Anglican Church welcomes State Government’s decision to join National Redress Scheme

Tuesday May 22, 2018

“The Anglican Church in Tasmania is delighted that the Tasmanian Government has announced its intention to join the National Redress Scheme,” said The Right Revd Dr Richard Condie, Anglican Bishop of Tasmania.

“Redress provides a measure of restorative justice to survivors, as well as recognition and support. Today is truly a great day for survivors of child sexual abuse in Tasmania.”

“It is our intention to be a participating institution in this Scheme and we welcome the Government’s announcement today,” said Bishop Condie.

The Anglican Church in Tasmania is proposing to sell church property to fund its estimated future liability of $8 million to provide redress for survivors of child sexual abuse.

“Our compassion for survivors of sexual abuse in our organisation is the driver for the costly path the Anglican church has embarked upon. We believe providing redress is the right thing to do,” said Bishop Condie.

The church has instituted many changes over the last fifteen years in order to protect children and prevent abuse. The safety of children and vulnerable people in our church communities is paramount. We have been working hard to screen, educate and develop church leaders and volunteers who are working with vulnerable people. We have improved our response to and support for survivors of sexual abuse. We have no tolerance for abuse of any kind.