Fees and Penalties for Children's Services Act services

Fees change each year on 1 July. Fees in Victoria are listed in fee units. Penalties are listed as penalty units

Each year on 1 July, the amounts change. The Treasurer announces the new amount for fee and penalty units in April each year. For more information, see:

From 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018:

  • a fee unit is $14.22
  • a penalty unit is $158.57

Fees in our Regulations

The Children's Services Act 1996 and the Children's Services Regulations 2009 list fees and penalties in units. To help convert from fee units to dollars, see:

Including payment with your application

Please make sure that you include the correct fee with your application if it will be received after 1 July 2017. If you do not include the correct fee, it may delay your application or it may be returned to you.


If you do not comply with the Act and Regulations, you may be prosecuted in court. If you are found guilty, you may have to pay a penalty up to the maximum penalty unit amount listed in the Act and Regulations.

To view the 2017-18 penalty amounts , see: