The Truth, Justice and Healing Council will ask all state and territory attorneys-general to start work on a compensation scheme with no caps on payments for victims of child sexual abuse.
The call comes in the wake of a recommendation from the Victorian Parliamentary Committee for a Victorian compensation scheme and recent comments by Royal Commissioner Peter McClellan that a general redress or compensation scheme should be considered.
Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council said that while a state-based scheme is a significant initiative, a national scheme with consistent investigative powers and compensation payments should be considered by the Federal, state and territory governments.
“It is now time for governments and other organisations to take a national approach to providing compensation and justice for the victims of child sexual abuse,” Mr Sullivan said.
“A national compensation scheme, funded by the Church and other organisations and with no caps on payments, is an important first step in taking away from institutions, such as the Catholic
Church, the role of investigating complaints and determining compensation for victims."