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What is a Work and Development Order?

Work and Development Orders (WDO) are made by Revenue NSW to allow eligible people who:

  • have a mental illness
  • intellectual disability or cognitive impairment,
  • are homeless,
  • are experiencing acute economic hardship,
  • have a serious addiction to drugs/alcohol/volatile substances

to satisfy their fine debt through unpaid work with an approved organisation or by undertaking certain courses or treatment. A WDO can only be made if an application is supported by an approved organisation, or in the case of medical/mental health treatment, a health practitioner qualified to provide that treatment.

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5.5.2 Clients under the age of 18
A person under the age of 18 is generally taken to be in acute economic hardship. However, the approved sponsor must be satisfied that the person is unable to pay the fine and that the person does not possess substantial assets.

What fines can I include in a WDO?

Unless otherwise specified, the terms used in these guidelines have the same meaning as in the Fines Act 1996.

Fine includes both a court fine and a penalty notice.
Fine debt includes debt arising from both court fines and penalty notices.

If you are eligible to apply for a WDO, fines already with Revenue NSW will be automatically included.

If a WDO is issued, no further enforcement costs will be applied, as long as you comply with all of the conditions.

Type of Activity

The Salvation Army Oasis Centre Wyong is an approved organisation and we currently offer opportunities for people to pay off their fines through either:

  • education, vocational or life skills courses
  • financial or other counselling
  • mentoring or case management (for persons under 25 only)

We have a range of short courses and full qualification courses that are scheduled throughout the year that people are welcome to complete.  


The following short courses are now on offer at our Centre, click on the links below for more information or to enrol online: 


How will my debt be reduced?

Reduction of fines debt will be determined by the activity completed as part of the WDO.


Cut out rate

Educational, vocational or life skills course

$50 per hour or $350 per full (7 hour) day, to a maximum of $1000 per month.

Financial or other counselling (including attending case management meetings)

$50 per hour or $350 per full (7 hour)

Participation (as a mentee) in a mentoring program

$1000 per month for full compliance (or a proportion for partial compliance).


How do I apply for a WDO? 

To apply for a WDO with us you will need to complete the following steps please, if you need any assistance please contact our Centre on 02 4353 9799: 

1.  Complete the online enquiry form below.

2.  If you are on Centrelink benefits you will meet the eligibility shown above - "are experiencing acute economic hardship" - you will need to provide in person a copy of a recent Centrelink Income statement.

3.  If you are not in receipt of Centrelink benefits you will need to talk to the WDO Co-Ordinator about your application for a WDO.

4.  All applicants will be required to provide in person proof of identity or other documentation establishing the identity of the applicant (proof of identification may include a copy of the applicant's drivers licence, birth certificate or other photographic identification) - a photocopy of your identification document will be taken and stored on file at our Centre.

5.  Once you have provided the eligibility evidence in Steps 2 & 4, you will then need to enrol in one of the WDO Activities shown below:

  • education, vocational or life skills courses - complete the enrolment paperwork for the relevant course
  • financial or other counselling - obtain from a local GP a mental health plan with a referral to the counsellor of your choice - we have a counsellor on site if you wish to utilise their services
  • mentoring or case management (for persons under 25 only) - complete the Youth Services Case Management Referral 

6.  Once all paperwork has been provided and completed, and the WDO Co-Ordinator has determined that you meet all the eligibility criteria, your application will be lodged online with Revenue NSW.  It is your responsibility to contact the WDO Hotline on 1300 478 879 to ensure that your WDO is active, the WDO Hotline will provide you with a Case ID and commencement date for the WDO.  

All applicants are required to check that their WDO is active with Revenue NSW on the Activity Start Date.   




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