Reforming victims' access to financial assistance

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 at 5:04 am

The Financial Assistance Scheme is replacing the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT).

The scheme is expected to open in 2024. Until then continue to make applications and queries through the existing Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT).

The scheme will provide financial assistance to victims to help them recover from violent crimes.

It will help with costs that arise from being a victim of a violent crime, such as:

  • counselling
  • medical expenses
  • loss of earnings
  • other expenses that would help a victim recover.

The scheme is being established by the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance Scheme) Act 2022.

Read more about the incoming Financial Assistance Scheme.