Dealing with fines

Dealing with fines

Your options for dealing with fines are to:

If you are fined for a driving offence, and you were not the driver, you can get the fine transferred to the person who was driving. Do this within 28 days of receiving the fine as you cannot do this after a warrant is issued. Do this quickly to also avoid extra costs.

What happens if you don't pay

If you don't pay the fine you may have to pay more or go to court.

Reminder notices

If you do not pay the fine by the due date, you will get a penalty reminder notice. The agency charges you extra costs. The new amount is on the notice. You must pay by the due date on the notice.

You can still get a payment plan, ask for a review, or go to the Magistrates’ Court. This must be done before the fine is sent to the Infringements Court.

If you do not pay the penalty reminder notice on time, the agency will send your fine to the Infringements Court. The Infringements Court will make an enforcement order against you.

Enforcement orders

If you still do nothing, your fine will be sent to the Infringements Court. An enforcement order will be made against you. The court will charge you extra costs. You normally have 28 days to pay.

Infringement warrants

If you do not pay the enforcement order on time, the infringements registrar will issue an infringement warrant so the sheriff can get money from you. The sheriff can come to your home to get the money or take property from you to pay off the fine. The court charges you extra costs again.

Seven-day notices

If you cannot pay, the sheriff gives you a written seven-day notice. You have seven days to pay or apply to the court to have the enforcement order cancelled.

Read more about cancelling the enforcement order if you have special circumstances that apply to you

If you do not pay the infringement warrant on time, the sheriff can apply a range of sanctions (penalties), including:

  • selling your things to cover the cost of the fine
  • putting a wheel-clamp on your car or motorbike until you pay the fine
  • taking money from your wages, called an attachment of earnings order.

If you do not have enough property to cover what you owe, the sheriff can arrest you. You may be released on a community work permit or you may be bailed to appear in the Magistrates’ Court.

If you have to go to the Magistrates’ Court, the magistrate can send you to jail.

More information

Special circumstances

Get help

Find out how you can get help with fines and infringements.