A+ rating for Victoria in leading the nation on key Royal Commission recommendations for abuse survivors
14 December 2018
Lawyers for abuse survivors have today applauded the significant work of Victoria in implementing critical legal reforms in the wake of the abuse Royal Commission, saying one year on from the Commission’s final report Victoria had led the nation when it came to delivering access to justice for survivors.
Maurice Blackburn Victorian head of Abuse Law Dimi Ioannou said a look at the actions of all states over the past 12 months showed Victoria had played a nation-leading role in responding to law reform recommendations from the Royal Commission.
“On the eve of the 12 month anniversary of the final report of the Royal Commission we have looked closely at the progress made by all states in implementing key legal reforms recommended for abuse survivors,” Ms Ioannou said.
“In our view Victoria has played a leading role in this space, moving swiftly to both commit to and deliver on reforms – actions that we have assessed as an A+ rating among states.
“This includes a commitment to join the redress scheme, introducing penalties for failures to report child abuse, the lifting of limitation periods, the removal of the Ellis defence, introducing a non-delegable duty of care on organisations and reversing the onus of proof on institutions.
“We call on Victoria to maintain this reform momentum in 2019 as a nation leader in improving access to justice for abuse survivors,” she said.
A full scorecard on the progress states have made towards implementing key legal reforms recommended by the Royal Commission is attached.