Getting a fine reviewed

Getting a fine reviewed

If you think there is a reason why you shouldn’t have to pay the fine, you can ask the agency to review it.

The agency can look at your fine if you:

  • believe there was a mistake made in giving you the fine
  • believe the fine should be given to someone else
  • believe there are exceptional circumstances which mean you should not pay the fine
  • have special circumstances
  • did not know about the fine (not available you were personally given the fine or if you did not update your address within 14 days of moving).

The agency cannot review your fine if you got caught for drink or drug driving, or excessive speeding.

Ask for a review before the due date on your fine. The agency cannot review the fine once it has been lodged with the Infringements Court.

Special circumstances

Special circumstances are if you find it difficult to avoid getting fines because you:

  • have a mental illness
  • have an intellectual disability
  • are addicted to drugs, alcohol or inhaling volatile substances (‘chroming’)
  • are a victim of family violence
  • are homeless.

Find out more about how you can deal with your fines if you have special circumstances.

Applying for a review

You can apply for a review by writing to the agency that fined you. The agency’s contact details are on the infringement notice. You need to explain why you think the fine should be reviewed. You will also need to provide a current residential address.

You can only apply for review of a fine once. It is a good idea to get legal advice before sending in your application.

What happens next?

The agency should make a decision within 90 days. They will let you know in writing. You do not need to take any further action if the agency decides to:

  • cancel the fine
  • change the fine to a warning.

If the agency does not cancel or withdraw the fine, you can:

If the agency refuses your application but you still believe you have special circumstances, you can also wait for the penalty to be lodged with the Infringements Court and then apply for revocation of the fine.

See How to make a special circumstances application.

Get help

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