What if I didn't vote?

If you have received an Infringement notice or Penalty Reminder Notice for failing to vote in the 2017 Greater Geelong City Council election, Northcote District by-election or Ostlers North Balwyn Liquor Licensing poll, you should note that the period for responding to this notice has closed.

What if I received a fine but did not pay?

Your details have been provided to the Director, Fines Victoria (external link), and you will be issued with a notice of final demand.

I received a notice of final demand and need assistance

Please contact Fines Victoria (external link) during business hours for advice on how to respond to a notice of final demand.

Information on how to seek legal assistance is also available.

What if I fail to pay the fine?

If you do not pay your fine on time or take other action to deal with the matter you will be:

  • issued with a 'penalty reminder' notice
  • required to pay the original fine plus a fee of $24.70
  • required to pay or take other action by the due date on the notice.

Where an enforcing agency issues a penalty reminder notice, an additional fee is added.

The same rights and responsibilities and payment options apply to a penalty reminder notice as for an infringement notice.

If you do not pay your fine during the 'penalty reminder' stage, your details may be provided to the Director, Fines Victoria (external link) for further action. If this occurs, Fines Victoria will convert the 'penalty reminder notice’ into a Notice of Final Demand.

How much is the fine?

The fine for not voting is $79.00 (half a penalty unit) as at 1 July 2017. These figures are indexed at the beginning of every financial year.

A penalty reminder fee of $24.70 is added to the fine if the infringement reaches the 'penalty reminder notice' stage.

If you do not pay your fine during the penalty reminder stage, and your details are provided to the Director, Fines Victoria, a Notice of Final Demand will be issued. Higher penalties apply to such notices.

What other options do I have?

A due date for payment or to take other action is included on your notice. If you ignore a fine it will become more serious and costly.

If you have received an infringement notice, you have the following options before the due date on your notice:

If you are unsure what to do, call 1300 551 575 to speak to a customer service representative.

Information on how to seek legal assistance is also available.

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