Rural Fires Act 1997 No 65

Currency

As amended to Transport Administration Amendment (Sydney Metro) Act 2018 (No 18). Commenced 1 July 2011. Current to 22 August 2018.

Jurisdiction

Section 134(1): Proceedings for an offence against the Act or the regulations are to be disposed of summarily before the Local Court.

Section 134(2): Ch 5 of the CP Act (summary disposal of certain indictable offences unless an election is made to proceed on indictment) applies to and in respect of an offence under s 100(1) or (1B).

Time for commencement

Section 134(3): Proceedings for such an offence may be commenced at any time within 2 yrs after the date on which the offence is alleged to have been committed.

Note:

Where applicable, the maximum penalty for an offence dealt with on indictment is indicated in square brackets in the Penalty (Max) column.

SECTION DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX) TABLE
42 Obstruct, hinder, incite others against Commissioner, officers 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
45(3) Fail to observe direction by Commissioner under section 50 pu and/or 12 mths  
62G(2) Damage/deface/interfere with neighbourhood safer place sign 10 pu  
64(1) Occupier fail to take all possible steps to extinguish fire during danger period/inform fire fighting authorities of existence of fire 20 pu and/or 6 mths  
66(8) Fail to comply with bush fire hazard reduction notice 50 pu and/or 12 mths  
86(1) Light fire for land clearance/fire break/dangerous to building without notice as prescribed 50 pu and/or 12 mths  
86(1A) Light fire for land clearing without certificate/authority 50 pu and/or 12 mths  
87(1) Light fire for land clearance/fire break without permit and notice 50 pu and/or 12 mths  
88(1) Light fire dangerous to building without permit and notice 50 pu and/or 12 mths  
92(2) Holder contravene condition of fire permit 50 pu  
99(6) Fail to comply with direction of the Minister during total fire ban 50 pu and/or 12 mths  
99A Discarding lighted cigarette or match etc 50 pu;

Total fire ban: 100 pu

 
100(1)(a) Cause or set fire to the property of another/Crown

Total fire ban is an aggravating factor to be taken
into account under s 100(1A)

100 pu and/or 2 yrs

[1000 pu and/or 5 yrs]

2
100(1)(b) Owner etc permit fire to escape land, cause damage/injury

Total fire ban is an aggravating factor to be taken
into account under s 100(1A)

100 pu and/or 2 yrs

[1000 pu and/or 5 yrs]

2
100(1B) Cause or set fire to the property of another/Crown during total fire ban 100 pu and/or 2 yrs

[1200 pu and/or 7 yrs]

2
100(2) Leave fire lit/used in open air without extinguishing it 50 pu and/or 12 mths  
131A Fail to provide details of full name and address when required by an authorised officer 5 pu  
132(3) Fail to provide details, produce permit/extinguish fire when directed by police officer 5 pu  
135(3) Regulations may create offences 50 pu  

Rural Fires Regulation 2013

Currency

As amended to Rural Fires Amendment (Penalty Notices) Regulation 2018 (No 668). Commenced 27 November 2018. Current to 5 December 2018.

Maximum penalties generally do not exceed 20 pu.

CLAUSE DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX)
28(1) Light tobacco/match/carry lighted tobacco/match or use or carry any lighted tobacco product, match or other material, within 15 m of stack of hay/grain/straw etc 50 pu