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Theme 3: Responses to abuse (Redress and Civil Litigation Report)

The Royal Commission’s Redress and Civil Litigation Report (Redress Report) was released in September 2015. It made recommendations for all Australian governments to remove legal barriers for survivors to access justice through changes to civil litigation laws, and to provide redress to people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. These recommendations were also included in the Royal Commission’s Final Report.

Theme 3 provides information on the Australian Government’s actions to:

  • deliver the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on 22 October 2018, as part of the Australian Government’s response to the Royal Commission’s Final Report
  • amend Limitation Periods, including changes to the Commonwealth’s handling of historic child sexual abuse claims
  • establish the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, and
  • provide Compensation for Individuals who experienced sexual or physical abuse in the Australian Defence Forces, such as reform to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) compensation systems, and additional support services provided by DVA.