If you don't pay your fine and ignore all reminders, the matter will become more serious and costly.
The Director, Fines Victoria can:
If the Director, Fines Victoria has taken one of the above actions against you, you'll need to deal with your outstanding fines to stop further enforcement action.
If you continue to ignore your fine, the Magistrates' Court may issue an enforcement warrant, giving the Sheriff power to enforce that warrant and take action against you.
If the Magistrates' Court issues an enforcement warrant against you in relation to a particular matter and you don't pay, the Sheriff can:
If you have an outstanding enforcement warrant, the Director, Fines Victoria can direct VicRoads to apply one or all of the following driver and vehicle sanctions:
If you don't deal with your outstanding fines, VicRoads will notify you by mail if a driver and vehicle sanction has been applied. The driver and vehicle sanction will only be lifted if you deal with your outstanding fines.
It’s an offence to:
These amounts are adjusted each July.
If you have an outstanding enforcement warrant, the Sheriff can wheel clamp and detain your vehicle or remove number plates from your vehicle. This can happen anywhere, at any time.
To wheel clamp your vehicle, a Sheriff's officer can:
If your vehicle has been wheel clamped or your number plates removed, 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.
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 $9,913*.
If your number plates have been removed, it is a serious offence to remove or tamper with the sticker affixed to the vehicle, punishable by a fine of up to $9,913*
*This amount is adjusted each July
If you have an outstanding enforcement 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:
If you do any of the above, you risk a large fine, jail or both
You may be arrested if a court has issued an enforcement 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.
These amounts are adjusted each July.
Note: It's an offence to breach terms of your Community Work Program.
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 24 hours.
Note: It's a serious offence to breach terms of your bail. You can risk severe penalties, including imprisonment.
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 (intellectual disability, mental illness or disorder, addition to drugs or alcohol; or are homeless or suffering from 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 for a payment arrangement or work and development permit. 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:
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 $165.22*. So if you've received a fine for an offence that carries 2 penalty units, the total fine is $330.
*This amount is adjusted each July.
We understand some people are experiencing significant hardship because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you've been financially affected and you have unpaid fines, Fines Victoria can provide assistance with managing these.
Contact Fines Victoria to discuss your options and the support available.