Rural Fires Act 1997

This table of maximum penalties is populated using Lawcodes data. For more information, see Changes to Specific Penalties and Orders at the end of the introduction.


Section 134(1): Proceedings for an offence against the Act, other than s 100(1) or (1B), 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.


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

Rural Fires Regulation 2022


Planning Legislation Amendment (National Construction Code) Regulation 2023 (No 71). Commenced 1 May 2023. Current to 2 May 2023.

Maximum penalties generally do not exceed 20 pu.

29(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*

Penalty Notice Offences, see Sch 2.