Criminal Injuries Compensation (CIC)

Criminal Injuries Compensation (CIC) may be available for a person who has been injured as the result of a criminal offence.

Criminal Injuries Compensations is available where it can be proven that a physical injury, psychological injury and /or financial loss has occurred as a result of a crime. There is also CIC available for grief and the funeral expenses of a person who has died as a result of a crime. However, CIC does not cover property loss or damage.

The CIC claims are administered by the Attorney-General’s Department and the payments range according to a Statutory Maximum at the time of the offence.

A victim may choose a representative to initiate a CIC claim, this is most commonly a Compensation lawyer. Victims of Crime Compensation lawyers – PDF 30KB.

The CIC claim should be made within three years of the date of the crime, and for children they have three years from the age of eighteen to make a CIC claim. If this time is exceeded an ex-gratia (discretionary) claim may be possible. For Grief and Funeral Expenses a claim must be made within 12 months.

For more information:
Attorney Generals Department on 8207 1687
Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1978 – link to

VOC Act – link to