Despite the National Redress Scheme being established almost two years ago, some institutions have still failed to join. A number of these institutions have known for months that they are the relevant institution in pending applications for redress payments.
Following the recent release of the First Interim Report of the Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme April 2020, it was found that more steps were required in order to support survivors needing redress.
In response, the Ministers' Redress Scheme Governance Board is taking action by naming and shaming the institutions that are failing to uphold their moral responsibilities. The Board has announced that if an institution has failed to demonstrate an intention to join the scheme by 30 June 2020, they will be publicly identified immediately.
The Board has also indicated the possibility that financial sanctions could be applied by state, territory or Commonwealth governments, and changes could be made to the institutions' status as a charity.
Kirsty Osborne, Associate at Adviceline Injury Lawyers, was very disappointed to see that the Board has been required to make threats to force institutions to step up and do what is right.
Hopefully this pressure will ultimately mean that more survivors can access redress under the scheme."
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse, or you would like further information about the National Redress Scheme, contact Kirsty Osborne, Associate, on (03) 9321 9780.