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If you have been fined by the court, the magistrate will usually order that you pay the fine within 28 days. You will be sent a Notice of Penalty which tells you the amount you have to pay.
You can pay by:
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 from:
Sample: Sample Application for Time to Pay a Court Fine.
You should give the completed form to the Local Court registry.
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.
When making your instalment payments make sure they are paid on or before the due date. If you do not pay the instalment on time, the court will refer the matter to Revenue NSW and they will start enforcement action against you to collect the outstanding money. They may add an additional fee to the fine. If this happens, you can apply to pay by instalments through Revenue NSW. For more information, see
Responding to an overdue fine.
If you are not able to pay a court fine that is being enforced by the Revenue NSW, you may be able to ask the NSW Attorney General to recommend that your fine is remitted. If your fine is remitted, you will not have to pay it. For more information, see Remission of fines and driver licence disqualifications on the Department of Communities and Justice website.
If you do not pay your court fine and the court has not agreed for you to pay by instalments or given you an extension of time to pay, your fine will be referred to Revenue NSW.
Revenue NSW will send you an overdue fine to recover the money from you. They will also add an additional fee to the fine. For more information about what to do when you receive an overdue fine, see Responding to an overdue fine.
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 through Centrepay. This is called 'voluntary enforcement'.
To have the fine paid through Centrepay, you need to make a request (verbally or in writing) to the Local Court where the fine was issued, within the 28 days of the court order. If you don't do this within 28 days, extra enforcement costs may be added.
Once you make the request, the Local Court will refer the fine to Revenue NSW. You will then need to apply to Revenue NSW to pay your fine in instalments. You can set up an instalment plan over the phone or through MyEnforcement Order. If you want to apply through MyEnforcement Order you will need the enforcement order reference number and your postcode. There is no cost for this.
You can choose to have your court fine 'voluntarily enforced' by Revenue NSW, 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.
To have the fine paid off through a WDO, you need to make a request (verbally or in writing) to the Local Court where the fine was issued, within the 28 days of the court order. If you don't do this within 28 days, extra enforcement costs may be added.
Once you make the request, the Local Court will refer the fine to Revenue NSW. You should then contact Revenue NSW. Revenue NSW will determine if you are eligible for a WDO.
You may be eligible for a WDO if you:
For more information on WDOs, see Can't pay your debt? on the Revenue NSW website or contact the WDO Hotline on 1300 478 879.
Legal Aid NSW Factsheet - Can't pay your fines?
Revenue NSW Can't pay your debt?