Media Release by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

National Redress Scheme update

A National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse moved another step closer when legislation was introduced into the New South Wales Parliament today that will refer powers to the Commonwealth.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said the Bill was an essential step to ensuring a National Redress Scheme could start on 1 July.

“I would like to thank Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the New South Wales Attorney-General Mark Speakman for their leadership in taking the necessary legislative steps that will enable the national introduction of the scheme,” Mr Tehan said.

“This is a major step towards achieving redress for survivors of child sex abuse.

“Today’s action will mean the Turnbull Government can introduce Commonwealth legislation that will enact the National Redress Scheme.

“The Turnbull Government urges the remaining governments and non-government institutions to commit to joining the Redress Scheme.

“Every government and organisation must take responsibility for abuse that occurred on its watch, and pay for the cost of providing redress.”

The Redress Scheme will offer access to psychological counselling, a direct personal response from the responsible institution and a monetary payment.