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COMMONWEALTH PENALTY UNITS INCREASE

Friday, 21 July 2017

The value of Commonwealth penalty units for offences and charges covered by Commonwealth penalty units has increased from 1 July 2017.

From 1 July 2017, a Commonwealth penalty unit will increase from $180 to $210.

The Government said, “Penalty units ensure a range of Commonwealth fines and penalties can keep pace with inflation without the need for frequent amendments to law.”

In future the government will automatically index penalty units every three years based on the consumer price index. This will start from 1 July 2020.

The changes were made by the Crimes Amendment (Penalty Unit) Act 2017, which amended the Crimes Act 1914 to increase the amount of the Commonwealth penalty unit to $210, with effect from 1 July 2017. It also changed the first automatic adjustment of the penalty unit to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) until 1 July 2020, with indexation to occur on 1 July every three years thereafter.

The Bill was passed by the Senate on 11 May and received Royal Assent on 19 May.

 

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ATO: Commonwealth penalty units

Parliament of Australia: Crimes Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2017

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