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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Penalty Unit) Act 2015 (88 of 2015)

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**Schedule 1
**Amendments

*Crimes Act 1914*

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**4
**At the end of section 4AA

Add:

*Indexation of penalty unit*

(3) On 1 July 2018 and each third 1 July following that day (an *
indexation day
*), the dollar amount mentioned in subsection (1) is replaced by the amount worked out using the following formula:

Indexation Formula

(4) The *
indexation factor
* for an indexation day is the number worked out using the following formula:

Indexation Formula

where:

*
base quarter
* means the March quarter 3 years before the reference quarter.

*
index number
*, for a quarter, means the All Groups Consumer Price Index number (being the weighted average of the 8 capital cities) published by the Australian Statistician for that quarter.

*
March quarter
* means a quarter ending on 31 March.

*
reference quarter
* means the March quarter immediately before the indexation day.

(5) An indexation factor is to be calculated to 3 decimal places (rounding up if the fourth decimal place is 5 or more).

(6) Amounts worked out under subsection (3) are to be rounded to the nearest whole dollar (rounding 50 cents upwards).

(7) Calculations under subsection (4):

(a) are to be made using only the index numbers published in terms of the most recently published index reference period; and

(b) are to be made disregarding index numbers that are published in substitution for previously published index numbers (except where the substituted numbers are published to take account of changes in the index reference period).

*Application of indexed penalty unit*

(8) If the dollar amount mentioned in subsection (1) is increased in accordance with subsection (3), the increased amount only applies to offences committed on or after the indexation day.

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