Here’s an overview of what you can do to fix fines.
Help is always available. Just don’t ignore your fines.
1. Contest the fine
Name another driver
For vehicle-related fines, the fine can be reassigned to the person driving at the time.
Get your fine reviewed
Ask the issuing agency to change or cancel your fine.
Get enforcement of your fines reviewed
You can apply to have enforcement of your fines cancelled. This is called 'enforcement review'.
Challenge your fine in court
The court may cancel or reduce your fine. Alternatively, they may increase your penalty.
What to do with private parking fines
Private parking penalties are not fines. You can write a letter to the company that gave you the fine and avoid paying it.
2. Get free legal advice
Contact your local Community Legal Centre
Community legal centres provide free legal services to the public.
Contact Victoria Legal Aid
Victoria Legal Aid is a free, means-tested service for anyone living in Victoria.
What to do with fines when you’re under 18
If you are under 18, you can get free legal advice from Youthlaw. There is a good chance you can have your fine reduced or avoid paying your fine.
What to do with fines if you are an Asylum Seeker
If you are an asylum seeker, you must get legal advice before contesting a fine.
3. Get help paying
Contact your local Financial Counsellor
There are free financial counsellors available to everyone in Victoria.
Get a time extension
If you are having trouble paying your fine on time, you can request to pay later instead.
Get a payment plan
If you are having trouble paying your fine on time, you can ask to pay in instalments.
Apply for a payment arrangement
If your fine is at the Notice of Final Demand or Warrant stage, you can apply to pay later or by instalments.
What to do when you have more fines than you can manage
If you have more fines than you can manage, you can still get help
4. Pay your fine
Get these results in an email
Do you have multiple fines?
Please don’t ignore your fine.
If you do not take action by the due date you may have to pay more or go to court.