Factsheet No. 7: NSW COVID-19 Public Health Laws and Police Powers (revised)

This factsheet provides an overview of NSW Police powers to enforce new social distancing and isolation orders made under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) and Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth). 

The factsheet was revised on 18 May 2020 in response to major changes to social distancing laws in NSW, and further updated on 2 June 2020 to reflect additional changes.

You no longer need a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home, but there are still restrictions on gathering in a public place, and the number of visitors you can have in your home.

Topics covered include leaving your home, gatherings in a person’s residence, gatherings in public places, self isolation, and police powers, fines and prosecutions.

The powers given to police are changing quickly. RLC aims to update this factsheet as changes occur.

First published: 2 April 2020
Revised: 2 June 2020