POSITIVE POLICY

National Redress Scheme

For too long in this country, children in the care of institutions were subjected to appalling sexual abuse and terrible violence.

No country should stand by and let this happen. No country should stand by and let perpetrators get away with these crimes.

Most importantly, no country should stand by and do nothing to help with the healing of survivors. 

A Shorten Labor Government will establish a National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. The establishment a National Redress Scheme is a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and is a critical part of the process of healing.

Under Labor, it will happen.

Labor has carefully considered the recommendations of the Royal Commission with a full heart and open mind, knowing how important this issue of redress is to survivors.

In its final report on redress and civil litigation, the Royal Commission determined that around 60,000 survivors of child sexual abuse should be given access to redress.

Labor is committed to ensuring they get the redress they deserve. 

In line with the Royal Commission’s recommendations, Labor believes the cost of redress must be met by institutions responsible for the perpetrators of the abuse. 

Labor will contribute $33 million to the National Redress Scheme.

As part of meeting its responsibility, a Shorten Labor Government will commit an initial $20 million to the establishment a National Redress Agency.

The National Redress Agency will oversee the implementation of a National Redress Scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

This initial $20 million contribution will support the National Redress Agency to work with state and territory governments and responsible institutions to make this happen. 

Labor strongly believes that redress should be survivor focused. 

All redress should be offered, assessed and provided with appropriate regard to the needs of particularly vulnerable survivors. Labor is committed to helping survivors of institutional abuse heal – putting in place the right support and redress mechanisms will play a central role in that healing.   

More information about Labor’s plan is available here