What does ‘special circumstances’ mean?

Special circumstances means that you could not avoid getting the fine because of your circumstances at the time.

When do special circumstances apply?

Special circumstances apply if, when you got the fine, you:

  • had an intellectual disability, cognitive impairment or mental illness
  • had a drug or alcohol addiction
  • were homeless or living in unstable housing
  • were experiencing family violence

and as a result:

  • you could not control the behaviour you were fined for
  • or you didn’t understand that you what you did was against the law
infoImportant things to know

You can get your fines cautioned

If you have special circumstances, you can have your fines reviewed by Revenue NSW who may issue a caution. The review will be completed with reference to the internal review guidelines.

Get advice

If you think you have special circumstances, get free legal help.

What to do if you have special circumstances

If you think that you have special circumstances, contact your local Community Legal Centre or Legal Aid NSW for help.

You can also use the letter template below to request a report from your doctor or psychiatrist to help you.

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