What Is A Peace & Good Behaviour Order?

When it comes to navigating the realms of neighbourhood laws and neighbourhood disputes in QLD, understanding mechanisms for maintaining peace, good behaviour and civility amongst neighbours or adjoining landowners is crucial. A peace and good behaviour order stands out as an essential legal tool designed to preemptively mitigate against potential harm, abuse, intimidation, assault, conflicts and other risks that may escalate into significant legal challenges if not prohibited and abated.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the significance, conditions and legal frameworks of peace and good behaviour orders in Queensland, highlighting their role in the neighbourhood disputes, arising from, for example, disagreements between neighbours over retaining walls, boundaries, dividing fences, encroachments, building works, stormwater, noise, and other private nuisances.

The significance of peace and good behaviour orders

Peace and good behaviour orders are preventive legal orders issued by a court to restrain a person from engaging in harassment, intimidation or any form of violence against another party.

Conditions and legal framework

To obtain a peace and good behaviour order, the applicant must convincingly demonstrate a reasonable fear of the respondent, substantiated by acts of harassment or threats. In the matter of neighbourhood disputes in QLD, such orders can be granted by the Magistrates Court under specific conditions that typically include:

  • Evidence that the respondent’s behaviour instils a legitimate fear for the applicant’s safety or well-being.
  • Proof of past incidents of harassment or the threat of violence.

The legal framework ensures that these orders are not misused and are reserved for situations where there is a genuine need to protect individuals from potential harm. This strict criterion helps maintain the integrity of the process and ensures that the orders serve their intended preventive purpose.

Steps to obtain a peace and good behaviour order

If you are involved in a neighbourhood dispute in QLD and believe you are within your right to obtain a peace and good behaviour order, here are the steps you will need to take:

  1. Evidence collection — Gather all necessary documentation that evidences the conflict or threat, such as communication records, witness statements and any other form of evidence that can substantiate the claim.
  2. Legal consultation — It’s advisable to consult with a legal expert who specialises in QLD neighbourhood disputes like these. A lawyer can provide valuable insights into the likelihood of success for the application based on the evidence and can assist in preparing for the case, including submitting the application.
  3. Court hearing — Once the application is filed, a court date will be set for both parties to present their cases.
  4. Granting of the order — If the court is satisfied with the evidence and arguments presented, it will issue the Peace and Good Behaviour Order. The order will specify the conditions that the respondent must adhere to and the duration of the order.

Application in retaining wall disputes

Retaining wall disputes frequently surface in neighbourhoods or commercial settings, often escalating into complex legal battles. These disputes can arise from disagreements over boundary lines, legal ownership, maintenance responsibilities, or damages from structural and other failures. Utilising peace and good behaviour orders within the retaining walls laws in QLD can serve as an effective strategy to prevent these disputes from deteriorating into hostile confrontations.

For instance, if a property owner perceives threats from a neighbouring property regarding a retaining wall issue, they can seek a peace and good behaviour order to ensure that all discussions and dealings are conducted without aggression or intimidation. This approach aids in amicable dispute resolution and reinforces adherence to the legal standards governing property and civil conduct.

The legal framework surrounding retaining wall disputes

The specific laws, codes and principles that define the legal landscape for retaining wall disputes in Queensland are complex and can give rise to uncertainty among neighbours as to the legal ownership, duties and responsibilities for the retaining wall. This is not uncommon.

In cases where retaining wall disputes escalate beyond simple negotiations or mediation, peace and good behaviour orders can act as a vital intermediary tool to preserve peace and order until a definitive legal resolution is found.

ADVIILAW — helping you navigate the legal system with confidence

Understanding and navigating the complexities of peace and good behaviour orders involved in neighbourhood disputes in QLD requires specialised legal knowledge and expertise. ADVIILAW is a leading litigation law firm with a solid track record in handling such intricate legal matters. Our team is adept at guiding clients through the intricacies of obtaining a peace and good behaviour order.

For landowners confronting potential conflicts that could develop into significant legal disputes, partnering with ADVIILAW ensures access to expert legal advice and support necessary to obtain a peace and good behaviour order.


This commentary is of a general nature only, containing some general information for the reader.

It is not intended to be legal advice, nor can it be relied upon as legal advice, as each case will depend upon its own specific facts, matters and circumstances.

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