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Terror attack survivors offered $75,000

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Mourners and a wall of flower in Christchurch following the attack. Photo: Getty Photo: Getty
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Australian survivors of this year’s Christchurch terror attack will be eligible for a payment of up to $75,000 from the federal government.

Money will also be available to survivors and the families of those killed in a January terror attack on a hotel in Kenya and a 2002 attack in Pakistan.

“The declaration of these attacks means that eligible Australians who were harmed, or lost a close family member, as a result may seek a one-off payment,” Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday.

The amount of money provided will depend on how the victim has been affected, including the nature of their injuries, and whether steps were taken to avoid harm.

Travel advice issued on the Australian government’s Smartraveller website at the time of the attack will also be taken into account.

A total 51 people were killed and 49 injured when a gunman opened fire in a Christchurch mosque in March.

The government in September declared the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka would also be included in the scheme.

Those bombings targeted churches and hotels, killing over 253 people and injuring more than 485.

The declaration of these attacks brings the total number of overseas terrorist acts declared by the Australian government for the purposes of the scheme to 45.

It is unclear how many people could benefit from the scheme’s expansion.