Victims Services

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Funeral expenses

If a person has died as a result of a homicide in NSW, the Victims Support Scheme can provide up to $9,500 to a family group to cover the costs of their funeral. 

We can cover a range of expenses associated with a funeral or cremation. These expenses may include:

  • audio visual
  • balloons and soft toys (for child victims)
  • coffin or casket
  • costs that relate to use of facilities
  • cremation and burial fees
  • embalming
  • flowers
  • headstone
  • memorial expenses
  • minister or clergy fees
  • printing costs, such as service sheets
  • obituary notice
  • repatriation
  • wake-related expenses.

Who can apply?

You can apply for financial assistance for funeral expenses if you are a:

  • family victim
  • funeral director.

For more information about family victims, see Eligibility criteria

How long do I have to apply?

You need to apply for support within 2 years from the date the death was established as a homicide, or within 2 years of turning 18 if the family victim was a child at the time.

How do I apply?

To apply, please select the relevant online application form and follow the instructions to complete your application:

If you're unable to apply online, you can download a PDF application form and send your completed form and supporting documents to us by email or post. 

What do I need to apply?

All applicants will need to provide a completed application form along with copies of itemised tax invoices or receipts for the costs they are claiming. 

Family victims will also need to provide a clear copy or image of their current government-issued identification, such as a driver licence, passport, Medicare card or Centrelink card. Visit Supporting documents to see a list of identification documents we accept. 

Important information about applications for victims support 

Some people are not eligible for support, even if they are a victim of crime. For more information on persons who are not eligible, see section 25 of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013

There are also circumstances where support may be declined, or the amount reduced. For more information on those circumstances, see section 44 of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013. Factors for consideration under section 44 include, but are not limited to, any behaviour on the part of the deceased, including past criminal activity, which has directly or indirectly contributed to their death. 

Consideration of these factors may affect the amount of financial support a victim receives or may result in a decision not to approve an application for victims support. 

Last updated:

26 Apr 2024

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