If you’re experiencing serious financial, medical or other personal problems, you can
In some cases we may even cancel your fine.
You can only apply to defer payment if your fine is overdue. You’ll need to demonstrate that you can’t pay your fine now or in the future.
Apply to defer paying your fine
To apply to have your fine deferred you must send us an email explaining why you can’t pay now and why your situation won’t improve soon.
You will need to include:
- your full name, date of birth, address and driver licence number (if you have one)
- the reference number for each overdue fine
- Centrelink details if you are unemployed or not working full time
- details of your current situation
- a completed Statement of Financial Circumstances form (PDF, 87KB)
- financial documents to a support your application, such as payslips, bank statements, bills
- a letter from your doctor, hospital or healthcare provider if your situation involves medical difficulties
- if possible, a letter explaining your hardship from a community welfare group eg The Smith Family or Mission Australia.
You can also authorise someone else to apply on your behalf:
- a family member
- your solicitor or legal advisor
- anyone from a community welfare group.
Once we review your application, we’ll contact you in writing to tell you if your application is successful.
If we agree that your situation is serious enough to warrant deferral of your fine, we’ll defer all enforcement action for five years.
- After five years, we’ll contact you to ask if your circumstances have improved. If they haven’t, we’ll consider writing off your fine.
- You must not receive any more overdue fine notices in this five-year period. If you do, we may cancel the deferral and you’ll have to pay all overdue fines.
If we deny your request, you have the option to appeal our decision.
Visit the Hardship Review Board website for information on how to lodge an appeal.