Criminal Code Act 1995

Schedule - The Criminal Code  

Section 3


Part 9.1 - Serious drug offences  

Division 308 - Possession offences  

SECTION 308.2   Possessing controlled precursors  

A person commits an offence if:

(a) the person possesses a substance; and

(b) the person intends to use any of the substance to manufacture a controlled drug; and

(c) the substance is a controlled precursor.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years or 400 penalty units, or both.

The fault element for paragraph (1)(c) is recklessness.

For the purposes of proving an offence against subsection (1), if:

(a) a person possessed a substance; and

(b) a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory required the possession to be authorised (however described); and

(c) the possession was not so authorised;

the person is taken to have possessed the substance with the intention of using some or all of the substance to manufacture a controlled drug.

Subsection (3) does not apply if the person proves that he or she did not have that intention.


A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (4) (see section 13.4 ).

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