Support for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
On Wednesday 27 June 2018, the Western Australian Government announced that it will join the National Redress Scheme, which has been created in response to recommendations by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Western Australian Government's participation in the National Redress Scheme will recognise and provide support to Western Australians who have experienced child sexual abuse in institutions.
The national scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. Western Australia’s participation in the scheme began on 1 January 2019. Redress is an alternative to pursuing civil litigation through the courts.
What the scheme can provide
The National Redress Scheme can provide support in three ways;
A monetary payment
Access to counselling and psychological care
A direct personal response from the institution (eg. an apology)
Independent Decision Makers will consider the applications for redress, using guidelines to determine when an applicant is eligible and to ensure outcomes are as consistent as possible. The WA Government will assist the Commonwealth to ensure the Independent Decision Makers have the best available information to make a decision.
It is important to realise that you do not need to gather or request any information or supporting documents, you only need to complete the application form.
Who can apply
You can make an application under the scheme if:
A person has experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of an institution or organisation
The abuse happened when the person was under 18
The abuse occurred before the start date of the scheme
The person applying is an Australian citizen or permanent resident
The institution or organisation responsible for the abuse has joined the scheme
The application form is straightforward and you can complete it online through the myGov website. Alternatively the application form can be completed manually by downloading the form from the National Redress Scheme website.
You may also call 1800 737 377 to ask for an application form to be sent to you. If you are under 18 years old, or have been sentenced to jail for five or more years, or have received previous payments related to the abuse, then your application may be processed differently. You may wish to seek further information or legal advice in relation to your circumstances.
A Redress Coordination Unit has been established within the Department of Justice. This unit is responsible for liaising with the State agencies and Commonwealth to ensure that the Independent Decision Makers have received the best available information to determine the application. For further information on the National Redress Scheme and how to make an application please visit the Department of Justice website.