National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
On the 31 of May 2018 the Anglican Church of Australia announced that it had reached in-principle agreement to join the National Redress Scheme established by the Commonwealth Government. Read the announcement here.
The Church's General Synod Standing Committee called on its dioceses, schools and agencies to join the Scheme.
An independent, incorporated entity will provide a single point of engagement with the Scheme and enable Anglican entities to join as part of a national group.
In committing to participation in the National Redress Scheme, the Standing Committee
- recognised the importance of this Scheme to enable survivors to seek justice including redress for the hurt and trauma of child sexual abuse that has occurred in Anglican institutions;
- continued to express its sorrow and grief at the failure of the Anglican Church of Australia to protect children under its care;
- continued to call on the Commonwealth Government and the Australian Parliament to ensure that the administrative arrangements and assessment framework of the Scheme are just, with a survivor focus;
- re-iterated its commitment to ensure the best outcomes for survivors through the design of the Scheme, reflecting as fully as possible the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
What is the National Redress Scheme?
In September 2015 the Royal Commission released its Redress and Civil Litigation report with the following recommendation:
In order provide redress under the most effective structure for ensuring justice for survivors, the Australian Government should establish a single national redress scheme.
In November 2016 the Turnbull Government announced the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child abuse and invited states, territories and other non-government institutions to join in the Commonwealth scheme.
The National Redress Scheme gives survivors of abuse access to:
- Monetary payments up to $150,000
- Counselling support up to $5,000
- A direct personal response from the institution where the abuse occurred.
Subject to the passage of legislation, the Scheme will start on 1 July 2018, and will run for 10 years.
The Anglican entities listed below have resolved to participate in the National Redress Scheme and others, including dioceses, schools and agencies, will come on board as decision making processes are finalised. .
- Diocese of Bathurst
- Diocese of Bendigo
- Diocese of Brisbane
- Diocese of Melbourne
- Diocese of Rockhampton
- Diocese of Sydney
- Diocese of Tasmania
- Diocese of Willochra
Making an Application
For information about applying to National Redress Scheme visit the Department of Social Services’ visit the National Redress Scheme website.
- 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention
- Telephone: 13 11 14
- National counselling helpline
- Telephone: 1800 737 732
- Counselling and support for survivors of child sexual abuse
- Telephone: 1800 272 831
Care Leavers Australia Network
- Telephone: 1800 008 774