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Urgent action remains critical for time-limited scheme

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) commends the Australian Government’s continued response to recommendations regarding the National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

With the release of the Australian Government response to the Final Report of the Second Year Review of the National Redress Scheme today, PWDA President Nicole Lee says, “the response to these considerations demonstrates promising improvement in aspects of the Scheme’s operation and administration while increasing comprehensive accessibility, support and equity of response for all survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.”

“We urge the government to finalise implementation of the entirety of the recommendations without delay, given this time-limited Scheme will be drawing to a close in 2028,” said Ms Lee.

PWDA Deputy CEO, Carolyn Hodge says, “There are still barriers in place for people in correctional settings to access the information and support they need to participate in the scheme. It is vital the government address these barriers, expand access to psychological supports, and implement Disability Awareness training for all Scheme staff who have everyday interactions with applicants.”

“While the government has taken positive steps to improve the Scheme,” cautions Ms Hodge, “further action remains critical to ensure all survivors, particularly people with disability, receive accessible information and support to allow them to make informed choices about participation.”

Key Facts:

For 24-hour support or assistance:

· Blue Knot – 1300 657 380

· the National Redress Information Line - 1800 737 377

· 1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732

· Lifeline - 13 11 14

· MensLine Australia - 1300 789 978

· Qlife - 1800 184 527

About us:

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy, non-profit, non-government organisation. We have a cross-disability focus, representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability and our membership is made up of people with disability and organisations mainly constituted by people with disability.

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