Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse on October 22 this year.
- The Federal Government will adopt 104 of 122 recommendations from the royal commission, and is still considering 18
- WA will sign on to the national redress scheme, clearing the way for compensation to begin on July 1
- The maximum payment from the scheme is $150,000, lower than the commission’s recommendation
Mr Turnbull this morning outlined the Federal Government’s formal response to the five-year royal commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.
The Prime Minister said 104 of the commission’s 122 recommendations relating to the Commonwealth would be adopted, including the establishment of a national office for child safety.
The Government will consider the other 18 recommendations but noted none had been rejected.
Mr Turnbull confirmed Western Australia was also joining the national redress scheme for victims of abuse, becoming the last of the states and territories to sign on.
He paid tribute to survivors and their families for their bravery, honesty and strength in coming forward.
“For many of you, the royal commission was the first chance you had to be heard, to be have your pain acknowledged and most importantly to be believed,” Mr Turnbull said.
“You were believed and the wrongdoers have been brought to account.
“Your courage has helped expose the scale of institutional child sexual abuse in our country.”
A national redress scheme to compensate victims will start on July 1.
Social Services Minister Dan Tehan says so far 93 per cent of victims are estimated to be covered by the scheme.
The maximum payment is $150,000, which is lower than the $200,000 recommended by the royal commission.
But Mr Tehan said the average payment to victims would be higher than the royal commission called for.
He said the federal and state governments had agreed that the average payment would be $76,000 when the commission recommended $60,000.
The states and religious institutions are due to respond to the commission’s report this month.
More to come.