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Queenslanders to have their say on victims of crime legislation

The Queensland Government today called for the views of victims of crime and their families, as part of the review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009.

Department of Justice and Attorney-General Director-General John Sosso said that the consultation paper released today was an important step in the review of the legislation.

“The review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act will ensure that Queenslanders have access to the best possible support, should they become a victim of violent crime,” Mr Sosso said.

“The Act outlines the financial assistance available to help victims of crime recover from acts of violence, and also sets out the ‘fundamental principles of justice’, which provide how government agencies should treat victims in Queensland.”

Mr Sosso invited anyone who had been a victim of violent crime, as well as their families and relevant organisations, to make a submission in response to the paper.

“Victim Assist Queensland has made great progress in working with victims of crime since its establishment in 2009,” Mr Sosso said.

“However, I believe we can always do better and I would urge anyone who has received assistance from victim services, and especially from Victim Assist Queensland, to read the paper and make a submission.”

The consultation paper discusses possible areas for reform across three main areas: the financial assistance scheme for victims, the fundamental principles of justice, and the role of the Victim Services Coordinator.

The Queensland Government is especially seeking submissions on the effectiveness of the financial assistance scheme, and whether the fundamental principles of justice have been adequately implemented across relevant government agencies.

The consultation paper can be accessed at the link below with details on how to make and send a submission. The closing date for submissions is Friday 5 December 2014.

http://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/2121/view.html

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