Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

Assistance Available

Assistance Available
This section outlines financial assistance that may be available to victims of crime from the Tribunal. Information regarding the assistance that may be awarded to primary, secondary and related victims, as well as information regarding the different types of assistance available can be found on the relevant pages.

Financial assistance that may be awarded

The Tribunal may award financial assistance for a range of expenses.  The types of assistance that the Tribunal may award are set out in the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 and include assistance for:

  • counselling and medical expenses;

  • safety related expenses;

  • loss or damage to clothing worn at the time of the incident;

  • loss of earnings;

  • dependency upon a deceased primary victim (related victims only);

  • assistance for reasonable funeral expenses. 

In exceptional circumstances, the Tribunal may award an amount for other expenses actually and reasonably incurred, or reasonably likely to be incurred, by an applicant to assist them in their recovery from the act of violence. Refer to the Types of Victims and Financial Assistance Available pages for further information.


Number of final awards of financial assistance made, and average amount of financial assistance awarded on final determination

  2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
Number of awards of financial assistance made 4,755   4,462 4161
Amount of financial assistance awarded $34,883,120 $34,094,333 $32,387,146
Average amount of financial assistance awarded $7,763 $7,641 $7,784



Further information may be obtained by contacting your local venue of the Tribunal or via email:


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