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Children left unattended in car laws

It is illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle in all states and territories of Australia.

In Victoria, it is illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle under the Children, Youth and Families Act (2005). The penalties for leaving a child unattended in a car in Victoria include:

  • A fine (currently $3,690), or;
  • A maximum of 6 months jail

Children, Youth and Families Act (2005)
Section 494 – Offence to leave a child unattended
Page 386

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