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Legislation relating to victims of crime

Legislation relating to victims of crime.

Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic)

This Act provides assistance to victims of crime that has been committed in Victoria. It helps victims by paying financial assistance to help with expenses that are a direct result of the crime to recognise state and community sympathy and recognition of the significant adverse effects that the victim has experienced.

See Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Victims of Crime Assistance Rules 2020 (Vic)

These rules set out the process to be followed when applications are made to the Victims of Crime Tribunal. It also covers the review of decisions by the judicial registrars.

See Victims of Crime Assistance Rules 2020 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Victims of Crime Assistance (Special Financial Assistance) Regulations 2011 (Vic)

These regulations set out the levels of impairment that will enable to a victim to claim (additional) special financial assistance. This depends on the seriousness of the crime and the damage done to the victim. Schedule 1 separates different acts of violence into 4 categories.

See Victims of Crime Assistance (Special Financial Assistance) Regulations 2011 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Victims' Charter Act 2006 (Vic)

This Act governs the treatment of people who have been adversely affected by a crime. It sets out the information that people must be given about the prosecution, investigation and court process. It provides for victim impact statements, protection of the privacy of witnesses and the methods that must be used to store and return of their property that has been investigated as part of the criminal procedure.

See Victims' Charter Act 2006 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Corrections Act 1986 (Vic)

This Act provides for the establishment, management and security of prisons and the welfare of prisoners. It also provides for the administration of services related to community-based corrections and for the welfare of offenders.

It also establishes the victims register.

See Corrections Act 1986 (Vic)(opens in a new window) .

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (Vic)

This Act established the tribunal commonly referred to as VCAT. This Tribunal provides a cheaper and less formal way of making and review decisions about particular matters that it has been given power to hear. These include residential tenancies, planning, accident compensation, discrimination and small claims.

See Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Victims of Crime Assistance (Delegation) Regulations 2013 (Vic)

These regulations set the maximum amount of money that can be paid as an interim measure by a delegate under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic).

See Victims of Crime Assistance (Delegation) Regulations 2013 (Vic).

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

This Act sets out the most serious offences and the maximum fine or term of imprisonment under Victorian law. Most of the offences in the Crimes Act are indictable offences. Indictable offences are usually those with a maximum penalty of 5 years jail, or more.

See Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Police Assistance Compensation Act 1968 (Vic)

This Act provides for compensation to be paid for people who are injured while helping police with their duties. It also provides compensation for families of anyone who is killed while helping police.

See Police Assistance Compensation Act 1968 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

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