Unpaid Victims of Crimes levies skyrocket

The value of unpaid Victims of Crime levies has skyrocketed by almost $14 million in one year, according to Freedom of Information documents obtained by the State Liberals. 

As at 30 June 2014, the value of unpaid Victims of Crime levies was $38,149,908.54 from 79,629 clients.  

As at 30 June 2015, the value of unpaid Victims of Crime levies was $52,006,126.41 from 121,954 clients.  

This is an increase of $13,856,217.87 and 42,325 clients.  

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s Fines Recovery Unit was supposed to be recovering fines from South Australians,” said Shadow Attorney-General Vickie Chapman.  

“Attorney-General John Rau must now explain why the value of levies has increased since the Fines Recovery Unit began operating.  

“South Australians would rightly expect that the value of unpaid Victims of Crime levies would decrease once the Fines Recovery Unit began operating.  

“Either the Unit is a complete failure, or the Weatherill Labor Government needs to inject more resources into the Unit to improve its functionality.  

“The Weatherill Labor Government needs to ensure that the Unit is working effectively to claw back unpaid fines.”