​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |
LawAccess NSW > Representing Yourself > Fines > Have you got a fine?

Fines and young people ​

    ​​​​​​What different rules apply to people under 18 years?

    If you are under 18 years old, or you got your fine when you were under 18, there are some different rules that apply to you, for example:

    • you can't be fined if you are under ten years old
    • generally fines are not given to children under 14
    • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS, formerly known as the RTA) can't suspend your driver's licence or vehicle registration for not paying a fine if you were under 18 when you were fined (unless the fine was for a traffic offence)
    • you can't be fined more than $1100.00 for an offence by a court (as at July 2014)
    • enforcement costs are reduced from $65.00 to $25.00 (as at July 2014) for each fine you received when you were under 18 years old
    • if you are given a Community Service Order (CSO) when you are under 18, the order can only be for a maximum of 100 hours.
    • if you are fined by a court, the court can order that you do not need to pay a court costs levy as well. For more information on the court costs, see Costs in fines cases.

    Which court will deal with the fine?

    If you decide that you want a court to deal with your fine, your case will usually be heard in the Children's Court.

    If you are going to the Children's Court, you should get legal advice.

    The Local Court will hear your case if it relates to a traffic offence and at the time you were fines, you were:

    • 16 years old or older (for traffic offences involving cars), or
    • 16 years and 9 months or older (for traffic offences involving motorbikes).

    For more information, see Going to court.

    Are parents responsible for their children's fines?

    Your parents can't be made to pay your fines for you. If you get a fine, Revenue NSW can't take enforcement action against your parents.

    What if you don't pay?

    If you receive a fine you should deal with it as soon as possible. However, in some cases a person might:

    • not receive the fine
    • forget about the fine
    • not understand what they have to do about the fine.

    If you have received a fine and do not pay the fine in full or make arrangements to pay by instalments, Revenue NSW may:

    • send you a penalty reminder notice
    • issue an overdue fine and add enforcement costs
    • cancel your driver's licence and motor vehicle registration
    • seize (take) your property
    • garnish (take money directly from) your wages or bank accounts.

    For more information, see What if I do nothing?

    Alert Icon  There are strict time limits for responding to fines. If you are a young person and you have received a fine, you should get legal advice.

    ​​