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Hey you mob - got a fine? (A)

Got a fine? (A)

It’s not going to go away, deal with it straight away.

I’ve got a fine. What can I do?

The sooner you do something about a fine the better. Even if you have heaps of fines, or can’t pay in full by the due date, you can still get back on track.

What are my options?

There are things you can do to stop further action against you.

You can:

  • ask for a reduction in the fine amount if you are on Centrelink
  • pay the fine off in small amounts each fortnight through Centrepay or the Post Office
  • ask for a review of the fine if you don't think you deserved it
  • nominate another driver if you weren’t the one driving your car at the time
  • apply to have the fine cancelled if you have serious financial, medical or personal problems
  • get a Work and Development Order (WDO)

Court fine, penalty notice or victims restitution order?

There are three types of fines: court fines, penalty notices and victims restitution orders. There are different rules for each type of fine.

  • Court fines are given by a judge or magistrate.
  • Penalty notices are given out by authorised officers like a parking inspector, ranger, transit officer or the Police.
  • Victims restitution orders are issued by Victims Services NSW

What happens if I don’t pay?

If you don’t pay your fine, Revenue NSW can take enforcement action like:

  • ask Service NSW to suspend your driver licence or cancel your car registration
  • charge you extra fees on your overdue fines
  • take money from your wages or bank account
  • as the Sheriff to take away things you own

Once you have:

  • made an arrangement with Revenue NSW to pay off your fine or
  • started a Work and Development Order

all enforcement action stops and your driving restrictions will be lifted. Always check first with Service NSW before you start driving again.

Don’t ignore a fine

Everyone has trouble paying fines. Overdue fines lead to bigger debt and more serious problems.

Get the book

Fined out! is a free handbook that helps people understand how to deal with fines. It explains how fines work and what your options are to stop your fines debt getting bigger.

It provides links to Revenue NSW online forms, sample letters and contact numbers to speak to someone who can help.

Work and Development Orders (WDO)

Work and Development Orders let you clear your fines through doing activities like unpaid work, counselling, courses or treatment programs with WDO sponsors.

If you tick one or more of these boxes, you could be eligible for a WDO:

  • I receive a Centrelink benefit
  • I am in serious financial hardship
  • I am homeless
  • I have a serious addiction to drugs, alcohol or other substances
  • I have a mental illness
  • I have an intellectual disability
  • I have cognitive impairment (such as autism, brain injury or dementia)
  • I am under 18 years of age

The WDO Service at Legal Aid NSW can help you with a WDO. To get help you can:

Find out more about WDO’s

For more information pick up a copy of our brochure Work and Development Orders: Help for people who can’t pay their fines from your local Legal Aid NSW office or Aboriginal Legal Service office.

Get legal help for debt and money worries
If you or your mob have money worries you can call the Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities on 1800 793 017 or email moneycounts@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

The Money Counts team regularly visits Aboriginal communities in NSW. To find out where
and when we visit please call us on 1800 793 017 or (02) 9219 5057 or visit one of our civil lawyers in our offices across NSW.

Who can help

* LawAccess NSW
Tel: 1300 888 529
Free legal help over the phone

* Revenue NSW
Hotline: 1300 478 879

* Aboriginal Legal Service
Tel: 1800 765 767

* Community Legal Centres

* Credit and Debt Hotline
Tel: 1800 007 007

* Financial Rights Legal Centre NSW

* Financial Counsellors Association of NSW
Tel: 1300 914 408