Media Release by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Victoria introduces National Redress Scheme legislation

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

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said the National Redress Scheme would offer access to psychological counselling, a direct personal response from the responsible institution and a monetary payment.

“The Turnbull Government will this week introduce a national bill that will enable the Scheme to begin on 1 July,” Mr Tehan said.

“I would like to thank Premier Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula for their leadership in taking the necessary legislative steps towards achieving redress for survivors of child sexual abuse.

“This is a major step that paves the way for non-government organisations operating in Victoria to join the Redress Scheme.

“The Scheme will play a vital role in acknowledging, supporting and providing financial assistance to people who experienced sexual abuse.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to establishing a National Redress Scheme to ensure fair and consistent treatment of all survivors, and urges the remaining governments and non-government institutions to commit to joining the Scheme.”