Street Law Fact Sheet 6 - Apply for waiver of a fine

  1. Write a letter asking for waiver which addresses the criteria below.
  2. Attach any supporting documents.
  3. If your application for a waiver is rejected you could appeal this
    decision, or look at the other options for dealing with the fine
  4. When a traffic or parking fine is waived you no longer have to pay it. Waiver is only granted in very limited circumstances.

    For waiver to be considered, you must be able to show that:

  • You do not have the financial ability to pay the fine; and
  • You have special circumstances (e.g. a disability, homelessness); and
  • Enforcement action (like suspension of your licence) is unlikely to
    make you pay the fine; and
  • You are not able to complete an approved community work or social
    development program.

You will need to set out your financial and other circumstances in a letter which addresses all of the criteria listed above. You will also need to provide some evidence of what you are saying. This evidence could be a bank statement, or a letter from your doctor, a counsellor, or another support service.

The Process
Parking or traffic camera infringement Submit all documents by post, fax or email:
Post: Parking Review Office

PO Box 582

Dickson ACT 2602

Fax: (02) 6207 7107

Email: or
Traffic infringement issued by police Submit all documents to the police by post or fax:

Chief Police Officer

GPO Box 2208 Canberra

ACT 2601

Fax: (02) 6245 7419


The material in this fact sheet is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this publication without first getting legal advice about their particular situations.

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Last updated: 27 July 2015.