Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Victims of Crime – Assistance Program

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (15:07): My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Training and Skills, representing the Minister for Victim Support. Minister, it is nearly five years since the government asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to consider changes to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal and the victims assistance program. The VLRC made 100 recommendations, which were accepted by the government and included establishing a new statefunded financial assistance scheme for victims of crime. Minister, what is the status of this new assistance scheme, and when can victims expect it will be delivered?

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (15:08): Thank you, Minister. My colleague, Ms Maxwell, raised in this Parliament the difficulties that victims of crime face in accessing support through the current scheme, particularly as a result of the classification system. My supplementary question is: will the government initiate any interim changes to the current scheme so that the recommendations of the VLRC are available to victims until the new act is in force?


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