How much could I be compensated for defamation?
When it comes to a case of non-economic damages, the maximum amount of damage that could be compensated for individual defamation cases generally is capped at $407,500.
Though, this restriction does not apply if the court is convinced that the situation in which the defamatory matter relating to the proceedings describe warrant an award of punitive damages. There is no limit on the amount of economic loss that the courts can award.
For example, accusations bordering on those of paedophilia are considered to be of the utmost defamatory nature. Queensland cases establish that even being accused of having been investigated sex crimes can bring an award of $50,000.
Damages include those for reparation of the harm done to reputation; for consolation for the personal distress and hurt caused by the publication (“solatium”); and those for proven losses, e.g. income loss.
There must be an appropriate and rational relationship between the harm sustained and the damages awarded. Still, they should be awarded in an amount the defamed person can point out the baselessness of the accusation, to a bystander.