For people who do not have Australian citizenship, the implications of incurring fines can be more severe because the fines can have an impact on the migration status. This is particularly the case for Refuge or protection from persecution, usually in another country. Historically, also a place for the detention and treatment of the mentally ill. seekers.
For detailed information about how infringements can impact a person’s migration status, see the fact sheet, ‘Migration law impacts of infringements and In Victoria, a child or young person under 18. See also infant. criminal matters for non-citizen clients’ at www.westjustice.org.au/cms_uploads/docs/2020-06-01-migration-implications-for-infringements-fact-sheet_fines-reform-updates_final.pdf.