Appeal a fine

Internal review

If you believe there is a valid reason for you not to pay a parking, local law or litter infringement notice, you may apply for an internal review. 

Valid reasons are:

  • exceptional circumstances (unforeseen or unpreventable circumstances, e.g. medical emergencies)
  • contrary to law
  • mistaken identity
  • person unaware of fine
  • special circumstances (only mental health issues, substance abuse, homelessness and family violence)
  • Penalty Reminder Notice fee waiver request (this does not waive the infringement cost)

The internal review process can take up to 90 days and you will be advised of the outcome. 

In accordance with the Infringements Act 2006, an infringement notice can only be reviewed once.

The decision to review is final. No further correspondence will be entered into after the notice of decision has been served.

If you wish to appeal a parking infringement notice but you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, you must first supply one of the following documents:

You can appeal an infringement by completing an online form, or by filling in and returning a PDF form, or by writing a letter.

Print out an application form to appeal your infringement(PDF, 209KB) and post it to us.

Please send correspondence to:

Hobsons Bay City Council
PO Box 21
Altona VIC 3018

or email customerservice@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

 

You can send a letter to us requesting that the notice be reviewed.

If you write to us, your letter must provide the following information:

  • your name and postal address
  • the infringement notice number
  • the offence as stated on the infringement notice
  • your car registration number
  • a valid reason of why you believe the infringement notice should be reviewed
  • any supporting evidence

Please send correspondence to:

Hobsons Bay City Council
PO Box 21
Altona VIC 3018

Please note that at times we may require additional information from you to support your application for internal review. You should provide this information by the specified date. If it is not received, a decision will be made based on the information at hand.

Should the infringement be upheld, you will be advised of a new payment date.

The decision to review is final. Depending on the decision you will be advised as to your options. No further correspondence will be entered into or acknowledged on the subject of the applicant for internal review after the notice of decision has been served.

If you decide to pay the infringement notice by the due date you don’t need to take any other action. However, if payment is not received by the due date, steps will be taken to ensure payment and you may incur additional costs.

Please note: the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors are unable to respond to letters or emails about fines.

You can elect to have your infringement notice dealt with in the Magistrates' Court by notifying us to that effect in writing. Please note that additional costs may apply. We recommend that you seek independent legal advice prior to making that decision.

If you do not pay an infringement notice or take any other action such as, applying for an internal review, requesting a payment extension, or electing to go to court by the due date on the notice, steps will be taken to ensure compliance and you may incur additional costs.