ABC News : "Professor Nelthorpe said in one case, a 14-year-old turned up to school two months late after he had several thousand dollars in public transport fines.
"His parents required him to go to work for a period of time to pay off fines," he said.
The report said another 16-year-old student, whose parents were not eligible for Centrelink benefits due to visa restrictions, missed school after he was issued fines up to $2,000.
This student worked as a labourer to pay off the penalties.
Professor Nelthorpe said the system was causing students stress.
"You've got a whole lot of students wandering around who are too scared to tell their parents their teachers and their support people that they've incurred these fines," he said.
"It must put incredible pressure on them.""