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    The Easter Sunday bombings which killed 253 people and injured 485 in Sri Lanka has been declared a terrorist act by the federal government for the purposes of compensation for Australian victims.

    Melbourne woman Manik Suriaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter Alexendria were killed in the blast in Negombo when suicide bombers attacked three churches and three hotels around the capital, Colombo, and the eastern town of Batticaloa in April.

    The Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka has been declared as terrorist attack by the Australian government. Credit: AP

    Another Melbourne woman Chathudila Weerasinghe, 28, was having breakfast with her mother Vipuli in the Kingsbury hotel in Colombo when a suicide bomber attacked, leaving her with shrapnel wounds throughout her body, including a ball bearing in her eye, and fractures to her legs and hands.

    The declaration of the attacks under the Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas Payment Scheme means that Australian residents who were harmed, or lost a close family member, can seek a one-off payment of up to $75,000 in financial assistance.

    Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said it was a "sickening attack" that "devastated and changed lives forever".

    "This scheme is fair and compassionate and was set up by Prime Minister Abbott and continues under the Morrison Government," Mr Dutton said.

    The government has also declared a previous terrorist attack, which took place in Hyderabad, India, on August 25, 2007, for the purposes of the scheme.

    Two almost simultaneous bombings occurred at a restaurant and an amusement park in Hyderabad, killing 42 people and injuring over 50.

    Forty two attacks have now been officially declared overseas terrorist acts by the Australian Government for the purposes of the scheme.