Fines and fees

Judges may impose fines and costs as part of a sentence. These fines and costs may be referred to Fines Victoria for the debtor to manage their payment with. You can also apply to convert a fine or costs to unpaid community work.

Payment options

When a judge refers an amount to Fines Victoria, payment can be made to the Court on the day the fine or costs are imposed (in part or in full). The balance will be transferred to Fines Victoria overnight. Once transferred, the Court will not be able to take any payment for the fines or costs.

If your fine or costs has been transferred, Fines Victoria will send you a Court fine collection statement outlining your payment options. These payment options may include a payment arrangement, which is either an extension of time to pay or payment by instalments. For these matters, enquiries can be made to Fines Victoria by calling (03) 9200 8111 or 1300 369 819 or visiting the Fines Victoria website.

If your payment options with Fines Victoria do not include a payment arrangement, or if the fine or costs are not referred to Fines Victoria, any application for time to pay or payment by instalments can be made to the County Court. You can complete Form 5A Application for time to pay/instalment/fine conversion order to make an application. This form includes an affidavit which must be sworn or affirmed before an authorised person. You can lodge this form with the the court location where the fines or costs were imposed:

  • in person
  • by email
  • by post.

If you are unsure about whether your fine or costs have been referred to Fines Victoria, please contact the County Court Criminal Registry via email to criminal.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au or call (03) 8636 6570.

Converting a fine to unpaid community work

Any application to convert a fine or costs to unpaid community work must be made to the Court, even if the fine has been referred to Fines Victoria.

An application can be made by completing Form 5A Application for time to pay/instalment/fine conversion order. The form includes an affidavit which must be sworn or affirmed before an authorised person.

You can complete this form at the Registry counter at the court location where the fine or costs were imposed, as you will need to consent to and sign a fine conversion order if your application is granted. If you are unable to attend the Registry in person, please call (03) 8636 6570 or email criminal.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au to make alternative arrangements.

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Page last updated: 11 December 2019