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Work and Development Program

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

About Work and Development Program

Participants, who are approved for a WDP with Access Canberra, can then register to attend a Work and Development Program session at Care. Each 4 hour workshop session contributes to reducing an infringement fine by $200 (attending 6 x 4 hour workshops = $1200 off your fines)


Workshops are held throughout the year, see below for upcoming dates. To attend you must first be approved by Access Canberra before undertaking the workshops for credit to be applied to your fines. 


Fines that are eligible include:

  • Traffic fines

  • Parking fines

  • Traffic camera infringement notices 

Fines that are NOT included: 

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

  • Court fees 

To read more about eligibility criteria and how to be approved please click on the following links:​


*Please note, we can no longer offer this program for anyone with NSW fines. For information about providers offering Work and Development Orders in NSW visit Services NSW.

How to register for the workshop?

Step 1 - Check your eligibility with Access Canberra

All participants must be approved by Access Canberra before undertaking workshops for credit to be applied to their fines. To check your eligibility visit ACT Canberra or call us on 1800 007 007.

Step 3 - Register for a workshop session

Once you are approved by Access Canberra we will help you register for our workshop sessions. Details about the sessions can be found below. 

Step 2 - Apply 

Download and complete the application form from ACT Canberra and return. If you need assistance completing the required forms 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.

Step 4 - Before the workshop sessions

We will contact you to confirm you are still able to attend ahead of the workshop via email and phone. 
If you are not able to make it and need to reschedule contact us on 1800 007 007 to discuss your options.

Want help to fill in your paper work? 

If you would like to attend the workshops to reduce your fines and need assistance to complete the required forms for Access Canberra, please call our helpline on 1800 007 007 for more information on how we can assist you to fill in the forms. 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 / infringement / penalty notice 

  • Your license 

  • You 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)

Upcoming WDP sessions

The topics and speakers for these upcoming sessions are yet to be confirmed. To read more about our regular topics please see the next section. 

Topics we cover in our sessions include: 

  • Me, Myself and Money
    Ever thought about your relationship with money and how it was shaped?  This session will explore your relationship with money and how it impacts on those we share a financial life with including our partner, kids and extended family and friends. This session includes a trained counsellor who will share some tips and strategies on how to communicate with family and friends about money so that conversations can be productive rather than a source of conflict.

  • Understanding My Consumer Rights 
    When was the last time you purchased something from a shop or signed a consumer contract?  Most of us interact with consumer products and services daily but do we know what our rights are as consumers?  This session will be facilitated by a solicitor from the Consumer Law team, and if you like the ABC show the Checkout – then you will enjoy this session. 

  • Budgeting for Life
    Budgeting – do you love it or loathe it?  Managing money is something most of us will need to do for all our adult lives. This session will be facilitated by a financial counsellor at Care, who will share tips and strategies to make sure your budget is working for you!

  • Surviving Debt
    Dealing with debt can be stressful, especially if it is unmanageable. One of Care’s financial counsellors will share insights into her role in assisting people deal with debt including providing some helpful strategies if you find yourself caught in a cycle of debt. 

  • Investing in Yourself
    When money and time are limited, it can cause additional stress in our lives which can impact on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. This session will be facilitated by Care staff, who will help workshop strategies so that you can be in the driver's seat when it comes to taking care of you and those you care for. This session will focus on how to develop your SMART goals. 

  • Energy Efficiency and You 
    Heating and cooling our homes have become more expensive but this session is aimed at offering lots of great tips and tricks to help reduce your energy bills as well as help save the planet. Come and hear from one of ACT Government's Actsmart energy officers who can talk about ways to reduce your bills as well as programs on offer which are aimed at reducing energy bills and caring for the environment. 

  • Superannuation and You
    Do you know how much super you have or how much you need to retire on? Does the mere mention of the word superannuation give you a headache? If so, then this is the session for you. Come and hear superannuation tips and suggestions from a super expert. 

  • Wills and Power of Attorney
    Do you have a will? It is easy to think that a will is only if you have assets. What if you are a parent or even a pet owner and you would like to ensure who cares for your children or animals if you should pass? This session will be led by a guest speaker who will talk through what to consider when it comes to preparing a will as well as a power of attorney. This session is a must for any age. 

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Here to help

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

1800 007 007