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Rallies, demonstrations and processions in malls

If you are planning a procession, rally, demonstration or other such gathering in Queen Street, Valley Malls or Reddacliff Place about matters of public concern under the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992 (PAA) you will need to notify Council at least five working days before the Date of assembly.

It is important to note that there are different requirements if you are proposing the use of a Mall to conduct a non-commercial promotional activity, a pastime or hobby as these are regulated under the Public Land and Council Assets Local Law 2014. Find out more about applying for special events and promotional activities inside malls. 

The Public Assembly Act 1992 applies to:

  • assemblies, such as the Labour Day march
  • rallies and protest demonstrations about public grievances
  • matters of public concern
  • a personal idea or belief
  • a cause such as animal liberation.

The act also protects participants from liability for obstruction of a public place.

The Public Land and Council Assets Local Law (PLACA) regulates activities in Council Malls and require Council consent for activities stated in Table 1 of Schedule 1 of the PLACA and prohibits activities stated in Table 2 of Schedule 1 of the PLACA. The PAA does not remove the requirement for this consent to be obtained.

Assemblies of up to 15 people

Queen Street or Valley malls and Reddacliff Place.

The Queen Street or Valley malls and Reddacliff Place are suitable for small assemblies involving up to 15 people.

If you are organising an assembly, you will need to notify Council a minimum of five business days before the activity by completing the Use of City Malls for Public Assembly online form.

You must also notify Queensland Police. The Notice of Intention to Hold a Public Assembly/Procession form can be downloaded from the 'forms' section of the Queensland Police Service website.

Assemblies of 16 people or more

Reddacliff Place

For assemblies of more than 15 people in Reddacliff Place, you will need to notify Council by completing the Use of City Malls for Public Assembly online form.

You must also notify Queensland Police. The Notice of Intention to Hold a Public Assembly/Procession form can be downloaded from the 'forms' section of the Queensland Police Service website.

More information

You can view the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992 by visiting Queensland Government Legislation.

For more information regarding Peaceful Assembly notifications, phone Council on 07 3403 8888. 

07 August 2018