The Queensland Government has introduced a Bill into Parliament that impacts upon 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.
The Bill has been referred to the Finance and Administration Committee for examination and they are calling for written submissions.
Submissions close at 4pm on Friday 24 March 2017.
This Bill will impact on how vulnerable Queenslanders interact with SPER in the future, so it is important that you have your say, and encourage others to contribute.
Community Legal Centres Queensland has developed a fact sheet about the changes and how you can have your say: