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Offender Debt Recovery

Queensland law allows the Department of Justice and Attorney-General to recover monies paid by the state to victims of violence, from people convicted of relevant offences in a Queensland court.

In some circumstances, a period of time may have elapsed between the offence occurring and a recovery notice being issued to the convicted person. This is because prior to 1 December 2009 the only way the state could recover a criminal injury compensation payment was by enforcement of a compensation order made by a court under the Criminal Offence Victims Act 1995 (COVA).

The introduction of Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 (VOCAA) on 1 December 2009 allows the state to recover the money paid to victims under COVA as well as financial assistance paid to victims under VOCAA from people convicted of the offence.

More detailed information on recovery of payments made under each Act is available.

More information

Phone: 1300 856 721 between 8.30am to 5.00pm weekdays (not including public holidays)

Email: offenderrecovery@justice.qld.gov.au

Write to:  Offender Debt Recovery Program
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
GPO Box 149
BRISBANE QLD 4001

Support services

For assistance with financial counselling, family support, advocacy and chaplaincy a number of support agencies may be able to assist, including:

Salvation Army
Phone: 1300 363 622
Web: www.salvos.org.au

Catholic Prison Ministry
Phone: (07) 3846 7577
Web: www.catholicprisonministry.org.au

Sisters Inside
Phone: (07) 3844 5066
Web: www.sistersinside.com.au

Prisoners Legal Service
Phone: (07) 3846 5074
Web: www.plsqld.com

Last reviewed
24 April 2012
Last updated
24 April 2013

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