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Offender Levy

Section 10 of the Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015 imposes an offender levy as an administrative fee. The levy helps the State to pay the costs involved in law enforcement and administration. It applies to all offenders who have been sentenced in the Supreme, District or Magistrates Court.

In Queensland, the levy amounts are:

  • $128.10 for a sentence in the Magistrates Court.
  • $384 for a sentence in the District Court.

It is not possible to appeal an offender levy because it does not form part of a sentence imposed by the court. A person can pay the levy fee at the court after being sentenced; otherwise, it will be referred to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry which will require payment to be made.

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