Most fines are referred to Fines Victoria. See the Fines Victoria website for information about payment and management of your fine.
If you receive a statement of fines and penalties or payment notice (see attached example) from the Magistrates’ Court, you will need to pay the court directly. See the information below for more detail.
Payment of fines
See the Fines Victoria website if you have received a Court Fine Collection Statement or Notice of Final Demand.
Payment to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria can be made:
- in person at any Magistrates’ Court location
- by BPAY
- by sending a cheque or money order to the court where the order was made. If you choose this method, please write your name and case number and contact details on the back of the cheque.
If you are paying multiple fines by instalments to the Magistrates’ Court, you will need to outline the fines and amounts being paid. You can apply to the court to have fines grouped together. This is known as a group stay and allows you to make one regular payment.
Converting fines to community work
You can make an application to a registrar to convert your fine to unpaid community work.
What you need to know
- You need to attend in person at your local Magistrates’ Court to make this application.
- There is no fee associated with lodging this application with the Court.
- Not all monetary orders can be converted to community work. For example, compensation to victims cannot be converted.
- The Registrar will usually only grant an application if you are unemployed or if there is some exceptional reason why the fine cannot be paid off by instalments.
- Before you make your application to the Registrar, you must obtain up to date information from Fines Victoria as to how much is outstanding on your fine. For example, bring in receipts of payments. If you have not paid anything to Fines Victoria, make this known to the registrar.
- You are required to provide the Court with an affidavit in relation to your financial situation. You may be asked to provide financial records which may include copies of your bank statements.
- You will be required to do a minimum 8 hrs of work and the conversion is one hour for approximately every $20 owing.
- If granted, you will need to attend your local Community Corrections Centre within 48 hours of the order being made, or you will find yourself in contravention of the order. Corrections can charge you with a contravention offence for non-attendance or non-compliance with the order.
What you need to do
Attend your local Magistrates’ Court with the above documentation and make your application to a Registrar.
If your application is granted, you will need to sign the order. You then must to report to your nearest Community Corrections Centre (nominated on your order) within 48 hours.
Please email email@example.com if you have a question about your fine.