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COVID-19 fines Concession scheme

COVID-19 fines Concession scheme was introduced on 30 August 2022 and allows a person to apply for a concession on the penalty amount for eligible Covid19 fines.

COVID-19 fines Concession scheme was introduced on 30 August 2022 and allows a person to apply for a concession on the penalty amount for eligible Covid19 fines.

This means the amount of the fine can be reduced.

The Scheme applies to individuals not corporations or businesses.

Generally, a fine will be reduced to $50 or 1-2 penalty units depending on the offence. To ascertain which fine attracts which penalty see Schedule 8 Offences

How to Apply?

Applications are made online using a form provided by Fines Victoria.

If you can’t print out the form – you can contact Fines Victoria & they will mail you a copy.

See Fines Victoria Concessional Fines page for further information and links to forms.

Fines Victoria - Concession scheme for COVID-19 fines

There are 3 pre-conditions for accessing the concessional fines scheme

1. The person received a fine for an eligible COVID-19 offence (see below)

2. The person can provide evidence they hold an eligible concession card or prescribed document (VISA) or;

3. Particular actions must not have been taken on your fine.

Fines that are eligible for concession

  • general COVID-19 offences for refusing or failing to comply with Chief Health Officer directions or pandemic management powers
  • refusing or failing to provide information when directed
  • refusing or failing to provide a name and address
  • failing to comply with a requirement in relation to a face covering
  • offences relating to restricted movement into, within or from a specified area
  • offences relating to public or private gatherings.
  • refusing or failing to comply with a requirement to self-isolate or self-quarantine
  • refusing or failing to comply with a requirement in relation to leaving a restricted area in Victoria without a reasonable excuse or other valid reason or excuse
  • refusing or failing to comply with a requirement in relation to private or public gatherings in a restricted area in Victoria without a reasonable excuse or other valid reason or excuse.
  • refusing or failing to comply with a requirement in relation to a person travelling from a restricted area (however described) and seeking to enter Victoria without a reasonable excuse or other valid reason or excuse

A full list of applicable offences can be found in “Schedule 8 Offences” (opens in a new window)

Concession Cards / VISAs

To be eligible, you must hold one of the following:

  • Services Australia Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs Health Care Card (Gold Card)
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • ImmiCard issued by the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs
  • PTV Asylum Seeker ID Card
  • An eligible Australian visa or Bridging visa issued by the Department of Home Affairs (see below for full list)
  • Letter from the Department of Home Affairs showing that you hold or have applied for an eligible Australian visa (see below for full list).

Eligible visas

  • The eligible visas referred to above include:
  • Bridging A (subclass 010) visa*
  • Bridging C (subclass 030) visa*
  • Bridging (General) (subclass 050) visa*
  • Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant) (subclass 051) visa
  • Refugee (subclass 200) visa
  • In-Country Special Humanitarian (subclass 201) visa
  • Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202) visa
  • Emergency Rescue (subclass 203) visa
  • Woman At Risk (subclass 204) visa
  • Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) (subclass 449) visa
  • Temporary Protection (subclass 785) visa
  • Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) (subclass 786) visa
  • Safe Haven Enterprise (subclass 790) visa
  • Protection (subclass 866) visa

Who is not eligible?

You cannot apply if:

  • the fine and any fees have been paid in full
  • you were served a seven-day notice and it is now expired, or you waived the unexpired period
  • an attachment of earnings direction or an attachment of debts direction has been made
  • a land charge has been recorded
  • property has been seized under a vehicle seizure and sale notice
  • the fine has been registered with the Children's Court.
  • You also cannot apply if you elected to have the matter heard in court.
  • Refunds are not available for payments already made on COVID-19 fines.

Further information

Pandemic Order Register | health.vic.gov.au(opens in a new window)

Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Concessional Infringement Scheme) Regulations 2022(opens in a new window)

Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Infringement Offences) Regulations 2021(opens in a new window)

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