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What is a penalty unit?

When an offence under Queensland, or Commonwealth, law carries a fine as a penalty, that fine is almost always calculated on the basis of a ‘penalty unit’ rather than a fixed sum of money.  A separate law then sets the value of a penalty unit at a given time (which allows the value of the fines to be easily adjusted across the board).

This page gives the current values of a penalty unit in Queensland and under Commonwealth law.  If you have any questions in relation to this information feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to help you.

The value of a penalty unit in Queensland is: $130.55

This value is current as at 1 July 2018 but will rise by 3.5% on 1 July 2019 (and annually each year thereafter).

The value of a Commonwealth penalty unit is: $210.

This value is current as at 1 July 2017 but will rise every 3 years from 1 July 2020 in line with CPI. 

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