Work Development Orders (WDOs)
Work Development Orders allow eligible people to undertake activities to ‘work off’ their fines debt. Some of these activities include volunteering, counselling programs & eligible workplace training.
To be eligible a person must be able to relate to one or more of the following: acute economic hardship; mental illness; intellectual disability or cognitive impairment; homelessness or serious addition to drugs and alcohol.
Volunteering is one way for eligible persons to reduce and pay off their fines, while gaining work skills and contributing to your community.
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WDOs are supervised by organisations or health practitioners called WDO sponsors. They have special approval from the NSW government to supervise WDOs.
Who is eligible?
A person is eligible to participate in the scheme if they are homeless, have a mental illness, intellectual disability, cognitive impairment, serious addiction to drugs or alcohol, or are in acute financial hardship (i.e. on a Centrelink benefit).
How does a WDO clear fines debt?
The WDO Scheme enables eligible people to clear up to $1000 a month from their fines by participating in medical, mental health or drug and alcohol treatment, counselling (including case management), financial counselling, vocational, educational or life skills courses, or voluntary work. Fines are cleared at different rates depending on the activity. The rates range from $30-$50 per hour.