COVID-19 fines self-help Kit

COVID-19 Fines Self-Help Kit

What are my options if I get a COVID-19 fine?

Always get legal advice before choosing to go to court. Always get legal advice if the police take the matter to court. 

 

What happens if I ignore the fine?

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If you ignore the fine, it will not go away. If you ignore your fine it will cost more money. 

What do I do if...

I breached the restrictions and want to pay: You can pay the fine in full before the due date.

I breached the restrictions, but I can't afford the fine: 

  • If you need more time to pay, you can request an extension. You must pay the fine in full on the new due date.
    • You will be assessed based on your income, financial status, payment history, any hardship you are experiencing, and/or if you hold a health care card/pensioner card/veterans' card
  • If you cant pay in full, you can apply for a payment plan. A payment plan means you can pay in installments or bit-by-bit.
    • You will be assessed based on your income, financial status, payment history, any hardship you are experiencing, and/or if you hold a health care card/pensioner card/veterans' card

I didn't breach the restrictions or I didn't know I was breaching them OR

I breached the restrictions but I have special or exceptional circumstances (including family violence):

  • If you think that you have been issued the fine wrongly or unfairly, or you have special or exceptional circumstances you can ask Victoria Police to review and withdraw the fine. This is your first opportunity to request for a review. If they agree, you don't have to pay the fine.
    • Please click HERE for a guide to requesting an internal review.
  • If you are a victim-survivor of family violence and the family violence was a big reason why you got the fine you may be able to have your fine withdrawn. This means you don't have to pay the fine. Please call us or speak to a lawyer if this applies to you.
  • If you are experiencing severe financial hardship, family violence, homelessness, mental disabilities, and/or drug or alcohol addiction you might be able to work off your fines. Contact the WDP team (https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/wdp), a financial counsellor or your local CLC to see if you could be eligible. 
  • You can also apply for a review once your fine has reached the ENFORCEMENT WARRANT STAGE. Once a fine is at this stage there can be a penalty of almost $160.
    • Please call us or speak to a lawyer ASAP if you are thinking about waiting until this stage and applying for an enforcement review.

 

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