In 2006, the Victorian Government introduced a number of reforms
to the infringements system to ensure a fairer and firmer fines
system for everyone.
The Infringements Act 2006 (the Act)
standardised the issuing and governance of infringement offences in
more than 60 pieces of legislation. Together with the accompanying
Attorney-General's Guidelines to the
Infringements Act 2006, the Act focuses on
providing a fairer system that also deals with recovering
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Under the Act, all Victorians have the right to seek an internal
agency review to have the infringement notice withdrawn.
Victorians also have the right to have an infringement notice
withdrawn and heard in the Magistrates' Court.
The Act provides extra time for eligible persons and those in
financial difficulty to pay their fines through formalised
instalment payment options at the infringement issue stage. This
avoids the matter reaching court and attracting additional fees and
The Act provides extra safeguards to protect those in the
community who are disadvantaged. This includes people with special
circumstances, such as persons with mental health issues or
intellectual disabilities, serious drug addictions, or those who
are homeless. Where appropriate, these cases are diverted from the
An unpaid fine might not just cost you money. If it remains
unpaid, an infringement warrant can be issued against you.
Balanced against the provisions which ensure fairness in the
system, the Infringements Act 2006 also introduced a
number of new sanctions for the Sheriff to deal with those who do
not settle their obligations.
These sanctions include:
Other measures to enforce unpaid fines include seizing and
selling your personal property to pay the outstanding penalty and
costs or, as a last resort, imprisonment.