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This guide assists Australian Government departments draft criminal offences, infringement notices and enforcement provisions that are intended to become part of Commonwealth law.

It provides information on the types of things to be considered when drafting or changing offences or enforcement powers.

Australian Government departments should refer to the guide when drafting these kinds of provisions.

The guide can be downloaded through the links below:

Update—monetary value of a penalty unit (page 42 of the guide)

On 31 July 2015, the monetary value of a penalty unit increased from $170 to $180 (see section 4AA of the Crimes Act 1914).  The penalty unit will be adjusted every three years from 1 July 2018 in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.

Departments should consult with the Criminal Law and Law Enforcement Branch before proceeding with draft provisions that are inconsistent with certain fundamental principles in the guide.

Enquiries about draft provisions or the guide can be directed to crjd.draftbills@ag.gov.au.