Federal Labor’s commitment to establish a national redress scheme to compensate victims of institutional child sex abuse is a welcome first step to help victims move forward.

NSW Labor fully supports a redress scheme that would compensate up to 60,000 Australian victims of institutional child sex abuse. 

The commitment follows a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that a single national redress scheme be established. 

The Royal Commission stated: 

In order to provide redress under the most effect structure for ensuring justice for survivors, the Australian Government should establish a single national redress scheme. 

Federal Labor has announced it would commit $33 million to establish and administer the scheme, giving victims redress in the form of counselling or compensation. 

The expected cost of compensation is expected to range from $10,000 to $200,000 per victim. 

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley 

“This is a sound first step for the tens of thousands of people who are entitled to compensation for the horrific abuse they have endured.” 

“Initiating the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse was the first step in a long process. It’s incredibly encouraging that Australian Labor is moving forward to the next stage.” 

“NSW Labor is ready to assist wherever and however it can.” 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk 

“The horrible events these victims have experienced may never leave them. This scheme is a positive step to help them receive the counselling and assistance they need.”  

Quotes attributable to Shadow Attorney General Paul Lynch 

“The abuse these people have suffered is - and always will be - inexcusable. The promise by Australian Labor is something that NSW Labor will support wholeheartedly.”