Who can get it

You need to meet eligibility requirements to get the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment.

You may be eligible if you:

  • were an Australian resident on the day the declared overseas terrorist act occurred and you were living permanently in Australia
  • and your close family members were not involved in the commission of the declared overseas terrorist act
  • were in the place and were harmed as a direct result of the declared overseas terrorist act, or
  • are the close family member of a person who was in the place and who died as a direct result of a declared overseas terrorist act.

Close family member

A close family member is classified as a:

  • partner
  • child
  • parent including a legal guardian
  • sibling.

Legal guardian

Under section 4 of the Family Law Act 1975 a guardian includes a person who has been granted (whether alone or jointly with another person or persons) guardianship of the child under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

In the place

For the purposes of this payment, in the place where the declared overseas terrorist act occurred means you were:

  • in close proximity to the place where the terrorist act occurred and
  • witnessed the terrorist act first hand.

A person is in close proximity to the place where the terrorist act occurred if they were close enough to be physically injured, harmed or killed by that act.

Witnessing the terrorist act first hand means being present, and personally seeing or perceiving the terrorist act direct from the original source.

Harmed includes any physical or psychological injury suffered as a direct result of the overseas terrorist act.

People who went to the place where the terrorist act occurred immediately following the act to assist victims are considered to be in the place for the purposes of this payment. This would include arriving at the scene of the act before the victim is moved to another location.

Being in the place would not include witnessing or participating in events that might follow a declared overseas terrorist act, such as but not limited to:

  • travelling to the place to locate close family members or others
  • seeing debris and property damage resulting from the terrorist act
  • providing first response services in an official capacity or
  • dealing with the police, medical authorities or Australian Embassy or Consular officials.

For more information please call the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Hotline on 1800 040 226. If you are outside Australia, call +61 3 9250 5159. The line is open Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 5 pm Australian local time.

Page last updated: 29 May 2019

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