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Cross-border Justice

Beyond the border is not beyond the law

The Cross-border Justice Scheme is a historical partnership between Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia which effectively removes their borders in the outback region where they meet.

The objective of the scheme is to minimise the effect of the State and Territory borders in the cross-border region for the purposes of law enforcement and delivery of justice services.

The Cross-border Justice Scheme, which became operative in November 2009, was developed in response to a call from the women and children of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands for help to reduce the prevalence of abuse in their communities.

In an Australian first, there is effectively no legal state boundaries in this region for offenders to cross to escape justice.

Police, magistrates, fines enforcement agencies, community corrections officers and prisons of one jurisdiction are now able deal with offences that may have occurred in another of the participating jurisdictions.

The Cross-border Justice Scheme provides a safer environment for women and children in the Cross-border Justice region and gives communities the confidence to report crimes knowing that the justice system can now follow offenders across the border.

The Western Australian Cross-border Justice Act 2008 is available on the State Law Publisher website.

For more information on the Cross Border Justice Scheme, please visit

Cross Border Justice Region Cross Border Justice Region

Last updated: 16-Apr-2019

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