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The fines system in Victoria offers an easier way for people to deal with some offences – it gives them the option to pay a fixed penalty, rather than go to court.

If you’re caught breaking the law for some offences, you’ll be issued with a penalty in the form of an infringement notice (a fine). This is the first stage of the infringements process. 

Depending on the offence, you may receive a fine:

  • on-the-spot by an issuing officer (if you’re intercepted at the time of the offence)
  • attached to your vehicle
  • in the mail.

If you don’t deal with your fine by the due date, the matter will become more serious and you’ll have to pay more in added costs.

The Infringements Act 2006 and the Fines Reform Act 2014 set the standard framework for how fines are issued and enforced. 

  • Infringement Notice

    If you receive an Infringement Notice, you’ll have 21 days to deal with your fine. You can choose to pay it, or deal with it in another way.

    Your Infringement Notice will include information about:

    • your offence
    • how much you owe
    • how you can pay
    • your options for dealing with the fine
    • the fine due date.

    Your options

    You can:

    If you’ve received a public transport fine, or a fine issued by a local council and it’s at the infringement stage, you’ll need to deal with your fine through the agency that issued it.

    To pay a public transport fine, or learn about your options, visit the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources website.

    This website only deals with fines managed by Fines Victoria. If you’re not sure what your options are, refer to your Infringement Notice or contact the agency that issued the fine.

    What happens if you don’t pay

    If you don’t act by the due date on your fine, you may be issued with a Penalty Reminder Notice.

    Need help with your fine?

    The information on your fine is important. If you don’t understand it, you should have it interpreted and explained to you. 

    If you’d like to talk to someone, contact the agency that issued you the fine. Contact details for the agency can be found on your Infringement Notice (they may be located on the back of the notice).

  • Penalty Reminder Notice

    If you don’t deal with your Infringement Notice by the due date, you’ll receive a Penalty Reminder Notice and $25.10* will be added to your fine.

    This reminder will give you an additional 14 days to deal with your fine before it becomes more serious.

    The same rights, responsibilities and payment options apply to a Penalty Reminder Notice (unless your fine is for an excessive speed, drink or drug-driving offence).

    Your options

    You can:

    If you’ve received a public transport fine, or a fine issued by a local council and it’s at the infringement stage, you’ll need to deal with your fine through the agency that issued it.

    To pay a public transport fine, or learn about your options, visit the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources website.

    This website only deals with fines managed by Fines Victoria. If you’re not sure what your options are, refer to your Infringement Notice or contact the agency that issued the fine.

    What happens if you don’t pay

    If you don’t act by the due date on your Penalty Reminder Notice, you may be issued with a Notice of Final Demand.

    Need help with your fine?

    The information on your fine is important. If you don’t understand it, you should have it interpreted and explained to you. 

    If you’d like to talk to someone, contact the agency that issued you the fine. Contact details for the agency can be found on your Infringement Notice (they may be located on the back of the notice).

    *This amount is adjusted each July.

  • Notice of Final Demand

    If you ignore your Infringement Notice and Penalty Reminder Notice and the due date for payment has passed, the agency that issued you the fine may register the matter with the Director, Fines Victoria.

    The Director will then send you a Notice of Final Demand and $130.20* will be added to your fine. A Notice of Final Demand is a written document to enforce an unpaid fine with added costs. You must comply with a notice within 21 days.

    Your options

    You can:

    What happens if you don’t pay

    If you don’t act by the due date on your Notice of Final Demand, an Enforcement Warrant may be issued against you.

    Need help with your fine?

    The information on your fine is important. If you don’t understand it, you should have it interpreted and explained to you.

    If you’d like to talk to someone, call Fines Victoria on (03) 9200 8222 or 1300 369 819 (for regional callers) Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (except public holidays).

    *This amount is adjusted each July.

  • Enforcement warrant

    If you don’t pay your fine and you ignore all reminders, the Magistrates Court may issue an enforcement warrant against you and $56.90* will be added to your fine.

    If an enforcement warrant is issued, a Sheriff's Officer can:

    • come to your address and demand payment (this is an official process called a 'payment demand')
    • stop you at a police roadblock
    • wheel clamp your vehicle
    • seize and sell your personal property
    • remove the number plates from your vehicle

    If you don't pay your fine in full when asked to by a Sheriff's Officer, they'll issue you with a 7 Day Notice.

    If you don't deal with your fine, the Director may also direct VicRoads to suspend your licence or registration.  You'll be notified in writing by VicRoads when this has happened.

    Note: It's a serious offence to drive with a suspended licence or unregistered vehicle.

    7 Day Notice

    This is your final warning to deal with your fine before the Sheriff takes further action against you.

    During the 7 day period, you can:

    Once the 7 day notice period expires,σ you can't apply for a payment arrangement, work and development permit, the family violence scheme or request a review. 

    Need help with your fine?

    The information on your fine is important. If you don’t understand it, you should have it interpreted and explained to you.

    If you’d like to talk to someone, call Fines Victoria on (03) 9200 8222 or 1300 369 819 (for regional callers) Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (except public holidays).

    *This amount is adjusted each July.

    σ If you received a 7 day notice prior to 31 December 2017, you may still be able to apply for a payment arrangement, work and development permit, the family violence scheme or request a review.

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