Media Release by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

NSW passes Redress legislation

The New South Wales Government has passed legislation to join the National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

The scheme will begin on July 1, subject to the passage of legislation that was introduced to the Federal Parliament earlier this month.

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

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan thanked the New South Wales Government for its commitment to the aims and ideals of the National Redress Scheme.

“By committing to the National Redress Scheme the New South Wales Government has acknowledged the sexual abuse suffered by children in its institutions,” Mr Tehan said.

“This is an important step for all survivors in NSW because it also paves the way for
non-government institutions in the state to join the scheme.

“The establishment of a National Redress Scheme is the most significant step in addressing past wrongs and providing a just response to survivors.

“The Government continues to work with the states, churches and charities that are yet to join the Redress Scheme.”