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One party every two weeks shut down
Move on: Police shut down a party. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

Police are shutting down nearly one out-of-control party every fortnight and are recouping an average $3500 from convicted party hosts, new figures show.

Since the out-of-control gatherings legislation came into effect in December 2012, 28 parties have been declared out-of-control by police.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said she thought 28 parties "was a lot" but it was fewer than she expected and credited the legislation as being a strong deterrent.

"(Before the legislation) pretty much every weekend pol-ice were getting two or three of these big out-of-control gatherings that they were finding a huge difficultly in managing, and there was terrible fallout in the communities in which these parties were being held," she said.

Six people have been convicted of holding an out-of-control gathering and of those, three were ordered by a magistrate to pay police for their time and efforts in shutting their parties down.

Those compensation orders have totalled $10,551, with the average order paid by a host being $3517.

More than a dozen juveniles have been charged or dealt with after hosting out-of-control gatherings.

One child was referred to the juvenile justice team and 10 were dealt with via a juvenile caution.

Two teenagers responsible for allegedly hosting an Australia Day gathering at Peppermint Grove are due to face court this month.

Three parents have also been charged after they gave permission for their children to allegedly organise a party which became an out-of-control gathering.

"I think this has sent a strong message to parents and to young people," Mrs Harvey said. "While young people may still make some silly decisions around certain things, I think parents are certainly more aware that they can be culpable for the actions of their children.

"But for young people as well, they will find themselves before the courts if they are found to be guilty or they are charged with hosting one of these gatherings."