Victims Services

Victims Access Line 1800 633 063, Aboriginal Contact Line 1800 019 123 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)

Funeral expenses

The Victims Support Scheme covers the cost of arranging a funeral on behalf of a family member of a homicide victim up to $9,500.

Funeral expenses may include the following:

  • Coffin or casket
  • Cremation, burial fees
  • Embalming
  • Obituary notice
  • Headstone
  • Minister, clergy
  • Costs that relate to the use of facilities
  • Memorial expenses
  • Audio visual
  • Printing costs, e.g. service sheets
  • Wake related expenses
  • Repatriation
  • Flowers (can include balloons and soft toys for victims that are children)

Who can apply?

  • Family member of a homicide victim
  • Funeral director on behalf of a homicide victim

How long do I have to apply?

  • No later than two years after the death is established as a homicide. 
  • By the age of 20 years old if the family member is a child.

How do I apply?

PDF application forms are also available. 

Documents required

  • A government issued ID, for example, driver’s licence, passport, Medicare card, or card issued by Centrelink.
  • Copies of tax invoices, receipts or treatment plans of costs you are claiming.
  • A description of how each cost relates directly to the violent crime.
Last updated:

09 Jun 2022

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