Victims of crime review

Activity occurred prior to the current government.

On 24 November 2008 Premier Anna Bligh and Attorney-General Kerry Shine announced that the new Victims Financial Assistance Scheme would replace the current scheme under the Criminal Offence Victims Act 1995 (COVA). The proposed new scheme will result in significant increases in the amount of assistance to the families of victims of criminal violence as well as new categories of funding.

This followed a comprehensive review of the criminal injury compensation scheme to make it simpler and easier for victims of crime. This was the first time COVA had been reviewed substantively since its introduction.

The review examined the most appropriate ways to addresses victims’ needs, and whether the range of assistance provided to victims through government and funded non-government organisations could be more effectively co-ordinated. Submissions to the review closed on 1 February 2008.

The draft bill for the new scheme will be released for public consultation in March 2009.

More information on the Premier’s announcement.