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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3171


Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South WalesMinister for International Development and the Pacific) (21:09): I'm advised that the scheme will appoint appropriately qualified, independent assessors known as 'independent decision-makers'. Independent decision-makers will provide advice to the scheme operator on applications made to the scheme. The independent decision-makers will not report or be answerable to the government. Independent decision-makers will be able to provide survivors with access to independent and impartial internal review without subjecting them to potential retraumatisation. Independent decision-makers will be supported in their decision-making by a dedicated redress recommendation team within the Department of Human Services.