Tania Maxwell MP has called today’s establishment of the Prisoner Compensation Quarantine Fund Register a “significant win for victims of crime”, following months of advocating to the Government for improved access to this information.
If an offender receives a compensation payment of $10,000 or more for an injury they sustain while incarcerated, victims can make a claim for some or all of this payment. Until today, victims could not differentiate between the types of information they could opt-in to receive through the Victims of Crime Register. If a victim opted-out of the Register, they were not notified of compensation payments and potentially missed their right to a claim on the available funds.
Ms Maxwell had previously tried to enshrine the changes into legislation, through amendments which were narrowly voted down in the Legislative Council. However, she is delighted that the Minister for Justice and Corrections has acted on her concerns and has now made these important changes.
Information about the new Register and the application form are available from the URL below:
Quotes attributable to Tania Maxwell MP:
“We have learned there were offenders who have been awarded more monetary compensation than victims typically receive even after crimes such as the murder of a loved one.”
“This situation was an insult to victims. I am ecstatic that the Government has listened and implemented this change which is now making this information more accessible.”