Factsheet No. 8: On-the-Spot Fines – COVID-19. Your Review Rights and Payment

This factsheet is to help you understand what to do if you have received a penalty notice for breaching the new COVID-19 public health orders. 

Tip 1: Deal with fines promptly.

Tip 2: If you don’t pay a fine, the fine amount will be increased and your licence could be suspended.

Tip 3: Your options for appealing a fine reduce as the fine becomes more overdue.


If you have received an on-the-spot COVID-19 fine (also known as a penalty notice) you have the following options for dealing with the fine:

  • pay the fine in full or make arrangement to pay by instalments
  • seek an internal review via Revenue NSW
  • appeal the fine to court
  • apply for a Work and Development Order (WDO)
  • seek a write-off of the fine.

You can also contact Redfern Legal Centre for free legal advice about COVID-19 fines in NSW. 

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