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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a court fine?

court fine is a financial penalty which a judge, magistrate or justice of the peace has ordered you to pay in a Western Australian Court.

When you receive a court fine, it will be registered with the Fines Enforcement Registry the day after the fine or order was given to you.

What is an infringement notice?

Infringement notices are issued by the Western Australian Police, local government authorities and various other Prosecuting Authorities, either in person or through the post.

You might receive an infringement for offences such as speeding, illegal parking, not registering your motor vehicle or littering.

If you do not pay your infringement by the due date it will be registered with the Fines Enforcement Registry.

What is the Fines Enforcement Registry (FER)?

The Fines Enforcement Registry is part of the Court and Tribunal Services division of the Department of Justice.

The Fines Enforcement Registry enforces outstanding fines and infringements from numerous prosecuting authorities and all of Western Australia's courts. Matters are referred to the Fines Enforcement Registry where further sanctions may be imposed on fine defaulters to collect fines.

How can I contact the FER?

The Fines Enforcement Registry can be contacted on 1300 650 235 (Mobile/International Callers: (08) 9235 0235), between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays), or email fines@justice.wa.gov.au.

Alternatively, queries can be made in person at your nearest Magistrates Court.

How do I pay my fine(s)?

There are a range of options available to pay your fines, including online, by phone, BPAY, in person, by regular direct debit instalments or via deductions from Centrelink payments.

Do I have to pay all of my fine(s) at once?

If you do not have the means to pay a fine in full, you can apply for a time-to-pay arrangement with the Fines Enforcement Registry. This allows you to pay off your fines by instalments. To assist you in this process direct debit from your nominated bank account or deductions from your Centrelink payments are readily available. By making time-to-pay arrangements early, you will avoid additional enforcement fees.

What will happen if I don't pay my fines or infringements?

If you don't pay your court fines, further penalties can be imposed, including:

  • additional fees
  • suspension of driver's licence
  • suspension of vehicle licence
  • immobilisation of your vehicle
  • publication of your name on a website
  • seizure and sale of your property
  • an order to undertake community service
  • imprisonment.

If you don't pay your infringement notices, further penalties can be imposed, including:

  • additional costs
  • suspension of driver's licence
  • suspension of vehicle licence
  • immobilisation of your vehicle
  • seizure and sale of your property
  • publication of your name on a website.

How can I find out if my licence is suspended?

You can search the licence suspension database online to find out if your driver's licence is suspended and for what offences the suspension relates to. You can also contact the Fines Enforcement Registry on 1300 650 235 (Overseas or Mobile Callers: (08) 9235 0235) or email fines@justice.wa.gov.au.

You should also remember to keep your records updated with the Department of Transport whenever you change address.

How do I find out if I have a fine or infringement?

Contact the Fines Enforcement Registry on 1300 650 235 (Overseas or Mobile Callers: (08) 9235 0235), between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays), or email fines@justice.wa.gov.au.

Note: Fines Enforcement Registry can only advise on the fines that have been registered with them. There may well be other fines, which have not yet been registered and for those you will need to contact the issuing authority.


Last updated: 12-Jul-2018

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