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Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017

2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

(Social Services)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Chapter 1—Introduction                                                                                        2

Part 1-1—Introduction                                                                                                        2

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                               2

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 2

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

Division 2—Objects of this Act                                                                                3

3............ Objects of this Act.............................................................................. 3

Division 3—Simplified outline of this Act                                                            4

4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 4

Division 4—Application of this Act                                                                        6

5............ Concurrent operation with State or Territory laws.............................. 6

6............ Extra-territorial application and extension to external Territories......... 6

7............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 6

Part 1-2—Definitions                                                                                                            7

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                          7

8............ Simplified outline of this Part.............................................................. 7

Division 2—The Dictionary                                                                                        8

9............ The Dictionary.................................................................................... 8

Chapter 2—The Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse                                                                                                                          12

Part 2-1—Establishment of the scheme                                                                   12

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        12

10.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 12

Division 2—Establishment of the scheme                                                          13

11.......... Establishment of the scheme............................................................. 13

12.......... Commonwealth Redress Scheme Operator....................................... 13

13.......... General principles guiding actions of officers under the scheme....... 13

Part 2-2—Entitlement to redress under the scheme                                        14

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        14

14.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 14

Division 2—Entitlement to redress under the scheme                                15

15.......... When can a person be provided with redress?.................................. 15

16.......... When is a person eligible for redress?............................................... 15

17.......... When is abuse within the scope of the scheme?................................ 16

18.......... What redress is provided to a person?............................................... 16

19.......... What is redress for?.......................................................................... 16

Part 2-3—Institutions participating in the scheme                                            17

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        17

20.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 17

Division 2—Responsibility of institutions for abuse                                    18

21.......... When is a participating institution responsible for abuse?................. 18

Division 3—Institutions participating in the scheme                                   20

Subdivision A—Participating institutions                                                           20

22.......... What is a participating institution?..................................................... 20

Subdivision B—Commonwealth institutions                                                      20

23.......... What is a Commonwealth institution?............................................... 20

Subdivision C—Participating Territory institutions                                       21

24.......... What is a participating Territory institution?...................................... 21

25.......... What is a Territory institution?.......................................................... 21

Subdivision D—Participating non-government institutions of a Territory 22

26.......... What is a participating non-government institution of a Territory?.... 22

Division 4—Ministerial declarations about participating institutions 23

27.......... Ministerial declarations about participating institutions..................... 23

Part 2-4—How to obtain redress under the scheme                                        24

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        24

28.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 24

Division 2—Application for redress under the scheme                             26

29.......... Application for redress...................................................................... 26

30.......... Only one application may be made.................................................... 26

31.......... Withdrawal of application................................................................. 26

Division 3—Operator to determine whether to approve the application              27

32.......... Operator must make a determination on the application.................... 27

33.......... Working out the amount of redress payment and sharing of costs.... 28

34.......... The assessment matrix...................................................................... 29

Division 4—Notice of determination to applicant                                        31

35.......... Notice of determination to applicant.................................................. 31

Part 2-5—Offers and acceptance of redress                                                         32

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        32

36.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 32

Division 2—Offers of redress                                                                                  33

37.......... Offer of redress................................................................................. 33

38.......... Acceptance period for offers of redress............................................ 34

Division 3—Acceptance of offers of redress                                                   35

39.......... Acceptance of offers of redress......................................................... 35

40.......... Effect of acceptance on civil liability................................................. 35

41.......... Notice of acceptance of offer to liable participating institutions......... 36

42.......... Declining offers of redress................................................................ 36

Part 2-6—Provision of redress under the scheme                                             38

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        38

43.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 38

Division 2—The redress payment                                                                         39

44.......... Operator must pay the redress payment............................................ 39

45.......... Protection of the redress payment—general...................................... 39

46.......... Additional protection of the redress payment—garnishee orders...... 39

Division 3—Counselling and psychological services                                   41

47.......... Operator must enable access to counselling and psychological services.. 41

48.......... Access to counselling and psychological services under the scheme 41

49.......... General principles guiding counselling and psychological services.. 41

Division 4—Direct personal responses                                                               42

50.......... Direct personal response from liable participating institutions.......... 42

51.......... Direct personal responses under the scheme..................................... 42

52.......... General principles guiding provision of direct personal responses... 43

Chapter 3—Funding                                                                                                 44

Part 3-1—Liability for funding                                                                                    44

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        44

53.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 44

Division 2—Appropriation                                                                                       45

54.......... Appropriation.................................................................................... 45

Division 3—Funding contributions by participating institutions          46

55.......... Liability for funding contribution...................................................... 46

56.......... Funding contribution......................................................................... 46

57.......... Redress component........................................................................... 46

58.......... Scheme administration component.................................................... 47

59.......... When funding contribution is due for payment................................. 47

60.......... Late payment penalty......................................................................... 47

61.......... Payment of funding contribution and late payment penalty............... 48

62.......... Waiver of funding contribution and late payment penalty................. 48

63.......... Recovery of funding contribution and late payment penalty.............. 48

64.......... Internal review of certain decisions................................................... 49

Part 3-2—Funders of last resort                                                                                  50

