Council are expected to vote on whether the City of Busselton should join the National Redress Scheme which was established in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The scheme was set up to provide support for people who experienced institutionalised child sexual abuse and to hold those institutions to account.
People who have experienced institutionalised child sexual abuse can gain access to counselling, an apology and a redress payment through the scheme.
In its report, city officers stated that the WA Parliament passed legislation for the WA Government and non-government organisations to participate in the scheme, and that under the scheme local governments could be considered as a state government institution.
If council vote in favour of joining the scheme the city could be liable for claims made from services operated or contracted by the city were staff, volunteers or contractors had exposure to children such as swimming lessons, libraries, youth services or creches.
If the city sign up to the scheme as a state government institution, the state government would provide the city funds to cover payments associated with the claim.
The only financial cost a local government might incur would be a payment of a direct personal response, or an apology, based on a standard service fee of $3,000.
City officers have recommended that the council vote in favour of joining the scheme as a state government institution.
If you or someone you know needs support please contact:
National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377 Waratah on 9791 2884 Lifeline on 13 11 14 Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 Crisis Care Helpline on 1800 199 008 Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 Men's Helpline on 1800 000 599