Got a fine? Don’t ignore it. Do get legal advice.
Call us toll-free on 1800 765 767 or email [email protected].
The ALS Fines Clinic helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW.
How we help
We can help you work out the best way to deal with all kinds of fines, including (but not limited to):
- fines issued by NSW Police, local councils and transport officers
- court fines and Victims Restitution Orders
- jury duty fines
- voting fines
- overdue ambulance bills
What we do
The ALS can help with:
- Advice about challenging fines
- Lodging reviews with Revenue NSW
- Managing payment plans
- Fine write-offs (eligibility criteria apply)
- Making referrals for Work and Development Orders (WDOs)
- Contesting COVID fines
I’ve been fined – what are my options?
If you get a new penalty notice or penalty reminder notice, you can either:
- Accept the fine and find a way to manage the payment; or
- Challenge the fine if you think you should not have received the fine in the first place (e.g. you believe it should have been issued to a different person, or there was a good reason why the offence happened)
It’s very important to get legal advice before taking a fine to court. Once you court elect, you cannot take it back and you must go to court to finalise the fine.
Taking a fine to court comes with serious risks, including a possible criminal record, automatic licence disqualification, higher fines and court fees.
What happens if I ignore a fine?
If you ignore a fine, Revenue NSW can take enforcement action to recover the debt from you.
This means extra costs will be added and your driver’s licence or car registration are likely to be suspended. In some cases, money in your bank account or other property can be seized.