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Mandatory and additional orders 

​Some orders are included in all applications for Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO). These are known as 'mandatory orders' or 'standard orders'. There are also other optional 'additional orders' that an applicant can ask for.​​

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On 3 December 2016, new plain English AVOs were introduced. From this date the mandatory orders are listed under the heading 'Orders about behaviour.'  ​ 


    Manda​​tory or​​ders/Orders about behaviour

    Orders made before 3 December​​ 2016 

    There are three mandatory orders that were included in every AVO made before 3 December 2016. These are often referred to as 'standard orders' or 'orders 1 a, b & c'.

    The mandatory orders are orders that are designed to protect you but they do not require the defendant to do anything that they would not usually be expected to do. The orders are designed to stop a defendant from:

     

    1.

     

    a. Assaulting, molesting, harassing, threatening or otherwise interfering with the protected person or a person with whom the protected person has a domestic relationship,

     

    b. Engaging in any other conduct that intimidates the protected person or a person with whom the protected person has a domestic relationship,

     

    c. Stalking the protected person or a person with whom the protected person has a domestic relationship.

     

    The orders mean that the defendant cannot do any of these things to you or to someone you have a domestic relationship with.

    People you have a domestic relationship with include:

    • people in your family even if they don't live with you (including children)
    • wives and husbands and partners (and ex husbands and wives and ex partners)
    • in the case of an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander, someone who is part of extended family or kin according to the Indigenous kinship system of the person's culture.

    Orders made after 3 December 2016

    After 3 December 2016, the mandatory orders are listed under a heading 'Orders about behaviour'.

    The orders state that the defendant must not:

    • assault or threaten the protected person or any other person having a domestic relationship with the protected person
    • stalk, harass or intimidate the protected person or any other person having a domestic relationship with the protected person
    • intentionally or recklessly destroy or damage any property that belongs to or is in the possession of the protected person or any other person having a domestic relationship with the protected person. 

    People you have a domestic relationship with include:

    • people in your family even if they don't live with you (including children)
    • wives and husbands and partners, including ex-husbands and wives and ex-partners
    • the new partner of an ex-partner
    • in the case of an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander, someone who is part of extended family or kin according to the Indigenous kinship system of the person's culture. 

    Additional orders

    Orders made before 3 December 2016 

    There are 10 additional orders that you or the police may apply for and a magistrate may make. These may be varied or other orders may be made. A court will only make the orders that are required in the circumstances.

    Additional orders include:

    2.The defendant must not reside at the premises at which the protected person(s) may from time to time reside, or other specified premises. ​

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant can't live with you.

     

    3.

     

    The defendant must not enter the premises at which the protected person(s) may from time to time reside or work, or other specified premises.

     

    Hint iconThis means the defendant can't come to your home, your work or another address (if specified). If you don't want the defendant to know the address, you should not have to provide it. If you don't provide your address, the court may not make this order. If you move, the AVO 'follows' you to your new address, and the defendant will be restricted from going there.

     

    4.

     

    The defendant must not go within ________ of the premises where the protected person may from time to time reside or work, or other specified premises.

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant must stay a certain distance away from your home, your work or another address (if specified). If you don't want the defendant to know the address, you should not have to provide it. If you don't provide your address, the court may not make this order. You can nominate how far, for example 50 metres or 100 metres. If you move, the AVO 'follows' you to your new address, and the defendant will be restricted from going there.

     

    5.

     

    The defendant must not approach or contact the protected person(s) by any means whatsoever, except through the defendant's legal representative or as agreed in writing or permitted by an order or directions under the Family Law Act 1975, for the purpose of counselling, conciliation or mediation.

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant can't approach you or contact you by phone, text message, email, writing, through a third party, or in any other way, except through their lawyer. However, if there is a written agreement between you and the defendant, or if family law orders or directions have been made for counselling, conciliation or mediation, the defendant can contact you in the way that has been agreed by you or set out in those family law orders/directions.

     

    6.

     

    The defendant must not approach or contact the protected person(s) by any means whatsoever, except through the defendant's legal representative or as authorised by a parenting order under the Family Law Act 1975 unless the parenting order has been varied, suspended or discharged under s68R of the Family Law Act 1975.

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant can't approach you or contact you by phone, text message, email, writing, through a third party, or in any other way, except through their lawyer, or if a family law parenting order has been made.

     

    7.

     

    The defendant must not approach or contact the protected person(s) by any means whatsoever, except through the defendant's legal representative.

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    Hint iconThis means that the defendant can't approach you or contact you by phone, text message, email, writing, through a third party, or in any other way, except through their lawyer.

