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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.

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 education, vocational or life skills courses. We have a range of short courses and full qualification courses that are scheduled throughout the year that people are welcome to complete.  

Short Courses

Full qualification Courses

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

Unpaid work for or on behalf of an approved organisation

$30 per hour worked, to a maximum of $1000 per month. Breaks are not to be counted.

Medical or mental health treatment in accordance with a practitioner's treatment plan

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

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)

Drug or alcohol treatment

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

Participation (as a mentee) in a mentoring program

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

What details will be required for the application?

You can enquire for a WDO online,  by phone on 02 4353 9799 or in person  at the Oasis Centre Wyong.  The online enquiry form below outlines the details that will be required for the application. 

You will be required to provide proof of eligibility for the WDO - if you are on Centrelink benefits we will require a current Income Statement from Centrelink.   For all other eligibility criteria, the evidence will be explained to you in person.  

All applicants will be required to provide 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).

Enquire online for a WDO


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