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Offender debt recovery notices

In Queensland, a victim of a violent crime may receive financial assistance from the government to help them recover from the crime. The state may recover money from the person convicted of the violent offence to pay the victim.

Under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 (VOCAA), the state may seek recovery of:

  • payments made in relation to a court order for criminal injury compensation in favour of the victim
  • financial assistance payments made to help victims recover from the crime.

The Act allows us to seek retrospective payments—that is, for convictions before 2009.

Recovery is only sought after a conviction in a Queensland court, and not when the matter is referred to the Mental Health Court.

Recovery notice

If you have been convicted of a relevant offence, you will receive a recovery notice from the offender debt recovery program.

The notice will detail their intention to recover the money from you and if your debt relates to a criminal injury compensation order or to financial assistance paid to a victim.

You have 28 days to dispute the notice.

For information about how to dispute a recovery notice and whether this option applies to you, email or call 1300 856 721.

Liability notice

If you do not dispute the recovery notice, you will receive a liability notice stating the amount you are required to pay and the date the payment is due. You usually have 28 days from the notice date to make your payment.

If you do not pay the liability notice by the due date, your overdue payment will be transferred to SPER. Once the debt is registered with us, you can:

You cannot have your debt converted into unpaid community service or a good behaviour order.

We will issue you an enforcement order to recover the debt. If you do not pay it, a number of enforcement actions may be taken against you including:


Read the common questions about offender debt recovery notices.

Last reviewed:
20 January 2017




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