Fine

Fines are monetary penalties that can be imposed in addition to or instead of another order, with or without recording a conviction.

Judges and magistrates have the discretion to impose a fine up to the maximum penalty for the offence. Court fines differ from infringement penalties (such as for minor traffic offences), which are fixed amounts.

The maximum amount of a fine is described in penalty units. A penalty unit is an amount of money set by parliament, and it increases every year. For the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, the value of a penalty unit is set at $161.19. For the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, the value of a penalty unit is set at $165.22.

As with terms of imprisonment, fines are set out in a penalty scale. There are 11 levels for fines in Victoria. The penalty units for each level and the corresponding monetary value for 2018–19 and 2019-20 are outlined below.

Level Penalty units Monetary value 2018–19 Monetary value 2019–20
Level 1 There is no provision for a fine
to be given for a Level 1 offence
Level 2 3,000 $483,570.00 $495,660.00
Level 3 2,400 $386,856.00 $396,528.00
Level 4 1,800 $290,142.00 $297,396.00
Level 5 1,200 $193,428.00 $198,264.00
Level 6 600 $96,714.00 $99,132.00
Level 7 240 $38,685.60 $39,652.80
Level 8 120 $19,342.80 $19,826.40
Level 9 60 $9,671.40 $9,913.20
Level 10 10 $1,611.90 $1,652.20
Level 11 5 $805.95 $826.10
Level 12 1 $161.19 $165.22

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