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More institutions sign up for National Redress Scheme

Swimming Australia, Tennis NSW and the Seventh-Day Adventists are among 135 new institutions to have signed up to the National Redress Scheme.More than 440 survivors of institutional child sex abuse will have their applications for compensation processed now that the organisations have joined the scheme.Football NSW, Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Presbyterian…

Swimming Australia, Tennis NSW and the Seventh-Day Adventists are among 135 new institutions to have signed up to the National Redress Scheme.

More than 440 survivors of institutional child sex abuse will have their applications for compensation processed now that the organisations have joined the scheme.

Football NSW, Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Presbyterian Church WA and Missionaries of God’s Love also registered before their December 31, 2020 deadline.

“The significant increase in the number of institutions participating in the scheme means more applications can be progressed and survivors will not face unnecessary delays as they seek the redress which they have already waited so long to receive,” Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said.

The scheme has received more than 9100 applications for redress, with 4530 payments, totalling about $377 million, made so far.

However, 77 redress applications from survivors of institutional abuse remain unable to be processed because three institutions refuse to participate.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Kenja Communications and Fairbridge Restored Limited were “named and shamed” in July last year for not registering for the scheme.

The institutions’ failure to join within six months of being notified of the obligation will now make the groups ineligible for government grants.

They will also face losing their charitable status.

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About 450 institutions have now registered for the National Redress Scheme.

Senator Ruston said the scheme had worked with a further 11 institutions that had taken the necessary steps to join but did not meet the legislated requirements.

“The scheme and Ministers Redress Scheme Governance Board will work through how we can best support survivors with applications related to these institutions,” she said.

The board is also considering who should pay redress if a non-government organisation is defunct, the application process and the delivery of support services.

At least 540 redress offers made to survivors are awaiting confirmation from the applicant.

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