Terms of Reference

That pursuant to Paragraph 1(a) of the Committee’s resolution of appointment, the Committee inquire into and report upon:

1. Applications for redress from:

a. Persons with disability
b. First Nations people

2. Availability of data and information relating to applicants listed in Paragraph (1) above, including:

a. Total applications received compared to the number of applications expected when the Scheme commenced.
b. Possible reasons why current application trends could vary from expectations.
c. Time taken to process applications and pay compensation to applicants.
d. Whether applicants with disability had a disability at the time of their abuse or whether it was acquired later in life.
e. Other relevant trends and data.

3. Strategies that could assist applicants listed in Paragraph (1) to access the Scheme.

4. Availability of legal advice for survivors and their advocates and, in addition:

a. Quality of legal advice.
b. Opportunities for Scheme applicants to consider available legal options and to exercise their own choices.
c. Strategies to minimise instances of alleged claim farming or excessive fees.

5. The performance and effectiveness of support services for Scheme applicants, including:

a. Accessibility.
b. Resourcing and funding levels.

6. Whether ‘Part 4-3 – Protecting information under the scheme’ in the National Redress Scheme for Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018 (Cth) enables the Scheme to operate to its greatest potential.

7. Any other relevant matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: 02 6277 4549

About this inquiry

This Committee will inquire into and report on the operation of the National Redress Scheme.

Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

12 Sep 2023: CANBERRA
07 Jul 2023: CANBERRA
12 Apr 2023: Canberra


Inquiry Status

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