The fine amount for an offence under Queensland State legislation and the laws of local governments is identified as a penalty unit. Queensland's Penalties and Sentences (Penalty Unit Value) Amendment Regulation 2022 defines the dollar value of a penalty unit. This is subject to a yearly review by the State Treasurer.
As of 1 July 2022, the value of a penalty unit is $143.75.
The Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015 also defines how to calculate the fine amount. The number of penalty units attributed to the offence is multiplied by the value of a penalty unit. The final amount is then rounded down to the nearest whole dollar.
- a fine of 1 penalty unit is $143 (rounded down from $143.75)
- a fine of 2 penalty units is $287 (rounded down from $287.50).
|Number of Penalty Units||Fine Amount|
|1 penalty unit||$143.00|
|2 penalty units||$287.00|
|4 penalty units||$575.00|
|5 penalty units||$718.00|
|10 penalty units||$1,437.00|
|20 penalty units||$2,875.00|
|30 penalty units||$4,312.00|
|40 penalty units||$5,750.00|
|50 penalty units||$7,187.00|
|75 penalty units||$10,781.00|
Some councils choose not to increase the penalty unit value for fines related to their local laws and it remains at $75. These councils are listed in Schedule 2 of the Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015.