In this year's budget, the Turnbull government has announced funding of $33.4 million to the Commonwealth Redress Scheme. The scheme, set to launch in mid-2018, offers victims counselling, apologies from the responsible organisation and financial compensation. The amount of compensation payable to victims is determined upon the severity of abuse and impact on the victims life. Payments will be made up to $150,000. In addition, from March 2018 a dedicated telephone helpline and website will be established to inform survivors about the scheme and how to apply for payments. The Government is unable to force participation into the scheme, but it is hoped that once it has gone live that other bodies will join. Entities and States who join will be required to pay out eligible claims against them. Acting for many victims of abuse, our sexual abuse team guide and support our clients through the legal process with consistent and carefully considered advice. For a confidential discussion, you can contact us directly on (03) 9321 9988.