National legislation for a National Redress Scheme

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the National Redress Scheme was a vital step for victims of institutional child sexual abuse in the South West after legislation to create the scheme has been introduced to Parliament.

“The National Redress Scheme will play an important role in acknowledging, supporting, and providing a monetary payment to people in the South West who experienced sexual abuse,” Mrs Marino said.

“This legislation opens the door for a national approach to providing redress, across our communities, our state, and the nation.

“Redress is not compensation – it is about providing the support people need to positively move forward in a way that is right for them.”

The scheme offers access to psychological counselling, a direct personal response, and a monetary payment, all funded by the institution responsible for the abuse.

The National Redress Scheme will begin on 1 July 2018, subject to the passage of legislation.

Mrs Marino said support services were available as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

For more information, visit dss.gov.au/redress, or contact the National Redress Information Line on 1800 146 713.

Those who need immediate assistance can contact:
 Lifeline on 13 11 14
 1800Respect on 1800 737 732
 MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978