On-the-spot fine

An infringement notice imposes a financial penalty for an offence against the legislation which is readily identifiable. In most cases, it will be issued together with other notices.

Both PCBUs and workers can be issued with an on-the-spot fine.

Examples of offences which can be issued with an on-the-spot fine include failing to:

  • comply with an improvement notice
  • report a notifiable incident (such as a work-caused serious injury or illness)
  • allow health and safety representatives (HSRs) to exercise their powers or functions
  • use/wear PPE provided by the PCBU according to the information, training or reasonable instruction being given
  • test electrical work
  • ensure electrical equipment was de-energized before carrying out electrical work.

Another example includes allowing people to carry out high risk work without seeing written evidence that the worker has the relevant high risk work licence

You must pay the fine in full within 28 days. Failing to do so will result in:

  • your wages or funds from a bank account being redirected
  • a warrant being issues for the seizure and sale of property
  • your driver’s licence and/or vehicle registration being suspended until the debt is satisfied
  • registration of the debt for enforcement interstate
  • imprisonment.