28 March 2019
Elise Archer, Attorney-General
Roger Jaensch, Minister for Human Services
New policy for government funding of organisations responsible for child sexual abuse
Last year, the Hodgman Liberal Government joined the National Redress Scheme and committed $70 million towards it.
It is incumbent on all non-government institutions to also take responsibility for child abuse that occurred within their organisation, and ensure that these shameful practices are never repeated and that any child in their care is safe.
That’s why we are introducing a new policy for non-government organisations which receive Government funding that have not voluntarily joined the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.
Under the policy, the Government will transition out of funding agreements with taxpayer-funded organisations that have significant liability for child sexual abuse under the Scheme and that have not taken steps to voluntarily join the Scheme.
This will make it clear that if a non-government organisation receives Tasmanian Government funding and is liable for claims of child sexual abuse, it must opt-in to the National Redress Scheme and enable survivors to access justice.
The Government will also review the compliance of all funded non-government organisations with child safe policies and procedures to prevent, identify and respond appropriately to child abuse.
In December last year, the Government endorsed the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations developed in response to the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
This year we will develop an implementation plan for a Tasmanian Child Safe Organisations framework.