(1) If for any reason it is impracticable to serve a document in the manner required by section 162, a magistrate may order that such steps be taken as specified in the order for the purposes of bringing the document to the notice of the person to be served.
(2) If a magistrate makes an order under subsection (1), he or she may order that the document be taken to have been served on the happening of any specified event, or on the expiry of any specified time.
(3) A magistrate may make an order under subsection (1) notwithstanding that the person to be served is out of Victoria or was out of Victoria when the proceeding commenced.
S. 163A inserted by No. 32/2006 s. 51.