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About us

The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) is a division of the Office of State Revenue, which is part of Queensland Treasury.

Under the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999, we are responsible for the collection and enforcement of unpaid:

We do not issue fines. We are responsible for collecting and enforcing unpaid fines and court orders in Queensland. If you want to dispute a fine or court order, you will need to contact the administering authority or court that issued it.

We aim to:

  • maximise the collection of restitution or compensation for victims of offences as ordered to be paid under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992
  • maximise the amount of fines and other money penalties paid before enforcement action is taken
  • promote a philosophy that community service work is for the needy in the community and not an alternative to payment of a fine for those who can afford to pay the fine
  • reduce the use of imprisonment for fine default by encouraging the use of other enforcement mechanisms
  • promote public education about the obligations of offenders and the consequences of not satisfying the obligations.

Information gathering powers and data matching

The State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 has general information gathering powers that enables access to data for bulk data matching purposes.

A general confidentiality provision provides safeguards on the use and disclosure of confidential and personal confidential information.

Last reviewed:
23 May 2016

Hardship assistance

Our community engagement team works with community and advocacy groups to provide support to people experiencing hardship who have unpaid debts registered with SPER.

 

Payments to victims of crime

As a victim of crime, you may receive a payment from us if you are the beneficiary of a court-ordered penalty (e.g. compensation, restitution, professional costs).

 

 

 

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