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Abuse compensation in Melbourne Response

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Megan Neil

INCREASED ABUSE COMPENSATION UNDER CATHOLIC CHURCH'S MELBOURNE RESPONSE

Compensation cap doubled to $150,000

Effective January 1, 2017

Cap set at $50,000 in 1996; $55,000 in 2000; $75,000 in 2008

Maximum payment also $150,000 under Commonwealth redress scheme, to be set up by 2018

Reviews where survivors have already received payments, to determine if eligible for additional compensation

THE MELBOURNE RESPONSE

Process for dealing with abuse claims within Melbourne archdiocese

Set up by then Melbourne archbishop Cardinal George Pell in 1996

Catholic Church's national Towards Healing scheme announced few weeks later

WHAT THE CHILD ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION SAID

Payments more generous under Towards Healing, which has no cap

National redress scheme should have $200,000 maximum payment; average $65,000; minimum $10,000.

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