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Amount of compensation

Changes to legislation have increased the maximum amount of criminal compensation payable to victims of crime, for offences committed in Western Australia after 1 January 2004, to $75,000.

The amount of compensation awarded will depend on the extent of injuries and the losses suffered. The maximum award depends on the date the offence occurred:

22 January 1971 - 17 October 1976

$2,000

18 October 1976 - 31 December 1982

$7,500

1 January 1983 - 31 December 1985

$15,000

1 January 1986 - 30 June 1991

$20,000

1 July 1991 - 31 December 2003

$50,000

1 January 2004 - present

$75,000


Interim payments

An interim payment is a reimbursement or up front payment for expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury. A payment can be made at any time after the incident and can be for medical reports, treatment costs or even a funeral. An interim payment forms part of your award if your application is accepted.

The Assessor of Criminal Injuries Compensation may make interim payments for treatment, medical reports or funeral expenses before the case is determined. If an award is later refused, you may be required to repay the amount.

To make a claim, you need to provide as much information as possible. You are encouraged to seek legal advice.

The interim payment amounts cannot exceed 3% of the maximum amount that could be awarded.

The State can take action to recover the compensation paid from the offender.

Last updated: 18-Feb-2013

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