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 2020 to 30 June 2021, the value of a penalty unit is set at $165.22.
If the offender is under 15 years of age, the maximum fine is one penalty unit for one offence ($165.22 in 2020–21) and two penalty units for multiple offences ($330.44 in 2020–21).
If the offender is 15 years of age or over, the maximum fine is five penalty units for one offence ($811.10 in 2020–21) and up to 10 penalty units for multiple offences ($1,652.20 in 2020–21).
The information on this page (except all logos and any third-party content linked to from this page) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.