Prison terms for out-of-control 'Facebook Parties'

PARENTS who let their children organise out-of-control Facebook parties could face jail time and a hefty fine under proposed Queensland laws.

Police could also recover costs from party organisers for the time it takes to break up the out-of-control events.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey revealed the Queensland Police Service was drawing up the sweeping penalties in new legislation to be presented to Cabinet in the next few months.

The proposals include slapping the parents of party organisers with a $12,100 fine or 12 months behind bars if they allow their children to organise the events.

Party organisers could face up to three years' jail and an $18,150 fine if they hold their event without lawful authority.

Mr Dempsey said the community was sick of unruly parties.

"Increasingly, with the advent of social media, police are being called to parties where gatecrashers, violence or the sheer number of people, have contributed to an event becoming out of hand," Mr Dempsey said.

"I have had enough, police have had enough and the community has had enough of alcohol and drug-fuelled violence stemming from suburban parties and we want to put legislation in place to protect our communities.

"This government is going to hit the party hosts in the hip pocket or put them behind bars to give them a little time to think about their actions."

DJs at unruly parties who refuse to turn off the music and other guests who ignore police directions to move on could also be fined more than $12,000.

Mr Dempsey said QPS already monitored social networks for illegal activities ranging from social media gatherings to child exploitation.

Proposed penalties:

  • A person who organises a party that becomes an out-of-control event faces a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment or 110 penalty units ($12,100)
  • If a minor is found guilty of organising an out-of-control party and cannot pay the costs of the police response, the court will be able to call on a parent to show cause why they should not be made to pay if the court considers that the parent may have contributed to the offence by not adequately supervising the minor.
  • If a parent permits a child to organise an event, or permits the event to occur, and the event becomes out-of-control they face 12 months imprisonment or 110 penalty units ($12,100)
  • Gate crashers causing a party to become out-of-control face a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment or 110 penalty units ($12,100)
  •  Disobeying a direction relating to an out-of-control event attracts a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment or 110 penalty units ($12,100)
  • Disobeying a direction relating to an out-of-control event with aggression and violence attracts a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment or 165 penalty units ($18,150)
  • Per hour cost recovery charged to party organiser(s) for police required to disperse out-of-control events