Compensation and/or Expenses
Victims Support and Rehabilitation Act 1996 (the Act)
WHO SHOULD USE THIS FORM?
• This form should be used if you are claiming
statutory compensation. That is, compensation
for the injuries you have received from an act of
violence plus any actual expenses incurred such
as medical, loss of earnings and loss of personal
• This form should also be used if you are
claiming prescribed expenses under the
Victims Assistance Scheme (VAS).
(See over for more details).
NOTE: This form is for primary and secondary victims
only. If you are the family member of a deceased victim
contact Victims Services for the appropriate form.
HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION
You may call Victims Services enquiry number:
(02) 8688 5511 or 1800 069 054 (freecall) and the
support staff will help you.
LawAccess is a free telephone and internet service
providing information about legal services in NSW.
You may phone LawAccess on 1300 888 529 and
ask for legal information, referral or advice about your
If you want a solicitor to assist you, the Law Society of
NSW’s Solicitor Referral Service can help you fi nd a
solicitor near where you live who specialises in victims
compensation claims. You can call the Law Society on
(02) 9926 0300 or 1800 422 713 (toll free).
You can fi ll out the application form yourself and at a
later date you may choose to have a solicitor help you if
your claim is complicated and you are having problems
providing the information we need.
You will not have to pay solicitor costs in victims
compensation applications. If an assessor awards costs,
it does not come out of your award.
No solicitor costs will be paid in Victims Assistance
WHO IS A VICTIM?
A primary victim is a person who:
• has sustained an injury as a direct result of
an act of violence; or
• is injured while trying to prevent someone
from committing an act of violence; or
• is injured while helping or rescuing someone