If you have received a fine or order to pay costs in criminal proceedings, you will generally have 28 days to pay. If you do not think you will be able to pay by then, there are some options available.
You can apply to:
For more information download the fact sheet on paying fines [PDF 66kb]
The Victims Support Levy or VSL (formerly Victims Compensation Levy - VCL) is an amount levied on people who are found guilty of offences in New South Wales courts. The VSL is not a penalty imposed by a court or judicial officer; it is imposed automatically by legislation when a person is convicted of an offence by a court.
A victims compensation levy needs to be paid within 28 days of the court finalising the case.
For more information download the fact sheet on court levies [PDF 349kb]
From 13 May 2013, people who are found guilty of offences in summary proceedings before a local court may have to pay a Court Costs Levy (CCL). The CCL is not a penalty imposed by a court or judicial officer; it is imposed automatically by legislation when a person is convicted of an offence by the local court.
A court costs levy needs to be paid within 28 days of the court finalising the case.
For more information download the fact sheet on court levies [PDF 353kb]
If you do not pay the fine on time or make other payment arrangements, the outstanding amount will be referred to Revenue NSW which will take further action.
The types of action Revenue NSW can take include:
In certain circumstances, you may be able to apply Revenue NSW to perform unpaid community work or undergo treatment. See Revenue NSW Work and Development Order. If the fine was ordered for a commonwealth offence, other types of enforcement action may be taken against you.
Judgment amounts that are determined in civil cases need to be paid immediately or as ordered by the court.
You need to pay a civil judgment amount directly to the party in whose favour the order was made.
If you cannot pay the full amount, want an extension of time to pay or want to pay by instalments you should first speak to the person or firm to whom the money is owed. If they agree, put the agreement in writing. Both you and the other party need to sign this as a record of the agreement.
Alternatively, you can apply to a registrar at the court where the order was made. The registrar will make a decision. However, the other party can object. The objection may have to be heard by a judicial officer.
If you do not comply with the payment arrangement or do not pay the judgment amount as required, enforcement action may be taken to recover the amount owing.
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If you do not pay your fine in time, action will be taken by the
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