The legal situation in Australia for laser pointers is confusing and no one seems to know exactly what is going on so Iíve contacted the authorities in each state for laws on laser pointers.
Iíve listed below the results that show clearly what exactly the laws are for laser pointers in Australia
South Australia No
Western Australia No
Northern Territory Yes
Now for the details of laws on laser pointers for each state
Victoria Police: Illegal to own, posses and trade
The Victorian Department of Justice: listed as a prohibited weapon
The Victorian Radiation Act 2005: laser pointers are illegal
New South Wales
Laser pointers are not prohibited weapons.
N.S.W. Police: Laser pointers are legal according to them but they were uncertain
Law Access: No laws on laser pointers
N.S.W. Hazardous Materials & Radiation Section: Now laws on laser pointers
Queensland Police: Not a weapon and no laws specifically covering laser pointers.
Department of Health-Radiation Health: Only laws for class four medical lasers
S.A. Police: Not illegal
State Radiation Authorities: Laser pointers of more than 1mW are illegal to own, use and trade
W.A. Pol.ice: No laws governing laser pointers regardless of power levels
Radiation Safety Act 1975: Cannot own,. sell or posses laser pointers. Licenses are required for class 3B or higher
N.T. Police: No laws covering laser pointers
Department of Health and Community Services: No laws on laser pointers.
Tasmanian Police: They did not know
Department of Health and Human Services: Radiation Protection Act 2005 need a license to buy, own and sell laser pointers
Federal Police: Were not sure, under the impression that they are not illegal
Fair Trading Department: Anything higher than class 1 or 2 is illegal in federal territory
A national directory for radiation protection and the National Radiation Protection Act 2004 are going to be enacted at the end of 2006 or early 2007. The result will be that nationwide class 3B or higher will need to be licensed.