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Work and Development Program

Do you have ACT or NSW fines? Are you interested in reducing your fines by attending Care's Budgeting For Life workshop for approved Work or Development Program (WDP) / Work and Development Order (WDO) participants?

About the Work and Development Program

If you are struggling to pay ACT or NSW traffic, parking and traffic camera infringements, you may be eligible to complete a community work or social development program, which can result in the amount of infringement debt owed being reduced.


Participants, approved for a WDP/WDO with Access Canberra /  Service NSW, can register to attend Care's Budgeting for Life workshop. Each workshop session runs 2 hours in duration which contributes to reducing your infringement fine by $100. 


Workshop sessions are held throughout the year, see below for upcoming dates. To attend you must first be approved by Access Canberra / Service NSW before undertaking any of the workshop sessions for credit to be applied to your fines. 


Fines that are eligible include:

  • ​Traffic fines

  • Parking fines

  • Traffic camera infringement notices 

Fines NOT eligible include: 

  • Parking fines issued by Australian National University or the National Capital Authority

  • Court fees (not eligible for a Work or Development Program WDP)

To read more about eligibility criteria including the approval process, please click on the following links:​​

Are you a job seeker? If so you can attend these sessions and have them count towards your mutual obligations. Click here for more information

How to register for the workshop sessions

Before we can register you to attend our workshop sessions, you must be approved by Access Canberra.  To learn more about their eligibility criteria or to download their application form visit Access Canberra or Service NSW

Once you have been approved by Access Canberra / Service NSW we can assist you to register for the workshop sessions.  

Please note you can attend the workshop sessions either online or in person.  Please let the Care team know if you would like to attend online or in person. 

Want help to fill in your paper work? 

If you would like assistance to complete the application for a WDP/WDO please call our helpline on 1800 007 007. We can help you to fill in the forms either through a face to face appointment or via the phone. 

If you would like help to fill in the paperwork we will require the following documentation:

  • Your fine(s)/infringement/penalty notice 

  • Drivers license 

  • Centrelink concession card (if you have one)

  • Information about your financial situation or circumstances and eligibility (pay slips, budget, Centrelink income statement, bank statements, visa status)

  • Other documentation to support your eligibility claim

Upcoming Budgeting for Life workshop sessions

Each workshop session has a different topic and guest speaker.  Depending on the amount of fines you have, you can attend as many sessions as needed.  Participants can attend sessions either in person or online.



2pm - 4pm

Survivng Debt

Dealing with debt can be stressful, especially if it is unmanageable. This session will be facilitated by a financial counsellor who will share tips on managing debt.  



2pm - 4pm

Scam Awareness


The session will explore different types of scams including online phone and in person scams and how to avoid being scammed.  The facilitator will also discuss resources available such as Scamwatch and what to do if you have been scammed.   



2pm - 4pm

Healthy Eating on a Budget

The cost of food has increased significantly, and this is having a big impact on what we are putting in shopping trolleys.  This session will talk about ways to ensure that you can still maintain a healthy diet without breaking the bank. 


10am - 12pm

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10am - 12pm

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2pm - 4

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If you would like to apply for a Work and Development Program contact Care's team

1800 007 007  

Work and Development workshops enquiry form

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