Fines are monetary fines (criminal penalty) imposed by courts in criminal proceedings. Criminal standard of proof is required.
The maximum penalties per breach of the ACL including unconscionable conduct, making false or misleading representations, and supplying consumer goods or certain services that do not comply with safety standards or which are banned:
For corporations, will be the greater of:
Where the ACCC has reasonable grounds to believe a person has breached the provisions of the ACL it can issue an Infringement Notice in respect of the following:
The penalty amount in each infringement notice will vary, depending on the alleged contravention, but in most cases is fixed at:
for each alleged contravention.
In connection with substantiation notices, the infringement notice penalty amount for failure to comply with a substantiation notice is:
The infringement notice penalty amount for providing false or misleading information, under a substantiation notice, is $10 500 for a corporation and $2 100 for an individual.