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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Fee waiver extended to Cyclone Yasi victims

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, February 08, 2011

    Fee waiver extended to Cyclone Yasi victims

    The Bligh Government has extended a waiver on fees to replace important documents lost in the damage caused by Cyclone Yasi.

    Attorney–General Cameron Dick said residents of cyclone-affected areas would be exempt from paying fees to replace birth, death, marriage and change-of-name certificates.

    He said the waiver, which was announced for residents in flood-affected areas last month, would now also apply to communities impacted by Cyclone Yasi.

    “Cyclone Yasi has had a devastating impact on the lives of many residents in north and far north Queensland,” Mr Dick said.

    "While the loss of a certificate is minor compared to personal injury or the loss of property, I hope that waiving the usual replacement fees will make the recovery process a little easier for people.

    “In another measure to help cyclone victims, the government will also allow people who have outstanding fines with the State Penalties Enforcement Registry to have the enforcement action suspended.

    “These small gestures to affected communities are part of our determination to help victims get their lives back in some order after such a traumatic event.”

    Mr Dick said the offers applied to residents in declared disaster zones.

    Such areas currently include: Burdekin, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Charters Towers, Croyden, Doomadgee, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Mackay, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Tablelands, Townsville, Whitsunday, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah.

    "People who need new certificates should go to a courthouse or a Queensland Government Agent Program office and let the staff know that they want to replace lost or damaged certificates,” Mr Dick said.

    “Affected Queenslanders can also arrange replacement certificates by phoning the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on 1300 366 430 or emailing BDM-mail@justice.qld.gov.au. Those seeking to suspend fine payments should contact SPER on 1300 365 635.”

    The fee-waiver arrangement for replacement certificates and the deferral of SPER fine payments will be in place initially until the end of March 2011, with the possibility of extension depending on future weather events.

    Media contact: Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487