The National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, commenced taking applications for redress in July this year. However, applications could only be received from survivors who had been abused in state and in institutions which had been joined to the scheme.
In November this year, the Tasmanian government were joined to the scheme. This means that people who experienced child sexual abuse in government and in some non-government institutions in Tasmanian can now make applications for redress.
knowmore legal service is funded by the Commonwealth government to provide people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse, with advice about their compensation options and advice through the redress process. knowmore is a free legal service and there is no means test.
knowmore currently has offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and will be opening an office in Perth in 2019.
For our clients in Tasmania, knowmore will be sending a team from the Melbourne office to Hobart and Launceston on a 4 – 6 weekly cycle to hold legal advice clinics. The first of these visits will take place in February 2019. On these visits, clients will be provided with face to face appointments to discuss their compensation options and be provided with assistance around the redress process. The local support services will be advised of the dates of these clinics and will be able to advise their clients.
knowmore can be contacted during office hours on 1800 605 762.
10 December 2018