SPER enforcement orders
Unpaid fines and penalties may be registered with the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) for collection and enforcement.
Your debt starts as one of the following:
- an unpaid infringement notice fine (e.g. speeding or parking ticket)
- a court-ordered penalty
- an offender levy
- an offender debt recovery notice.
If you don't pay it, the agency that issued the fine (e.g. the Department of Transport and Main Roads) may refer the debt to us.
Receiving an enforcement order
We will send you an enforcement order for the amount you owe.
The amount will include a registration fee, which is added to all enforcement orders. This fee is currently $71.35.
Elect to go to court
If you have a valid reason, you can elect to have the matter heard in court (for infringement notices only).
You should carefully consider whether you have valid grounds to contest the infringement. If you are unsuccessful in court, you will be found guilty and be liable for extra costs, including an offender levy.
If you haven't received the enforcement order yet, and it is still before the due date on your fine or court order, you can dispute the fine by contacting the agency or court that issued it.
We cannot waive a fine issued by another agency or an order issued by a court.
If you do not pay the whole amount or take one of the other actions above by the due date, we will take one or more enforcement actions against you—for example, we can suspend your driver licence, clamp your vehicle or seize and sell your vehicle.
We may also add an enforcement fee of $119.45 to each debt.
If you have other debts with us, any payment you make could be applied to those debts first.
If you are unable to pay by the due date, you may be eligible for an instalment plan.
Instalment plan payments can be made by direct debit from your bank account, credit card or eligible Centrelink payments.
If you are experiencing hardship and can’t pay your SPER debt, you may be eligible for converting your debt to unpaid community work.
Or contact us and we can discuss options for managing your debt if you:
- are homeless
- are experiencing domestic or family violence
- have impaired decision-making
- 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 were recently in custody.
Several organisations offer legal advice, some free of charge.