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A Commissioner will decide when your application is complete and Victims Support Services will arrange your hearing.

A hearing is your opportunity to explain how the crime has affected your life. You can bring a support person, such as a counsellor, family member or friend.

The offender will not be present and the hearings are held regularly in friendly and comfortable venues in Hobart, Launceston, and Burnie.

Attending a hearing provides you with the opportunity to tell your story in a casual, comfortable environment.

If you don't feel comfortable attending a hearing, or don't want to talk to anyone face to face, you can have a telephone hearing or the Commissioners are able to decide applications based on the documents provided. 

Contested hearings are held for applications that have not met legislative requirements but applicants still wish to meet face to face with a Commissioner to state their case.