cannot be held in a manner so as to threaten harm against another person.

*It is important to know that certain categories of knives are illegal to carry in a public place under ANY circumstances e.g flick knives.

For further information on knife laws in Queensland and relevant penalties, visit legislation.qld.gov.au and search Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 or Criminal Code Act 1899.

For hints and tips on staying safe when out and about visit: logan.qld.gov.au/communitysafety.

Can Police stop and search me?

The short answer is "yes". Police do not have an automatic right to search you or your personal property however, they can conduct this search, even without a warrant under Section 29 of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, if they reasonably suspect you have the following items on you or in your vehicle:

  • a weapon (e.g. a knife, explosives or an unlicensed gun)
  • unlawful drugs or drug implements
  • stolen or unlawfully obtained property
  • graffiti instruments
  • tools used for housebreaking or car stealing
  • something you intend to use to harm yourself or someone else with
  • evidence of certain breaches of the Liquor Act 1992 (e.g. drinking alcohol in a public place)
  • some evidence of either an offence punishable by 7 years jail or wilful damage.

What happens to my knife if the Police seize (take) it?

Police may take your property in some situations, such as if you have drugs, stolen property or something else that might be evidence of an alleged offence such as possessing a knife in a public place. After taking your property, police must give you a receipt as soon as possible.

Does this mean I can't take a knife anywhere?

There are very few instances in which carrying a knife in a public place is legally permitted in Queensland. As an example, the following scenarios may be considered a 'reasonable excuse' for carrying a knife in a public place:

  • It is required to perform a lawful activity, duty or employment;
  • It is part of a lawful exhibition e.g. artefact;
  • It is essential to participate in a lawful entertainment, recreation or sport.

Under Queensland knife laws, a public place includes any vehicle that is in or on a public place and schools. Carrying a knife for self-defence is not considered a 'reasonable excuse' for possessing a knife in a public place.

*It is important to know that certain categories of knives are illegal to carry in a public place under ANY circumstances e.g flick knives.

For further information on knife laws in Queensland and relevant penalties, visit legislation.qld.gov.au and search Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 or Criminal Code Act 1899.

For hints and tips on staying safe when out and about visit: logan.qld.gov.au/communitysafety.

What if I forget I have the knife and the Police search me and find it?

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that they are complying with the law. Regardless of intent, it is against the law to possess a knife in a public place.

Under Queensland knife laws, a public place includes any vehicle that is in or on a public place and schools. Carrying a knife for self-defence is not considered a 'reasonable excuse' for possessing a knife in a public place.

*It is important to know that certain categories of knives are illegal to carry in a public place under ANY circumstances e.g flick knives.

For further information on knife laws in Queensland and relevant penalties, visit legislation.qld.gov.au and search Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 or Criminal Code Act 1899.

For hints and tips on staying safe when out and about visit: logan.qld.gov.au/communitysafety.

Are scissors considered a knife?

Scissors are not defined as a bladed weapon or a knife. However, in some circumstances, "yes" scissors could be considered a weapon if used to threaten or harm another person.

The word "knife" includes a thing with a sharpened point or blade that is reasonably capable of:

  • Being held in 1 or both hands; and
  • Being used to wound or threaten to wound anyone when held in 1 or both hands.

In Queensland, it is an offence to possess a knife in a public place, which includes any vehicle that is in or on a public place and in a school.

For further information on knife laws in Queensland and relevant penalties, visit legislation.qld.gov.au and search Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 or Criminal Code Act 1899.

For hints and tips on staying safe when out and about visit: logan.qld.gov.au/communitysafety.

I know someone who often carries a knife in public. What can I do about this?

If it is safe to do so, have a conversation with the person about this. They may not be aware that it is illegal to carry a knife in a public place in Queensland. Encourage them to visit Council's website to learn about the laws and consequences associated with carrying a knife in a public place.

Alternatively if it is not safe to speak to the person, you can contact PoliceLink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report the matter, or if you think that you or someone you know is in immediate danger dial 000. You can choose to remain anonymous.