We actively monitor PPSR compliance and take action against misuse. Misuse can attract civil or criminal penalties or result in the suspension or termination of a person’s access to the PPSR.
AFSA has regulatory powers to act against vexatious users. This includes transactional surveillance activities such as proactive key word monitoring, data amendment or removal, and access restrictions.
We recently commenced civil penalty proceedings for alleged repeated misuse of the PPSR in the Federal Court of Australia.
Since 1 July 2022, the Registrar has issued 13 cautions and removed 646 registrations (as at 31 March 2023). In the previous year, the Registrar issued 25 cautions and removed more than 800 registrations – less than 1 percent of the 1.97 million new registrations in the same period. There is no evidence of significant misuse across the PPSR.
We encourage anyone who suspects that the PPSR has been misused to report to us via our website, ppsr.gov.au. Tip-offs can be made anonymously.