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Work and development permit scheme

The Work and Development Permit (WDP) Scheme is a new initiative to provide vulnerable and disadvantaged people with a non-financial option to address their fine debt.  A WDP allows an eligible person to work off fine debt by participating in certain activities and treatment. 

A person must undertake a WDP under the supervision of a sponsor. A sponsor is an organisation or a health practitioner accredited by the Secretary, Department of Justice and Regulation to support the WDP scheme. A sponsor must apply for a WDP on behalf of an eligible person.

To participate in the WDP Scheme a person must be engaged with a sponsor and must:

  • have a mental or intellectual disability, disorder or illness
  • have an addiction to drugs, alcohol or a volatile substance
  • be experiencing homelessness
  • be experiencing acute financial hardship, or
  • be the victim of family violence.

A WDP is one of a number of options available to deal with fines. Some of the other options to deal with fines include:

The most appropriate option to deal with fines will depend on a person’s circumstances. To help decide which option is the most suitable, a person may wish to seek legal advice, by contacting a local community legal centre via the Federation of Community Legal Centres(external link) or Victoria Legal Aid(external link)

WDP Guidelines

The WDP scheme is established under Division 3A of the Infringements Act 2006. The scheme is supported by the WDP Guidelines. The WDP Guidelines are made by the Attorney-General under section 27L of the Infringements Act 2006 and set out certain requirements and details relating to the scheme. 

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Please note that the information/consent form for the Work and Development Permit is only available in PDF format. If you have any difficulties in accessing this form please contact the WDP Operational Team (see details below).


The WDP scheme is a new initiative for Victoria. The scheme commenced on 1 July 2017 and is initially operating with a group of foundation sponsors to establish a quality program for vulnerable Victorians and WDP sponsors.

Further information

If you are interested to learn more about the WDP Scheme, contact the WDP Operational Team at or telephone 1300 323 483.

Author: Department of Justice and Regulation
Publisher: Department of Justice and Regulation
Date of Publication: 2017
Copyright: Department of Justice and Regulation, 2017


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