If you don’t pay your fine and ignore all reminders, the matter will become more serious and costly.
If you continue to ignore your fine, the Infringements Court may issue an infringement warrant, giving the Sheriff power to enforce that warrant and take action against you.
If the Infringements Court issues you with an infringement warrant in relation to a particular matter and you don’t pay, the Sheriff can:
You’ll need to deal with your outstanding fines for a vehicle sanction to be lifted and to stop further enforcement action.
If you have an outstanding infringement warrant, the Sheriff can direct VicRoads to:
Before the Sheriff can do this, you’ll receive a notice giving you 7 days to deal with your outstanding fines.
If you don’t deal with your outstanding fines, VicRoads will notify you in the mail about your licence and registration suspension. The suspension will only be lifted if you deal with your outstanding fines.
If you make an application with the Infringements Court, your licence or registration suspension will still stand while your application is processed.
Note: It’s an offence to:
If you have an outstanding infringement warrant, the Sheriff can wheel clamp your vehicle. This can happen anywhere, at any time, whether you’ve been notified or not.
To wheel clamp your vehicle, a Sheriff’s officer can:
If your vehicle has been wheel clamped, you should act quickly. You can:
If you don’t deal with your outstanding warrant after your vehicle has been wheel clamped, your vehicle may be detained, seized and sold at a public auction.
Note: It’s a serious offence to tamper with or remove a wheel clamp. The maximum penalty for a first offence is 6 months imprisonment, or over $9,514.20.
If you have an outstanding infringement warrant, the Sheriff can seize your property to the value of your outstanding debt.
If you don’t deal with your outstanding warrant after your property has been seized, the Sheriff will sell your property at a public auction.
If this happens, you’ll be asked to sign for the safekeeping of your property until it’s taken by the Sheriff. If you refuse to sign for safekeeping, the Sheriff will remove your property right away.
If you sign for safekeeping, the property seized must not be:
You may be arrested if a court has issued an infringement warrant against you.
Sheriff’s officers can arrest you if a Seven Day Notice has been served and you don’t:
Once you’re arrested, you may be:
A Community Work Permit allows you to work off your fine through community work. The hours you work is based on how much you owe.
To pay your outstanding fine through a CWP:
If you meet and agree with the conditions of the permit, you’ll be released on the spot. If you refuse or you’re not eligible for a CWP, you’ll be arrested and bailed to appear before a magistrate.
To be eligible for bail, you must agree to the ‘Undertaking of Bail’ conditions, and you’ll be required to appear in court at a later date.
If you agree to the conditions, you’ll be released on the spot. If you’re not offered bail, or don’t agree to the conditions, you’ll be taken to the nearest police station to appear before a magistrate within 48 hours.
Note: It’s a serious offence to breach terms of your bail. You can risk severe penalties, including imprisonment.
In court, a magistrate may order for you to be imprisoned to pay for your outstanding fine. The time you spend imprisoned is determined by how much you owe.
When you appear in court, the magistrate will give you or your representative a chance to speak. The magistrate may decide to:
If the magistrate believes you have special circumstances (mental or intellectual disability, disorder, disease or illness;, addition to drugs, alcohol or a volatile substance; or are experiencing homelessness or family violence) or exceptional circumstances, they may withdraw part, or all of the fine.
If you’ve appeared in court and you don’t pay a fine ordered by a magistrate or judge, a warrant for your arrest may be issued. If this happens, a Sheriff’s officer will serve you a Seven Day Notice notifying you of:
You’ll have 7 days to deal with your fine – you can apply to pay by instalments or through unpaid community work. To do this, you’ll need to attend the court that ordered the fine to submit your application.
If you don’t finalise your matter within the 7 days, the Sheriff’s officer will arrest you and take you to the nearest police station where you’ll be offered to appear:
The judge may decide to:
Penalty units determine the amount a person is fined when they commit an offence.
The current value of a penalty unit is $158.57*. So if you’ve received a fine for an offence that carries 2 penalty units, the total fine is $317.14.
*This amount is adjusted each July.