Dealing with fines

If you’ve received a fine, make sure you pay on time, or decide on one of the alternative options if you don’t agree. This will help you avoid further penalties which could affect your licence status. 

Pay your fine

Send the full payment within 28 days after the date of issue of the Infringement Notice.

What if you can’t pay by the due date?

You can make part payments, but only if your fine is more than $200.

To start the process, indicate on your notice that you want to pay in instalments. Send your notice and the first instalment of $60 (minimum fee) to us within 28 days after the date of issue.

The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER), the authority responsible for enforcing unpaid Infringement Notices and court ordered monetary fines, will then contact you to set up your payment plan. 

If you don't pay

We will notify SPER. They will enforce the fine and charge you an additional fee. For more information please refer to SPER’s website.


If you believe a decision to fine you is wrong, you should contact the investigating officer at QBCC, in writing, with your reasons or evidence.

We can’t accept the following reasons:

  • ignorance of the law
  • financial hardship
  • a request for leniency.

Appeal not accepted

If we reject your request for an appeal, we may still provide extra time for you to either pay the fine or go to court.

Pay later

We'll advise you of the new date by mail. The date is determined by how much time is remaining, how complex your review request was, and any other factors.

Go to court (Magistrates Court)

If you choose a court hearing, we will withdraw the infringement notice. However, if the court finds you guilty, the amount you pay could be significantly more than your original fine.

For example:

  • the maximum penalty for an offence might be $30,475, even though the infringement fine you received was $2,438; or
  • the maximum penalty for an offence might be $166,812 for a company or $33,362 for an individual, even though the infringement notice you received was  $2,669.

You are responsible for getting your own legal advice. If you need any more information, visit the  SPER website.

How does a fine affect my licence?

If you don’t pay on time or follow your SPER payment plan, your licence could be cancelled or suspended. Additionally, any new licence application may be rejected.

Public record

Your public record on our Online Licence Search will show details of your offences and demerit points. We remove this information after 5 years, and for demerit points, 3 years or when they stop having effect.