Queensland Law Society

Victim Assist Queensland – guidelines for financial assistance

Victim Assist Queensland (Victim Assist) provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes that were committed in Queensland. This assistance is provided under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 (the Act) and aims to help victims recover from their injuries.

The Director-General has issued Guideline 9 – Granting financial assistance for legal expenses, to ensure consistency and transparency for victims of crime if they apply for legal assistance.

Taking effect from 21 April 2019, the guideline outlines the costs Victim Assist will cover including:

  • Victim Assist can grant up to $500 for legal costs that relate to applying for financial assistance.
  • Victim Assist will grant $200 when a lawyer helps to fill in an application form. This includes meeting with the client and taking their instructions. It also includes completing and submitting the form.
  • To claim more than $200, the lawyer would need to detail what other services were provided. The services must relate directly to the application and an itemised bill will be required. Victim Assist cannot, however, pay more than $500 in total.