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Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 – 5 September 2014

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A victim of crime (extending to family members/dependants of a victim in the event of death) who has suffered harm is eligible to apply in the approved form (with supporting documentation such as a medical certificate) to the government for financial assistance. The amount of assistance available to a primary victim is set out in section 38 (and includes assistance for the legal costs of making an application). The time limit for an application is generally three years from when the act of violence happened or the death of the victim.

  • Sections 4, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55, 81, 82, 85, 86, 96, 97, 98, 100, Schedules 2, 3

A person who incurs funeral expenses for the funeral of a victim of crime may apply in the approved form to the government for financial assistance. The amount of assistance available is set out in section 50. The application must be made within three years of the victim’s death.

  • Sections 4, 21, 22, 25, 26, 29, 31, 50, 55, 56, 57, 58, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, 100, Schedule 3

A victim of crime may ask an investigatory agency for information regarding the progress of investigations being conducted about the crime and among other matters, the outcome of an application for bail by the charged person. Information may also be requested from the prosecuting agency.

  • Sections 11, 12, 16
Reason for law

To help victims of acts of violence to recover from the acts by giving them financial assistance. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Financial assistance [Queensland Government]

Forms and publications

Victim Support Australia Inc

Queensland Homicide Victims’ Support Group

Relationships Australia Queensland

Children by Choice

Highlighted practice direction

2016/02 – Queensland Murri Court

Media statement

Palaszczuk Government ensures victims get vital support

Easier access to help for homicide victims and families

 

Media article

Restorative justice working for most victims

Quote from Christian Bible
  • Romans 12:17-21: Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge: I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head”. Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.
Critique

Section 147 allows temporary regulations to be made which is an uncommon practice.

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