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 Victims of terrorism

On 22 July 2012, the Social Security Amendment (Supporting Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas) Act 2012 (Cth) was assented to by Parliament.

The Act provides support for financial assistance of up to $75 000 for Australians injured or whose close family member or members are killed as a direct result of an overseas terrorist act.

A person is not eligible for financial assistance if the person or a close family member of the person was involved in the terrorist act.

The scheme does not apply to every security incident that occurs overseas. The Act enables the Prime Minister to declare in writing that a particular incident is an overseas terrorist act to which the proposed scheme applies.

The Act requires the Attorney-General to apply a set of 'Principles' to provide guidance on the amount of money payable to victims.