Prior to releasing its final report the Royal Commission issued its report on Recommendations for Redress and Civil Litigation. The report recommended the establishment of a National Redress scheme.
On 4 November 2017, in response to the Recommendations Report, the Commonwealth announced the establishment of a Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse . The announcement indicates that the scheme:
- will operate on an “opt in” basis, meaning that States and institutions with liability for abuse (such as churches, etc.) could opt into the scheme.
- will offer psychological counselling and a monetary payment (comprising a maximum payment of $150,000)
In March 2017, more details of the proposed scheme were released in evidence to the Royal Commission. In that evidence, the Commonwealth confirmed that:
- redress will consist of a monetary payment of up to $150,000. Payments will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, reflecting the severity and impact of the abuse experienced.
- survivors will be provided culturally appropriate counselling.
- a direct personal response (apology) for those people who seek it.
The scheme is currently scheduled to begin operation from 1 July 2018. To date all States except Western Australia have signed up to the Scheme.
It is important to note that receiving compensation under the Redress Scheme is an alternative to a claim at common law – you cannot do both. It is therefore important to understand all available compensation options before making an application to the Redress Scheme.
Segelov Taylor is accepting registrations from individuals who wish to seek compensation in relation to past abuse either by an application on the scheme, or otherwise. Please contact our office on 02 8880 0500, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.