Penalties - Fair trading

About penalties

This section outlines the maximum penalties that can be imposed for specific breaches of the:

  • Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Vic), which governs trader conduct in Victoria and
  • Competition and Consumer Act 2010 Schedule 2 - Australian Consumer Law (the Australian Consumer Law or ACL), which governs trader conduct in Australia and is applied as a law of Victoria by Part 2.2 of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012.

The penalty amounts listed are current as at 1 July 2013.

Breaches may not necessarily result in the penalty described in the table but are the maximum penalty that may be imposed by a court following the finding of a breach or contravention.

Consumer Affairs Victoria has a range of options available when considering how best to respond to identified non-compliance. For more information, view our Compliance and enforcement policy page.

It is your responsibility to understand your legal obligations, including any amendments or updates to relevant legislation.

You must also refer to any other Acts that set the rules and obligations around your business. For more information, view our Legislation administered by Consumer Affairs Victoria page.

Types of penalties

Penalties under the Australian Consumer Law - Competition and Consumer Act 2010 Schedule 2

Penalties under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Vic)

Last updated: 26/03/2015

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