To apply for compensation, contact the Office of Criminal Injuries Compensation.
An application form detailing the information required can be sent to you. You will also have to provide medical reports and other documents to support your application.
You can submit your own application, or engage a solicitor to act on your behalf. If you engage a solicitor, the assessor cannot reimburse the legal costs incurred. There is no fee for lodging your application.
Before completing the application form, please see the guidelines below.
Your application must include:
When the form has been completed, it needs to be signed and sent to:
Criminal Injuries Compensation
Department of the Attorney General
GPO Box F317
PERTH WA 6841
Ensure all documentation required is completed and attached. You should keep copies of the documents you submit with your application.
If you receive any medical or psychological treatment, you will need to keep a diary of the appointment dates as well as receipts for payments made. You should also request medical or counselling reports to support your claim.
In the majority of cases, applications are dealt with by the assessor based on information you provide. The assessor may require further information to assess your claim and you may have to attend a hearing.
Hearings are held in a court room and are generally private. Hearings may be held in regional centres or may be held via video link-up. You can make arrangements to be represented at the hearing by a solicitor or someone approved by the assessor.
The person who committed the offence by which you were injured may be present at the hearing. If the offender is required to attend the hearing, you will be notified of this in advance. Closed circuit television facilities are available.
Any applications arising from a death is given priority by the assessor's office.
Your application is confidential. However, assessors' decisions are available to the public, including the media. In most cases, the offender will be notified of your claim and may be provided with edited copies of documents in support of it.
In special cases, assessors can order that names of people awarded compensation are not made public. This is always the case for awards involving sexual offences or juvenile offenders.
Last updated: 18-Feb-2013
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