Penalty units

Some amounts of money in Northern Territory (NT) legislation are shown as penalty units rather than dollars.

For example, if you are fined in the NT, you will be charged in penalty units rather than dollar amounts.

A penalty unit is a set amount of money used to work out each fine.

How much is a penalty unit

The value of a monetary unit is calculated in line with changes to Darwin's Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For more information on CPI, go to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

How to calculate

Your fine is calculated by multiplying the value of a single unit by the number of penalty units for each offence.

Read the Penalty Units Act 2009.

The table below shows value of penalty units for each financial year since the start of the legislation.

Date Value of penalty unit
1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 $158
1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 $157
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 $155
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 $154
1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 $154
1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 $153
1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015 $149
1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 $144
1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 $141
1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 $137
1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 $133
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 $130

Last updated: 23 June 2020

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