A disproportionate number of fines for breaching COVID-19 restrictions are being dished out to the vulnerable members of the community, new data shows.
Statistics obtained under Freedom of Information laws by the Sun-Herald, revealed young disadvantaged Australians, with an immigrant or Indigenous background, have received a greater number of penalties in NSW and Victoria between March 17 to June 28.
The data also showed that suburbs where most fines were handed out, had little correlation to coronations hot spots.
A disproportionate number of fines for breaching COVID-19 restrictions are being dished out to the vulnerable members of the community, new data shows. (pictured: police in Victoria patrol a shopping centre)
Pictured: Police are pictured chasing a skateboarder who is not wearing a face mask in Melbourne
Nationwide stay-at-home orders introduced in March by Scott Morrison's government to slow the spread of COVID-19, saw fines for anyone who was outdoors without a valid reason or failing to abide by the 1.5m rule.
The NSW suburbs which received the highest number of $1000 fines for COVID-19 breaches was Mount Druitt, Sydney's CBD, Liverpool, Potts Point and Kempsey.
But the top five areas where fine recipients actually lived was Mount Druitt, Liverpool, Green Valley, Blacktown and Redfern.
In total, NSW dished out 1209 personal infringement notices, along with a further 210 penalties for more serious breaches.
Officers issued 77 fines in Mount Druitt - an area which recorded 19 coronavirus cases and sits in the bottom ten percent of Australia's most socio-economically disadvantaged suburbs, according to official government figures.
The Mid North Coast town of Kempsey, which also sits in the bottom 10 percent, received 28 fines and charges and recorded two cases of coronavirus.
Both of these areas have a higher number of Aboriginal residents compared the national average of 2.9 per cent.
Police are pictured speaking to a man outside Melbourne Town Hall on May 28 while enforcing COVID-19 restrictions. (There is no suggestion anyone pictured has done anything wrong)
Mount Druitt has an Indigenous population