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Children left unattended in car laws

In Victoria it is an offence for a person responsible for a child to leave the child unattended for any longer than is reasonable, without making appropriate arrangements for the child’s supervision and care. This includes leaving a child unattended in a car.

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
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