Joint Media Release with Minister For Human Services The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in the Northern Territory are closer to getting the acknowledgement and support they deserve with a number of significant institutions committing to join the National Redress Scheme.
This week, the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Salvation Army, the Scouts and the YMCA as well as the South Australian and Northern Territory governments announced they would opt in to the scheme. Federal legislation to establish the scheme also passed the House of Representatives.
Western Australia is the only state that has not joined the scheme, and the Government is confident they will.
Senator Scullion said the National Redress Scheme would begin on 1 July, subject to the passage of legislation.
“The National Redress Scheme will provide access to counselling, an apology from the institution involved and a monetary payment,” Senator Scullion said.
“This is an important part of the healing process as the institutions acknowledge the harm caused to children in their care.
“I encourage anyone who is considering applying for redress to call the National Redress Information Line or find out more on the Department of Social Services website.
“The National Redress Scheme will run for 10 years, assisting an estimated 60,000 people over that time.”
Territorians can apply as soon as the scheme begins.
Each application can be processed once the responsible institution has completed all the right legal and administrative steps, and the relevant state legislation has passed.
Social Services Minister Dan Tehan welcomed this week’s historic announcements.
“This process has always been about the survivors, and that has been the focus that everyone involved has taken,” Mr Tehan said.
“From July 1, I am confident that survivors of abuse will get the redress they deserve and that justice demands.”
Potential applicants can call the National Redress Information Line on 1800 146 713 or visit www.dss.gov.au/redress.
People who need immediate assistance can contact:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- 1800Respect on 1800 737 732
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978