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PMSA commits to join the National Redress Scheme

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Posted 05/11/2018

The PMSA is pleased to announce our commitment to join the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme which will allow people who were abused in the care of any of our PMSA schools to apply to the Scheme for redress.

The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

It was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and is an acknowledgement by the Australian Government and participating institutions that sexual abuse suffered by children in institutional settings was wrong, a betrayal of trust, and should never have happened.

The Scheme helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling, a direct personal response, and a monetary payment. Redress is an alternative to civil litigation.

PMSA Chairman Greg Adsett said that the PMSA truly acknowledges the impact of child sexual abuse on people who were abused and their families.

“We are motivated to join the Scheme in the hope that people who were abused will be able to have consistent levels of support to help them in their lives,” Mr Adsett said.

"The PMSA is undertaking the steps to join the Scheme and will let our community know when we are formally participating."

You can make an application for redress at any time, but applications cannot be assessed until the PMSA is formally participating in the Scheme.

The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years and people can apply now using an online or paper form.

For more information, visit www.nationalredress.gov.au, call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm local time) or contact the PMSA Corporate Office on 07 3371 0709.