Understanding my fine

When you receive a letter from the Fines Unit, it's usually because your fine is overdue.

Lifecycle of a fine


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Types of fines

Expiation notices

Fines are provided to the Fines Unit by 'Issuing Authorities' when the original expiation notice goes unpaid. The expiation can then be provided to the Fines Unit for 'enforcement'. At this stage a number of serious enforcement actions can occur if a fine is not managed on time.

Court fines

These fines are court-ordered sums (also known as 'pecuniary sums') and could relate to a range of matters. Enforcement action could be taken if a court fine is not managed on time.

How to manage an overdue fine

You can manage a fine by paying it in full, requesting a payment arrangement (fee may apply) or, if you are in severe difficulty, speaking to an operator about your financial circumstances. This can mean we can put a hold on further enforcement action as you pay your fine in instalments.

If you do not contact the Fines Unit, enforcement actions such as driver's licence suspensions and garnishment of income or bank accounts can be applied. This also means additional fees and charges continue to be added to the amount owing.

Overdue fine notices

A large range of fines are provided to the Fines Unit for enforcement - from parking and traffic fines, through to environmental, animal management, liquor licensing fines and court fines.