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Changes in Victoria from January 1

AAP logoAAP 28/12/2016

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES FROM JANUARY 1:

POLICE

Police will now have the power to impound or crush a miniaturised motorbike, known as a monkey bike, if it is ridden on a road or related area like a footpath or carpark; the offender or owner may be fined up to $3109. There will also be increases to the maximum penalty for refusing a roadside drug test.

MYKI

Prices will jump for all public transport users while concession card holders will get a mere 90 cents wiped off their weekend tickets. Some of the changes include:

* A daily ticket will rise from $7.80 to $8.20

* A 2-hour ticket - from $3.90 to $4.10

* Weekly passes - from $39.00 to $41.00

* Yearly passes - from $1,521.00 to $1,599.00

* A weekend cap for concession card holders will reduce from $3.90 to $3.00

* On-the-spot fines will be abolished.

CHILD SAFETY

All organisations working with children will need to meet new Child Safe Standards that will be overseen by the Commission for Children and Young People. Some of those regulations will include tougher screening for employees and stronger processes to help children at risk report suspected child abuse.

ELECTRICITY PRICES

The state's five electricity distributers will lower tariffs by up to 3.31 per cent in some areas that could shave about $51 off an annual power bill. However, consumers are being urged to shop around as some power companies get set to raise their prices by up to 10 per cent from January 1.

LAND TAX

People who do not live in the property they own will have their absentee land tax surcharges increased from 0.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent.

ELECTRONIC TAGGING

All sheep and goats born on or after January 1 will have to be tagged with the National Livestock Identification System. This is to enable diseases to be traced to their source and quickly contained to prevent an outbreak after the animals are sold on or sent to the abattoir.

ALPINE RESORTS

The Alpine Resorts (Management) Act abolishes the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Management Board and the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort Management Board so that a new Southern Alpine Resort Management Board can be established to manage both resorts. The Act also removes Mount Torbreck as a place where an alpine resort may be declared so it will remain Crown land.

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