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Work and Development Orders

work and development orders

What is a Work and Development Order (WDO)?

Work and Development Orders (WDOs) are a way to help people who can't pay their fines. People who are eligible for a WDO can clear their fines with approved activities instead of money.

About the WDO Scheme

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Legal Aid NSW WDO Service

The Work and Development Order Service is a specialist service of Legal Aid NSW that:

  • Provides free legal advice for people with unpaid fines;
  • Assists people in financial hardship to apply for an internal review, WDO placement or payment plan;
  • Supports people in financial hardship and exceptional circumstances to make a write off application;
  • Provides fines advice and training to service providers interested in joining the WDO scheme;
  • Supports WDO sponsors to deliver the WDOs

How do WDOs work?


Do you have a fine you need help with?

For help with fines and WDOs please email: WDO@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

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Contact us

Call the following number in your region and ask to speak to the WDO Service:

  • Central West & North West NSW: (02) 6362 8022
  • North Coast & North Eastern NSW: (02) 6621 2082
  • South Coast, Southern NSW & Far West: (02) 4228 8299
  • South West & Western Sydney: (02) 9601 1200
  • Sydney Metro: (02) 9219 5000
  • Central Coast & Hunter: (02) 4324 5611

Revenue NSW WDO Hotline: 1300 478 879 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

Map of WDO regions covered

WDO region map