What’s this about?
The NSW Department of Communities and Justice is reviewing the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
The Act establishes the Victims Support Scheme and legislates the Charter of Victims Rights to provide practical and financial support to victims of violent crime in New South Wales. The Act commenced on 3 June 2013.
The policy objectives of the Act include:
- Recognising and promoting the rights of victims of crime;
- Establishing the role of the Commissioner of Victims Rights and the Victims Support Fund;
- Establishing a scheme for the provision of support for victims of acts of violence and acts of modern slavery;
- Enabling financial support paid and recognition payments made under the Victims Support Scheme to be recovered from persons found guilty of the crimes giving rise to the payments;
- Giving effect to an alternative scheme under which a court may order the person it finds guilty of a crime to pay compensation to any victim of the crime;
- Establishing the Victims Advisory Board including its membership and statutory functions; and
- Prescribing other miscellaneous provisions related to the operation of the Act.
Feedback from individuals, organisations, and other stakeholders on this Act is welcome. A background paper with an overview is attached to this consultation to help with your submission to the review.
Please note that your submission may be made publicly available, unless you indicate that all or part of your submission be kept confidential.
Have your say
Have your say by Monday, 11 July 2022.
You can submit your feedback through the email address below. Please include the subject line ‘Statutory Review of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013’.