Melbourne and Sydney police have reportedly already made multiple arrests of unmasked demonstrators, while more than 2,000 protestors have gathered in Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens and around 100 Darwin protestors have congregated at the city centre.
However, the activities of anti-lockdown protestors can see them hit with penalties from $200 to as much as $100,000, depending on what rules they’re breaching and where they live.
Depending on each state, here are the fines protestors can potentially face for breaching public health orders:
$500 for failing to wear or carry a mask if you’re 18 years old or older;
$1,000 if you breach a public health order;
$3,000 if you’re at an outdoor gathering of more than two people;
$5,000 if you intentionally spit or cough at public officials or essential workers.
NSW also banned seven taxi and rideshare companies from taking passengers into the CBD until Saturday 3pm AEST.
Individuals who ignore this rule will face up to $100,000, while the passenger services caught not complying with this notice can incur penalties of $500,000.
Also, individuals who fail to comply with instructions to self-isolate because they have COVID-19 or are a close contact can also be fined $5,000.
NSW has already been in lockdown for nearly two whole months, with Greater Sydney's lockdown extended until the end of September.
$200 if you’re caught not wearing a face mask without a lawful exemption;
$1,817 if you don’t comply with emergency directions, public health risk power directions, or Public Health Directions;
$5,452 if you’re found breaching gathering directions either indoors or outdoors, or if you fail to comply with self-isolation directions from Victoria’s Department of Health;
$21,808 is the maximum penalty individuals can incur if the matter is taken to court.
On Saturday, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said: "Every protester who we can identify and who we can apprehend will receive a $5,500 fine.
"It's just ridiculous to think that people would be so selfish and come and do this."
For these LGAs, gatherings in public spaces are limited to 30 people – meaning that the protest at Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens, which reportedly has more than 2,000 attendees, is definitely outside the rules.
$206 if they don’t wear a mask;
$1,378 in on-the-spot fines;
$13,785 or six month’s jail time is the penalty courts can impose.
Darwin isn’t in lockdown, but it’s mandatory to wear a mask if you can’t safely physically distance.
Mask fines are incredibly hefty in this territory: $5,000 is how much Northern Territory residents can be fined if they’re not wearing a mask.