     

    8.

     

    The defendant must surrender all firearms and related licences to Police.

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant must give the police any guns and/or gun licences they have.

     

    9.

     

    The defendant must not approach the school or other premises at which the protected person(s) may from time to time attend for the purposes of education or child care or other specified premises.

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant can't go near the school or childcare centre where you may go.

     

    10.

     

    The defendant must not approach the protected person(s) or any such premises or place at which the protected person(s) from time to time reside or work within 12 hours of consuming intoxicating liquor or illicit drugs.

     

    Hint icon This means that the defendant can't approach you or go where you are or where you live or work if they have had drugs or alcohol in the last 12 hours.

     

    11.

     

    The defendant must not destroy or deliberately damage or interfere with the property of the protected person's.

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant can't do anything to your property.

    The additional orders cannot all be made in the same AVO, as some of the orders conflict with others. For example, you couldn't have order 7 (which stops the defendant from making any contact with you except through their lawyer) and order 5 (which allows some contact between you and the defendant). You should make sure that any additional orders that you ask for apply to your situation.

    Alert IconIf you want any orders that are not mentioned above, you should tell the magistrate. The magistrate is able to make other specific orders that are required for your situation. If you are unsure what orders you need you should get legal advice

    Orders made after ​​3 December 2016 

    The court or police may make a number of additional orders. These may be varied or other orders may be made. A court will only make the orders that are required in the circumstances. Each order will include an example to help you understand how the order works. 

    All of the additional orders cannot be made in the same AVO, as some of the orders conflict with others. For example, you could not have an order which stops the defendant from making any contact with you except through their lawyer and an order which allows some contact between you and the defendant.

    If you want any orders that are not mentioned above, you should tell the magistrate. The magistrate is able to make other specific orders that are required for your situation. If you are unsure what orders you need you should get legal advice.

    After 3 December 2016, these orders will be listed under these headings. 

    Orders about contact


    2.You must not approach the protected person or contact them in any way, unless the contact is through a lawyer.


    Hint iconThis means that the defendant can't approach you or contact you by phone, text message, email, writing, through a third party, or in any other way, except through their lawyer. 


    3.

     
    You must not approach:

    A) the school or any other place the protected person might go to for study,
    B) any place they might go to for childcare, or
    C) any other place listed here.

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant cannot go near the school or childcare centre where you may go or any other place that is listed in the order.​​​


    4.

    You must not approach or be in the company of the protected person  for at least 12 months after drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.


    Hint iconThis means that the defendant cannot be with you if they have had drugs or alcohol in the last 12 hours.


    5.


    You must not try to find the protected person except as ordered by the court.

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant cannot try and find you by any method including online, by phone or asking anyone.


    Orders about family law and parenting  

     

    6.

     ​

    You must not approach the protected person or contact them in any way, unless the contact is:
    A) through a lawyer,or
    B) to attend accredited or court-approved counselling, mediation and/or conciliation, or
    C) as ordered by this or another court about contact with child/ren or
    D) as agreed in writing between you and the parent(s) about contact with child/ren. 

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant can't approach you or contact you by phone, text message, email, writing, through a third party, or in any other way, except through their lawyer, or to go to court approved counselling or mediation or conciliation or as ordered by a court or as agreed with the other parent.


    Orders about where you cannot go 



    7.


    You must not live at:
    A) the same address as the protected person, or
    B) any place listed here. 

     ​​

    Hint icon This means that the defendant cannot live with you or live at a place that is written in the order.


     8. 


    You must not go into:
    A) any place where the protected person lives, or
    B) any place where they work, or
    C) any place listed here. 



    Hint iconThis means that the defendant cannot come to your home, your work or another address (if specified). If you do not want the defendant to know the address, you should not provide it. If you do not provide your address, the court may not make this order. If you move, the AVO 'follows' you to your new address, and the defendant will be restricted from going there. 


    9.


    You must not go within ________ metres of:
    A) any place where th​e protected person lives, or
    B) any place where they work or
    C) any place listed here. 

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant  must stay a certain distance away from your home, your work or another address (if specified). If you do not want the defendant to know the address, you should not provide it. If you do not provide your address, the court may not make this order. You can nominate how far, for example 50 metres or 100 metres. If you move, the AVO 'follows' you to your new address, and the defendant will be restricted from going there. 


    Orders about weapons 


    10. 

    You must not possess any firearms or prohibited​ weapons. 

     

    Hint iconThis means that the defendant must not have any firearms or prohibited weapons.