Today we announce the Turnbull Government has declared 20 past overseas incidents as 'terrorist acts' for the purpose of the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP) scheme.
This declaration means eligible Australian residents harmed as a direct result of these attacks may be able to seek a one-off payment of up to $75,000.
Today’s announcement follows a Government review of historical incidents, many of which occurred prior to the commencement of the AVTOP scheme.
The declaration of these attacks brings the total number of overseas terrorist acts declared by the Australian Government to 33.
The Australian Government's AVTOP scheme ensures Australian victims of terrorist events overseas have access to financial support. It is an important acknowledgement of their pain and suffering.
Information on declared attacks and how to apply for financial assistance through AVTOP is available at humanservices.gov.au or by calling 1800 040 226.
The 20 past incidents declared as overseas terrorist acts are: