Fines are monetary penalties. Judges and magistrates can impose a fine with or without recording a conviction. They can also combine fines with other orders, for example, imprisonment.
Judges and magistrates have the discretion to impose a fine up to the maximum penalty for the offence.
The maximum amount of a fine is described in penalty units. A penalty unit is an amount of money set by parliament each year. For the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022, the value of a penalty unit is set at $181.74.
In Victoria, the penalty scale for fines has 11 levels. The penalty units for each level and the corresponding monetary value for 2021–22 are outlined in the table below.
Table: Penalty scale for fines in Victoria
|Level||Penalty units||Monetary value 2021-22|
|Level 1||There is no provision for a fine to be given for a Level 1 offence|
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