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Gippsland Joins National Redress Scheme

July 12th, 2018

The Bishop-in-Council of the Diocese in June 2018 resolved to join the National Redress Scheme established by the Commonwealth Government.

The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The Scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.

Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.

The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:

  • access to counselling;
  • a payment; and
  • a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want it.

The scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.