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Applying for Financial Assistance

The new financial assistance scheme commenced on 1 July 2016. All new applications for Victims of Crime Financial Assistance should be lodged with Victim Support ACT.

For information on which application type applies to you, please see our eligibility for financial assistance page.

Primary VictimPDFWord
Primary Victim Application Form  PDF 
Guide to completing the Primary Victim Application Form                                   PDFWord
Related Victims and Homicide WitnessesPDFWord
Related Victim or Homicide Witness Application Form PDF 
Guide to completing the Related Victim or Homicide Witness Application Form PDFWord
Funeral AssistancePDFWord
Funeral Assistance Application Form PDF 
Guide to completing the Funeral Assistance Application Form                           PDFWord
Other forms 

Extension of Time Application

Complete this form and attach it to your main form if it has been more than 3 years since the act of violence or 3 years since your 18th birthday.


Application to Vary amount of Financial Assistance

Use this form to apply for a variation on the amount of financial assistance you have received if your circumstances have changed, or are likely to change, since you received the earlier assistance payment.

Important note: Please download and save application forms before completing them. If the form is completed before it is downloaded, information entered will not be saved. 

Submitting Applications

Applications can be submitted in either of the following ways:

  • by email to fasvsact@act.gov.au; or
  • by post to
  • Financial Assistance Scheme, Victim Support ACT
    GPO Box 158
    Canberra ACT 2601

** From 1 July 2017 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. **

Legal Advice

You can apply for financial assistance without a lawyer, however if you would like some legal assistance to discuss your options you can contact Legal Aid ACT on 1300 654 314 or the ACT Law Society on 6274 0300.

Please note that the maximum amount a lawyer can charge you to assist you in applying for financial assistance is $1,123

The maximum amount that a lawyer can charge you to assist you with an appeal or review is $2 246