Financial support


    Financial support is intended to meet the urgent and specific financial needs of primary and family victims. Financial support is composed of financial assistance for immediate needs and economic loss, and funeral expenses, as illustrated in the diagram below:


    Financial assistance for immediate needs

    Financial assistance for immediate needs is available up to $5000 of financial assistance for immediate needs is available to a primary or family victim of an act of violence. 

    As well as relating to a specific expense, an approval of immediate needs must meet the following criteria. The expense must be: As a direct result of the act of violence, for treatment or other measures that need to be taken urgently to secure the victims safety, health or wellbeing. 

    Examples of the types of expense that may be approved as an immediate need include medical expenses, home security upgrades and urgent relocation costs. In addition to the application form, the evidence required to establish an entitlement to immediate needs includes documentary evidence, such as a medical or police report that is sufficient to support the claim. 

    It should also be noted that strict time limits apply to claims for financial assistance for immediate needs (s 40). Where expenses exceed the immediate needs cap of $5000, certain expenses can be considered as financial assistance for economic loss. Access to immediate needs is also available to third parties incurring expenses in relation to the aftermath of a homicide.

    Financial assistance for economic loss 

    Financial assistance for economic loss is available to primary victims and parents, step-parents or guardians caring for a primary victim aged under 18. Financial assistance for economic loss is also available to family victims for justice related expenses only. Like financial assistance for immediate needs, approval of financial assistance for economic loss requires a specific loss or expense that is a direct result of the act of violence. The loss must also be of a kind described in the Regulation, outlined in the table below. The Regulation also sets individual caps for each type of loss, with an overall limit of $30,000 for each eligible victim.

    The table below outlines the types of loss for which support is available, caps for each type, and eligible victims:

    ​Economic loss description

    ​Available to

    ​Limit of support


    ​Loss of actual earnings

    Reduced earnings from an actual rather than potential source must be established. The amount of assistance that can be approved is then calculated with reference to clause 7 of the Regulation.

    • Primary victim

    • Parent, stepparent or guardian caring for a primary victim aged under 18

    ​Up to $20000
























    Overall limit of $30000​



    ​Out-of-pocket expenses

    Available if loss of actual earnings cannot be demonstrated.

    • Primary victim 

    • Parent, stepparent or guardian caring for a primary victim aged under 18

    ​Up to $5000

    ​Medical and dental expenses

    Available where financial assistance for medical and dental expenses under immediate needs is exhausted.
    • Primary victim
    • Parent, stepparent or guardian caring for a primary victim aged under 18 (expenses for the primary victim only)
    ​Up to $30000

    ​Justice related expenses 

    For expenses associated with criminal or coronial proceedings, including making statements.

    • Primary victim
    • Family victim
    • Parent, stepparent or guardian caring for a primary victim aged under 18

    ​Up to $5000

    ​Loss or damage to clothing or person effects

    Restricted to items worn or carried by the primary victim at the time of the act of violence.

    • Primary victim 
    • Parent, stepparent or guardian caring for a primary victim aged under 18
    ​Up to $1500


    Payment to persons other than family victims

    In certain circumstances, the support available to family victims in association with a homicide is also available to persons other than family victims. For approval, the expense must directly relate to the funeral of a homicide victim, or the cleaning of property associated with a homicide crime scene. Full particulars of the expense claimed must be provided. The payment is drawn from the pool of funds set aside for an eligible family victim.