Edit: Note that this post refers to an amnesty that occurred in 2010. I don’t know what the current situation is.
A fee waiver scheme is currently on to encourage people to pay their outstanding fines.
The government amnesty runs until March 19. For those who enter into arrangements to pay their outstanding fines, some of the fees and charges that have been attached since the issue of the original notice was issued will be waived.
The fines website advises that the lodgement fee ($45.60), enforcement order costs ($24.50) and the warrant issue fee ($51.40) will typically be waived. The cost of a penalty reminder notice will not be waived.
Not all agencies who issue fines are participating in the amnesty. Here’s a list of those who are.
The government have flagged that a ‘get tough’ campaign is intended to follow the fee waiver period. Sanctions include licence and registration suspension, wheel clamping and property seizure.
This carrot-and-stick approach will create extra work for the Magistrates’ Court. While paying a ticket has benefits for an accused, it’s not the right option for everyone. Some people who have had fines issued to them are better off going before a magistrate and asking them to reverse the finding of the Infringments Court, and either contesting or pleading guilty to the offence alleged.
This free handbook from VLA can be helpful when trying to explain to people what their options are: A Workers Guide to Fines.