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Responding to an overdue fine

There are a number of things you may be able to d​o after you receive an overdue fine: 

    From ​April 2013, Revenue NSW may send private debt collection companies to visit th​e homes of some people who have unpaid overdue fines.​ If you re​​​ceive a visit from a debt collector, you should get legal advice.

    Pay the fine in full

    If you have received an overdue fine and you want to pay it in full, you can pay:

    • online (by credit card)
    • by phone (by credit card)
    • in person at Australia Post
    • by BPAY
    • by mail

    For more information, go to the Revenue NSW website.

    Apply to pay by instalments

    If you have received an overdue fine and you want to pay by instalments, you can apply by:

    • phone, or
    • in writing.

    To apply by phone, you should contact Revenue NSW on 1300 655 805. There are some limits to applying by phone. For example, you cannot apply to pay by instalments by phone if:

    • the amount you owe is more than $10,000
    • Revenue NSW has already started enforcement action against you, such as taking money from (garnishing) your wages or taking (seizing) your property
    • you had an instalment agreement with Revenue NSW in the past and you did not make your payments on time.

    If you can't apply by phone, you can apply in writing by completing a Payment by Instalments form.

    You can get blank Payment by Instalments forms from the Revenue NSW website.

    Icon - sample/instructionsSample: Sample Payment by Instalments - Individuals (206 kb) or text only version.

    Icon - sample/instructionsSample: Sample Payment by Instalments - Companies (179 kb) or text only version.

    Before making an application to pay by instalments it is a good idea to get some help working out what instalments you can afford. For help with this, talk to a financial counsellor. For referral to a free financial counsellor in your area, go to the Financial Counsellors' Association of NSW.

    If you are already paying other fines off by instalment and you get a new fine, you can add the new fine to the existing payment arrangement. You should contact Revenue NSW if you want to do this.

    Alert Icon​If Revenue NSW refuses your application to pay by instalments you can appeal this decision to the Hardship Review Board. Before you make this appeal you should get legal advice.

    Hint iconIf Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has suspended your licence or cancelled your vehicle registration, you may be able to have these restrictions lifted after you have made arrangements to pay the fine by instalments. For more information, see Consequences of an overdue fine.

    Apply for the enforcement order (overdue fine) to be withdrawn

    If you haven’t paid a fine and it is now being enforced, you may be able have the enforcement order withdrawn. Having an enforcement order withdrawn does not always mean that your original penalty notice will also be withdrawn. If an enforcement order is withdrawn, Revenue NSW can:

    • cancel the original infringement altogether
    • give you a caution (a warning but no fine or demerit points) for the original infringement
    • send you a court attendance notice (CAN) so that the court will deal with your original infringement 

    Infringements will only be cancelled or dealt with by a caution in limited circumstances. 

    Revenue NSW can withdraw an enforcement order and send the matter to court if:

    • you weren’t aware of the penalty notice until after you got the enforcement order,
    • you were hindered from taking action on the penalty notice, for example, an accident or illness
    • your penalty reminder notice was returned to Revenue NSW as undelivered
    • there is doubt about your liability for the penalty notice, or
    • there is another good reason why your penalty notice should be withdrawn.

    If Revenue NSW does not withdraw the enforcement order, you can ask the Local Court to cancel it. If the Local Court cancels your enforcement order, this is called an ‘annulment.’

    Step-by-step guide iconStep by step guide: Taking an overdue fine to court.

    Alert Icon​Taking a fine to court could mean you get a heavier penalty. Before taking an overdue fine to court, you should get legal advice. 

    There is no time limit on making an application for the enforcement order to be withdrawn, however, you should make your application as soon as you can. Any delay in applying without a good reason can affect your chances of the application being accepted.

    To apply online, see myEnforcement Order on the Revenue NSW website. 

    If you do not have access to a computer or to the internet, you should contact Revenue NSW and ask them to send you an application form.

    There is no fee for making this application.

    Most fines are for traffic offences, but you could also get an infringement notice for other offences, for example, shoplifting. These fines are called criminal infringement notices (CIN). If you received a CIN and your application to withdraw the overdue fine is successful, your fine may be listed in a local court where it will be heard as if you were charged with the criminal offence. All CINs that are heard in court will appear on your criminal history and if you are convicted, it will appear on your criminal record. If you take a fine to court you could get a more serious penalty.

    Before appealing any fine, you should get legal advice.

    If Revenue NSW rejects your application you will have a further 28 days to make a payment or set up a pay by instalment plan before enforcement action recommences.

    Nominate another driver

    If you have an overdue fine for a camera-detected offence and you weren’t the driver, you still can nominate the person responsible. It is up to Revenue NSW whether they accept your late nomination. 

    For more information about nominating another driver, see Naming the person responsible.

    Request a review

    Revenue NSW may review a fine without the need for an application to withdraw the fine, even if an overdue fine has been paid, if:

    • you did not own the vehicle at the time of the offence and have notified RMS of the new owner's details
    • your identity has been misused and you didn't commit the offence or
    • the fine was for a traffic offence and you can prove your vehicle was not at the location at the time of the offence.

    To request a review you can either contact Revenue NSW by phone on 1300 655 805 or write to them at:

    Revenue NSW
    Locked Bag 2128
    North Sydney N​SW 2059​

    Y​​ou must provide Revenue NSW with evidence, for example, paperwork or a statut​​ory declarati​​on, supporting your claim. If you do not provide documentation to support your claim, your application may be not be successful.​

    For more information, see Review an overdue fine on the Revenue NSW website.

    Apply 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 WDO 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 acute 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).

    Your application must be supported by an approved organisation. The Revenue NSW website has a list of approved organisations. 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 Revenue NSW.

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

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

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

    Apply for a write off of your fine or fines

    If you are unable to pay a fine and this is unlikely to change, you can write to Revenue NSW and ask for your fine to be written off.

    You will need to show that because of your financial, medical or personal circumstances:

    • you do not have any income, money or assets that can be used to pay the fine, and this is unlikely to change in the next five years, and
    • you are not suitable to complete community service, and
    • you are not suitable for a Work and Development Order.

    A write-off is a long process. Revenue NSW will first postpone your fines for five years. After five years, if your circumstances have not improved, Revenue NSW may agree to write your fines off completely. 

    If you receive another overdue fine or your financial circumstances improve within five years Revenue NSW may ask you to pay the fine. If you are asked to pay a fine which has been written off, you should get legal advice.

    For more information, go to the Revenue NSW website.

    Alert IconIf Revenue NSW refuses your application for a write off you can appeal this decision to the Hardship Review Board. Before you make this appeal you should get legal advice.

    Get help

    If you are not sure what to do or you are thinking about applying for a Work and Development Order or writing to Revenue NSW to ask for a write-off of your fines, you should get further help.

    You may also be able to get free advice or help from: