From 1 January 2007 victims of domestic violence who are receiving a social security income support payment may be paid a one-off Crisis Payment without having to establish a new home.
Crisis Payment was introduced in November 1999 to assist eligible people suffering financial hardship who are forced to leave their home and establish a new home due to an extreme circumstance.
Currently, victims of domestic violence who choose to remain in their home after experiencing domestic violence are not eligible for Crisis Payment. Crisis Payment is only available to victims of domestic violence who establish or intend to establish a new home.
From 1 January 2007, Crisis Payment will also be payable to victims of domestic violence who remain in the home and will help fund the cost of securing the person's home through changing locks and other related expenses.
Crisis Payment is a one-off payment of around $230. Crisis Payment can be paid up to four times in any 12 month period for an extreme circumstance.
1 January 2007
Total Financial Impact on FaCSIA
$2.1 million over four years.