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Northern Territory Recording Laws

Northern Territory Recording Laws

In Australia’s Northern Territory, it is against the law to record a private conversation when you are not a party to the conversation and without the express or implied consent of all parties to the conversation. This is according to the Surveillance Devices Act 2007 (NT).

Northern Territory Video Recording Laws

Unless you are recording in a public place where there is no expectation of privacy, the Northern Territory Video Recording Laws will tend to fall under the much stricter audio recording laws wherein: It is illegal to observe or visually record a private activity to which you’re not a party to and without the express or implied consent of all parties to the activity.

Laws Concerning Use of body-worn video by police in the Northern Territory

Police officers wearing body cams are required to:

  • To use them only when executing their duties.
  • The body-cams are obviously visible.
  • To be in police uniform or provide evidence the officer is a police officer to all parties to the private activity or private conversation that is to be recorded.

Northern Territory Publishing Laws

It is illegal to communicate or publish a record or report of a recorded private conversation or activity unless:

  • The communication or publication is made with implied or express content of all parties to the conversation or activity.
  • The communication or publication is in the public interest or in the lawful interest of the publisher.

Northern Territory Recording Laws Penalties

Violating the territory’s recording laws may be punishable by a maximum penalty of 250 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years.

Other Australian Laws