Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (12:25): My question is for Minister Tierney, representing the Attorney-General. On 19 April 2020 the Attorney-General announced via media release that:
Victorian organisations Who do not sign up to the National Redress Scheme will risk losing government funding …
Despite a 30 June 2020 deadline for institutions to join the scheme, 49 non-government organisations operating in Victoria are still yet to sign up to the scheme—which provides redress for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
Can the minister advise, with two weeks until that deadline, how many of those 49 institutions have still failed to sign up to the scheme?
Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:25): I thank the member for her question and for noting the fact that 49 organisations had not signed up. It is a timely reminder, and I will seek a response from the minister.
Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (12:26): Thank you, Minister. In the same media release the Attorney-General stated that those who do not sign up ‘will risk losing government funding, under tough new sanctions’. Can the minister advise specifically what sanctions will be applied and via what mechanism?
Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:26): Again, I thank the member for her supplementary question. That answer will be forthcoming from the Attorney-General.