Fines for Young People

Under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, the Children’s Court can impose a monetary penalty on a child found guilty of an offence.

As with fines for adults, 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 2016 to 30 June 2017, the value of a penalty unit is set at $155.46.

If the offender is under 15 years of age, the maximum fine is one penalty unit for one offence and two penalty units for multiple offences.

If the offender is 15 years of age or over, the maximum fine is five penalty units for one offence and up to 10 penalty units for multiple offences.

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