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Training role-play #7 - Identification

Identification (10 minutes)

There is no obligation to carry or show identification in Australia, EXCEPT:

  • if you are driving a motor vehicle you must show licence, insurance, registration passengers do not need to identify themselves.
  • if you have committed an offence, you are under obligation to identify yourself refusal can lead to charges of obstruction and/or failure to identify and you can be arrested or detained until you identify yourself.
  • if you are in a location not accessible to minors (bar, restricted movie, etc.) you may have to show proof of age.

Police officers are under the obligation to identify themselves, at least by giving you their name, station and badge number. Don't hesitate to ask them to identify themselves, and write down the number (or memorise it).