NATIONAL COMPENSATION SCHEME FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE
On 5 November 2015, Victoria and NSW joined faith-based institutions such as the Catholic Church and Salvation Army in supporting the creation of a national approach to compensating victims of child sexual abuse.
The urgent need for the scheme has been emphasised by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which has found that existing schemes – thatare either state-based or run by the institutions where the abuse happened – have been manifestly inadequate. This is because they rarely provide psychological help, and payments for victims (when they were available) could vary widely. Accordingly, the Commission has recommended that states and territories contribute to a $4.3 billion Commonwealth-run scheme under which more than 65,000 survivors could be compensated.
NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton said that the Royal Commission had shone a light on some of the darkest chapters of Australia's past and so the state would fully back its proposal.