Penalty points and fines

Penalty points

If an item is overdue, penalty points accrue and are added to your record when the item is returned. Students may accrue up to 200 points in an academic year and staff up to 1000 points in an academic year.

Points accrue at the following rates:

Type of loan Penalty points
4 week, 6 week, Semester loan 1 point/day
Recalled loans 10 points/day from the due date
1 day, 3 day, 7 day, BONUS+ and Document Delivery items 10 points/day
2 hour High Demand loans 10 points/hour
3 day High Demand loans 50 points/day


Once you accrue more points than your limit, you will not be able to borrow until you pay a fine of $50.00.

After you pay your fine your points are reset to zero. Subsequent fines will reduce the point level at which your rights are suspended.

If you are suspended more than once reinstatement of your borrowing rights is at the discretion of the University Librarian.

Invoiced items

If you don't return your loans within 4 weeks of the due date or you damage a item, we will invoice you for the cost of replacement.

There is a $125 fine for lost BONUS+ items.

Invoiced items from other institutions

If you join as a reciprocal borrower at another institution and do not return your loans, we reserve the right to invoice you the replacement costs on behalf of the institution.

Library encumbrances

Students who do not pay invoiced items will have an encumbrance placed on their university enrolment.

If an encumbrance is placed on your record, you will not be able to:

  • borrow, renew or request library items including BONUS+ and ArticleReach services
  • access your assessment and/or examination results.

Your privileges will be restored after all billed items are returned or payment is received and your encumbrance is cleared (Monday to Friday only).

How to pay

Payment can be made using credit card (online, phone or in person) or print card credit (in person only).

Payments online by credit card

Call 08 9360 2563 for phone payments; Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm.


For questions about penalty points or fines please contact us or call 08 9360 2563.

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