On this page:

  • Are swear words offensive?
  • What are the potential penalties for offensive language/conduct?

Are Swear Words Offensive?

Not necessarily – in fact probably not. It depends on the context and circumstances in which the words are used. See our case studies for examples. ‘Swear Words’ are heard on TV and the movies every day, seen in print, and both seen and heard from our sporting stars. Court decisions have said that swearing is part of the police culture.

What Are The Potential Penalties for Offensive Language/Conduct?

  • Offensive Language carries a potential fine of up to $660 or a Community Service Order of up to 100 hours.
  • Offensive Conduct carries a potential fine of up to $660 and a prison sentence of up to 3 months.

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