In March 2017, the Queensland Government introduced a Bill into Parliament that changes how vulnerable Queenslanders interact with State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER).
The major change that this Bill introduces is Work Development Orders which enables SPER debtors to pay their debt through non-monetary ways such as unpaid work, engaging with treatment or counselling programs, education and training.
Community Legal Centres Queensland, our member CLCs and our partner community agencies have been supportive of the Work Development Orders policy. Here is a submission written in July 2015.
We provided resources to support community organisations and concerned Queenslanders to provide their feedback to the Queensland Parliament's Finance and Administration Committee, which recommended passage of this Bill.
Community Legal Centres Queensland developed a fact sheet about the changes and how people could have their say: