Restitution

Restitution is the recovery of Victims Support paid to an applicant. Restitution proceedings are commenced against offender(s) convicted of a relevant offence(s) causing the injury for which Victims Support was awarded. 


    Restitution Recovering Money

    Restitution is the recovery of an award for financial support and/or recognition payment paid to a victim of an act of violence. 

    A victim of an act of violence may be awarded financial support and/or recognition payment under the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013. Restitution proceedings are commenced against offender(s) convicted of a relevant offence(s) in respect of which the award was given

    If a person has been convicted of the offence that led to the victim's injury, restitution action may be taken by Victims Services to recover that money from the offender. The convicted offender may be ordered to pay back all or some of the victims support payments paid by the Fund to the victim. This is to make sure that offenders contribute to the assistance of their victims.

    The issuing of a Provisional Order for Restitution against a defendant is the first step in these proceedings.

    Provisional Orders

    A provisional order is the first step in the restitution process. The order is made by the Commissioner of Victims Rights to notify the defendant that an award for victims support payments have been made to a victim and the Commissioner is seeking to recover the amount of the award or victims support payments from the defendant.

    For more information, see the Provisional Orders page.

    Objection to a Provisional Order

    An Objection provides a chance for you to tell your side of the story and explain your reasons for requesting an amount of restitution to be reduced or dismissed.

    For more information, see the Objection to a Provisional Order page.

    Arrangements & Orders

    A defendant may make an offer to settle restitution proceedings, by offering a lesser amount and/or by seeking to pay by instalments, at any time after a provisional order or order has been made by the Commissioner of Victim's Rights.

    For more information, see the Arrangements & Orders page.

    Debtor Payments

    The Commissioner may agree to the payment of restitution by instalments depending on a defendant’s ability to pay.

    For more information, see the Debtor Payments page.