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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3174

Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South WalesMinister for International Development and the Pacific) (21:18): Senator Pratt, I'm advised that the government has committed $52.1 million over three years to establish redress support services to assist survivors engaging with the scheme. Redress support services will be available to all applicants, including specialised support for Indigenous people, people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Support services will be available nationally and will use face-to-face, telephone, online and outreach services to ensure coverage.

Legal support services will also provide survivors with access to free trauma-informed, culturally appropriate and expert legal advice as required through the scheme. Legal support services will be available prior to application through to deciding whether to accept an offer of redress. The scheme will also support referrals for survivors to access existing Commonwealth-funded financial counsellors. Survivors will also have access, through the MoneySmart website and the redress website, to information about how to deal with large sums of money.