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New Vic fines system faces further delay

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 07 November, 2017

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The Victorian Government expects a further five-month delay to the implementation of its new centralised Victorian Infringements, Enforcements and Warrants (VIEW) management system.

In an address to parliament, Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings said the new system will require customisation to reflect the state's proposed family violence scheme.

The government is also considering reforms to Victoria's tolling infringement system to cut down on the number of infringement cases clogging the courts system.

An amended bill would extend the commencement date of the Fines Reform Act to 31 May to allow time for these customisations to be implemented.

Under the proposed reform, Fines Victoria will act as a single point of contact for all debtors and the VIEW system will manage the fines.

The government last year awarded Civica International a $103 million contract to overhaul Fines Victoria's existing fines management platform and deliver the VIEW system, with the stipulation that the system be ready for launch by the end of the year.

In September this year, the company also won a $200 million managed services contract to help support the administration of the fines system.

This is itself Fines Victoria's second attempt to overhaul the state's fines system. Fines Victoria originally contracted Tenix Solutions to deliver a new platform in 2007, but the contract was terminated later that year after Tenix asked for more money and time to complete the project. The failed contract led to a $60 million write-off.

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