In 2011 – 2012 the South Australia Victims of Crime Fund earned $48 million and paid out $23 million.
Crime Compensation lawyers have called for the maximum amount of compensation available to be raised.
Stephen Ey, Barrister, said “If the Government is not using this money as it should to compensate victims, it should be called to account…The Government is earning about $1 million a week, and that’s a huge amount of money which needs greater distribution to victims of crime.”
The Victims of Crime Fund is boosted by a $60 levy on each fine imposed and conviction recorded in South Australia.
Matthew Mitchell, Solicitor, said the Victims of Crime levy rose from $30 last year without a subsequent rise in payouts to crime victims.
Under the act victims may seek up to $50,000 compensation within three years of an offence.
For victims of crime support and advice call 1800 000 055 or go to www.victimsofcrime.com.au