In Queensland, the Criminal Code defines serious assault as an aggravated form of common assault. Again, there need not be any identifiable visible injury sustained by a person, but there does need to be a circumstance of aggravation. The circumstances of aggravation giving rise to this offence can occur in one or more of the following situations:
Where the assault is upon a police officer;
- Where the assault is upon a person over 60 years of age;
- Where the assault is upon a disabled person; and/or
- Where the assault occurs in a correctional facility.
Given there is a circumstance of aggravation that separates this offence from one of common assault, the maximum penalties imposed by law are higher.