Redress Scheme Becoming a National Reality
Victoria and New South Wales were the first states to get on board with the National Redress Scheme (NRS) which is being established by the Federal Government following recommendations by the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse and is due to commence on 1 July 2018.
The Queensland Government has now announced it is opting in and that it is setting aside $550,000,000 to cover its potential liability under the NRS. (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/30/queensland-promises-550m-to-redress-scheme-for-sexual-abuse-survivors). The Northern Territory has also announced it is opting in to the scheme and expects that there will be around 1,000 claims made on the NT government by victims of child abuse (https://www.katherinetimes.com.au/story/5370254/nt-to-join-child-sexual-abuse-survivors-scheme/).
The Western Australian Government is also close to joining up amidst mounting pressure on the remaining states including Tasmania and South Australia which are yet to commit. Before committing to the NRS, the Western Australian government requires clarity as to who will be responsible to compensate child migrants who were brought to Australia by the Commonwealth but were then placed in institutions in various states including Western Australia where many suffered horrific abuse (https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/wa-on-cusp-of-joining-national-child-sexual-abuse-redress-scheme-as-queensland-and-northern-territory-sign-up-ng-b88821075z).