Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 No 156
Current version for 14 May 2020 to date (accessed 16 July 2020 at 22:51)
Chapter 5 Part 5.6 Division 3 Section 144AB
144AB   Repeat waste offenders
(1)  For the purposes of this section, a waste offence is an offence against any of the following provisions of this Act—
(a)  section 120 (1) (where waters are polluted by waste),
(b)  section 142A (1),
(c)  section 143 (1),
(d)  section 144 (1),
(e)  section 144AAA (1),
(f)  section 144AAB.
(2)  A person commits an offence against this section if the person is an individual who—
(a)  has been convicted of a waste offence, and
(b)  commits a waste offence on a separate subsequent occasion within 5 years after that conviction.
Maximum penalty—The maximum monetary penalty provided by this Act for the commission of the waste offence by an individual or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.
(3)  A reference in this section to a conviction for a waste offence includes a conviction before or after the commencement of this section and a conviction for an offence against this section.
(4)  If the court is satisfied that a person charged with an offence against this section is not guilty of that offence but is satisfied on the evidence that the person is guilty of the waste offence to which the charge relates, the court may find the person guilty of the waste offence, and the person is liable to punishment accordingly.
(5)  Proceedings for an offence against this section may not be dealt with before the Local Court despite section 215.