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Your fine should give you information about the different ways it can be paid. Most fines can be paid:
You should keep a record of the payment and any receipt that you are given.
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.
If 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.
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.
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:
Sample Payment by Instalments Application-Individuals
(206 kb) or
text only version
Sample Payment by Instalments Application-Companies
(179 kb) or
text only version
For more information on these options, see the
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
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 website.
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 early enforcement to pay by instalments - penalty notices (Centrelink customers only)(165 kb) or text only version.
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