National Redress Scheme to start on 1 July
The Australian Parliament today passed legislation to establish the National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, ensuring the scheme can begin on 1 July 2018.
The scheme will run for 10 years, offering access to psychological counselling, a direct personal response from the responsible institution, and a monetary payment.
Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said the bill was the product of extensive consultation with stakeholders, including survivors, support groups and advocates.
“We stand united in support of the estimated 60,000 people who were abused by trusted organisations that should have protected them,” Mr Tehan said.
“The establishment of a National Redress Scheme is a significant step in addressing the past wrongs and providing a just response to survivors.
“The Redress Scheme is a central part of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which also includes a formal apology from the Prime Minister.”
The National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2018 was passed by the Senate today and is expected to receive Royal Assent this week.
From 1 July, people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse will be able to apply to the scheme to make an application for redress.
For more information visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377 (8am to 5pm Monday to Friday).