The Work and Development Permit (WDP) scheme provides vulnerable and disadvantaged people with a non-financial option to address their fine debt/s. WDP allows an eligible person to work off their fine debt/s by participating with an approved charity like Accelerated Evolution -The Break Inc. (known as just The Break Inc. by our friends) The WDP scheme commenced on 1 July 2017.
A person must undertake WDP under the supervision of a sponsor. A sponsor is an organisation or a health practitioner accredited by the Director, Fines Victoria to support the WDP scheme.
To participate in the WDP scheme a person who engages must have proof of eligibility of one or more of the following:
- have a mental or intellectual disability, disorder or illness, (e.g., letter from GP/counsellor)
- have an addiction to drugs, alcohol or a volatile substance, (e.g., letter from GP/counsellor)
- be experiencing homelessness, (e.g., letter from homelessness service)
- be experiencing acute financial hardship, (e.g., Centrlink healthcare card)
- the victim of family violence (e.g., letter from GP or Domestic violence service)
To join The Break Inc.'s WDP scheme
- Please read the eligibility requirements above to ensure you are eligible.
- Please complete the form attached (use the "Apply to join The Break Inc.'s WDP scheme" button above).
On the form we need from you information required by WDP headquarters so you and your fines can be identified. You will need to provide your personal contact details, obligation number on your fine/s, and location where your fine/s were acquired. To assist us with finding you appropriate work and or counselling please provide a resume or CV (if don't have oneor at least a list of skills you have), your availability to participate, and any physical (or other) restrictions that may impact your participation.
- Complete, sign (bottom half of the page attached to the link) and email the consent form to us. The form can be found at this link Work and Development Permit guidelines and consent form (PDF, 466.9 KB)
- Once we receive your completed consent form and application, our friendly staff will register you for WDP with WDP headquarters. Once you are approved, our staff will call you in to the office for an interview and commence your activities with us.
Otherwise contact our office on 9530 3306 for assistance.
The types of activities that a person can undertake with the WDP program includes:
- unpaid work*
- treatment given by a doctor, nurse or psychologist
- courses, including educational, vocational or life skills courses
- counselling, including financial, vocational, or other types of counselling*
- drug and alcohol counselling*
- mentoring (for a person under 25 years of age)
*bold text above denotes services offered by The Break Inc.
The Break Inc. operates from offices shared by allied health professionals (including psychologists) and such psychological counselling can be arranged if desired.
When applying for WDP, The Break Inc. will help a person to choose the activities that are best suited to their needs. We seek to create a win-win, where possible both your needs are met as well as the charity's.
An eligible person can undertake a WDP to reduce or work off their infringement fine debt, however, there are some circumstances in which a fine cannot be included in a WDP.
For example if:
- a person has been served a seven day notice in relation to the fine and the seven day notice period has expired
- the person has been arrested
- property has been seized in relation to the fine, or
- the fine is a court fine.
While a person is undertaking a WDP, enforcement activity is suspended in relation to the fines that are subject to the WDP.
Other options to deal with fines
A WDP is one of a number of options available to deal with fines. Some of the other options to deal with fines include:
- payment (External link) (including payment by instalments), or
- internal review (External link) (including on the grounds of special circumstances), or
- enforcement review (External link), or
- electing to have a matter determined by a Magistrate (External link), or
- the family violence scheme.
The most appropriate option to deal with fines will depend on a person’s circumstances. To help decide which option is the most suitable, a person may wish to seek legal advice, for example, by contacting a community legal centre via the Federation of Community Legal Centres (External link) or Victoria Legal Aid (External link)
The WDP scheme is established under Part 2A of the Fines Reform Act 2014. The scheme is supported by the WDP Guidelines. The WDP Guidelines are made by the Attorney-General under section 10L of the Fines Reform Act 2014 and set out certain requirements and details relating to the scheme.
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