Timeline of key activities



  • Royal Commission into Family Violence report delivered.
  • Victorian Law Reform Commission’s report on the Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial Process released.


  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse report delivered.


  • Intermediary Pilot Program commenced.
  • Family Violence Restorative Justice Service launched.
  • Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 completed.
  • First ever dedicated Minister for Victim Support appointed.
  • National Redress Scheme commenced.
  • Victims and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018 commenced to implement several recommendations of the Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial Process review.


  • The expanded powers of Victims of Crime Commissioner commenced to support systems’ accountability to victims of crime.


  • Comprehensive review of the victim services system conducted by RMIT University’s Centre for Innovative Justice delivered.
  • Amendments to the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 commenced to assist address the backlog at the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT).

2021-22 State Budget

  • Record investment of $64.5 million in the State Budget to further address the VOCAT backlog, build the new Financial Assistance Scheme, establish a new Victims Legal Service and transition the Intermediary Program from a pilot to an ongoing service.


  • Deliver the new Victim-Centred Restorative Justice Program.
  • Implement the new Victim Support Outcomes Framework.
  • Promote availability of the Victims Register.
  • Deliver the Virtual Court Support Program.
  • Consult with Aboriginal victims of crime on a strategy for addressing their specific needs.
  • Provide safe and inclusive services for LGBTIQA+ victims of crime and a gender diverse victim support workforce by achieving and maintaining Rainbow Tick accreditation.

Going forward

  • Establish the new Financial Assistance Scheme in consultation with victims of crime.
  • Deliver the new Victims Legal Service for applicants of the new Financial Assistance Scheme and victims seeking restitution and compensation orders.
  • Transition from VOCAT to the new Financial Assistance Scheme.