Only a fraction of COVID-19 breach penalties have been paid, with Premier Daniel Andrews warning he will come after fine dodgers.
Fines Victoria figures, obtained by AAP on Tuesday, show only 845 of 19,324 penalty notices issued as at August 24 had been fully paid.
That's just over four per cent.
Some 1489 notices have been withdrawn or cancelled, while another 1638 were converted to a payment arrangement.
It means just $1.45 million has been recouped from fines worth more than $27.8 million.
Fines Victoria has registered 3455 of the coronavirus notices for enforcement and, of the total fines, only 18 per cent reached the final demand stage.
"Only a small proportion of COVID-19 fines have not been paid before time to pay has expired and for many recently issued fines," a government spokesman told AAP.
"There is still time for people to pay their fine."
Despite the state government controversially refusing to fine families linked to the Casey cluster last month, Mr Andrews promised authorities would follow up on unpaid penalties.
"You need to pay the fine and we will come after you if you don't," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"There's too much at stake here and many of these fines, if not all of them, are the result of choices that people have made and they are the wrong choices, they are unsafe choices.
"They can potentially be deadly choices. So fines are important. Rules are important."
Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said there is a range of mechanisms for people to handle their fines and it is a long enforcement process.
"Whilst I am not surprised (at the low level of payment), I do continue to think there is a reasonable expectation that if we have rules in place and people break them, there's some form of consequence," she said.
Ms Hennessy said some people liked to wait to the last moment and exhaust alternatives, but noted fines never expire under Victorian law.
"Eventually, these matters do catch up with people," she said.