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Why does the Sheriff seize vehicles/assets?

Sheriff's officers enforce warrants from both the criminal and civil jurisdiction.

Some warrants direct a Sheriff's officer to seize and sell property belonging to the person named in the warrant if the outstanding fine or court ordered debt is not paid.


Property seized by Sheriff's officers, such as vehicles, are sold at public auctions at venues across Victoria and online. The proceeds of the sale of seized goods are used to pay off the debt incurred (the original amount plus enforcement related costs) by the owner.

Potential buyers of property sold at Sheriff's auctions should note that items can be withdrawn at any time if payment of the outstanding fine or debt is made.


The Sheriff currently sells property, including vehicles, through a number of commercial auctioneers.

These include:

Manheim (External link)

Autorola (External link)

Ebay (External link)

Upcoming auctions

Auction Date Asset Auctioneer
24 November 2017 2006 FORD TERRITORY AUTOROLA
24 November 2017 2008 TOYOTA RAV 4 AUTOROLA
24 November 2017 2004 BMW 325 CI AUTOROLA
24 November 2017 2008 HYUNDAI I30 AUTOROLA
24 November 2017 2015 HYUNDAI ACCENT AUTOROLA
24 November 2017 2012 SKODA SUPERB AUTOROLA
24 November 2017 2006 UD MK 6 AUTOROLA
29 November 2017 2010 SUBARU LIBERTY MANHEIM
29 November 2017 2015 FORD RANGER MANHEIM
29 November 2017 2006 JEEP RENEGADE MANHEIM


Real estate auctions

Visit the Real estate auctions by the Sheriff page of this website.

Please note: This page refers only to the seizure and sale of goods related to outstanding infringement (fines) matters and debt related to civil court judgments.

For information about crime-related confiscation, please visit the asset confiscation page of this website.


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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.