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Penalties

Individuals

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by individuals?

Section 70.2 of the Criminal Code provides a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of A$1.7 million or both. 

Companies or organisations

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by companies or organisations?

Section 70.2 of the code provides that a corporation can be fined the higher of:

  • A$1.7 million;
  • 10% of the corporation’s annual turnover within 12 months of the breach; or
  • three times the value of any benefit obtained directly or indirectly that can be reasonable attributed to the breach.

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