Types of Financial Assistance Available
If you have been the victim of an act of violence, a witness to a homicide, or are a family member or partner of a victim of a homicide the ACT Financial Assistance Scheme may be able to pay for the things you need to help you to recover from the crime. The scheme offers a number of different types of payments.
The scheme does not cover the cost of property damage.
The scheme can not pay for the cost of things that are covered by other sources such as:
- Workers compensation
- Home and motor vehicle insurance
- Court proceedings.
Immediate need payments
The Financial Assistance Scheme may be able to provide assistance for emergency costs that are needed to help you recover or prevent further harm to you. The types of immediate need payments that may be made under the scheme are as follows:
- Cleaning the scene of a homicide (maximum $5000)
- Measures for personal security of a victim (maximum $4000)
- Relocation for personal security of a victim (maximum $4000)
- Emergency medical costs and related services that would contribute to a victim's recovery (maximum $10,000)(only available if the applicant does not have the financial ability to pay for the treatment or service).
For more information on what types of payments can be claimed, and examples of payment types please see the Guide to Completing an application.
Economic loss payments
The scheme may be able to help you pay for things that you need to help you to recover from the crime and the effects of the crime on you.
The types of economic loss payments that may be made are as follows:
- Expenses for counselling or other psychological support (only if the person was not able to access appropriate support under the victim services scheme)
- Expenses, other than legal costs, incurred in making the application
The following expenses are not available to a homicide witness
- Medical and dental expenses
- Travel expenses
- Justice related expenses
- Loss of actual earnings including loss of earnings incurred by the parent or primary carer of the primary victim as a result of the act of violence
- Reasonable expenses incurred by the parent or primary carer of the primary victim as a result of the act of violence
- Other expenses in exceptional circumstances
- Loss of damage or personal items that were on the person at the time of the offence (only available for a primary victim)
For more information on what types of economic loss payments can be claimed, and examples of payment types please see the Guide to Completing an application.
In some circumstances a recognition payment can be made to acknowledge the trauma experienced as a result of an act of violence.
The amount of a recognition payment depends upon the type of crime and the circumstances of the crime. The amount of payments are set by the regulation.
Not all victims of an act of violence or related victims are eligible for a recognition payment.
If you experienced the act of violence before 1 July 2016 you may be eligible for a 'special assistance payment’ instead of a recognition payment. More information about applications relating to crimes that occurred before 1 July 2016 is available here.
Funeral expense payments
If you have paid for, or will have to pay for a funeral for someone who has died as a result of a homicide the scheme can provide financial assistance to help pay for those expenses.
- The maximum amount of funeral assistance that can be granted under the scheme is $8,000.
If the death resulted form a crime that occurred before 1 July 2016, your eligibility may depend on your relationships to the victim.