Work and Development Permit Scheme

The Work and Development Permit Scheme is a partnership between the Department of Justice, Legal Aid WA and the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia.

Work and Development Permit Scheme

The Work and Development Permit (WDP) Scheme is a new initiative to help people who are experiencing difficulty paying court fines due to hardship. Under a WDP, eligible people can apply to complete approved activities under the supervision of a sponsor, in place of paying the amount owed.

Activities include:

  • unpaid work
  • medical or mental health treatment
  • educational, vocational or personal development course
  • treatment for an alcohol or drug use problem
  • mentoring (for under 25s).

The Scheme relies on sponsors to support clients in addressing their fines.

WDP sponsors can be an individual or organisation, including government agencies, health practitioners, sole-traders and not-for-profit agencies.

Information for sponsors

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Sponsors are key to the success of the WDP Scheme, supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people to address their unpaid court fines.

By engaging in approved activities, your clients can address their outstanding fine debt and also address their underlying issues.

WDP sponsors can be an individual or organisation, including government agencies, health practitioners, sole-traders and not-for-profit agencies.

Sponsors need to meet certain criteria. Refer to the Sponsor Application Fact Sheet for information and the documentation you require to complete an application.

Role of a sponsor

By becoming a sponsor you can provide additional support to your existing clients, as well as helping new clients.

Working with your client, you will:

  • assess their suitability
  • identify appropriate activities to complete
  • submit the application on their behalf
  • supervise and report as they complete approved activities.

For example, a health practitioner providing drug and alcohol treatment would apply for a WDP. Once approved the practitioner would record the client’s attendance on the user friendly eCourts portal.

For further information about the WDP Scheme, becoming a sponsor or for assistance, contact:

Activity types, qualifications and experience

This information outlines the different activity types and the relevant qualifications and/or experience needed in order for an approved sponsor to support a particular activity type.

Activity

Summary

Qualifications/
Experience requirements

Drug or alcohol treatment

Interventions aimed at assisting clients overcome dependencies on drugs or alcohol. Can include detoxification, medication, pharmacotherapy, counselling, behavioural therapy, group therapy, 12-step programs.

Nurses, doctors, psychologists; Alcohol and other drug caseworkers.

Voluntary unpaid work

Various activities undertaken with or on behalf of an approved organisation, including gardening, cooking, cleaning, property maintenance, assisting the elderly, administration, etc.

Sufficient experience in management, social work or other relevant fields.

Medical/ mental health treatment

Undertaken in accordance with a health practitioner’s treatment plan and can include pharmacotherapy, sessions with psychiatrists or psychologists etc.

Doctors, psychologists, nurses or other medical practitioners registered with AHPRA.

Educational/ vocational or life skills courses

Courses undertaken in educational institutions, and/or assisting clients in entering the workforce and/or that foster personal, social or practical skills that assist clients to function more independently in society. This may include counselling, financial counselling or any other counselling aimed at improving a client’s financial situation and/or mental health and/or resolving emotional/behavioural issues.

Tertiary qualifications or experience in education, casework, social work, counselling or other relevant fields. Counselling may include therapy, psychology and financial planning/advice.                     

Mentoring for persons under 25

Semi-formal, structured relationship between a more experienced and less experienced person under the age of 25 which has a clear vision and goals. Mentoring can target a broad range of things, from emotional growth and development to job seeking and educational improvement.

Mentors should be readily accessible to their mentees, and willing to share their life experiences. Previous experience and/or training in mentoring.

Apply to become a sponsor

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You can apply to become a sponsor online.

For details about the information and documentation that you will need for your application, refer to the Sponsor Application Fact Sheet .

You will be notified once the application has been reviewed.

Complete an online application to become a sponsor:

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Frequently Asked Questions for sponsors

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Can I amend my details?

Yes. You can request to amend any details of your sponsorship by email to ferwdp@justice.wa.gov.au. Your request to will be reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome in writing.

Can I stop being a sponsor?

Yes. If you are unable or no longer wish to supervise WDPs, you can notify the Fines Enforcement Registry by email to ferwdp@justice.wa.gov.au. You can do this at any time, there is no charge or fee associated with withdrawing your sponsorship.

What happens to any Work and Development Permits I am overseeing if I stop being a sponsor?

