Victim Assist Queensland (VAQ) is an assistance scheme that provides access to specialised support services and financial assistance to help victims of crime recover and get their lives back on track.
Financial assistance received by a victim will depend on the type of victim and the seriousness of the act of violence.
To apply for financial assistance, proof of payments made, such as invoices, receipts and statements, for the costs of goods and services should be provided.
QHVSG members can apply for a free 30-minute consultation with McInnes Wilson Lawyers for specialised advice on legal matters concerning our members including criminal compensation applications and personal injury/civil claims.
- Counselling expenses
- Medical and dental expenses
- Reasonable incidental travel expenses
- Loss of earnings up to $20,000 (in certain circumstances)
- Interim assistance up to $6,000
- Funeral expenses up to $8,000
- And in exceptional circumstances, other reasonable costs related to the recovery of the victim from the act of violence
- Primary Victims – people who are injured as a direct result of an act of violence committed against them
- Related Victims – people who, at the time of the act of violence were close family members of, a primary victim who died as a result of an act of violence
- Witness Secondary Victims – people who are injured as a direct result of witnessing an act of violence
- Parent Secondary Victim – parents or guardians injured as a direct result of an act of violence against their child under the age of 18