Statutory review of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 (NSW)

The NSW Department of Justice is conducting a review of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 (NSW) to determine whether the policy objectives of th​e Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

This review is required by section 119 of the Act.

​The legislation

Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 (NSW)

About the Act

The Act legislates the Charter of Victims Rights and establishes the Victims Support Scheme to provide financial and practical support to victims of violent crime. The Act commenced on 3 June 2013. 

View the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013​ on the NSW Legislation website.

The policy objectives of the Act include the following:

  • to recognise and promote the rights of victims of crime;
  • to establish a scheme for the provision of support for victims of acts of violence;
  • to enable 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;
  • to give 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; and
  • to impose a levy on persons found guilty of crimes for the purpose of funding the Victims Support Scheme.

You can find out more abou​t the Charter of Victims Rights and the Victims Support Scheme​ on the Victims Services and Support section of the Department of Justice website.

Submissions 

Submissions are arranged in alphabetical order of the organisation or individual by whom they were submitted.