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What is compensation and restitution?

Compensation orders and restitution orders orders allow victims to be compensated for personal injury or loss of, or damage to, property when a person has been found guilty of an offence.

Compensation orders are made to help victims recover from injury, or from property loss or damage.

Restitution orders are made to help recover property when a person is found guilty of a theft-related charge.

These orders are made by the magistrate or judge who sentences a person after they find that person guilty of an offence. Compensation or restitution orders are only available for certain offences.

Although they are made by the sentencing judge or magistrate, they are not part of the person's court sentence.

More information


Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic)

  • Part 4—Orders in addition to sentence

See Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic).


Judicial college of Victoria

See Judicial College of Victoria—Victorian Sentencing Manual—Compensatory orders – 24.