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Financial help

Sexual assault can impact on a person's employment, housing, education or financial matters.

If you have any financial concerns, speak to your counsellor, or ask to speak to the Centrelink social worker for assistance.

Costs for coming to court to give evidence

Witnesses will be paid, according to a set scale, a contribution towards the costs in travelling to give evidence, loss of wages and certain related expenses. Ask the Office of Public Prosecutions or the police officer in-charge for information.

Justice-related expenses may also be paid under the Victims Support Scheme (see below).

Victims Support Scheme

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you may be able to receive financial assistance and counselling from Victims Services.

A new Victims Support Scheme has been established under the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013. Victims of sexual assault may access five types of support: information, referrals and advice; counselling; immediate needs; financial assistance and recognition payment.

Please call the Victims Access line on 1800 633 063 to talk to a support coordinator. The support coordinator can assess your needs and develop a tailored package to guide you through the criminal justice and human services systems and assist you with applying for counselling and financial assistance, if needed.