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FAIR WORK ACT 2009 - SECT 546

Pecuniary penalty orders

             (1)  The Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court or an eligible State or Territory court may, on application, order a person to pay a pecuniary penalty that the court considers is appropriate if the court is satisfied that the person has contravened a civil remedy provision.

Note:          Pecuniary penalty orders cannot be made in relation to conduct that contravenes a term of a modern award, a national minimum wage order or an enterprise agreement only because of the retrospective effect of a determination (see subsections 167(3) and 298(2)).

Determining amount of pecuniary penalty

             (2)  The pecuniary penalty must not be more than:

                     (a)  if the person is an individual--the maximum number of penalty units referred to in the relevant item in column 4 of the table in subsection 539(2); or

                     (b)  if the person is a body corporate--5 times the maximum number of penalty units referred to in the relevant item in column 4 of the table in subsection 539(2).

Payment of penalty

             (3)  The court may order that the pecuniary penalty, or a part of the penalty, be paid to:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  a particular organisation; or

                     (c)  a particular person.

Recovery of penalty

             (4)  The pecuniary penalty may be recovered as a debt due to the person to whom the penalty is payable.

No limitation on orders

             (5)  To avoid doubt, a court may make a pecuniary penalty order in addition to one or more orders under section 545.



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