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Fine Collection highest for November

Queensland’s State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) had a record breaking November, collecting $19.8 million in unpaid fines and debts.

Beating the previous record of $16.8 million set in September 2011 the November collection also included $1.2 million paid by two shipping companies that were fined by the Brisbane District Court in October 2011 for an oil spill off Moreton and Bribie Islands and some Sunshine Coast beaches in March 2009.

SPER has now recovered over $83.03 million in fines and fees for the financial year-to-date and more than $1.1 billion since operations began in 2000.

More information about SPER’s collection rate can be found at www.sper.qld.gov.au.

Anyone with unpaid fines should contact SPER on 1300 365 635 to arrange payment or discuss payment options.

Debts registered with SPER – as at 30 November 2011

Category Number of penalties Dollar Value
Total debts under active compliance 871,982 $221.6M
Total debts under active enforcement 736,676 $209.01M
Total debts under deferral 153,160 $60.5M
Total debts awaiting enforcement 881,390 $220.03M

Total debts under active compliance - This represents the number and value of debts that are under a compliance arrangement to finalise the amount owing (for example, a payment arrangement, unpaid community service, or within the time to pay period).

Total debts under active enforcement - This represents the number and value of debts that SPER has taken enforcement action on as a result of them being overdue and not in compliance (enforcement action can include suspending a driver licence, garnisheeing money from a bank account or wages, or issuing a warrant of arrest and imprisonment).

Total debts under deferral – This represents the number and value of debts that are deferred from any further action being taken by SPER. This includes debts with reminder notices and the time period has not passed, debts under dispute (for example, disputes that have been raised with the court or the agency that issued the penalty) and debts deferred for people who are affected by natural disasters.

Total debts awaiting enforcement – This represents the number and value of debts that are pending enforcement (e.g. queued for Driver Licence Suspension) or where SPER is investigating to obtain additional information before further enforcement action can be taken.

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Last reviewed
7 December 2011
Last updated
5 November 2015
 
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