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Penalty units

    (1)     In a law, if a penalty for an offence is expressed as a number (whether whole or fractional) of penalty units, the penalty for the offence is a fine of that number of penalty units.

    (2)     A "penalty unit" is—

        (a)     for an offence committed by an individual—$160; or

        (b)     for an offence committed by a corporation—$810.


‘Maximum penalty:  10 penalty units.' means that a person who is convicted of the relevant offence is liable to a maximum fine of 10 penalty units.

              •     If the person is an individual, the maximum fine is, therefore, $1 600 ($160 x 10).

              •     If the person is a corporation, the maximum fine is, therefore, $8 100 ($810 x 10).

    (3)     The Attorney-General must review the amount of a penalty unit at least once every 4 years after the day this subsection commences.

    (4)     This section is a determinative provision.

Note     See s 5 for the meaning of determinative provisions, and s 6 for their displacement.

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