​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 |

Paying the fine

This section covers: ​​

    ​​​P​​aying in full

    How to pay​

    Your fine should give you information about the different ways it can be paid. Most fines can be paid:

    • online
    • on the phone
    • by BPAY
    • by post
    • at an Australia Post Office, or 
    • using the Service NSW app.

    You should keep a record of the payment and any receipt that you are given.

    When to pay

    When you receive a fine, it may have a due date, which is normally 21 days after the date the fine was served.

    Once the 21 days are up, a penalty reminder notice will be sent out to you. You will have 28 days from the date of the penalty reminder notice to either pay, elect to go to court, name the person responsible or ask for a review.

    If you don't do anything by the due date of the penalty reminder notice, enforcement action will be taken against you.

    Alert IconIf your fine has reached the enforcement stage, SDR will add enforcement costs of $65.00, or $25.00 if you are under 18 (as at July 2015) to the amount owing.

    What happens after you pay a fine

    If you pay a fine for a traffic offence, it can have an effect on your licence and driving record.

    For more information, see Consequences of paying a fine.

    ​Paying by instalments

    How to pay by instalments

    When you receive a fine, you can make part payments, of at least $40.00 per fortnight, right up until the due date of the penalty reminder notice. If the full amount is not paid by the due date of the penalty reminder notice, SDR can send you an overdue fine.

    Once you receive an overdue fine, you must apply to SDR if you want to pay by instalments. SDR will add enforcement costs of $65.00 or $25.00 if you are under 18 years (as at July 2015) to the amount owing.

    You can apply to pay by instalments:

    • online,
    • by telephone or
    • by completing a pay by instalment application.

    Sample: Sample Payment by Instalments Application-IndividualsAdobe Acrobat PDF icon(206 kb) or text only version

    Sample: Sample Payment by Instalments Application-Companies​​​ Adobe Acrobat PDF icon(179 kb) or text only version

    For more information on these options, see the SDR website.

    If while you are paying off your fine you receive another fine, the new fine will automatically be added to your existing payment plan. The number of individual instalments you will need to make to pay off both fines will increase but the dollar amount of each instalment will not. If you do not want this to happen, you should contact SDR​. ​

    If you are on Centrelink benefits

    If you are on a Centrelink benefit, such as Newstart or Austudy, you can arrange for instalments to be deducted from your payment through Centrepay even before the due date of the penalty reminder notice.

    For more information, see the SDR we​bsite.

    If you are on a Centrelink benefit and you arrange for instalments to be deducted from your benefit before the due date on your penalty notice or your penalty reminder notice, you will not have to pay the usual fee of $65.00 (as at July 2015​​) for enforcement costs.

    If you arrange to pay by Centrepay prior to the due date on your penalty notice or penalty reminder notice, you will not be able to ask for a review or elect to have your matter heard in court.

    Sample: Sample early enforcement to pay by instalments - penalty notices (Centrelink customers only)(165 kb) or text only version.

    Picture of man reading a Penalty Notice
    To securely view your information and deal with your fine or penalty notice by iPhone or Android download the Service NSW app. ​


    Further information

    Legal Aid NSW Factsheet - Work and Development orders ​

    State Debt Recovery Work and development orders