National Redress Scheme slow to deliver justice for survivors

The National Redress Scheme has been marketed as an important response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse – as providing survivors with a clear, quick path to justice in a manner that is sensitive to their particular needs and wellbeing. The scheme is administered by the federal Department of Social Services. It was charged with issuing dress payments to 80 percent of applicants within six months.

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However, the Department’s latest annual report shows that in that period, only 27 percent of cases have been resolved! The ABC has reported that survivors are facing long waits with survivors – shockingly – dying while they wait for their application to be dealt with. It has been claimed that the scheme is under-resourced, and hampered by the failure of key institutions to join up.

Add to that a confusing array of state and territory laws governing how survivors can seek compensation through other channels, and it becomes apparent why many are speaking openly about their frustrations with their experiences in obtaining justice.

This is a disgrace, and survivors – promised so much in the establishment of the scheme and other changes to state and territory laws – deserve so much better. We know that child sex abuse within institutions is not a thing of the past, and every level of government must be working hand in glove to ensure that laws, systems and processes are directed at better support for survivors.

Every survivor is different, as are their needs for redress. To that end, the scheme remains an important part of providing redress – albeit subject to key improvements. However, it’s clear from these latest reports that survivors must be empowered to access all options open to them. Littles can help.

Want to know the myths and facts about what you can do? Get the facts here.

Your wellbeing

Your wellbeing is our priority. It is vital you seek medical or psychological assistance during your journey towards seeking justice as the legal process may be emotionally challenging. We can also connect you with helpful support services. If these media reports have raised issues for you, you can contact:

1800 Respect national helpline: 1800 737 732
Lifeline (24 hour crisis line): 131 114
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

Don’t delay – seek advice now

Speaking out about institutional abuse takes great courage and may seem an impossible task. Get in touch with Littles for a free claims assessment. We know that every survivor and their journey to finding justice is different. Littles will navigate this journey with you. This may include obtaining financial compensation from the responsible institution for the wrong done to you.

Free advice and no upfront fees

Not only do we offer a free claims assessment – we handle most abuse law claims on a no win, no fee basis. Our Head of Abuse Claims, Kate Ross, is an expert in institutional child sex abuse claims. If you think you might have a claim, reach out to Kate and her team of specialists for high quality legal advice. They are approachable, sensitive and can provide you with absolute confidentiality.

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