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Important changes from 31 December 2017

From 1 July 2017, the Infringements Act 2006 (Vic) was changed as part of Victoria's fines reform process, including new ‘social justice initiatives' that affect people experiencing vulnerability. On 31 December 2017, the Fines Reform Act 2014 (Vic) commenced, creating Fines Victoria. This resulted in significant further changes to the infringements system and substantially shorter timeframes for dealing with infringements and fines.

Please be aware of these reforms in relation to any infringements assistance that you are providing to your clients.

We are in the process of updating Homeless Law in Practice. Justice Connect Homeless Law pro bono lawyers should read our further materials about the changes here (password needed), before doing any fines work after 1 July 2017. Please speak to your supervising lawyer, team leader or Homeless Law staff for more information.

While Homeless Law clients are generally not in a position to pay a fine in full, in the event that he or she can pay one or more fines, special circumstances did not apply at the time of the offences (or your client instructs that they do not want to rely on them) and your client does not wish to apply for a reduction of fees or payment plan, your client can pay the fine in full. 

The amount owed will be the amount on the enforcement order which will be:

  • the amount on the original infringement notice; plus
  • the penalty reminder notice fee of $24.48 (as at 1 July 2015); plus
  • the enforcement order of $81.60 (as at 1 July 2015);
  • if the client has received a warrant that has not yet been executed, plus $59.84 (as at 1 July 2015).


If your client wants to pay the fine, he or she can pay online, by direct bank transfer, by post, in person or by telephone, the details of which are on the enforcement order.