The Local Government Association of Tasmania has announced it will be joining the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
Tasmanian Attorney-General Elise Archer welcomed the announcement, saying that the decision by the local government sector follows extensive discussions between councils and the State Government.
“It is important to send a clear message of support to Tasmanian survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, and the Government urges all relevant institutions who have not yet done so to formally join the scheme,” Ms Archer said in a statement earlier last week.
“While institutions can never undo the suffering of survivors, their involvement in the National Redress Scheme is an important step in acknowledging the wrongs that were done, as well as a means to provide survivors access to a sense of justice.”
The announcement comes after the state government committed $70 million towards the scheme.