Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has welcomed the official launch of the National Redress Scheme for survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
The launch of the Scheme is a historic milestone and means that around 60,000 survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will finally get the redress they deserve.
On July 1, the website www.nationalredress.gov.au went live which provides people access to complete an online application form or to print a paper application form.
The website also contains important information about free, confidential support services that are available before, during and after the application process.
This progress would not be possible without the extraordinary courage and determination of survivors and their advocates, Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon said.
There is no excuse for any relevant institution or non-government organisation not to join the national redress scheme.
It has been a long and difficult journey towards justice for many survivors.
Labor understands that no amount of money can make up for the pain and trauma experienced by survivors.
Redress is an important acknowledgement of the hurt and harm suffered by survivors and it will mean that institutions finally take responsibility for the sexual abuse that occurred on their watch.
No amount of compensation can restore a childhood, Mr Fitzgibbon said.
It is important survivors are aware there is free counselling and support services available to them as they make their way through the redress process.
The National Redress Scheme can also be contacted by phone on 1800 737 377 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, except public holidays - charges may apply). Joel Fitzgibbons Federal Electorate office can be contacted by calling 49911022 for assistance on how to access the scheme and information about support services. People in need of immediate assistance should call Lifeline on 13 11 14.