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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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All applications lodged after 12 months from commencement will be determined by the Victims of Crime Commissioner under the new scheme. However, for offences that occurred prior to commencement of the new scheme the amounts of special assistance available for victims of sexual assault and victims who incur an extremely serious and permanent injury will remain the amounts available under the old scheme.

For example, a victim of sexual assault who is injured before commencement of the new scheme but who has not made an application 12 months after commencement will need to apply to the Victims of Crime Commissioner under the new scheme but will still be eligible for a maximum recognition payment of $50,000. A victim of crime who incurs an extremely serious and permanent injury before commencement, but who has not made an application 12 months after commencement, will need to apply to the Victims of Crime Commissioner under the new scheme but will still be eligible for a maximum recognition payment of $30,000 as well as immediate need and economic loss payments up to the total maximum payable to any victim of

$50,000.

The transitional provisions ensure that certain victims of crime who were injured before the commencement date and were eligible for larger amounts than under the new scheme do not have their eligibility changed significantly and that there is a clear point at which applications to the court are no longer possible.

To ensure the new scheme is working well the bill requires the government to review the act after its third year of operation. Subsequent reviews at five-year intervals will also be conducted to maintain oversight. In summary, the new scheme will greatly improve the support we as a community provide to victims of crime, ensuring that more victims of crime are eligible for financial assistance. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hanson) adjourned to the next sitting.

Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Amendment Bill 2016

Mr Corbell, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Capital Metro, Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change) (10.25): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Amendment Bill 2016. This bill reinforces the government's commitment to better protecting victims of domestic and family violence. It makes technical amendments to the Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008 to reduce red tape and address operational


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