National apology for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

National apology for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

There were 122 recommendations put to the Commonwealth by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Of these, 104 have been completed with the final 18 under consideration.

This week in a formal response to the Royal Commission, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed that he will deliver a national apology to survivors on October 22 2018. The date coincides with National Children's Week.

The National Redress Scheme is set to take effect from 1 July 2018, pending Commonwealth legislation passing in the Federal Parliament (editor note: passed 19 June 2018). The Scheme will now also be truly national with the final State to opt into the scheme, Western Australia, confirming their participation.

The Scheme is critical for supporting victims in getting their lives back on track, and will allow survivors access to a direct personal response, psychological counselling and a monetary payment of compensation of up to $150,000.

Making it possible for Victorian government and non-government institutions to participate in the scheme, the Labor Government's National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2018 has now become law.

These announcements further the historic changes that took place in May which seek to make amends and ensure survivors can bring their offenders to justice.

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