Rewards for information are offered in many missing persons cases, usually those where homicide is suspected. This page will provide a list of the rewards amounts offered and links back to the missing person's page. All reward amounts are in Australian dollars and are offered by the Australian Government unless otherwise indicated (eg if the reward is privately offered by the family or an organisation, this will be noted).
Any information you have about this is worth giving to police, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
You can provide information to police via any of the methods below:
Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Your help may give police the clue they need to close this case and provide some comfort for the families of victims.
Gary ADAMS - $100,000
Trudie ADAMS - $250,000
Rachel ANTONIO - $250,000
Gregory ARMSTRONG - $250,000
Revelle BALMAIN - Raised to $250,000
Kath BERGAMIN - $100,000
Prue BIRD - $500,000
Kellie-Ann CARMICHAEL - $200,000
Max CASTOR - $5000
Lynette DAWSON - $100,000
Ian DRAPER - $100,000
Rahma El Dennaoui - $100,000 *Now increased to $250,000
Terry FLOYD - $100,000
Annette GREEN - $100,000
Nancy GRUNWALDT - $30,000
Amber HAIGH - $100,000
Simon KNIGHT - $100,000
Marlene McDONALD - $100,000
Matthew LEVESON - $100,000
Elisabeth MEMBREY - $1 million
Peter Messariti - $50,000
Michelle MILLS - $100,000
Helen MUNNINGS - $50,000
Malcolm NADEN - Naden is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Kristy SCHOLES and the disappearance of his cousin Lateesha NOLAN. There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Malcom Naden. *ARRESTED, Reward unclaimed
Scott NEVEN - $100,000
Engin OZDEMIR - $100,000
Belinda PEISLEY - $100,000
Joanne RATCLIFFE - $200,000
Marion SANDFORD- $100,000
Janine VAUGHAN - $100,000
Bronwyn WINFIELD - $100,000
Sunday, 25 Jan
NSW Police Minister Tony Kelly today announced $600,000 worth of Government rewards in relation to information leading to the conviction of those responsible for three murders being investigated by Strike Force Tuno 2.
The rewards are for information leading to the conviction of those involved:
· Terry Falconer murder - $200,000 reward (not previously announced)
· Suspected murder of Ian Draper - $100,000 reward
· Attempted murder of a 30-year-old man in a Haymarket bar in 2002 - $100,000 reward (please note this victim’s name was suppressed by Hornsby Court earlier this week) (not previously announced)
· Albert and Francis Perish murders - $200,000 rewards
The Queensland Police Minister has also posted a $250,000 reward in relation to the gunshot murder of Michael Davies on the Gold Coast in 2002. Strike Force Tuno is investigating this murder with the Queensland Homicide Squad.
Anyone with information regarding these murders is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Any information will be treated with the strictest of confidence.
Monday, 17 Nov
NSW Police Force, Crime Stoppers and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council will today announce a joint initiative to encourage reports of sexual exploitation of Aboriginal children along major roadways in regional and rural locations.
A reward of $5,000 is offered for credible information that leads to an arrest for sexual exploitation of an Aboriginal minor. Primarily targeting major trucking routes and highways, this initiative is aimed to encourage reporting from surrounding community members.
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Bradshaw, Western Region Commander, sees the reward scheme as a timely reminder to the community that police take the issue of child exploitation extremely seriously.
“Police need the community’s help to drive down these abhorrent crimes,” said Assistant Commissioner Bradshaw.
“I appeal to the community to come forward with information about a location, an incident, or persons involved in the sexual exploitation of Aboriginal minors.
“Police will continue to proactively target offenders who think they can fall under the radar and exploit children in regional and rural communities.
“I urge people to be vigilant along major roadways and trucking routes and to come forward and report.
“I remind members of the public that the sexual exploitation of children is an insipid crime that affects whole communities. All children need to be protected, and vulnerable children need our protection even more.
“I urge anyone with information relating to the sexual exploitation of an Aboriginal child to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council has committed $30,000 towards the rewards scheme, a commitment which has been matched by the NSW Government.
