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Part 2-1—Establishment of the scheme

Part 2-1 Establishment of the scheme

Division 1 Simplified outline of this Part

10   Simplified outline of this Part

This Part formally establishes the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. It provides that the Operator is responsible for operating the scheme. It also sets out general principles that the Operator and other officers of the scheme must take into account, for the benefit and protection of survivors, when taking action under the scheme.

Division 2 Establishment of the scheme

11   Establishment of the scheme

                   The Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse is established.

12   Commonwealth Redress Scheme Operator

             (1)  The Secretary of the Department is the Commonwealth Redress Scheme Operator.

             (2)  The Operator is responsible for operating the scheme.

13   General principles guiding actions of officers under the scheme

             (1)  This section sets out the principles that must be taken into account by the Operator and other officers when taking action under, or for the purposes of, the scheme.

             (2)  Redress under the scheme should be survivor-focussed.

             (3)  Redress should be assessed, offered and provided with appropriate regard to:

                     (a)  what is known about the nature and impact of child sexual abuse, and institutional child sexual abuse in particular; and

                     (b)  the cultural needs of survivors; and

                     (c)  the needs of particularly vulnerable survivors.

             (4)  Redress should be assessed, offered and provided so as to avoid further harming or traumatising the survivor.