The Darwin Waterfront Corporation has the power to issue on-the-spot fines, otherwise known as infringement notices for a range of offences which contravene the By-Laws or other relevant legislation. Specifically, the Corporation can issue infringement notices in relation to parking and other traffic regulations, By-Law offences, animal control issues and littering.
Payment of an Infringement Notice
If you receive an on-the-spot fine, or infringement notice, you are required to pay the full amount within 14 days of that notice being issued. Part payments of an infringement will not be accepted without prior consultation and acceptance by the Darwin Waterfront Corporation. Any unapproved part payments will be reimbursed, and, the infringement will be dealt with as if no payment was made.
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Non-Payment of an Infringement Notice
If payment in response to an on-the-spot fine, or infringement notice, is not received within the mandatory 14 days of the notice being served, the Corporation will send the alleged offender a courtesy letter, in accordance with the Fines and Penalties (Recovery) Act . This will result in a $33 penalty being added to the original fine.
If the original fine and the $33 penalty is not received within 28 days of the courtesy letter being sent out, the Corporation will pass the infringement notice on to the Northern Territory Government’s Fines Recovery Unit (telephone 1800 111 530) for enforcement action. If an enforcement order is made, further costs will be added to the amount due.
Appeal an Infringement
In certain circumstances the Corporation may consider withdrawing an infringement that has been issued for a parking offence. The information below details circumstances that may be considered valid for the withdrawal of an infringement once suitable proof has been provided. All statements need to be declared as a Statutory Declaration (appropriately witnessed) and received by the Corporation no later than 12 days after the issue of the infringement notice.
- You had a medical emergency that prevented you from removing your vehicle or paying for parking – documentation is required from your medical practitioner or hospital to support this claim.
- Your vehicle was broken down and you could not contact the Corporation. You will need to supply a towing receipt or proof of repairs (e.g. a receipt for parts, an invoice from a mechanic, AANT callout documentation, etc).
- Your vehicle was stolen – you need to advise the Corporation of the promise number provided by the Police upon reporting the incident.
- You were detained by the Police – documentation from the Police is required.
Appeals will generally not be considered if you received your infringement because:
- The ticket or permit had fallen out of sight, flipped upside down or is illegible – you must ensure the pay and display ticket is displayed correctly prior to leaving your vehicle.
- You left your permit in the other car – if you do not have your permit you need to purchase a pay and display ticket and park legally in a bay that is available (not another reserved bay).
- You thought you were allowed to park there – only authorised vehicles can park in Loading Zones, Taxi Stands/Zones, Reserved Bays, Disabled Bays and Bus Zones/Stops.
- You did not see the sign – as the driver you must look for parking signs to ascertain the conditions of parking or if parking is permitted in the area you intend to leave your vehicle.
- You assumed or had been misinformed by someone other than authorised Darwin Waterfront Corporation staff, that parking arrangements were the same as those in the municipality as managed by the City of Darwin Council.
- You did not understand the parking sign – the signs are based on Australian Standards.
- You went to get change for the machine – you need to arrange this before you arrive.
- You lost track of time.
- Your doctor’s appointment/hairdresser/job interview etc went over time – you must ensure you have parked in a place that provides enough time.
- You had to use the toilet.
- You were only parked for few minutes – you must have a valid ticket displayed at all times.
- You saw no issue with parking in the wrong direction – this action is an offence as per the Australian Road Rules.
For more information contact the Corporation directly at email@example.com or by calling 08 8999 5155 during office hours Monday to Friday.