A Shorten Labor Government will establish a National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
The establishment of a National Redress Scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Under Labor, it will happen.
In its final report into redress and civil litigation, the Royal Commission determined that around 60,000 survivors of child sexual abuse should be given access to redress.
These extraordinary men and women have survived horrific abuse at the hands of institutions that should have been responsible for their care.
Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has received many letters from local men and women who as children suffered sexual abuse at institutions including St Aidan’s Orphanage in Bendigo.
This is about recognition and justice. It will go some way to helping local victims.
Labor is committed to ensuring they get the redress they deserve.
The Royal Commission has recommended that appropriate redress for survivors include direct personal responses, counselling and psychological care as well as monetary payments.
The Commission recommended the cost of redress be met by the perpetrators of the abuse, with Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments acting as a funder of last resort.
Federal Labor is today announcing a $20 million commitment to establish a National Redress Agency, to oversee the implementation of the National Redress Scheme.
This initial $20 million contribution will support the National Redress Agency to work with the institutions and state and territory governments and responsible to make this happen.
Labor will also establish a National Redress Advisory Council to work with all governments on the development and operation of the National Redress Scheme.
The National Redress Advisory Council will include representatives of:
- survivor advocacy and support groups;
- non-government institutions, particularly those that are expected to be required to respond to a significant number of claims for redress;
- people with expertise in issues affecting survivors with disabilities;
- people with expertise in issues of particular importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors; and
- people with expertise in psychological and legal issues relevant to survivors.
The funding of $20 million would also support the establishment National Redress Advisory Council.
Labor established the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to give the thousands of people affected by these evil crimes an opportunity to finally be heard.
But we always knew this would only be the start of the process of healing.
The establishment of a National Redress Scheme is the next important step.
Labor will continue to work with survivors, their families and advocates to do what we can to support them on this process of healing.