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Increase in value of local law penalty unit

Purpose

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments that the value of the local law penalty unit will increase to $110 effective from 1 March 2013 for most local governments.

Background

In 2012, the Queensland Government amended the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 to increase the value of a penalty unit to $110 effective 21 August 2012. This applies to offences under most state legislation.

The Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 also applies to local law offences, however, an amendment to the Penalty and Sentences Regulation 2005 is required to increase the value of a penalty unit for a local law offence.

Overview

The Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2005 was amended on 31 January 2013 to increase the value of the penalty unit applicable to local laws and local law infringement notices to $110 effective from 1 March 2013. This applies to all local governments excluding the following local governments that chose to 'opt-out' of the increase:

  • Aurukun Shire Council
  • Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Quilpie Shire Council
  • Torres Shire Council
  • Torres Strait Island Regional Council
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

For the 12 local governments that chose to 'opt-out' of the increase, the value of the local law penalty unit remains at $75. It should be noted the increase to $110 only applies to offences committed on or after 1 March 2013.

Further information

Any further enquiries on this matter should be directed to Bill Hastie, Manager (Policy), Department of Local Government, on (07) 3239 3628 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.