​Review of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 

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.

In 2018, the Department completed the first statutory review of the Act. Details about the first review, including the final report, can be found here

About the Act

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;
  • 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. 
The Act can be viewed in full on the NSW legislation website

Have your say

This Background Paper provides an overview of the Act and invites stakeholders to comment on any aspect of the Act. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to make a submission to the review.

You can provide your feedback by emailing policy@justice.nsw.gov.au, with the subject line ‘Statutory Review of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013’.

Submissions made to the review may be referred to in the final report and made publicly available, unless you indicate that all or part of your submission be kept confidential.

Submissions close on Monday, 11 July 2022.