Elderly and terminally ill survivors of child sexual abuse will be able to access advance compensation payments of up to $10,000, after an inquiry found the scheme designed to support victims is a bureaucratic nightmare. Source: ABC News.
In its first two years of operation, the national redress scheme has been criticised as incredibly slow, overly complicated and traumatising for survivors forced to recount horrific tales of abuse in the hope of securing financial support.
A review commissioned by the Morrison Government has been released by Social Services Minister Anne Ruston and agreed with many of those sentiments.
One of the recommendations by senior public servant Robyn Kruk was to allow for early payments to some survivors, who may die before their application for redress was assessed.
Ms Ruston said the payments would be offered “almost immediately” after a survivor had completed their application.
The Kruk review recommended significant changes to the application process. One recommendation the government has not accepted was a call to change the standard of proof required for a redress claim – in other words, to what extent a survivor has to prove they were abused.
The review found inconsistencies in decision making, particularly when alleged abuse was conducted under the guise of invasive medical procedures.
Establishing the scheme was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated 60,000 people would be eligible for compensation across the country.