What if I didn't vote?

If you fail to vote you will receive an 'apparent failure to vote' notice asking for an explanation.

Didn’t vote in the Melbourne City Council Lord Mayor by-election?

In July 2018 apparent failure to vote notices were sent to people who appeared not to have voted in the Melbourne Lord Mayor by-election. The period to respond to this notice has closed.

If you received a notice and your excuse for failing to vote, or your explanation of how, where and when you voted was considered sufficient, then no further action will be taken.

What if I didn’t respond or provide a sufficient excuse?

If you didn't respond to an apparent failure to vote notice or if your excuse for failing to vote was not considered sufficient, you will receive an infringement notice with a fine of $79.

You must pay this fine or take other action within 35 days of the date of the infringement notice. The matter will become more costly if you ignore this notice.

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 $25.10
  • 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 $81.00 (half a penalty unit) as at 1 July 2018. These figures are indexed at the beginning of every financial year. The fine for not voting in Melbourne Lord Mayor by-election is $79.00 as the by-election was held in 2017/18 financial year.

A penalty reminder fee of $25.10 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.