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It is not as exciting as it sounds - but I will try to make it interesting. Last night I took some photos in the street behind my house using my tripod and some people called the police about it. They reported the car registration. The reason I was taking the photos was because I have to do a photo assignment for a course I am doing and the assignment involves exploring my neighborhood - no more than 500 meters from my house. Anyway, to cut a long and quite boring story short, I got a call from the police tonight saying I had been reported. Actually, they thought it was my dad because of the car rego - but I fessed up and said it was me. I explained to them what I was doing and they still told me not to do it again. I asked them if the incident would remain on record and they told me the complaint would - even though what I did was legal. After that, I decided to go down to the police station because I didn't want the incident to remain on record. I haven't done anything wrong. The police were having none of it. Whilst I was technically doing nothing wrong, I was 'acting suspicious'. Apparently there has been a lot of break and enters recently. I don't know what that has to do with me taking photos. It was also made quite plain to me that they thought I was a little odd - I mean why the F would anyone want to take photos of the street/house (ps. I wasn't on anyone's property nor sticking my camera over anyone's fence). Anyway, I said I was going to go back in the street and take the photos I needed to take for my course and the police nicely said they could look into that amounting to harassment or intimidation! Naturally, I got really riled up and then I started to cry!!!!! (at least I can admit it) - so I got out of there. Anyway, the photos were crap so I am just going to have to go back tomorrow night and take some more!!
There is no restriction on taking photographs of people on private property frompublic property. According to Victoria Park Racing and Recreation Grounds Co Ltd v Taylor (1937) there is no freedom from view, so people who are photographed on their property from a public location have no legal claim against you if what is captured in the photograph can be seen from the street.
Originally posted by TKDRL
reply to post by lavenlaar
You should see how we get treated at monuments and federal property.
It is illegal to enter certain property belonging to the government such as railway yards, electrical power stations and military bases. Trespassing in these areas may lead to arrest and prosecution. For example, under the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth) it is an offence to gain unlawful entry into a "prohibited area" (including flying over it), punishable by imprisonment. The Minister can declare any area of land or water "prohibited" if it is necessary for Commonwealth defence. The same applies for taking a photograph of the area or anything in it. Merely possessing a camera while in a "prohibited area" can also result in imprisonment. Four Christian Pacifist activists were prosecuted under this Act for trespassing on the US Pine Gap military base in Australia and taking photographs in October 2006.
It is also illegal to photograph any defence installation in Australia under the Defence Act 1903 (Cth). Your photos, camera and film can be confiscated and destroyed, and you can face potential fines or imprisonment. You can even be arrested without a warrant. Always obey any warning signs displayed at such locations as you can be penalised even if you haven’t taken any photos, but have photography equipment in your possession.