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Paying a court fine

    ​​How to pay a c​ourt fine

    If you have been fined by the court, you will be sent a Notice of Penalty which will say how much you have to pay. The court will usually give you 28 days to pay your court fine.

    You can pay by:

    • credit card
    • cheque or money order
    • EFTPOS at the court.

    Sample: Sample notice of penalty - e​xplained.

    How to ask for more time to pay

    If you would like more time to pay your fine, you need to complete an application for 'Time to Pay a Court Fine'.

    You need one form:

    • Application for Time to Pay a Court Fine

    You can get copies of the form from:

    Sample: Sample application for time to pay court fines.

    You should file the completed form at a local court registry. There is no filing fee.

    An offer to pay instalments of less than $100.00 per fortnight may not be accepted, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you are receiving a Veterans Affairs Pension, Centrelink Payments or you have a concession card, you can offer to pay less than $100.00 as long as you pay at least $15.00 per fortnight.

    Make sure your instalment payments are paid on or before the due date.

    Payment by instalments if you are on Centrelink benefits

    If you receive a Centrelink benefit, such as a pension or newstart allowance, you can apply to have instalment payments deducted from your fortnightly benefit.

    You need one form:

    • Application for Early Enforcement of Court Fines for Clients in Receipt of a Government Benefit.

    You can get copies of the form from:

    Sample: Sample early enforcement to pay by instalments - penalty notices (Centrelink customers only).

    Voluntary enforcement - Work and Development Orders (WDOs)

    You can choose to have your court fine 'voluntarily enforced' by Revenue NSW, so that you can pay off your fine through a Work and Development Order (WDO). A WDO is where you agree to do an activity, such as unpaid work, a training course, or undergo a medical treatment plan, to pay off your fines. 

    You may be eligible for a WDO if you:

    • have a mental illness
    • have an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment
    • have a serious addiction to drugs or alcohol
    • are homeless, or
    • are experiencing acute economic hardship (which can include where you rely on Centrelink benefits).

    For more information, go to the Revenue NSW website or contact the WDO Hotline on 1300 478 879.

    Alert icon You will not have to pay the $65 enforcement fee if you choose to have your court fine voluntarily enforced to do a WDO. 

    What happens if I do not pay?

    If you:

    • do not pay your fine by the due date on the Notice of Penalty, or
    • do not pay your instalments on time

    the court can refer your fine to Revenue NSW.

    Revenue NSW can take steps to force you to pay the fine. They can do this by sending you an overdue fine. An overdue fine will also add an additional fee to your o​riginal fine.  

    If you are not able to pay a court fine that is being enforced by the Revenue NSW, you can:

    • apply to pay by instalments with Revenue NSW
    • do a Work and Development Order (WDO) if you are eligible. A WDO involves doing an activity as a way of paying off some or all of the total fines that you owe. For more information, go to the Revenue NSW website​, or
    • ask the NSW Attorney General to remit your fine. If your fine is remitted, you will not have to pay it. For more information, go to the Justice Legal website.

    For more information about overdue fines, see Responding to an Overdue Fine in the 'Fines' topic of this website. ​​


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    Further information

    Legal Aid NSW Factsheet -Work and Development orders ​

    Revenue NSW Work and development orders