Media Release: Assistance to victims of London terrorist attack

8 May 2017

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

Attorney-General

The Hon Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Human Services

Today we announce that the Turnbull Government has declared the attack in London on 22 March 2017 a 'terrorist act' for the purposes of the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP) scheme.

This declaration means that Australian residents harmed as a direct result of that terrorist attack may seek a one-off payment of up to $75,000 in financial assistance.

On the afternoon of 22 March 2017, an attacker drove a car across Westminster Bridge in London, deliberately running down pedestrians. The attacker then fatally stabbed a police officer in New Palace Yard. Six people were killed and more than 30 people were injured, including at least 1 Australian permanent resident.

The Australian Government condemns the attack and extends our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed and injured and to the Government and people of the United Kingdom.

The declaration brings the total number of overseas terrorist acts declared by the Australian Government to 34.

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 applying for financial assistance through the AVTOP scheme is available at humanservices.gov.au or by calling 1800 040 226.