Biosecurity fines and penalty notices

Penalty infringement notices (PINS)

Biosecurity Queensland can issue fines called penalty infringement notices (PINs) for a range of offences, including:

  • moving livestock without carrying a movement record
  • moving a fire ant carrier within or out of a fire ant biosecurity zone without following movement restrictions
  • acting under a biosecurity permit without carrying the permit.

A PIN can be issued on the spot, or sent by email or post.

The infringement notice contains information about the alleged offence and fine amount.

Paying the fine

When issued with an infringement notice, you’ll have 28 days to:

  • pay the whole fine according to the instructions on the notice, or
  • enter into a payment plan with the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER).

You can pay your fine using one of these payment methods:

  • online via the payment gateway using your credit card
  • over the phone (call 13 25 23 and have your notice and credit card ready)
  • over the counter at a Customer service centre
  • mailing a cheque and the notice to the department.

Payment plan

  • If you can’t pay the full amount by the due date, and the fine is $200 or more, you may qualify for a payment plan with SPER.
  • To apply, you must make an upfront payment of $60 by the due date using one of the payment methods listed above.
  • Once we receive your partial payment of $60, we will refer your outstanding debt to SPER, who will tell you what to do next.

If you disagree with the PIN

If you believe you have a valid reason to object to the fine, you can:

  • dispute it with the department, by contacting the DAF customer service centre on 13 25 23 or
  • ask to have the offence heard by a court by completing Option 2: Election for court hearing on the back of the PIN and returning the PIN by mail to the specified address within 28 days of the PIN being served.

If you don’t pay or dispute the PIN

If you do not act by the due date on your infringement notice:

  • the department can refer it to SPER, who will issue an enforcement order. The order includes an additional registration fee and a new due date
  • you may be prosecuted in a magistrate’s court.

If you do not act by the due date on the enforcement order, SPER will take one or more enforcement actions against you.