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Bigger fines for offensive conduct

Published 31st March, 2014 in Police & Justice

From Monday 31 March, increased on-the-spot fines of up to $1100 will be handed out to anyone engaging in drunken or anti-social behaviour. 

Police Officers at public event
Police Officers at public event

The new penalties are part of the Government’s crackdown on public drug and alcohol fuelled violence. Under the new scheme, criminal infringement notices for offensive language and offensive behaviour will rise to $500, while continued intoxicated and disorderly behaviour after a direction to ‘move on’ will attract a fine of $1100.

Attorney General Greg Smith SC announced the scheme as the latest step in the government’s mission to target drunken behaviour on NSW streets. The announcement follows the recent implementation of new alcohol laws, which include 1.30am lockouts and mandatory minimum sentences for fatal one punch attacks.

The new penalty structure will be:

Criminal Infringement
Notice type

Old fine

New fine from 31/3

Offensive language



Offensive conduct



Continuation of intoxicated and disorderly behaviour following move on direction



“The message to drunken thugs is clear: violent, offensive and anti-social behaviour simply won’t be tolerated. Anyone ignoring that message should prepare to learn a very expensive lesson,” Mr Smith said. 

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher said police, armed with greater powers and more resources would be out on the streets actively enforcing the new fines.

Image credit: Thomas La Mela /

Published 31st March, 2014 in Police & Justice
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