Criminal Law in Australia, 2nd edition

Criminal Law in Australia, 2nd edition is an engaging introduction to criminal law in all Australian jurisdictions

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409350173
Release Date: October 31, 2019
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409350180
Release Date: November 14, 2019
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Criminal Law in Australia provides a clear and accessible introduction to the substantive criminal law in all states and territories of Australia.  It encompasses general principles of criminal liability, the major categories of criminal offences, liability for attempts and accessorial liability and concludes with a discussion of the major defences. Interesting scenario problems with suggested responses demonstrate the application of the law in practice. Although primarily written for students, this book is a useful resource for anyone seeking to understand criminal law in Australia.

The second edition has comprehensively updated coverage for all Australian jurisdictions, including the following developments:

  • Sexual assault and cognate offences, including affirmative consent provisions
  • Homicide, including supply of drugs causing death
  • Drug Offences, including reforms allowing for the use of medicinal cannabis
  • Defences, including self-defence in Victoria
  • Reforms to the law of complicity


  • assist readers to understand criminal law principles
  • clearly sets out the mens rea, actus reus and substantive law
  • includes flowcharts, tables and diagrams
  • sample problem with suggested resolution for each chapter

Related Titles

Burton, LexisNexis Questions and Answers: Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia, 2nd ed, 2015
Hemming, Feld & Anthony, Criminal Procedure in Australia, 2nd ed, 2019
Hickie & Lloyd, LexisNexis Questions and Answers: Criminal Law for Common Law States, 2nd ed, 2014


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Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction

  1. Introduction

Part 2 Offences Against the Person

  1. Assaults

  2. Sexual Offences

  3. Homicide

Part 3 Property Offences

  1. Property Offences in New South Wales

  2. Property Offences in the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria

  3. Property Offences in Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania

Part 4 Strict Liability

  1. Strict Liability

Part 5 Drug Offences

  1. Drug Offences

Part 6 Attempts and Complicity

  1. Attempts

  2. Participation in Crime

Part 7 Defences

  1. Provocation

  2. Self-defence

  3. Mistake and Criminal Responsibility

  4. Mental Impairment and Related Defences