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Penalty Units

ACT Acts and Regulations use penalty units to describe the amount payable for a fine. Penalty units are used instead of dollar amounts because the rate for penalty units is indexed for inflation and may therefore change.

Section 133 of the Legislation Act 2001, tells you the dollar amount of one penalty unit.

Currently, 1 penalty unit equals $160 for an individual and $810 for a corporation.

To convert the amount in penalty units into a dollar amount, simply multiply $160 (for an individual) by the number of penalty units.

For example, if the maximum penalty is 5 penalty units:

5 x $160 = $800

Therefore, a fine of 5 penalty units would amount to a fine of $800 an individual (or $4,050 for a corporation).

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