Any WDPs that you sponsor will be cancelled and your clients will be notified. If cancelled, clients can approach a new sponsor or contact the Fines Enforcement Registry to discuss other options.

How do I update my insurance details?

Insurance details can be updated by email to ferwdp@justice.wa.gov.au.

What if my client fails to complete activities?

You are only required to report when your client completes activities.

If the Fines Enforcement Registry does not receive any expected reported activity they may contact you to discuss the circumstances of that permit. You may also contact the Registry if your client repeatedly fails to attend.

What about gifts and benefits?

Sponsors must not receive any payment, gift or personal benefit from a person applying for, or subject to a Work and Development Permit.

What if I identify a conflict of interest?

Any potential, perceived or actual conflicts of interests need to be reported through to the Fines Enforcement Registry by completing the conflict of interest form.

Information for clients

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People in hardship will soon be able to apply for a WDP to reduce or even clear court fines by completing approved activities in place of paying the amount owed.

You may be eligible for a WDP if you:

  • are experiencing financial hardship
  • are or have been subjected to or exposed to family violence
  • have a mental illness
  • have an alcohol or drug use problem
  • have a disability
  • are homeless

For more information contact 1300 650 235 (from a landline) or +61 8 9235 0235 (from a mobile).

Register of approved sponsors

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Before you can apply for a WDP you can contact us to discuss your options or you can find an approved WDP sponsor to assess your eligibility. These approved sponsor organisations or health practitioners will help you through the process and apply for a WDP on your behalf.

Region Suburb Organisation Approved Activity Contact name Telephone Email
Kimberley BROOME Djaringo Pty Ltd Unpaid work / Educational Joseph 9193 7100 joe@nirrumbuk.org.au
Kimberley BROOME Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation Unpaid work / Mentoring Under 25's Joseph 9193 7100 joe@nirrumbuk.org.au
Kimberley BROOME Nirrumbuk Environmental
and Health Services
Unpaid work Raymond 9135 5005 rchristophers@nirrumbuk.org.au
Perth GREENWOOD Adult and Teen Challenge WA Drug or Alcohol Treatment Sandra 9246 5777 sandra@atcwa.org.au
Perth WANGARA No Limits Perth Unpaid work Janine 0490 676 979 info@nolimitsperth.org.au
Perth ARMADALE The Church Cafe Unpaid work Cheryl 9497 5512 stmattsanglicanarmadale@gmail.com
Perth EAST PERTH
Other service locations
Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Pilbara SOUTH HEDLAND Bloodwood Tree Association Unpaid work / Medical/Mental Health / Drug or Alcohol / Educational Kelly 9138 3010 ceo@bloodwoodtree.org.au
Pilbara ROEBOURNE Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corp Unpaid work / Mentoring Under 25’s Peta 9185 8806 rddacoordinator@bindirri.com
Pilbara ROEBOURNE Red Dirt Driving Academy Educational / Vocational / Life skills course Peta 9185 8806 rddacoordinator@bindirri.com
Perth LEEDERVILLE Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth BELMONT Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth MORLEY Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth FREMANTLE Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perty MADDINGTON Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth MIDVALE Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth MANDURAH Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth JOONDALUP Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth GOSNELLS Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Great Southern ALBANY Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth ARMADALE Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Kimberley KUNUNURRA Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Mid West JURIEN BAY Jurien Bay Community Resource Centre Incorporated Unpaid work / Mentoring Under 25’s Susan 9652 2425 manager@jurienbaycrc.net.au
Perth ROCKINGHAM Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Kimberley BROOME Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
South West EAST BUNBURY Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
South West WITHERS Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
South West BUSSELTON Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
South West COLLIE Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Kimberley DERBY Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Goldfields-Esperance KALGOORLIE Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Great Southern MT BARKER Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Kimberley HALLS CREEK Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Pilbara KARRATHA Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Perth MIDLAND Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
South West MANJIMUP Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
South West DENMARK Denmark Community Resource Centre Unpaid work Peter 9848 2842 manager@denmarkcrc.com.au
Wheatbelt NARROGIN Anglicare WA Unpaid work / Educational / Mentoring Under 25’s Wendy 9792 1911 wendy.black@anglicarewa.org.au
Wheatbelt JURIEN BAY Jurien Bay Community Resource Centre Incorporated Unpaid work / Mentoring Under 25’s Susan 9652 2425 manager@jurienbaycrc.net.au
Page reviewed 17 September 2020