Manages the infringements system in Victoria
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.
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 (external link)
- number plate removal (external link)
- seizure and sale of personal property
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.
Fines Victoria (external link) – which sits within the Department of Justice and Regulation – is the entity that manages the administration and enforcement of infringement and court fines across the state.
Fines Victoria is a single, central and accessible point of contact for people with outstanding fines.
Fines Victoria replaced the former Civic Compliance 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)
Your fine options
The fines system offers a number of options to resolve your fine (external link) It is important that you take action early to ensure these options remain available to you.
If you meet certain criteria, you may also be eligible to apply for:
- Pay a fine (External link)
- Apply to pay a fine in instalments (External link)
- Find out what happens if you don’t pay (External link)
- Find out about your infringement options (External link)
- Apply for a Work and Development Permit
- Learn about the Fines Lifecycle (external link)
- Locate sheriff’s offices across Victoria (External link)
- Contact Fines Victoria (external link)
- View the Annual Reports on the infringements system 2007-2017
- View the Attorney-General's Guidelines to the Infringements Act 2006
- View Victoria's Road Safety Strategy (External link)
Learn about the role of sheriff's officers, who are responsible for enforcing warrants and orders issued by all Victorian courts
Find out about penalty units (related to a fine), late charges and penalty interest rates (related to a civil judgment debt or court order)
Read the information provided to the state and government enforcement agencies that administer fines in Victoria
Learn more about the sale of goods that have been seized by sheriff's officers
Learn more about the confiscation of property and/or money connected to crime
View a list of automatically indexed fees and fines (traffic and tolling fines not included)