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        50

65.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 50

Division 2—Funders of last resort                                                                        51

66.......... Commonwealth as funder of last resort............................................. 51

67.......... Self-governing Territory as funder of last resort............................... 51

Chapter 4—Administrative matters                                                          53

Part 4-1—Obtaining information for the purposes of the scheme          53

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        53

68.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 53

Division 2—Obtaining information for the purposes of the scheme   54

69.......... Power to request information from applicants................................... 54

70.......... Power to require information from institutions and others................ 55

71.......... Refusal or failure to comply with requirement.................................. 56

Division 3—Interaction with other laws                                                            58

72.......... Obligations not affected by State or Territory laws........................... 58

73.......... Interaction with Commonwealth laws............................................... 58

Part 4-2—Protecting information under the scheme                                      59

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        59

74.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 59

Division 2—Use and disclosure of information under the scheme       60

75.......... Protected information........................................................................ 60

76.......... Main authorisations for obtaining, recording, disclosing or using protected information         60

77.......... Additional authorisation—disclosure by the Operator in certain circumstances       61

78.......... Additional authorisation—disclosure for the purposes of law enforcement or child protection                62

79.......... Additional authorisation—insurance purposes etc............................ 64

80.......... Additional authorisation—disclosure to the nominee........................ 64

81.......... Offence—unauthorised access to protected information................... 65

82.......... Offence—unauthorised recording, disclosure or use of protected information         65

83.......... Offence—soliciting disclosure of protected information................... 65

84.......... Offence—offering to supply protected information.......................... 66

85.......... Protection of certain documents from production to court etc........... 66

Part 4-3—Internal review of determinations                                                       67

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        67

86.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 67

Division 2—Internal review of determinations                                              68

87.......... Application for internal review of redress determination................... 68

88.......... Internal review of redress determination........................................... 68

89.......... Withdrawal of application for review................................................ 69

90.......... Date of effect of review determination.............................................. 69

91.......... Notice of review determination......................................................... 69

92.......... Interaction between internal review and offer of redress................... 69

Part 4-4—Nominees                                                                                                             71

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        71

93.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 71

Division 2—Appointment of nominees                                                                72

94.......... Appointment of nominees................................................................. 72

95.......... Suspension and cancellation of nominee appointments..................... 72

Division 3—Duties, functions and responsibilities of nominees             74

96.......... Duty of nominee............................................................................... 74

97.......... Actions of correspondence nominee................................................. 74

98.......... Giving notices to correspondence nominee....................................... 75

99.......... Nominee to inform Operator of matters affecting ability to act as nominee              75

100........ Statement by payment nominee regarding disposal of money........... 76

Division 4—Payment to payment nominee                                                       78

101........ Payment of redress payment to payment nominee............................. 78

Division 5—Other matters relating to nominees                                          79

102........ Protection of person against liability for actions of nominee............. 79

103........ Protection of nominee against criminal liability................................. 79

104........ Notification to nominee where notice given to person....................... 79

Part 4-5—Debt recovery                                                                                                   80

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        80

105........ Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 80

Division 2—Debt recovery                                                                                       81

106........ Debts due to the Commonwealth...................................................... 81

107........ Legal proceedings............................................................................. 81

108........ Arrangement for payment of debt..................................................... 81

109........ Recovery of amounts from financial institutions............................... 82

Part 4-6—Other administrative matters                                                                  84

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        84

110........ Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 84

Division 2—Regulatory powers                                                                             85

111........ Civil penalty provisions.................................................................... 85

Chapter 5—Other matters                                                                                   86

Part 5-1—Exceptional cases                                                                                            86

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        86

112........ Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 86

Division 2—Death of person before acceptance of redress offer        87

113........ Person dies before determination is made on application for redress 87

114........ Person dies before offer of redress is accepted or declined............... 88

115........ Entitlement to redress payment.......................................................... 88

Part 5-2—The Commonwealth Redress Scheme Rules                                 89

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        89

116........ Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 89

Division 2—The Commonwealth Redress Scheme Rules                         90

117........ The Commonwealth Redress Scheme Rules..................................... 90

Part 5-3—Other matters                                                                                                   91

Division 1—Simplified outline of this Part                                                        91

118........ Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 91

Division 2—Delegation                                                                                               92

119........ Delegation by the Minister................................................................ 92

120........ Delegation by the Operator............................................................... 92

Division 3—Independent decision-makers                                                        93

121........ Engaging persons to be independent decision-makers...................... 93

Division 4—Reporting to Parliament                                                                  94

122........ Annual report on operation of the scheme......................................... 94

Division 5—Treatment of unincorporated participating non-government institutions of a Territory 96

123........ Treatment of participating non-government institutions that are partnerships           96

124........ Treatment of participating non-government institutions that are unincorporated associations   96

Division 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                        98

125........ Operator’s decisions to be in writing................................................ 98

126........ Method of notification by Operator................................................... 98

127........ Operator not required to make a determination.................................. 98

128........ Review of the scheme....................................................................... 98

129........ Sunset of the scheme......................................................................... 99

 



A Bill for an Act to establish the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 The Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Chapter 3 Funding

Chapter 4 Administrative matters

Chapter 5 Other matters