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Features of the child abuse redress scheme

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016

KEY FEATURES OF THE CHILD ABUSE REDRESS SCHEME

* The commonwealth will operate the scheme, which states, territories and institutions like churches and charities will be able to opt-in

* It will start early 2018 and last for at least 10 years

* Entities that opt-in will be responsible for paying out eligible claims, with payments limited to $150,000

* Payments will be exempted from personal debt recoveries and income tests relevant to government payments like welfare

* Survivors will also get access to counselling over the entire life of the scheme.

* So far South Australia has said no to opting in

* If Northern Territory and ACT do not opt-in they may be forced by new federal laws to do so. But the federal government has no power to force the states to do so.

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