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Eligibility for Financial Assistance

There are a number of different categories of victims who are eligible to apply for financial assistance.

Primary Victims

  • A Primary victim is the person who was injured as a direct result of the act of violence.
  • The maximum amount of financial assistance that may be paid to a primary victim is $50 000
  • A victim of a non-physical act of violence that was committed in a family violence context may be paid immediate need payments and/or economic loss payments, to a maximum of $10 000. Examples of offences that can be a non physical act of violence are property damage or a breach of a family violence order.

Related Victims

Where a primary victim died as a direct result of a homicide, a related victim is a person who was a family member, a dependent of the primary victim, or had an intimate personal relationship with the primary victim at the time of the death.

You may be eligible for assistance If you are the primary victim's:

  • Spouse or partner
  • Parent, step-parent or guardian
  • Child or step-child
  • Sibling (including half-siblings and step-siblings)
  • A person who, in accordance with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custom, is regarded as a sibling.

If you were estranged from the primary victim or did not have a genuine personal relationship with them at the time of their death you may not be eligible for assistance.

The amount of financial assistance that a related victim may be eligible for depends upon the nature of their relationship with the primary victim at the time of their death.

Homicide Witnesses (only for acts of violence after 1 July 2016)

  • A Homicide Witness is a person who was injured as a direct result of witnessing a homicide or being a witness in proceedings for a homicide.
  • Homicide witnesses may apply for an immediate need payment and/or an economic loss payment.
  • The maximum amount of financial assistance that may be granted to a homicide witness is $10 000.
  • A witness to a homicide that occurred before 1 July 2016 is not eligible for payments under the ACT Financial Assistance Scheme.

Funeral Expense payments

  • Anyone who has paid, or is required to pay for the funeral for a primary victim of a homicide can apply for financial assistance.
  • The maximum amount that may be granted as a funeral expense payment is $8 000.
  • If the death act of violence that resulted in a death occurred before 1 July 2016 your eligibility for reimbursement may depend on your relationship to the victim.

When can I Apply for Financial Assistance?

To be eligible for financial assistance, you must:

  • be a victim of an act of violence that occurred in the ACT on or after 1 July 1983;
  • have suffered an injury as a result of an act of violence;
  • have reported the act of violence to police (some exceptions apply - please contact the Financial Assistance Scheme team for further information).
  • apply within 3 years of the act of violence or if you were under 18 apply by your 21st birthday. In some circumstances the time limit can be extended.

Who is not eligible for financial assistance?

You may not be eligible for financial assistance if:

  • the act of violence occurred before 1 July 1983;
  • you were not the victim of an act of violence;
  • you were involved in a serious crime when the act of violence occurred;
  • you conspired with the person responsible for the act of violence;
  • you unreasonably failed to give assistance to police in relation to the act of violence;
  • the act of violence occurred outside the ACT (other states and territories have their own financial assistance schemes).