Mr Greg Smith to the Minister for Police, Minister for the Illawarra representing the Attorney General, and Minister for Justice—

With respect to cases that have been heard by the Victims Compensation Tribunal that was established in 1987:

  1. How many victims compensation cases have been decided by way of desk determination this year (i.e. for year 2006-2007)?
  2. What evidence does the tribunal take into account when a claim is put to it?
  3. (a) How many uncorroborated sexual assault claims have succeeded in the NSW Victims Compensation Tribunal in the period of 1988 to 2007?
    (b) What were the payments on these claims?


  1. I refer the member to the Victims Compensation Tribunal Chairperson's Report.
  2. I refer the member to the relevant legislation and regulations.
  3. and (4) The Tribunal determines sexual assault claims on the basis of evidence provided. All claims that have succeeded have been corroborated to the required legal test. Details of sexual assault determinations, awards and payments are outlined in Chairperson's Reports since 2003-2004.

Question asked on 14 November 2007 (session 54-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 35.
Answer received on 19 December 2007 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 46.