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​​Applying for a Work and Development Order (WDO)

A Work and Development Order (WDO) involves doing an activity as a way​ of paying off some or all of the total fines that you owe.

A Work and Development Order is only available if one of the following applies to you:

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

The activities you can do vary, depending on your personal circumstances. Activities can include:

  • ​unpaid work
  • medical or mental health treatment
  • a course
  • financial counselling
  • drug or alcohol treatment
  • a mentoring program (if you are under 25).

The application for a Work and Development Order is made to State Debt Recovery (SDR). 

You can only do unpaid work to reduce or pay off your fines with an approved sponsor organisation. To find an approved sponsor organisation in your area or for information on how to become an approved sponsor, see the SDR website or call the SDR Work and Development Order Hotline on 1300 478 879.

If you want to have medical treatment then you will need a medical practitioner (for example a doctor) to support your application.  The medical practitioner will also have to be approved by SDR. The SDR website also lists approved medical practitioners.

If you think you may be eligible for a Work and Development Order:

  • contact the SDR Work and Development Order Hotline on 1300 478 879 or
  • read more information on the SDR website.

Alert IconIf SDR refuses your application for a Work and Development Order you can appeal this decision to the Fines Hardship Review Board. Before you make this appeal, you should get legal advice.