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The NSW Department of Communities and Justice is reviewing the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
In 2018, the Department completed the first statutory review of the Act. Details about the first review, including the final report, can be found here.
The Act establishes the Victims Support Scheme and legislates the Charter of Victims Rights to provide practical and financial support to victims of violent crime in New South Wales. The Act commenced on 3 June 2013.
The policy objectives of the Act include:
The Act can be viewed in full on the NSW legislation website.
Submissions on the Background Paper (PDF, 1.4 MB) for the statutory review of the Act closed on 22 July 2022. We received 54 submissions and have permission to publish the following 47 submissions.
Please note: The following submissions cannot be read by screen readers. If you require an accessible version, please email us.
29 Mar 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.