Fees, fines and charges to rise by standard 1.9% in 2020-21

The State Government has today gazetted a schedule of fees, fines and charges for 2020-21, with most to increase by the standard indexation rate of 1.9% – which is below the current rate of inflation.

Consistent with the Government’s previous statements to the media*, the 1.9% increase covers a range of charges, including conveyancing fees, speeding and other expiation notices, court-related costs and those associated with Births, Deaths and Marriages (eg registering a change of name).

Under the schedule, motorists caught speeding by less than 10kph will be fined an extra $3 (to $180), those travelling by 10kph or more but less than 20kph above the speed limit will be charged an extra $8 (to $406) while those driving without wearing a seatbelt will pay an extra $7 (to $388).

Motorists caught using a mobile phone while driving will be charged $544 (up $10).

Treasurer Rob Lucas said the Government had limited fee increases to the standard indexation rate, which had been used by previous governments over many years, despite significant budget pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The fee schedule for 2020-21 reflect a standard, or normal, increase despite significant budget challenges as a result of COVID-19,” said Mr Lucas.

“As flagged with the media on the weekend, a range of fees and charges will be going up by about 1.9% next financial year, as the Government strives to keep costs low for South Australians.”

“Of course, speeding fines are an entirely optional and totally avoidable charge if motorists do the right thing and stick to the speed limit.”

The standard indexation rate takes into account annual public sector wages growth and the Consumer Price Index, which currently sits at 2.4%.

*Statement re fees provided to media on Sunday, May 31:

“The Government has committed $1 billion in economic stimulus to support as many local jobs and businesses as possible, including emergency $10k cash grants for small businesses. As many as 19,000 SA small businesses and not-for-profits are expected to be assisted. We are also waiving liquor licence fees for 2020-21 for those businesses forced to close as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. A range of other fees – as previously announced or to be announced this week – will rise by a modest 1.9%.”

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