- WA to join the National Redress Scheme following extensive negotiation with the Commonwealth Government
- Participation in the scheme is a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
- Scheme provides a simpler and streamlined alternative to pursuing civil litigation through the courts
The McGowan Labor Government is pleased to announce that it will be joining the National Redress Scheme.
The Government's participation in the National Redress Scheme recognises Western Australians who have experienced child sexual abuse in institutions, with a view to righting past wrongs and making amends.
In order for the State Government and WA non-government institutions to participate in the National Redress Scheme and provide redress to survivors of child sexual abuse, the State Government must pass legislation through the Parliament.
The State Government will table legislation in coming months but survivors will be able to apply for redress once the scheme begins on July 1, 2018.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"By joining the National Redress Scheme, the State Government acknowledges the harm caused to people who experienced institutional sexual abuse as children.
"In order to create a better future, we need to acknowledge the mistakes of the past.
"That's why, on behalf of the Western Australian Government, I apologise unreservedly for the sexual abuse of children in Western Australian Government institutions and more broadly, for children in WA who experienced sexual abuse in institutions.
"To all survivors who have experienced something horrible, had innocence stolen from them and had their faith and trust in society broken, the Government of Western Australia and myself are truly sorry.
"I urge all churches and non-government organisations to join the scheme to ensure that all survivors in Western Australia can receive the redress they deserve."
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"I am pleased that after many months of negotiations with the Commonwealth, we have been able to resolve WA's threshold issues, enabling the WA Government to join a scheme that will provide fair and equitable outcomes for survivors of child sexual abuse.
"I thank the Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan, for his efforts in ensuring the scheme's policies, in particular those applying to child migrants and incarcerated survivors and survivors with a serious criminal history, are fairer than originally proposed.
"Participation in the scheme will provide a choice to survivors of either applying for redress or commencing civil action.
"Redress is likely to provide the maximum benefit to Western Australian survivors of child sexual abuse, as it is an easier, more supportive and less traumatic avenue for survivors when compared to civil litigation, which can be onerous and costly."
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