Homicide Funeral Assistance Scheme

The Homicide Funeral Assistance Scheme allows eligible applicants to apply for assistance for funeral costs where the cause of a person’s death related to homicide within Western Australia.

You are eligible to apply if the cause of death is defined under the Criminal Code Chapter XXVIII, Section 279 Murder, Section 280 Manslaughter and Section 281 Unlawful Assault. The scheme applies to deaths which occurred after 1 January 2018.

Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below for full eligibility criteria.

To apply

Applications must be made in writing to the Department of Justice by submitting this application form as well as a consent to disclose form. Applications are to be made by the Funeral Director, on behalf of the family members, and must include the following information:

  • the full name of the deceased person and date of death
  • the date of birth of deceased person
  • the funeral director name, ABN and contact details
  • copy of any invoices received from the funeral director related to the application
  • an address to which notices, documents and information about the application can be sent – this could be a residential or business address, a PO Box or an email address
  • detailed information in relation to the death to determine eligibility criteria
  • Police reference number
  • any other information you wish to provide.

The Office of the Commissioner of Crime may ask you for more information during the course of considering your application.

Please submit the completed application and all supporting documentation via one of the following options:

  • Email: cvoc@justice.wa.gov.au
  • Via post:
    Homicide Funeral Assistance Scheme
    Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime
    Department of Justice
    GPO Box F317 PERTH WA 6841

If you require any assistance please contact the Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime on (08) 9264 9877.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I eligible to apply?

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You are eligible to apply under the below criteria:

Eligibility Criteria Cause of Death

If the cause of death is defined under the Criminal Code Chapter XXVIII

  • Section 279 – Murder
  • Section 280 – Manslaughter
  • Section 281- Unlawful Assault Causing Death

Ineligible Criteria Cause of Death

  • If the death was caused by a motor vehicle accident
  • If the death was employment related
  • Presence of funeral insurance, and the claim has been finalised
  • Used social fundraising mechanisms (e.g. crowdfunding) towards funeral costs.

The applicant must meet one of the below relationship eligibility criteria to apply to the scheme:

Relationship Eligibility Criteria

  • Spouse or de facto partner of someone who has died as the result of a violent act
  • Parent, step parent, sibling, step sibling or guardian of someone who has died as a result of a violent act
  • Child, step child or under the guardianship of someone who has died as a result of a violent act
  • Person identified as paying for funeral

Relationship Ineligibility Criteria

Regardless of the family relationship the family member is ineligible if they are:

  • The offender directly responsible for the death
  • Conspired with the offender about the death
  • Been obstructive in the Police investigation into the death

2. What if the cause of death is not found under the listed sections of the Criminal Code Chapter XXVIII?

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Only cause of deaths under the section 279 Murder, section 280 Manslaughter and section 281 Unlawful Assault Causing Death of The Criminal Code Chapter XXVIII are eligible for funeral assistance.

3. Can I apply on someone's behalf to receive funeral assistance?

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Applications to receive funeral assistance under this scheme must be made by the chosen Funeral Director. If the application is approved, the set amount of $8,000.00 will be paid directly to the Funeral Director for payment towards the cost of the funeral.

4. How can I apply?

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Applications must be made by a funeral director. Funeral directors have access to the application forms online.

Applications must include the following information:

  • the full name of the deceased person and date of death
  • the date of birth of deceased person
  • the funeral director name, ABN and contact details
  • an address to which notices, documents and information about the application can be sent – this could be a residential or business address, a PO Box or an email address
  • detailed information in relation to the death to determine eligibility criteria
  • Police reference number
  • an invoice made out to the Department of Justice
  • any other information you wish to provide.

The Office of the Commissioner of Crime, or the funeral director may ask you for more information during the course of considering your application.

The completed application and all supporting documentation are to be sent:

  • Via post:
    Homicide Funeral Assistance Scheme
    Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime
    Department of Justice
    GPO Box F317 PERTH WA 6841

If you require any assistance please contact the Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime on (08) 9425 2973.

5. How will the determination be made?

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The scheme is an administrative process. Once your application has been received, the Commissioner for Victims of Crime will review your application and request copies of any official criminal records relating to the deceased’s cause of death from the following agencies as relevant:

  • the WA Police Force
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation

The Commissioner must be satisfied that the eligibility requirements have been met in order to approve the provision of funeral assistance.

6. How long will it take for my application to be processed?

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This will depend on how difficult it is to determine eligibility. As such please provide as much information as possible in the application form.

7. My application has been declined. What can I do?

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If your application for funeral assistance has been declined you can seek review of that decision to the Director General, Department of Justice. Your application for review must be lodged within 28 days of receipt of the decision that your application has been denied.

8. I have a question that has not been answered here. Who can I contact?

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Please contact the Department of Justice:

Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime
cvoc@justice.wa.gov.au or to (08) 9264 9877.

Page reviewed 6 December 2021