The Parliamentary inquiry into the implementation of the National Redress Scheme will be hearing from stakeholders and survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions in Newcastle on 31 March.
Federal Member for Newcastle and Deputy Chair of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Sharon Claydon encouraged people in the Newcastle-Hunter region to have their say.
“Labor re-established this inquiry so we could get to hear firsthand the experience of survivors seeking redress. This will give us the best chance of identifying problems to inform the upcoming two-year review of the Scheme which is required by law.
“I strongly encourage people with experience of the National Redress Scheme to register their interest in taking part.”
Ms Claydon said survivors in the Newcastle-Hunter region could provide important insights into how the scheme could be improved.
“Shocking cases of abuse in our region were a key catalyst for the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. I know there are many people who have a valuable contribution to make to this inquiry.
“Interested people can contact the Committee Secretariat on 6277 4549 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest in taking part.”
Ms Claydon said Labor has ‘grave concerns’ about the way the scheme is progressing.
“Despite the fact the scheme has been operating for more than 18 months, only 975 payments have been made from almost 6,000 applications. This is unacceptable,” Ms Claydon said.
“I’m also very worried that the Government still has no plan to deal with the organisations that don’t sign up to the scheme by the deadline of 30 June 2020.”
For more information about the inquiry, visit: www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/National_Redress_Scheme
The Committee is scheduled to table its final report and recommendations in May 2020, ahead of the required formal review of the scheme later this year.