Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

This measure will establish the Commonwealth Redress Scheme (the Scheme) for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Information update: This Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of Measure

This measure will establish the Commonwealth Redress Scheme (the Scheme) for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

The Scheme will provide redress to survivors who were sexually abused as children in Commonwealth institutions.

Survivors will be able to claim a monetary payment based on the severity and impact of the abuse experienced (up to $150,000). This payment will be exempt from Commonwealth debt recovery and income tests for government payments.

Survivors will also be able to access psychological counselling and a direct personal response.

The Scheme will be supported by a helpline launching in March 2018. Claims will be accepted from 1 July 2018.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

This measure affects survivors of child sexual abuse in Commonwealth institutions prior to 1 July 2018.

What date will this measure start and finish?

The Scheme will be supported by a helpline launching in March 2018. The Scheme will start 1 July 2018 and will end 30 June 2028.

Page last updated: 15 May 2017

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