This newsletter gives an update on the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme). It covers institution updates and recent data.
The update contains material that could be confronting or distressing. Sometimes words or images can cause sadness or distress or trigger traumatic memories, particularly for people who have experienced past abuse or childhood trauma.
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All institutions where the sexual abuse of children occurred must be accountable for that abuse and join the Scheme without delay.
Under new arrangements announced in April 2020, institutions have until 31 December 2020 to join the Scheme. The extended timeframe recognises the changed capacity of some institutions during the coronavirus pandemic.
To provide some certainty to applicants, any institution named in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and/or an application were asked to provide a written statement outlining their intention to join the Scheme by 30 June 2020.
On 1 July 2020, the details of institutions that signified, and failed to signify their intent to join before the deadline were published on the Scheme website. Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston also issued a media release on the naming of institutions.
To find out more, go to www.nationalredress.gov.au/institutions.
Application progress as at 26 June 2020
As of 26 June 2020, the Scheme:
- had received 7,261 applications
- had made 3358 decisions, including 2,693 payments totaling approximately $220.9 million
- had made 612 offers of redress, which are currently with applicants to consider
- was processing 3,358 applications.