6.8 Offences & Prosecution


This chapter describes the offence provisions contained in the child support legislation. It does not deal with offences under the Crimes Act 1914 and the Criminal Code Act 1995 (e.g. forgery).

WA ex-nuptial cases

The information in this chapter applies to WA ex-nuptial children. However, the penalty unit amount remains at $170 for WA ex‑nuptial cases because this was the penalty unit that applied on 1 July 2015. From 28 November 2015, WA adopted the amended child support legislation as it existed on 1 July 2015. See 1.4 for more details.

Penalty unit

A penalty unit is defined in the Crimes Act section 4AA as being equal to $210 from 1 July 2017.

The penalty unit amount is to be automatically indexed in line with the change in the CPI on 1 July 2020 and each third 1 July following that day.

In this chapter

This chapter contains the following sections:
Last reviewed: 3 July 2017