ACT Financial Assistance Scheme
On 8 March 2016 the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Act 2016. The new scheme commenced on 1 July 2016.
The purpose of the scheme is:
- to assist victims of crime to recover from acts of violence;
- to contribute to the safety of victims of crime and the prevention of future acts of violence;
- to acknowledge the harmful effects of acts of violence; and
- to complement other services provided for victims of crime.
This scheme replaces the Financial Assistance Scheme that operated under the repealed Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance) Act 1983.
Starting on 1 July 2017 all applications for victims of crime financial assistance should be made to Victim Support ACT.
** The Victims of Crime Commissioner is the decision maker for all new applications. As a result, there has been a significant increase in the number of applications received.
We are assessing applications as quickly as we can, however the increase in the number of assessments required means there will be long delays in assessing applications.
All applications we receive are important to us. We are assessing them as quickly as we can. Your patience during this time is appreciated. **
If you have an existing application that you have lodged with the ACT Magistrates Court under the repealed Act you will need to continue to liaise with the ACT Government Solicitor for finalisation of the application.
If you have any questions about the new financial assistance scheme please contact the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) team on 1800 822 272 or (02) 6205 2066 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.