Infringement Notice Scheme

A new infringement notice scheme will be introduced on 1 April 2019.


From 1 April 2019 a new Infringement Notice Scheme replaces the petty offences regime (which ceases on 1 October 2018). The scheme allows for a proportionate response to minor offending and will be more cost and time effective to administer.

There are 76 offences, and from 1 April 2019 a Customs officer can issue on-the-spot fines.

The fines are $400 for an individual and $800 for a body corporate (where the body corporate faces a higher maximum penalty for an offence).

View the infringements and who they apply to.

What happens after 1 October?

On 1 October 2018 the petty offences regime no longer applies. We'll be running an education campaign about Infringement Notices between 1 October 2018 and 31 March 2019. During that time Customs officers will be issuing on-the-spot warnings. All other sanctions remain unchanged.