B+ rating for NSW in implementing key Royal Commission law reforms for abuse survivors
14 December 2018
Lawyers for abuse survivors have applauded New South Wales (NSW) on legal reforms to improve access to justice, saying a year on from the Royal Commission’s final report NSW had made strong progress in acting on many recommendations made by the Commission
Maurice Blackburn NSW head of Abuse Law Danielle De Paoli said the firm had taken a close look at the performance of all states over the last 12 months in acting on key reforms, with NSW ranking a B+ for its efforts.
“NSW is to be commended for its efforts on law reform for abuse survivors over the past 12 months since the Royal Commission handed down its final report,” Ms De Paoli said.
“Along with Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), NSW has played a leading role in driving many of these reforms.
“Significantly NSW was one of the first states to move on introducing penalties for failures to report child sexual abuse, and NSW has also committed to the redress scheme as well as removing the archaic Ellis defence that allowed churches to protect their assets against compensation claims.
“We urge NSW to maintain this reform momentum, including acting to ensure that mandatory reporting is extended to the confessional – something we consider to be a key reform priority for 2019,” she said.
A full scorecard on the progress states have made towards implementing key legal reforms recommended by the Royal Commission is attached.