Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Assistance to victims of terrorist attacks in Stockholm, Manchester, Baghdad and London



Download PDFDownload PDF

Contact: Office of Attorney-General: T: +61 2 6277 7300 E: agmedia@ag.gov.au

SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP

MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS IN STOCKHOLM, MANCHESTER, BAGHDAD AND LONDON

Today we announce the Turnbull Government has declared four additional attacks as 'terrorist acts' for the purposes of the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP) scheme.

The attacks in Stockholm on 7 April 2017, Manchester on 22 May 2017, Baghdad on 30 May 2017, and London on 3 June 2017 have been declared, which means Australian residents harmed as a direct result may seek a one-off payment of up to $75,000 in financial assistance.

On the afternoon of 7 April 2017, an attacker drove a stolen truck down the busy Drottninggatan shopping street in Stockholm, running down pedestrians before crashing into the Ahlens department store. The attack killed five people and at least another 15 were injured.

On the evening of 22 May 2017, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the exit foyer of the Manchester Arena following a concert. The attack killed 22 people and at least another 64 were injured.

Shortly after midnight on 30 May 2017, a vehicle-borne explosive device was detonated outside the popular Al-Faqma ice cream parlour in the Karrada District of Baghdad. At least 17 people were killed, including a 12 year old Australian girl from Melbourne, and at least another 32 were injured.

On the evening of 3 June 2017, three attackers drove a van across London Bridge, deliberately running down pedestrians. The assailants then continued to Borough Market, and attacked people with knives. Eight people were killed, including two Australian citizens, and at least another 40 were injured.

The Australian Government condemns these attacks and extends our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed and injured, and to the governments and people of Sweden, the United Kingdom and Iraq.

Contact: Office of Attorney-General: T: +61 2 6277 7300 E: agmedia@ag.gov.au

This declaration brings the total number of overseas terrorist acts declared by the Australian Government to 38.

The Australian Government's AVTOP scheme ensures Australian victims of terrorist acts overseas have access to financial support. It is an important acknowledgement of their pain and suffering.

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

19 July 2017

Media contacts:

Office of the Attorney-General: 02 6277 7300 Office of the Minister for Human Services: 02 6277 7200