Where a person has been found guilty of an offence, you can seek a court order against the offender for compensation for any pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of the crime. The compensation order may also cover the loss, destruction or damage of your property. These orders are made by the Court which has heard the case and sentenced the offender.
Where a person has been found guilty of a theft related offence, you can seek a court order against the offender to return the goods or money stolen from you (this is known as restitution). If goods belonging to you have been sold, destroyed or lost, the court can order the offender to pay you the proceeds or compensate you for the value of the goods. These orders are made by the Court which has heard the case and sentenced the offender.
You should prepare your claim as soon as possible after the offence is committed. Contact the Director of Public Prosecutions or the police officer in charge of your case and let them know that you are considering making a claim.
Applications can be made verbally by you or by the police informant, the police prosecutor or the Director of Public Prosecutions on the day the offender is sentenced.
You may wish to consult a lawyer to discuss the details of your claim. For victims of crime assistance, advice and support call 1800 000 055 or go to www.victimsofcrime.com.au or email: firstname.lastname@example.org