Equality and Government Accountability

Myki Fines

After working with Julian Burnside QC’s Myki Flying Squad to fight unfair myki fines, we created mykifines.org.au.

The website’s aim was to give commuters the information they need when caught without a valid ticket. At the time, commuters had to decide whether to take a $75 on-the-spot penalty fare, which they could not challenge, or be issued with a $223 infringement which they could challenge through the internal review and court processes. Many commuters felt they were being bullied into paying on-the-spot penalty fares without understanding their rights.

Upon its launch on 4 April 2016, our website received more than 35,000 views, and was covered by 3AW, ABC Radio Melbourne, The Age, Triple R, Broadsheet, Junkee, Pedestrian and Channel 9 News.

In May 2016, the state government announced that it would be scrapping on-the-spot penalty fares and implementing fairer guidelines for internal review. As of 1 January 2017, on-the-spot penalty fares have been abolished.

Now, we’re updating the website to ensure everyone knows, and can assert, their rights when faced with a myki fine.