Spot fines for people using drugs at music festivals in Australia saves court money

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has reported that, between January and June 2019, 300 fines were issued for illicit drug use at Australian music festivals. The fines of up to AUS$400 were predominantly issued for ecstasy possession with smaller numbers issued for cocaine and amphetamine possession. NDARC also reported that the fines diverted those people from the criminal justice system and saved the justice system up to AUS$194,000 whilst raising AUD$120,000 in revenue.