There are many examples of peaceful protest being used as a means of achieving social and environmental change. This fact sheet is designed for people who are organising or involved in peaceful protests, rallies or marches. It has been compiled to inform people about the law and legal procedures which may be relevant to protests and activism. The overriding principle which should guide peaceful protests is non-violence.

This Fact Sheet does not address legal issues relating to other types of public gatherings, such as sporting events, industrial pickets, concerts or other recreational activities. See also Fact Sheet: Defamation and safe speech.