Fraud Offences – VIC

Welcome to the VIC Theft article page. Everything you need to know about Theft according to VIC law.

What the Law States according to VIC Law for Theft

According to VIC Law for the charge of Theft:

72. Crimes Act – Basic definition of theft

(1) A person steals if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.

(2) A person who steals is guilty of theft; and “thief” shall be construed accordingly.

The Maximum Penalty – Theft

According to VIC Law for the charge of Theft, 10 years imprisonment.

What the Police must prove according to VIC Law for Theft

1. that a person acted dishonestly in appropriating property
2. belonging to another person
3. intending to permanently deprive that other person of the property

Possible Defences under VIC Law – Theft

1. Factual dispute (ie do not agree with what is being alleged)
2. Ownership
3. Honest and reasonable mistake

In VIC which court will hear the matter – Theft

Magistrates’ Court unless if the theft involves an amount which is less than $100,000, otherwise the County Court.


Date: 09/01/2009