Western Australia joins National Redress Scheme
The Australian Government welcomes today’s official announcement that the Western Australian Government will join the National Redress Scheme.
Every state and territory has now committed to joining the National Redress Scheme for the survivors of child sexual abuse.
Non-government institutions have also continued to join the Scheme, including the Uniting Church, the Lutheran Church, CFA in Victoria, Jewish Care Victoria and Kesser Torah College.
The Scheme will provide survivors with access to counselling, a redress payment and a direct personal response from the institution. The Scheme will start on 1 July.
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan and Attorney General John Quigley have shown real leadership by opting into the National Redress Scheme and acknowledging the abuse suffered by children in WA institutions.
Australia now has a truly national scheme. The next step will be the delivery of the Redress Scheme that will acknowledge historical crimes, continue the healing process and provide support to those who have suffered, and continue to suffer.
Support services are available to help people who are considering applying 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).