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Fines and penalties

A sheriff's officer fixing a wheel clamp notice to a car

An infringement notice, or fine, is a penalty for breaking the law. In Victoria offences for which fines can be issued are covered by more than 60 acts and are administered by a range of state and local government agencies, including universities and hospitals.

Traffic, parking and transport-related offences are the most common.

Enforcing fines

If you receive a fine and do not pay it on time, you will be subject to additional fees.

Should your unpaid fine advance to warrant stage, sheriff’s officers will be called in to enforce the matter.

Sanctions at the Sheriff’s disposal include: 

  • wheel clamping
  • suspension of your driver’s licence and motor vehicle registration
  • non-renewal of your motor vehicle registration
  • seizure and sale of personal property.

The system

The infringements system is in place to discourage unlawful behaviour and to give people the option of resolving their matters by paying a fixed penalty, rather than going to court.

The Department of Justice and Regulation manages the end-to-end infringements system in Victoria.

For more information about the fines process, to pay a fine or to explore your options, please visit the Fines Victoria website (External link)

Who's involved

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander flags

The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.