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Feedback about our service



Feedback is important

We welcome your comments about the service we provide. This feedback is important as it helps us resolve any concerns and continually improve the services we provide.

What can I comment about?

You can make a comment about the way we provide any of our services. For example:

  • the policies or procedures of Victims Services

  • the quality of service you have received directly from us

  • the quality of service you have received directly from an Approved Counsellor

  • how we have treated you in relation to your rights under the Charter of Victims Rights

  • the conduct of a staff member

  • compliment us when we have done well.

What if I am unhappy with a decision about my application for support?

If you are unhappy with the decision made regarding your application for support you cannot lodge a complaint but you may be able to request a review. More information can be found in the Review section.

What if I want to provide a compliment, feedback or make a complaint about Victims Services or an Approved Counsellor?

If you have a concern, it may be best to first discuss the matter with the staff member you are dealing with. Often this can clear up misunderstandings and sort out problems quickly. You can ask to speak with the staff member's supervisor or manager if you feel this is necessary.

Compliments, feedback or complaints can be lodged over the phone or in writing. If a complaint is about a serious or complex matter or allegation it is best to put it in writing. Written complaints should be addressed to the Commissioner of Victims Rights at the address below.

You can provide feedback, compliments or lodge a complaint using the Feedback widget on the right hand side of the Victims Services homepage. To lodge a complaint you can also use our online form.

It is important to:

  • tell us as soon as possible about the matter
  • state clearly what your complaint is
  • give us information and details to assist in investigating the matter
  • provide any further information needed as soon as possible.

If you need help, or if you just want to discuss your problem before deciding whether to provide feedback or make a complaint, you can call and speak to us to help you decide what you would like to do next.

Please read Rights and Responsibilities.

What if I want to make a complaint under the Charter of Victims Rights?

The Charter of Victims Rights sets out 18 rights which outline how government departments should treat and assist you if you are a victim of crime. Victims Services has a responsibility to receive complaints and to try to resolve th​em. The Charter Complaints webpage explains what you can do if you feel that your rights have not been met.

To lodge a complaint under the Charter, you can complete this online form or download a complaint form.

More information about making a complaint under the Charter, can be found here.

How will my compliment, feedback or complaint be dealt with?

We will acknowledge your feedback, compliment or complaint within 3 working days.

If a response is required, we will endeavour to provide a response within 21 working days. Sometimes this may take longer because, for example, we might need to get information from other people or agencies. We will advise you of steps we are taking and of the date you can expect an outcome.

For service complaints we follow the VS Service Complaints Handling Procedure.

If your complaint is about your treatment by another government agency under the Charter of Victims Rights we will follow the process for dealing with Charter complaints.

What if I believe Victims Services has not correctly handled my complaint?

If you are not satisfied with Victims Services’ handling of your complaint, you can request, in writing, a Commissioner’s Review. However, this review is to ensure that your complaint has been appropriately handled and is not a review of the findings. An independent officer will conduct a review and generally these reviews are completed within 21 working days. You will be notified of the outcome of the review.

For more information about how the Department of Communities and Justice manages complaints please visit the Feedback and Complaints page.

How will my privacy be protected?

We are committed to protecting your privacy during the complaints handling process.

If a third party has information about your complaint or can verify the information you have provided, it is reasonable for them to be contacted during the complaint resolution process.

If another government agency or department can assist with resolving your complaint we may need to give some information to that agency. We will discuss this first with you before doing so.

If you have authorised someone else to receive or seek information on your behalf you should send us a letter with their details and confirming that you want us to give them information about your complaint.

Would you like to provide feedback about this website?

You can use the Department of Communities and Justice feedback widget which can be found on the right hand side of the Department of Communities and Justice homepage and also on the Feedback and Complaints page. The widget is simple to use and automatically directs your feedback to the appropriate area.

Do you have suggestions for our site?  Please email your feedback or suggestions to:
vs@justice.nsw.gov.au

Contact information

Contact Victim Services on:
Victims Access Line: 1800 633 063
Office hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

To send in a written complaint address the complaint to:

Commissioner of Victims Rights
Locked Bag 5118
Parramatta NSW 2124