In Western Australia (WA), we have seen a steep escalation in targeting of some protest groups. Police have been paying particular attention to climate activists.
Police tend to manage planned protests and rallies via direct discussion with activist groups. Typically the process you need to go through to seek “approval” for various events is via local council processes. E.g. to ensure that you can access a regularly used venue such as Forrest Place.
- Information for organising events and protests in WA (March 2022)
- The Environmental Defenders Office has a guide for defamation, protests, petitions
- You can also download the EDO guide on police powers (2023)
To understand your rights, police powers, and common charges for civil disobedience actions/protests, consult our guide Your Rights - A Short Guide for Activists in Western Australia. (updated Jan 2024)