Draft Victims of Crime Assistance Bill 2009 released for public consultation

Activity occurred prior to the current government.

The draft Victims of Crime Assistance Bill 2009 which implements the new Victims Financial Assistance and Services Scheme (VFASS) was released by the Queensland Government for comment. The draft legislation can be accessed here.

The draft Bill provides for a new scheme which focuses on victim recovery by paying for or reimbursing the costs of goods and services that the victim requires to help them recover from the physical and psychological effects of the crime. VFASS will mark a significant change of focus from criminal compensation to financial assistance and support for victims. The draft Bill repeals the current scheme under the Criminal Offences Victims Act 1995 (COVA). More information on VFASS can be accessed here.

Included in the Bill are fundamental principles of justice for the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system based on those contained in COVA. The principles have been modernised and include a new process for resolving victims’ complaints relating to breaches of the principles.

The closing date for submissions was 12 June 2009.