The COVID-19 Fine Concessional Infringement Scheme was introduced on 30 August 2022. This new scheme allows an eligible person to apply to Fines Victoria for a concession on the penalty rate for eligible COVID-19 fines. The scheme was introduced by the Pandemic Management Act. The eligibility criteria, eligible infringement offences, and the concessional penalty amounts are prescribed in the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Concessional Infringement Scheme) Regulations 2022. The scheme is available in relation to fines issued for particular breaches of the public health directions for COVID-19, to adults who can show that they:
hold a valid concession card, or
have applied for or hold a particular kind of protection-related visa.
If a person is found eligible for the concession, their fine will be reduced to $50 for a face covering offence or to 1 or 3 penalty units depending on the offence.
To be eligible for the scheme a person must hold one of the following:
Services Australia Health Care Card
Pensioner Concession Card
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Health Care Card (Gold Card)
Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
ImmiCard issued by the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs
PTV Asylum Seeker ID Card
An eligible Australian visa or Bridging visa issued by the Department of Home Affairs
Letter from the Department of Home Affairs showing that you hold or have applied for an eligible Australian visa.
The eligible visas referred to above include:
Bridging A (subclass 010) visa*
Bridging C (subclass 030) visa*
Bridging (General) (subclass 050) visa*
Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant) (subclass 051) visa
Refugee (subclass 200) visa
In-Country Special Humanitarian (subclass 201) visa
Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202) visa
Emergency Rescue (subclass 203) visa
Woman At Risk (subclass 204) visa
Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) (subclass 449) visa
Temporary Protection (subclass 785) visa
Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) (subclass 786) visa
Safe Haven Enterprise (subclass 790) visa
Protection (subclass 866) visa
*To be eligible for the scheme, the Bridging visa must have been issued in relation to one of the other visas listed above.