Media Release by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Tasmania commits to the National Redress Scheme

The Federal Government welcomes today’s announcement that the Tasmanian Government will join the National Redress Scheme.

This will allow the survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in Tasmanian Government institutions to access counselling, a direct personal response from the institution and a monetary payment.

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and Attorney-General Elise Archer have shown true leadership by opting into the National Redress Scheme and acknowledging the abuse suffered by children in its institutions.

New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, the ACT and the Commonwealth have already committed to the National Redress Scheme.

Earlier this month the Federal Government introduced legislation to establish the National Scheme, which will start on 1 July subject to the passage of the legislation.

Governments and institutions must take responsibility for the abuse that happened on their watch, and provide payment and support in recognition of the survivors.

The Turnbull Government continues to work with the remaining governments and non-government institutions about joining the Redress Scheme.