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Debts registered with SPER
as at 31 December 2017

SPER has collected $141.9 million as at 31 December 2017 for the 2017–18 financial year.

Debts can originate from:

The following table shows the number and value of debts that have been registered with us and finalised by us. 

Registered and finalised debts, 2017–18 Referring agency Number of penalties Value
New debts registered with SPER
Debts lodged with us by courts and other referring agencies
Courts 132,480 $49,976,000
State government 319,112 $105,102,612
Other agencies 65,822 $13,720,570
Debts finalised by SPER
Debts resolved through payment, unpaid community work, debt write-off, etc.
Courts 116,771 $42,559,070
State government 341,261 $98,758,060
Other agencies 57,049 $10,501,666

Debts can be referred to us by a variety of referring agencies:

  • Courts include Magistrates, District and Supreme courts monetary orders, which may include fines payable to the state government or to third parties for compensation, restitution, costs, etc. Offender levies are also included in this category.
  • State government includes government departments, and those agencies that do not pay a registration fee when referring a penalty—such as Electoral Commission Queensland, Department of Transport and Main Roads (including fines issued by Queensland Police Service, Traffic Camera Office and Queensland Rail), Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Monies collected are generally retained by the state.
  • Other includes all local government authorities (i.e. councils) and other agencies that pay a registration fee when referring a penalty; such as universities, some hospital boards and port authorities. The fines collected are transferred back to the agencies.

Debts registered with us fall into one of the following 4 categories depending on the status of the debt. 

Total registered debts, 2017–18 Number of penalties Value
Debts under active compliance
Debts not overdue or being managed through a payment arrangement, unpaid community work, etc.
1,541,072 $393,622,383
Debts under active enforcement
Debts where enforcement action has been taken due to non-compliance
809,166 $248,055,151
Debts under deferral
Debts deferred from further action (i.e. awaiting response from reminder notices, under dispute or deferred for people affected by natural disasters)
87,953 $39,179,709
Debts awaiting enforcement
Debts pending enforcement (e.g. queued for driver licence suspension) or awaiting additional information before further enforcement action can be taken
1,790,298 $530,780,393

Courts 909,423 $371,239,896
State government 2,756,168 $745,658,616
Other 562,898 $94,739,125
Last reviewed:
10 January 2018




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