Under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic), the Children’s Court can impose a monetary penalty on a child who has been found guilty of an offence.
Around 4% of cases in the Children’s Court receive a fine (2019–20).
As with the maximum amount of a fine for adults, the maximum amount of a fine for children 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.
If the offender is under 15 years of age, the maximum fine is one penalty unit for one offence ($181.74 in 2021–22) and two penalty units for multiple offences ($363.48 in 2021–22).
If the offender is 15 years of age or over, the maximum fine is five penalty units for one offence ($908.70 in 2021–22) and up to 10 penalty units for multiple offences ($1,817.40 in 2021–22).
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