Report on the impact of the current on-the-spot fines system on people who are homeless or face other disadvantage such as disability, language barriers, or lack of public transport. The report uses case studies to illustrate a range of aspects of the system that add to existing disadvantage and sets out 28 recommendations for reform. Key areas include the training of those who issues fines, the lack of flexibility in payment options, the difficulties of challenging fines, the impact of licence and car registration suspension for failure to pay a fine, and the inequitable effect of fines.
Media Releases & Coverage
- 16 Dec 2021Almost 3,000 children in NSW hit with fines of up to $5,000 for minor Covid rule breaches
- 8 Dec 2021Healthcare denied: will Australia’s ongoing cruelty towards refugees be an election issue?
- 7 Dec 2021Unfair COVID fines causing hardship and should not be enforced, advocates say
- 7 Dec 2021Civil society organisations call for a Christmas pause on COVID fine collection to reduce hardship in communities already doing it tough
- 6 Dec 2021Medevac asylum seekers forced to wait years for medical treatment, report finds