This page provides an introduction to some of the agencies involved in the infringements process, and their roles and responsibilities.
The issuing, collection, review, enforcement, and disbursement of fines is spread across many different enforcement agencies.
A few examples of enforcement agencies are:
For some enforcement agencies, including Victoria Police, Fines Victoria can accept fine payments or applications at any stage.
With other enforcement agencies, Fines Victoria will generally only get involved if the fine has not been paid on time and has reached Notice of Final Demand stage. Before this, you should deal with the enforcement agency that issued you the fine.
For example, if you have a:
then Fines Victoria can only take payments or receive most application types if a Notice of Final Demand has been issued.
If you are not sure how to deal with your fine, always refer to the options printed on the fine or contact the agency that issued the fine to you.
When a fine is ordered by a court following a hearing for an offence, these fines are referred to Fines Victoria for collection and enforcement – unless the magistrate or judge decides otherwise.
Fines Victoria will manage your fine according to any terms the court ordered – for example by instalments or additional time to pay.
If you have a fine issued by a court, through Fines Victoria you can:
Fines Victoria is not able to determine if you are eligible for a rehearing, but the court that issued your fine can.
The Director, Fines Victoria (the Director) deals with the processing and enforcement of unpaid fines.
Where a person or company fails to pay or deal with their fines by the due date, the Director can apply sanctions to hold people to account.
Under the law, the Director has the power to:
The Director can also ask the Magistrates' Court to issue an enforcement warrant if an infringement fine or court fine has not been dealt with by the due date of the Notice of Final Demand.
The Director, Fines Victoria, does not enforce unpaid fines issued to children. These are dealt with by the Children’s Court of Victoria.
More information on the role of the Children’s Court in relation to fines is available on its website.
The Sheriff of Victoria (the Sheriff) is an officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria, responsible for actioning warrants in Victoria for civil and criminal matters.
If a fine remains unpaid and a warrant is issued against you, the Sheriff must enforce the warrant.
This includes warrants for:
Sheriff's officers have authority under the legislation to action warrants. They can visit your home or workplace or stop you at a roadblock to discuss your warrant.
You should not be afraid of sheriff's officers. They want to help you deal with your unpaid fines, and will treat you respectfully. Sheriff’s officers will explain the options available to you and help you understand what you need to do.
If it is necessary, sheriff's officers have the power to:
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If you do not pay it or do something about it, a Penalty Reminder Notice is issued for the fine and the cost of the fine will go up. You should pay the fine or contact the agency that issued the fine to talk about your options. Their contact number is on the notice you received.