Assault on emergency workers – 13 November 2018

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 came into force on 13 November 2018. The Act creates a statutory aggravating factor: Offence was committed against an emergency worker acting in the exercise of functions as such a worker.

The court must apply the aggravating factor to a range of offences:

The sentencing guidelines have been updated to reflect the legislation.