Unpaid fines and penalties may be registered with us for collection and enforcement.
Your debt may start out as one of the following:
- unpaid infringement notice fine (e.g. speeding or parking ticket)
- court-ordered penalty
- offender levy
- offender debt recovery notice.
If you don't pay, the agency that issued the fine (e.g. the Department of Transport and Main Roads) may register the debt with us.
Enforcement order issued
The agency that issued the original fine provides your address details when they register your debt with us.
We will send you an enforcement order for the amount you owe to that address or your last known address. A registration fee is added to all infringement notice fines.
The enforcement order has a due date by which you must do one of the following:
- pay the outstanding amount in full (you can pay online or use another payment method)
- apply to pay by instalments
- apply to perform unpaid community service
- elect to go to court (for infringement notices only).
If you do not choose an option by the due date, we may add an enforcement fee to each debt. Any payments you make will be applied to the enforcement fee first, and then the original debt.
If you do not act within the specified time frame, we may take one or more enforcement actions against you—for example, suspend your driver licence, or seize and sell your vehicle.
Contact us if you are experiencing hardship and cannot pay your SPER debt.
We can discuss options if you:
- are homeless
- 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.
The options include reduced payment plans, good behaviour orders and unpaid community service. (Community service cannot be performed in lieu of paying offender levies, compensation or restitution.)
Several organisations offer legal advice, some free of charge.
Disputing a fine
To dispute the fine, you need to contact the agency or court that issued the original fine. We cannot make the decision to waive a fine issued by an agency or an order issued by a court.
- Last reviewed:
- 20 January 2017