​​​​​​​​​What is a Protective Security Zone?

Protective security zones, or PSZs, are areas where police are able to apply additional powers aimed at keeping the community safe.

The community should be aware that when entering or inside a PSZ, police have the ability to quickly and efficiently search people, vehicles and places as needed in an effort to keep the public safe (Chapter 19A, Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000). There are no restrictions to entering, being in or leaving a PSZ.

Specifically, in these PSZs, police officers will be able to:

  • ​conduct a frisk search of persons without warrant;
  • stop, search and detain vehicles entering or in the zone without warrant;
  • enter and search premises including land associated with premises without warrant, but cannot enter residential premises unless with the occupier's consent or with reasonable suspicion;
  • give a general direction to persons (individually or in a group) in a public place for the safety and security of persons including giving a direction to move to another location or leave the zone; and
  • use firearms and explosives detection dogs to search public places, premises that are not residences and yards of private places. ​​
These additional powers only apply in the PSZs, and will lapse one week after the Games conclude. 

How will you know if you're in a PSZ?​​​ 

PSZs cover land and water. They include public transport infrastructure and part of the public transport network associated with, or used to transport members of the public to or from the Commonwealth Games.

A map overview of all PSZs is available at this link.

Maps for each of the PSZs and their activation dates are available below (click on the PSZ name to view the map). This information is drawn from Schedule 1A and Schedule 1B of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Regulation 2012 and is reproduced here pursuant to s.20G of the Regulation.

​PART 1 - GOLD COAST VENUES
​PERIOD
Broadbeach Precinct
1 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Carrara Sports Precinct
1 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Commonwealth Games Village Precinct
10 March 2018 to 18 April 2018
Coolangatta Beachfront
6 April 2018 to 12 April 2018
Coomera Indoor Sports Centre
5 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Currumbin Beachfront
8 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Cycling Road Race Course
14 April 2018
Cycling Time Trial Course
10 April 2018
Games Family Hotel
21 March 2018 to 16 April 2018
Marathon Course
15 April 2018
Nerang Mountain Biking
12 April 2018
Oxenford Studios
5 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Robina Stadium
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Southport Broadwater Precinct
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Surfers Paradise Festival Live Site
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Triathlon Field of Play
5 April 2018 to 7 April 2018




​PART 2 - BRISBANE VENUES
​PERIOD
Brisbane Venues
5 April 2018 to 14 April 2018
South Bank Games Festival
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018




​PART 3 - TOWNSVILLE VENUES
​PERIOD
Townsville Games Festival
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Townsville Venues CBD
31 March 2018 to 11 April 2018
Townsville Venues Entertainment Centre
31 March 2018 to 11 April 2018




​PART 4 - CAIRNS VENUES
​PERIOD
Cairns Games Festival
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Cairns Venues
31 March 2018 to 11 April 2018



​PART 5 - HEAVY RAIL AND LIGHT RAIL NETWORKS
​PERIOD
Gold Coast Train Line—Heavy Rail Network
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Gold Coast Light Rail Network (G:Link)
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018
Helensvale Transport Hub
4 April 2018 to 15 April 2018