Have your say on the proposed changes to the trespassing laws aimed at protecting our state's farmers and food producers.

What’s being decided?

We have reviewed our state's trespassing laws to ensure they adequately protect farmers and food producers from protestors and animal rights activists who cause damage to farming businesses. 

While our state has encountered low levels of organised protest activity compared with other states, strengthening the laws and creating stronger deterrents is crucial to protecting our farming community. 

We are now proposing reform contained in a draft Summary Offences Amendment Bill focussed on: 

  • creating a new offence specifically for farm trespassing
  • increasing penalties for existing farm-related offences. 

South Australia has a rich and dynamic agricultural and food production industry, and these measures aim to better protect farmers and other food processing businesses. 

The proposed changes are aimed at ensuring farmers have adequate legal protections as well as bringing us in line with other states around Australia.

Get involved

To have your say, review the proposed changes and read through the draft Bill and:

How can your input influence the decision?

We want to hear your feedback on the proposed changes to trespassing laws to ensure they strike the right balance in the community between people’s right to protest and free speech and the need to ensure adequate legal protections for this important part of our economy. 

Your feedback will ultimately inform the Bill to be introduced into Parliament. 

What are the next steps?

Your feedback will be reviewed and considered for the final draft of the Bill. The Bill will then be introduced to Parliament for consideration later this year. 

A copy of the final Bill will be published on this site once it has been introduced to Parliament.

Contact details

For more information, contact LLPSubmissions@sa.gov.au

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 4 October 2019

Upcoming key dates

Fri, 4 Oct 2019 at 5:00 PM

CLOSING DATE: New farm trespassing laws

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