Criminal Compensation Claims
What is Victim Assist Queensland?
Victim Assist Queensland is a new assistance scheme that provides access to specialised support services and financial assistance to help victims of crime recover and get their lives back on track. Financial assistance is available to victims of crime to help pay for or reimburse the costs of goods and services that they need to help them recover from the physical and psychological effects of a crime. A victim is eligible to receive financial assistance from Victim Assist Queensland if an act of violence that resulted in the injury (physical or psychological) or death of a person in Queensland has been reported. Victims of crime can apply for assistance immediately and directly to Victim Assist Queensland and do not have to go through the court system.
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Financial Assistance Available
Financial assistance received by a victim will depend of the type on victim and the seriousness of the act of violence. Victims who can apply for financial assistance include:
- primary victims (people who are injured as a direct result of an act of violence committed against them)
- related victims (people who, at the time of the act of violence were close family members of, or dependents of, a primary victim who died as a result of an act of violence).
For acts of violence that occurred on or after 1 December 2009:
- witness secondary victims (people who are injured as a direct result of witnessing an act of violence)
- parent secondary victims (parents or guardians injured as a direct result of an act of violence against their child under the age of 18).
Applications for assistance will be assessed by a government assessor in Victim Assist Queensland. If a person is found eligible and depending of the type of victim, financial assistance can be provided to cover:
- counseling expenses
- medical and dental expenses
- reasonable incidental travel expenses
- loss of earnings up to $20 000
- interim assistance up to $6 000
- funeral expenses up to $6 000
- in exceptional circumstances, other reasonable costs related to the recovery of the victim from the act of violence
- up to $500 to cover legal expenses.
Primary victims can also receive special financial assistance payment between $130 and $10 000 in acknowledgement of the act of violence committed against them. If you would like to make an inquiry call one of our team on 1800677 923, or email.
How to Apply for Financial Assistance
To receive financial assistance an applicant must:
- have reported the act of violence (to the police in most instances*)
- send Victim Assist Queensland a completed financial assistance application form. This will include consent for Victim Assist Queensland to obtain further information on the applicant, the act of violence and the injury if required
- attach a medical certificate form to their application that has been completed by their by health practitioner stating that the applicant was injured (physically or psychologically) as a result of the act of violence
- provide proof of payments made, such as invoices, receipts and statements for the costs of goods and services as needed by the victim to be reimbursed by Victim Assist Queensland.
*For some type of special victims, including children under the age of 18, victims with an impaired capacity and victims of sexual assault, the act of violence can be reported to their doctor, counselor or psychiatrist.
For the Approved forms, and other information, contact Gouldson Legal.
Support services available to victims of crime
Victims LinkUp is a phone service providing a central point of contact for victims. Victims needs will be assessed and supported by trained information officers who will provide information on available government and non-government support services, including confidential services specifically aimed to support victims of crime.
You can also use our website to search for existing support services for victims of crime in your area (www.justice.qld.gov.au).
Some of the services* available to victims of crime through Victims LinkUp include:
- support for victims of domestic violence
- support for victims of sexual abuse
- court support
- support for victims under 18
- support for Indigenous victims of crime
- support for relatives of homicide victims
- legal support for victims
*Most services are free of charge but victims will be advised if a fee is payable to a specific service.