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Indexation of fees and penalties

Victorian Government departments and agencies charge fees for services and regulatory purposes, including licensing and registering certain activities, and fines for improper conduct and to discourage unlawful behaviour.

Fees and fines are officially set and revised by legislation relevant to their application.

The Victorian Government has a policy of indexing certain fees and fines each year. For further explanation on fees and fines, see the fact sheet under related publications.

1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022

  • value of a fee unit is $15.03; and
  • value of a penalty unit is $181.74

These rates are specified in Gazette Number S233 dated 20 May 2021

1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

  • value of a fee unit is $14.81; and
  • value of a penalty unit is $165.22

These rates are specified in Gazette Number G16 dated 23 April 2020

1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020

  • value of a fee unit is $14.81; and
  • value of a penalty unit is $165.22

These rates are specified in Gazette Number G14 dated 4 April 2019

1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019

  • value of a fee unit is $14.45; and
  • value of a penalty unit is $161.19

These rates are specified in Special Gazette Number S145 dated 29 March 2018

1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018

  • value of a fee unit is $14.22; and
  • value of a penalty unit is $158.57

These rates are specified in General Gazette Number G13 dated 30 March 2017

1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

  • value of a fee unit is $13.94; and
  • value of a penalty unit is $155.46

These rates are specified in General Gazette Number G15 dated 14 April 2016

1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

  • value of a fee unit is $13.60; and
  • value of a penalty unit is $151.67

These rates are specified in Special Gazette Number S86 dated 17 April 2015

Automatically indexed fees and fines

Lists of the automatically indexed fees and fines which contribute to the Victorian Government's public account can be found on departmental websites.

Although all departments make the lists as accurate and complete as possible, updates and revisions may be necessary. To view the lists follow the relevant links below.

Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance are not responsible for any relevant fees or fines and therefore have no list to publish.

Fees and fines fact sheet

See the fact sheet for more information about fees and fines.

Cost Recovery Guidelines

DTF has developed guidelines to clarify the Government’s policy principles underpinning cost recovery arrangements.

The guidelines provide a rigorous framework for use by government entities when considering, developing and reviewing user charges and regulatory fees.

They ensure that cost recovery arrangements in Victoria are transparent, efficient, effective and consistent with legislative requirements and government policy.

In Section 5.2 of the guidelines, the 'annual rate' is fixed by the Treasurer pursuant to section 5(4) of the Monetary Units Act 2004.

For the purposes of section 8(1)(d) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994, the Treasurer has set the approved annual rate for increasing fees in 2021-22 at 1.50 per cent.

This rate of 1.50 per cent is relevant to:

  • determining the maximum amount that fees can be increased in the next financial year without the obligation for a Regulatory Impact Statement to be completed (section 8(1)(d) of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994).

Pricing for Value Guide

The Pricing for Value Guide will replace the Cost Recovery Guidelines on 1 July 2021.

The guide is intended to improve consistency and capability in price-setting across government.

The guide updates pricing principles to align with current best practice and provides practical step-by-step guidance for undertaking pricing reviews.

The guide will help departments and agencies use pricing to recover the costs of regulating and delivering services, and as a tool to support policy objectives.

Reviewed 13/08/2021
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