Penalty Units

In Queensland, legislation and regulations prescribe a Penalty Unit as a form of punishment. Penalty units are a set amount of money used to calculate a fine for an offender. As of June 2018 in Queensland, the penalty unit value is $130.55.

To convert a penalty unit into a fixed dollar amount, simply multiply the value of 1 penalty unit ($130.55) by the number of penalty units set for that crime. For example, if a person were charged with driving while disqualified, a maximum of 60 penalty units would apply. To convert the penalty units into a dollar amount: 60 x 130.55 = $7,833. Therefore, the maximum fine for the offence would be $7,833.

Legislation and regulations provide an equivalent jail sentence if an offender does not have capacity or is unwilling to pay an imposed fine. A judge or magistrate may also activate a prison term if it is a more suitable punishment.



If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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