“Working in partnership with police, we will do what needs to be done to protect our children, who are our future,” said Bev Manton, Chairperson of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.
August 25, 2008 12:00am
MORE than $4 million is on offer for some of the state's most horrific and baffling crimes.
But since the reward system began in 1986 just one reward has been paid out - $500,000 for the 1996 conviction of serial killer Ivan Milat for spree of backpacker killings.
The arrest of two men last month over the January 2006 murder of Derrick Reid, 45, at his Cartwright home is believed to be the result of a public tip-off.
No one has applied for the $100,000 reward for the information that solved that bashing murder.
Police said several new leads have been uncovered in the case of Revelle Balmain - a Sydney model and part-time sex worker who disappeared form Kingsford in November 1994. The reward for the information into the model's disappearance and suspected murder was raised from $100,000 to $250,000 at the end of July.
The reticence of the public to come forward with what they know is one of the reasons behind a decision this month to post the rewards online.
Police Minister David Campbell said the website would ensure there was a, "reminder that these cases remain unsolved and people need to come forward".
"The families left devastated by these crimes deserve some closure, if this website can help to solve just one of those cases, than it will have been worthwhile," he said.
"Often people don't realise that a very small piece of information could be all that is needed to help police crack one of these cases. The rewards website can be a reminder that goes into the homes of these key witnesses to deliver to them the message that they must break their silence," he said.
There are 34 rewards listed on a range of cases that date back to 1978.
Rewards are offered to anyone who has information which can lead to the arrest and conviction of an offender in relation to an outstanding case.
More than 1800 people have accessed the website wwww.police.nsw.gov.au
NO POLICE reward money has been claimed in NSW since the arrest of Samantha Knight's killer, but victims' groups hope a website publicising $3 million on offer for solving crimes will prompt more people to come forward.
Seven rewards have been posted in the past two months for mysteries ranging from a hit-and-run in Miranda that left 23-year-old Jenny Franco with horrific injuries to the 20-year-old murder of Campbelltown teenager Debbie Ashby.
Rewards traditionally have little success - the last claims to be accepted in NSW were by Paul Onions for the arrest of Ivan Milat in 1994, by an unnamed recipient for the arrest of Phuong Ngo over the death of John Newman in 1998, and by another anonymous informant for the arrest of Michael Guider for the Samantha Knight murder in 2001.
But victims of crime groups believe that is partly because there is no public register of rewards. That will change midyear when a new website listing more than 20 rewards and bounties on offer in NSW comes online.
The new website is the result of years of lobbying from Howard Brown from the Victims of Crime Assistance League. "The problem we had is historically rewards have not proved to be all that fruitful," he told the Herald.
"There's a general hesitancy among police in offering rewards because they feel it raises the expectation of victims.
"One of the reasons is the publicity usually takes place on one day. If we have a site, people with information can access and we can publicise, we might see an increase in the number of people responding to posted rewards."
Rewards are just one of the incentives police use to gather information. There are also indemnities from prosecution, deals with the crime commission over keeping some of the proceeds of crime, and plea bargains.
They are a delicate issue for police. On one hand, they can be a cost-effective way to solve tough cases. But the payouts can be disputed, and much of the money can go to people who are criminals themselves, or have links to the criminal world.
In NSW, rewards are mostly used when other leads have dried up.
About 20 rewards have been posted since 2006.
The most recent include $100,000 for information leading to an arrest over the death of Malaysian immigrant Kok On Chin, who was crushed to death beneath the wheels of his employer's van when he tried to stop two carjackers at Peakhurst in 2006.
Another $100,000 is being offered over the death of Amber Haigh, a 19-year-old mentally disabled woman who police suspect was murdered in 2002.
The Police Minister, David Campbell, said he approved rewards after applications from police.
"This will allow the public to be reminded of such unsolved cases whenever they visit the site," Mr Campbell said. "If this website can help to solve just one of those cases, then it will all have been worthwhile."