What to do when you have more fines than you can manage

You can always get help.

If you have more fines than you can manage, the best thing to do is to get help.

You can call your Legal Aid NSW office or LawAccess NSW for legal help on 1300 888 529.

You can also get free financial counselling from a Financial Counsellor.

When should you do this?
  • You are feeling overwhelmed by the number of fines you have
  • Dealing with your fines is stressful or upsetting
  • You have special circumstances
infoImportant things to know

Don't panic

It's possible to fix your fines, whatever your situation.

There is help available

You can get free help from Legal Aid or LawAccess NSW or a Financial Counsellor.

Get free help with your fines

You can call your local Legal Aid NSW office or LawAccess NSW for legal help on 1300 888 529.

The operating hours are from 8.30am to 5.30pm for Sydney (Central Sydney) and 9am to 5pm for all other offices.

The operating hours for LawAccess NSW are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

For more information, go to the Legal Aid NSW or LawAccess NSW website.

You can find a Financial Counsellor on the Financial Counsellors’ Association of NSW, Inc. (FCAN) website.

You can also call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.

For more information, go to the National Debt Helpline website.

What to do

Collect your fines together

  • Group them together by stage (infringement, notice of final demand, overdue fine). You can use the colours of the notices to help you
  • or organise them by due date: put the most urgent on the top of the pile
  • or you might be able to get a summary from Revenue NSW – you can also contact LawAccess NSW who can find out the details about you fines from Revenue NSW.

Collect supporting information

If you have other information that proves that you shouldn’t have got some of your fines, collect that too. It may be things like:

  • Proof that you weren’t the driver/responsible person of your car when the fine was issued
  • A doctor’s letter proving that you have a special circumstance than means you shouldn’t have got the fine
  • A letter from a social worker explaining what your situation is
  • Bank statements or evidence of your income
  • Other evidence that means you can’t pay the fine

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cautionPlease don’t ignore your fine

If you do not take action by the due date you may pay more and be stopped from driving or using your car.