Release date: Wed 9 July 2008
Last updated: Mon 25 February 2013
Speed camera, traffic, crime and other infringements
Infringement notices, more commonly known as fines, or on-the-spot fines, are an important part of Victoria's law and order system.
Fines allow for offences, such as littering and traffic and some criminal offences to be punished without a court appearance.
Fairer and firmer fines
The State Government changed the infringements system to ensure a fairer and firmer fine system in 2006.
This system contains safeguards for people who are disadvantaged and gives low-income earners the opportunity to apply to pay their fine by instalment or for an extension of time to pay.
The sanctions also crack down on people who continually ignore the law and refuse to pay their fines.
For further information about the changes, click here.
Frequently asked questions
I have received an infringement notice issued by Victoria Police, what are my options?
Pay the penalty in full
Details of how to pay can be found on your infringement notice or at the Fines Victoria website www.fines.vic.gov.au.
You can also contact Civic Compliance Victoria, details below.
What if I can not afford to pay in one lump sum?
Instead of paying fines in one lump sum, those who are eligible can either pay their fine by instalment or get an extension on the due date from the time it is first issued.
Click here for more information about applying for payment plans or contact Civic Compliance, details below.
I have a good driving record, can I get a warning?
Victoria Police has the power to withdraw an infringement notice and issue an official warning on review. Each application for an official warning is judged on a case-by-case basis.
Click here for further details on the warning criteria.
I have special/exceptional circumstances, can I get a review?
Yes. The State Government introduced laws on 1 July, 2006 allowing a person, or a person acting on their behalf, who has been served an infringement notice to be able to seek to have the decision to serve the notice reviewed.
If a person believes that the decision to serve the infringement notice was contrary to law or involved a mistake of Identity, then they may seek a review.
They may also apply for a review if they believe that their conduct should be excused as exceptional circumstances were involved or that special circumstances apply.
Click here for information on applying for an internal review of an infringement.
What if I was not the driver?
Speeding fines are sent to the registered operator of the vehicle.
If you have been sent a speeding fine but you were not the driver, or person in possession or control of the vehicle, you must say, if you can, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence.
To nominate a driver, complete the nomination statement on the back of your traffic infringement notice or download the Nomination Statement from the right side of this page, and return to Civic Compliance Victoria.
Do not pay the penalty. A new traffic infringement notice will be issued to the person you have nominated, and the fine sent to you will be cancelled.
Note: It is an offence under the Road Safety Act to knowingly provide false or misleading information on a Nomination Statement. It can attract 60 penalty units (in excess of $7300).
Can I object to my fine?
Persons who receive an infringement notice have the opportunity to have the matter determined by a court. For example, maybe you think you were not driving at the speed that has been alleged or you might want to present your circumstances to a Magistrate to determine.
If you want to have your case heard in court, fill out the section on the back of your infringement notice and return it to Civic Compliance Victoria.
Note: Time limits and other restrictions may apply to any of these options.
The recording of demerit points against a licence holder is the responsibility of VicRoads, however, the following information may be useful.
Demerit points are recorded as of the date of offence only. It is not affected by any other action.
When an infringement is paid, or part paid, an Enforcement Order is issued or the matter is found proven before a Court, the relevant points are applied back to the date of offence.
The application of points or the accruing period of points cannot be delayed or altered.
To obtain further information relating to the infringement process visit the links on the right side of this page, or contact Civic Compliance Victoria by phone on (03) 9200 8111 or in person at Ground Floor, 277 William Street, Melbourne.