Transport OfficersTransport Officers and NSW Police officers are responsible for enforcing ticketing compliance and patrolling public transport.

They have the right to ask to see your ticket and concession entitlement at any time and carry Opal card readers to check your balance, recent transaction history and the card type (Adult, Senior/Pensioner or Child/Youth).

Some examples are listed in the following table:

Offence Penalty Notice Maximum penalty
Putting feet on seats $100 $1100
Travelling without a valid ticket $200 $550
Littering $200 $1100
Throwing an object in, at or from a public passenger vehicle or station $200 $2200
Smoking $300 $550
Drinking alcohol $400 $1100
Offensive language, offensive behaviour or spitting $400 $1100
Damage vehicles or property through graffiti or vandalism $400 $2200
Blocking doors or interfering with equipment $400 $5500
Trespassing on railway land $400 $5500

If you have been fined you will receive a penalty notice in the mail within 7-10 days. Payment can be made to the State Debt Recovery Office by mail, phone or online.

If you wish to dispute the penalty notice, you have the option of writing a letter to the State Debt Recovery Office or elect to have the matter dealt with by a court.

Visit the State Debt Recovery Office website for further information on the penalty notice review process. Less than 4% of reviews result in the fine being overturned.