According to the latest budget handed down on Tuesday night from Treasurer Joe Hockey, penalty units (ie. fines) for breaching federal laws are set to rise from $170.00 to $180.00 (per unit) from 31 July 2015.

 The maximum penalty for a breach of the Fair Work Act 2009 is:

  • 300 penalty units for a corporation; and
  • 60 penalty units for an individual.

This means that corporations and individuals may now face fines of up to $54,000 and $10,800 respectively.

The government has also announced that it intends to introduce ongoing indexation of penalty units based on the Consumer Price Index (to occur on 1 July every three years).

If you would like further information on employment, industrial relations and OH&S, please contact:

Jim Rutherford
Harwood Andrews
T: 03 5226 8579

Sonia McCabe
Senior Associate
Harwood Andrews
T: 03 5226 8558