Prime Minister warns institutions which do not join national redress scheme may have funding cut
“The Government is considering other actions including the appropriateness of future funding and tax status.”
Under the scheme, eligible survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are able to seek a range of redress options including monetary payments of up to $150,000, access to counselling services and a direct personal response — such as an apology — from the institutions responsible.
The Government had previously flagged it was prepared to take a “big stick” approach to institutions that did not sign up, including by revoking their charity status.
While the Federal Government has not begun to name institutions which have not put their hand up to join yet, the National Redress Scheme maintains a list of those which were named in the royal commission and have not yet joined the scheme.
In their letter, Mr Morrison and Senator Ruston said the institutions that were not joining the scheme were “doubling down on the crime and doubling down on the hurt” caused by previous abuse.
“We urge you to join the scheme not because of concerns about being identified, but because it is the right thing to do,” the pair said.
“It is the right thing to do by survivors and their families and it is what every decent, honest Australian demands.”
The Victorian Government has issued a similar threat, saying it will deny funding to organisations that fail to sign up.