​Time Limits

The general time limit for financial support and recognition payment eligibility is two (2) years after the act of violence. 

However there are exceptions and extensions, depending on the time between the occurrence of the act of violence and lodgement of the application; the type of victim; the age of victim at the time of lodgement, or at the time the act of violence occurred; and the type of offence committed against the victim.

The following table outlines the relevant time limits: 

Time limits applying to lodgment of application for victims support – section 40 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Type of victim and their age when the act of violence occurredCounsellingFinancial assistance - Immediate needsFinancial assistance - Economic lossRecognition paymentFuneral and crime scene expense
Primary victim of sexual/indecent assault as a child (under 18)  Lifetime of applicant  20th birthday of applicant  20th birthday of applicant for loss of earnings, medical and personal effects.Lifetime of applicant  

Not applicable

 

 
Lifetime of applicant for out of pocket and justice related expenses
Primary victim of abuse (non-sexual) as a childLifetime of applicant20th birthday of applicant20th birthday of applicant28th birthday of applicantNot applicable
Primary victim of domestic violence as a childLifetime of applicant20th birthday of applicant20th birthday of applicant28th birthday of applicantNot applicable
Primary victim when a child (not domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, child sexual assault)Lifetime of applicant20th birthday of applicant20th birthday of applicant20th birthday of applicantNot applicable
Primary victim of sexual assault that occurred when the applicant was 18 years or overLifetime of applicant2 years2 years10 yearsNot applicable
Primary victim of domestic violence that occurred when the applicant was 18 years or overLifetime of applicant2 years2 years10 yearsNot applicable
Primary victim of an act of violence that occurred when the applicant was 18 years or over (not involving domestic violence or sexual assault)Lifetime of applicant2 years2 years2 yearsNot applicable
Family victim when aged 18 years or overLifetime of applicant2 years from confirmed homicide2 years from confirmed homicide2 years from confirmed homicide2 years from confirmed homicide (funeral)
Family victim when under 18 years of ageLifetime of applicant20th birthday of applicant or 2 years from confirmed homicide, whichever is later20th birthday of applicant or 2 years from confirmed homicide, whichever is later20th birthday of applicant or 2 years from confirmed homicide, whichever is later20th birthday of applicant or 2 years from confirmed homicide, whichever is later (funeral)
Secondary victim of any age
 
Lifetime of applicant  Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable  Not applicable  
Exception for a secondary victim who is also a parent/guardian of a child primary victim. In that case the same time limit as that for the primary victim appliesException for a secondary victim who is also a parent/guardian of a child primary victim. In that case the same time limit as that for the primary victim applies
3rd party (age not applicable)  Not applicable  Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable  2 years  
Unless approved service provider through primary or family claim, then same time limit as primary victim or family victimUnless approved service provider through primary or family claim, then same time limit as primary victim or family victim

Some points to consider:

  • As indicated in the table, where the victim is a child at the time of the act of violence, or at the time the application is lodged; the standard two year time-limit for financial assistance and recognition payment is extended. 
  • There is no time limit for making an application for recognition payment by a victim of child sexual assault, and this unlimited extension also applies to financial assistance for justice-related and out of pocket expenses for that victim.
  • Ten year extensions for making recognition payment applications apply to acts of violence involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. 
  • The time limit applying to a family victim application is dependent on when it was confirmed that the deceased primary victim was a victim of the relevant act of violence. This could occur more than two years after the primary victim’s death or disappearance.
  • Claims for financial support, through an eligible application, may continue to be made for a period of five years after the application was lodged with Victims Services, or until the maximum financial support has been approved.
  • Time limits for lodgement and duration do not apply to applications for Approved Counselling under the scheme.