Member for Murray Austin Evans has applauded the NSW Government’s decision to join a national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
Mr Evans said survivors of child sexual abuse in NSW government institutions would soon have access to a consistent and compassionate scheme designed to be responsive to their needs.
‘‘It’s a national shame that so many children were sexually abused in environments where they should have been nurtured and protected,’’ Mr Evans said.
‘‘A redress scheme is vital to helping ensure survivors in all communities across Australia are supported and treated with dignity.’’
A single national redress scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the scheme would provide survivors with a redress payment of up to $150000, access to counselling and direct personal responses from institutions.
‘‘NSW and Victoria will be the first states to opt into the scheme, which is vital to acknowledging the suffering of survivors of abuse and supporting them on their journey to recovery,’’ Ms Berejiklian said.
‘‘Redress is an important part of recognising the lifelong impact of child abuse on survivors, many of whom carry the scars decades after abuse occurred. We strongly encourage non-government organisations in NSW also to opt in.’’