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Time limits on claims

Applications for Victims of Crime Assistance are subject to prescribed time limits.

If an adult at the time of the offence, an application for financial assistance should be lodged within three (3) years from the date of the offence.

For a child victim at the time of the offence, an application for financial assistance should be lodged within three (3) years of the child victim reaching the age of 18 years.

However, Commissioners have discretion to extend the prescribed time limit in 'special circumstances' where an Extension of Time Application is lodged.

Information about how to complete the application form is included with the Extension of Time Application Form (PDF, 5 pages)

Please note that if the offence occurred prior to 21 June 1976 there is no basis for an application.

Please contact Victims Support Services if you have any questions about Extension of Time Applications on (03) 6165 7524 or (toll free) on 1300 663 773 between the hours of 8.45am and 5pm Monday to Friday.