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:
Sample notice of penalty - explained.
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:
You can get copies of the form from:
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.
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.
Sample early enforcement to pay by instalments - penalty notices (Centrelink customers only).
You can choose to have your court fine 'voluntarily enforced' by State Debt Recovery (SDR), 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:
For more information, go to the SDR website or contact the WDO Hotline on 1300 478 879.
You will not have to pay the $65 enforcement fee if you choose to have your court fine voluntarily enforced to do a WDO.
the court can refer your fine to State Debt Recovery (SDR).
SDR 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 original fine.
If you are not able to pay a court fine that is being enforced by the SDR, you can:
For more information about overdue fines, see
Responding to an Overdue Fine in the 'Fines' topic of this website.
Legal Aid NSW Factsheet -Work and Development orders
State Debt Recovery Work and development orders