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Survivors Of Child Sexual Abuse Can Now Seek Redress

The launch of the National Redress Scheme on July 1 is a 'momentous occasion' for victims of abuse.

What you need to know
  • The National Redress Scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • The almost $4 billion scheme is supported by all Australian states and territories
  • It provides survivors with access to counselling, monetary compensation and a direct personal redress from offending institutions
  • Participating institutions include the Catholic, Uniting and Anglican churches, Scouts Australia, the YMCA and Salvation Army

Up to 60,000 survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are expected to seek redress from their offenders following the launch of the National Redress Scheme on Sunday.

The almost $4 billion scheme acknowledges decades of institutional abuse and suffering, and was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It invites survivors to apply for psychological counselling, financial compensation and a direct personal apology from offending institutions.

The Royal Commission heard from thousands of people about abuse they experienced as children in orphanages, children’s homes, schools, churches and other religious organisations, sports clubs, hospitals, foster care and other institutions.

Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan, said the scheme's launch was a "momentous occasion" for those who had suffered abuse.

He encouraged eligible survivors to apply to the scheme as part of their healing process.

"Redress provides an easier mechanism to get monetary compensation, to get an apology and importantly to get counselling," he told the ABC.

"The average payout will be $76,000. That's our best estimate."
Social Services Minister Dan Tehan. Image: AAP

The maximum award has been capped at $150,000.

"To all those who have fought so hard for this, I commend them for their persistence and for the dedicated way they have sought to make sure that this redress will happen," Tehan said.

The legal and counselling firm Know More has also received $38 million in funding over the next three years to assist survivors across the country.

The scheme will run for 10 years.

“The establishment of a National Redress Scheme is a significant step in addressing the past wrongs and providing a just response to survivors," Tehan said when the bill was passed by Parliament on June 19.

For more information, visit www.dss.gov.au/redress or call the National Redress Information Line on 1800 146 713.