Applying for a Work and Development Order (WDO)
If you cannot pay your fine, you may be able to apply for a Work and Development Order (WDO). A WDO is where you agree to do an activity, like unpaid work, a training course, or undergo a medical treatment plan to pay off some or all of your fines.
A WDO is available if you:
- are experiencing serious financial hardship
- are experiencing a mental health condition
- have an intellectual or cognitive disability
- are experiencing homelessness
- are experiencing an alcohol or substance use disorder
- are under the age of 18
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. For a list of approved organisations, see Sponsors on the Revenue NSW website. If you want to have medical treatment then you will need a medical practitioner, for example a doctor, to support your application.
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 see Work and development order on the Revenue NSW website.
If Revenue NSW 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.
If your application is refused, you may be eligible for a 50 per cent reduction in your fines. For more information, see Requesting a fine reduction.