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Value of penalty units set to increase from July

29 June 2015

From Wednesday 1 July 2015, individuals found in breach of most State and Local Government laws will face higher penalties after the Queensland Government amended the value of a penalty unit prescribed in the Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2005 from $113.85 to $117.80.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown said each financial year the State Government, under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, determines whether or not the value of the prescribed penalty unit needs to be increased.

“In Queensland the issuing of some fines is based on a system of penalty units, which is a set amount of money used to determine the value of each fine. The fine is calculated by multiplying the set value of one penalty unit by the number of penalty units prescribed for that offence,” he said.

“Following recent amendments to the Penalties and Sentence Regulation 2005, the value of a penalty unit will increase by $3.95, from $113.85 to $117.80, effective from Wednesday 1 July. This increase is applicable to both State legislation and Western Downs Regional Council’s Local Laws.

“For example, if an individual is found failing to comply with permit conditions for a menacing dog under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, on or after 1 July, they will be issued a penalty infringement notice that is still worth 7 penalty units, but the value will be $824, up from $796.

“Periodical increases to the prescribed value of a penalty unit, maintains the intended deterrent and punishment effect of fines and penalty infringement notices issued by the State Government and Council.”

Please note that when the penalty unit value is applied to offences enforced through the issuing of penalty infringement notices, the amount of the fine is rounded down to the nearest dollar.

For more information on penalties and sentencing in Queensland or to view the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 visit the State Government’s website

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