Monetary Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill 2020 - Have your say
The Government intends to introduce legislation proposing a number of amendments to the Monetary Penalties Enforcement Act 2005 to assist with administration and enforcement of monetary penalties in Tasmania.
The draft Monetary Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill 2020:
- Provides the Director, Monetary Penalties Enforcement Services with a power to obtain information to assist with the decisions made under the Act;
- Clarifies powers and provides improved administration and safeguard provisions in respect of the current power to order the redirection of money owing to a debtor by:
- Ensuring the enforcement debtor is provided with a copy of any redirection order which relates to their debt;
- Ensuring appropriate safeguards in respect of exercising the power apply to all redirection orders, not just orders in relation to redirection of earnings;
- In accordance with the intention of section 98, and prior practice, clarifying the power to redirect debts includes money held by an enforcement debtor in an authorised deposit-taking institution such as a bank.
- Allowing a party on whom a redirection order is served to request an internal review of the decision;
- Requiring an enforcement debtor and employer on whom a redirection order is served to inform the Director, Monetary Penalties Enforcement Services of any significant changes to their employment that may affect the redirection order;
- Provides for the collection of Tasmanian monetary penalties from persons connected to another jurisdiction, and to collect fines for other participating jurisdictions;
- Allows for the electronic service of documents; and
- Provides that the deduction of an amount owed by an enforcement debtor from an award of compensation under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1976 is discretionary, rather than the current compulsory requirement, for consistency with the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1976.
Download the draft Bill: Monetary Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill 2020 (PDF, 575.2 KB)
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