Arson is a serious crime in New South Wales (NSW). It is defined as intentionally setting fire to property or causing a fire to be started, whether to cause damage, harm, or for other reasons.


The NSW Government has implemented various measures to prevent and combat arson, including increased penalties for arson-related offences, training programs for firefighters and other emergency responders, and public education campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of arson.


The NSW Rural Fire Service works closely with the NSW Police Force to investigate suspicious fires and identify any potential arsonists. The NSW Police Force also has a specialist arson unit, known as the Property Crime Squad’s Arson Unit, which investigates serious and complex arson cases.


Arson is a serious crime that can result in significant damage to property, loss of life, and harm to the environment.


The Rural Fires Act 1997 and the Crimes Act 1900 cover the offence of Arson in NSW. This is a very serious offence as it may cause a detrimental impact on people as well as their property. The offence of Arson is also known as “the act of intentionally and maliciously destroying or damaging property through the use of fire” as defined by the Australian Institute of Criminology.


The offence of Arson as noted above is covered (in particular) in the following sections of the Legislation:


·       Section 100 of the Rural Fires Act 1997

·       Section 195 of the Crimes Act 1900

·       Section 196 of the Crimes Act 1900

·       Section 197 of the Crimes Act 1900

·       Section 198 of the Crimes Act 1900

·       Section 203E of the Crimes Act 1900


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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 8th May 2023.


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