COVA applications cease 01/12/2009

The Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 received Royal Ascent on 17 September 2009, and commences on 1 December 2009.

The scheme is aimed at changing the emphasis on payments from lump sum ex gratia payments of compensation to payments or reimbursement for goods/services in respect of recovering from the effects of the crime.

Consequently, the lump sum payment for compensation (Special Assistance) will range from $130 – $10,000.00. By contrast, ‘indirect’ payments for goods/services will range up to $75,000.00.

Accordingly, any applications pursuant to the Criminal Offence Victims Act 1995 (COVA) and the Criminal Code 1899 (the Code), need to be filed for ex gratia compensation by:

30 November 2009;

or

1 February 2010 – where there has been a conviction of the offender on or before 30 November 2009, the victim can apply under COVA or the Code to the court (under s24 of COVA and s66 3b of the repealed Code).

Read more on the Victims Assist fact sheet or contact the Victims Financial Assistance and Services Scheme.

Brisbane Barrister – David Cormack

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