Prisoner Awarded Damages

Prisoners can seek and be awarded compensation for damages through the court system. In some cases, victims are able to make a claim on these monies for the recovery of damages.

The Prisoner Compensation Quarantine Fund

Prisoners can seek compensation for a range of matters including alleged injuries or loss of property whilst in prison.

If they are successful in their claim, the money may be held in the prisoner compensation quarantine fund for 12 months (initially).

The money can be quarantined if the amount of the claim exceeds $10,000 (and the award meets other legislated criteria).

This is set out in legislation – in the Correctional Services Act 1982.

Quarantined money and victim claims

DCS will publicise this information to ensure victims have a greater chance of finding out about the award.

There will be a “Notice of an award of damages to a prisoner”. It will br published in the follows ways:

  • on this webpage and also in a news item on our website
  • as a media release to the daily newspapers for South Australia and Australia
  • in the South Australian Government Gazette.

How to apply for recovery of damages

Registered victims will be notified of any relevant awards to prisoners that have been quarantined.

Compensation is not automatically paid to victims. A victim must apply. We advise that victims should seek legal advice on the process of making a claim.

Victims wanting to make a claim should contact the Victim Services Unit for further advice on eligibility and the application process.

Email: DCSVictimServices@sa.gov.au
Telephone: 08 8226 9704

Current prisoners with monies in a Prisoner Compensation Quarantine Fund

In accordance with section 81E of the Correctional Services Act 1982, notice is given that an award of damages has been made to Bruno Tassone in a claim against the State. Award monies have been paid into the Prisoner Compensation Quarantine Fund, where it will be held until legal proceedings are finally determined, initially 12 months.

Victims in relation to criminal acts of Bruno Tassone are invited to seek further information from the Chief Executive, Department for Correctional Services, South Australia.

To do so, please contact the Chief Executive by writing to: GPO Box 1747, Adelaide SA 5001.

Criminal Injury Compensation

We have no involvement with Criminal Injury Compensation matters for victims. Information about compensation for criminal injury and loss is available from The Commissioner for Victims’ Rights.