Through the scheme, survivors may also be able to receive a direct personal response from the institution, which could include an apology or an acknowledgement of the impact of the abuse.
Introducing the bill to the House of Representatives, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, said that the scheme ‘recognises the suffering survivors have experienced and accepts that these events occurred and that institutions must take responsibility for this abuse.’
Also supporting the bill, the Hon Jenny Macklin MP said that the Parliament, ‘must uphold our responsibilities to the survivors. We must not fail them as a society. We must not fail them again, and we must establish a national redress scheme, and this time we have to make sure we get it right.’
The bill, introduced by the government and supported by the opposition and members on the crossbench, has passed the House of Representatives and will be debated in the Senate when it next meets.