Annastacia Palaszczuk's big move to help child sex victims
THOUSANDS of Queensland victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of churches and state institutions will be eligible for compensation.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to reveal that the Government is signing up to the national redress scheme.
Those already compensated following Queensland's landmark Forde inquiry will also likely be eligible for some compensation, although the sum they received is expected to be taken into account.
Ms Palaszczuk is expected to announce the decision to join the landmark scheme - a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - today and then throw down a challenge to non-Government institutions to sign on to ensure their victims can access redress.
"Although no amount of money can return a lost childhood, it is important that we, as a society, acknowledge what these victims have been through, and support their healing and recovery," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Around 10,000 Queenslanders are expected to be eligible to access the scheme, including around 5000 who were abused in government institutions, and another 5000, if non-government institutions also participate.
"Now that we as a state government have opted in, I call on Queensland-based institutions, including churches, charities and other non-government organisations, to sign up."
Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland had already distributed about $100 million to survivors of historical abuse in Queensland institutions as a result of the Forde inquiry.
But she said more needed to be done through the Queensland Government working with the Commonwealth and other states and territories to finalise the design of the scheme.
"Queensland officials have been engaged extensively with the Federal Government on the design of the scheme over many months, since the Commonwealth Redress Scheme was announced in November 2016," she said.
Applications for Queensland survivors are expected to be open from later this year.
Ms Palaszczuk said work was also continuing on a reportable conduct scheme, another recommendation of the Royal Commission.
Originally published as Premier offers help to child sex victims