Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit

The Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit (Fines Unit) collects payments on fines that have been incurred in South Australia.

The Fines Unit collects payments on overdue fine debts that have been incurred in South Australia.

The Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit was established on 3 February 2014.

On this date, the unit took on the management of the functions previously managed by the Fines Payment Unit of the Courts Administration Authority.

Enforcement of fines

The Fines Unit provides a service to Issuing Authorities across the state in the recovery of debts owed on expiation notices they have issued. As part of this system, Issuing Authorities provide their notices to the unit for recovery and 'enforcement'.

The Fines Unit is also responsible for the recovery and enforcement of court fines.

'Enforcement' refers to a range of measures that can be applied when overdue fines remain unpaid. Further details on enforcements.

In recovering and enforcing unpaid and overdue fine debts, the Fines Unit provides a consistent and professional service for fines collection for the South Australian community.

The Unit uses data matching and analysis to continuously improve the recovery of unpaid fines in South Australia.

The Fines Unit does not issue fines

The Unit does not issue fines, nor does it set fine rates or determine how fines should be applied. Fines are generally determined by legislation which is the responsibility of a range of departments across three levels of government in South Australia and are issued by authorised Issuing Authorities or ordered by a court.

Victims of Crime (VOC) Compensation

In addition to overdue expiations, the Fines Unit also manages the recovery of Victims of Crime and Criminal Injury Compensation amounts.

Victims of Crime (VIC) Levy

The Victim of Crime Levy is imposed by legislation on any court fine or SA Police expiation notice and all expiation notices that have been enforced. This levy is paid to the Crown in order for people that are victims of crime to be able to draw on these funds if eligible.