Paying overdue fines
When an unpaid debt is lodged with the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER), an enforcement order is issued. Examples of unpaid debts include:
The enforcement order will be sent to the address provided by the issuing agency at the time the debt was registered, or to your last known address on our records. It contains a due date by which you must choose one of the following options:
- pay the outstanding amount in full
- apply to pay by instalments
- apply to perform unpaid community service
- elect to go to court (infringement notices only).
A $63 registration fee is added to all unpaid infringement notice fines.
If you do not choose an option by the due date, we may add a further $105.45 enforcement fee to each debt. Any payments you make will be applied to the enforcement fee first, and then the original debt.
If you do not act within the specified time frame, we may take one or more enforcement actions against you.
We can discuss options if you:
- are homeless
- have impaired decision-making capacity
- live in a remote Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community
- are undergoing rehabilitation
- have a disability
- are experiencing financial difficulty or are unable to work due to illness or injury
- are in custody or have recently been released from custody.
The options include reduced payment plans, good behaviour orders and unpaid community service. (Community service cannot be performed in lieu of paying an offender levy, compensation or restitution.)
Several organisations offer legal advice, some free of charge.
Contact SPER for more information.