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Disputing a fine

If you receive an enforcement order from the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) and wish to dispute the associated fine, you need to contact the relevant agency or court that issued the fine. SPER cannot make the decision to waive a fine issued by an agency or an order issued by a court.

Check the front page of the enforcement order to identify the type of debt.

Types of notices

Infringement notice

If you disagree with an infringement notice, you need to contact the agency that issued the original fine (for example, the Traffic Camera Office for a speed camera offence). You should try to resolve the situation with that agency first.

You can also request to go to court; however, you need to apply before the due date on your enforcement order. To arrange to have the matter heard in a Magistrates Court, you should either:

  • write a letter (including your full name, date of birth, current address and phone number)

or

  • complete the return slip found on the SPER enforcement order (ensure you select the appropriate option and sign and date the form).

Send the letter or return slip to us by:

Post:

SPER
GPO Box 1387
Brisbane Qld 4001

Email:

sper@treasury.qld.gov.au

Fax:

07 3220 6711

We will advise the issuing agency. They will then send you a court date in a 'complaint and summons' letter.

Court order

If you disagree with your court-ordered fine, you need to contact the court that originally heard the matter.

Offender levy

If you disagree with your offender levy, you need to contact the court that applied the levy.

Offender debt recovery notice

If you disagree with your offender debt recovery notice, you must contact the offender debt recovery program on 1300 856 721.

Late notification

If an infringement notice or court summons couldn't be given to you directly (e.g. a parking or camera-detected offence), the address on your vehicle registration may have been used by the issuing agency to post the notice or a reminder to you. Having an out-of-date address on your driver licence or vehicle registration could result in late notification.

Note: When you change your address, you should update your details with all relevant agencies.

You can change your details with SPER online.

Last updated
9 January 2017

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