Laws to provide money, counselling and personal responses to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will go to federal parliament in the spring sittings.
A national scheme with states, territories and non-government institutions able to join on a “‘responsible entity pays” basis was a key recommendation of the royal commission.
Redress under the scheme will have three parts: a payment of up to $150,000, psychological counselling and a direct personal response and acknowledgement from the responsible institution.
The 2017/18 budget committed $33.4 million to set up the scheme and confirmed funding for support services.
A dedicated telephone helpline and website is expected to be operating in early 2018 to provide information to survivors and their families about the scheme.
Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.