Swearing in a public place can now land you in a lot of crisis and even in debt. While it’s commonly used to defend oneself when frustrated or being lied against, it is currently seen as an offense or perhaps considered illegal in parks, restaurants, beaches and in many other public places.
Presently illegal across Australia, the summary offenses Act of the 1988 states ‘a person must not use offensive language in or near, or within hearing from, a public place or at school.’.
Victoria and Queensland also consider swearing as offensive, threatening, violent, disorderly and indecent.
However, any individual caught in the New South Wales swearing in public is fined up to $660 and might even be assigned a 100-hour task of community service.
On the other hand, any individual caught in South Australia pays a maximum fee of $1250 for swearing or gets a three-month jail term.