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National Redress Scheme - First public hearing for 2021

Issue date: Thursday, 21 January 2021

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The Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme will hold its first public hearing for 2021 on Friday.

The Committee will hear from representatives of the Department of Social Services.

This public hearing will focus on matters associated with the operation of the National Redress Scheme and its ongoing support of survivors, as well as the Government’s recent National Redress Scheme December 31 Deadline Update.

As at 1 January 2021, the Scheme has received a total of 9,117 applications, 4,530 payments have been made totalling about $377 million and a further 540 offers are awaiting an applicant’s decision.

Committee Chair Senator Dean Smith noted that the Government’s recent figures were very encouraging, but more needed to be done.

“We are still faced with several survivor groups that are being blocked from, or under-utilising, the redress owed to them – these must have the Committee’s urgent attention,” Senator Smith said.

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Public hearing program

Date: Friday, 22 January 2021
Time: 12 noon – 1.20pm AEDT
Location: Videoconference

The hearing will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live and public hearing programs will be available at the Committee website prior to the hearing.

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4549
redress@aph.gov.au

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site you can get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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