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Over $20 million collected from offender levy

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Over $20.2 million has been collected since the levy on offenders came into force on 1 July 2010, Justice Minister Amy Adams says.

The $50 levy is imposed on all offenders at the point of sentencing. It was introduced by the Sentencing (Offender Levy) Amendment Act 2009, which added a new Subpart IVA to the Sentencing Act 2002.

Ms Adams says the levy generated over $3.6 million in the year to 30 June 2015. Of that, $2.5 million was used to fund over $2.5 million in additional support and services for victims of sexual violence. this included $1.7 million for specialist sexual violence court victim advisors.

She says the levy helped 8,078 victims who received support in 2014/15. Over 3,400 victims were helped by financial assistance grants.

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