Treasury is seeking submissions on the draft legislative instrument and explanatory materials for the introduction of a new governance standard in the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Regulation 2013 requiring registered entities to take all reasonable steps to participate in the National Redress Scheme for Child Sexual Abuse (Redress Scheme) if they may have been involved in child sexual abuse within the scope of the Redress Scheme.
The Government established the Redress Scheme in response to recommendations by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Redress Scheme operates on the basis that institutions ‘opt-in’ and the responsible entity pays. Under the Redress Scheme, survivors of institutional child sexual abuse may receive redress in the form of: a redress payment of up to $150,000; counselling and psychological care; and an optional direct personal response from the responsible participating institution.
The new governance standard will incentivise charities to participate in the Redress Scheme and ensure that survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are appropriately compensated. This is consistent with the public’s expectation that generous support from the Commonwealth by way of charitable tax concessions should not be provided to institutions who fail to fulfil their moral obligation to survivors of child sexual abuse.
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