The offender levy is a $50 levy that any person or company sentenced in the District Court or High Court must pay. It is used to fund services for victims of serious crime and ensures that offenders pay to help address the harm that their crimes cause.
After being sentenced an offender has 28 days to pay the offender levy. They should pay the levy, or organise with court staff to pay it, before they leave the court. People can pay the offender levy:
If the offender doesn’t pay the offender levy, it can be enforced in the same way as a fine.
Anyone sentenced in the District Court or High Court when one or more convictions are imposed by a judge, community magistrate or judicial Justice of the Peace must pay the offender levy.
The offender levy does not apply:
The levy is not part of a sentence.
Offenders must pay one offender levy when they are sentenced in court. The number of convictions they receive does not affect the offender levy.
Any company that is convicted and sentenced in a District Court or the High Court is required to pay the offender levy.
If you can’t pay the levy, you should talk to the court.
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