Work and development order sponsors

Sponsor agencies oversee activities or treatment for a Work and Development Order (WDO) client.

Sponsor organisations and health practitioners can submit an application, vary an existing WDO and report on the client activity hours completed using the WDO Self Service Portal.

For information on how to use the Portal, download the Work and Development Order self service portal user guide.

Register as a sponsor

Apply to become an approved organisation or health practitioner.

Work and Development Orders (WDOs) are a way to help people who can't pay their fines. WDOs allow customers to clear their fines through unpaid work, courses and treatment programs with approved WDO sponsors. WDOs can help clients get their driver licence back and make a fresh start.

The WDO scheme delivers real change and community benefit.

The WDO scheme helps people who:

  • have a mental illness
  • have an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment
  • have a serious addiction to drugs, alcohol or volatile substances
  • are homeless
  • are in acute economic hardship.

WDO sponsors include government agencies, non-government organisations and health practitioners. Sponsors use the WDO Self Service Portal to streamlines the WDO process. WDOs can be applied for and managed through the portal without submission of paperwork.

As a WDO Sponsor, you can:

  • Support a customer to do activities directly through your service, or
  • Case manage the customer's activities that they do somewhere else.

Organisations and health practitioners must comply with the Work and Development Order guidelines. Read these guidelines for proof of eligibility requirements, approved WDO activities and activity cut-out rates before applying and consult the WDO sponsor application checklist.

For all enquiries about becoming a sponsor agency, or to check the status of an organisation/health practitioner application, please contact us.


1300 478 879
8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Last updated: 17 December 2018