Final Redress Legislation tabled in Federal Parliament
Dan Tehan, the Minister responsible for the National Redress Scheme (NRS) tabled legislation to establish the scheme to federal parliament on Wednesday coinciding with the Victorian Government’s legislation to refer powers which was tabled in Victorian parliament earlier this week.
Media reports confirm that the average payment will be $76,000 (https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sex-abuse-redress-scheme-hits-parliament) and that on 1 July 2018, the first eligible applicants will include 1,000 people abused in Commonwealth government institutions, 9,000 in NSW, 5,000 in Victoria and 200 in the ACT.
These numbers do not include survivors of abuse in non-Government institutions. These institutions will need to “opt in” to the scheme and as yet none of the major institutions involved in the care of children have clearly committed to opting into the scheme. Mr Tehan said detailed negotiations with other state and territory governments and non-government institutions including churches and charities were ongoing.