A Canberra independent school has joined the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional abuse.
Emmaus Christian School in Dickson has joined the scheme, along with 33 institutions including Tennis Australia, Jehovah's Witness, St John Ambulance Australia Queensland and Youth Off the Streets.
Emmaus Christian School board chair Laura Day said the school was eager to participate in a national initiative which was designed to protect the most vulnerable in our community by offering safe and free psychological support and access to financial assistance.
"Such objectives are in keeping with our school values," Ms Day said.
After an application is submitted to the national redress scheme, institutions have six months to join the scheme before they face sanctions.
Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston welcomed the commitment from the latest group of institutions, some of which had not been named in an application.
"It is clear that the powerful financial, reputational and legislative levers the Commonwealth has used have been successful at ensuring institutions understand and recognise their moral obligation to survivors," she said.
"Any institution which fails to participate will be named and shamed, become ineligible for Commonwealth grants and risk being stripped of their charitable status and, therefore, lose associated tax concessions."
Forrest Tennis Club has been named as an institution which has failed to sign up to the scheme six months after an application was lodged.
Since the 33 new members joined the scheme, 37 applications will able to be progressed.
The federal, state and territory governments and 526 non-government institutions across Australia are participating in the scheme.
On September 3, of 11,835 application from survivors have been submitted to the scheme and 6208 payments totally more than $529.3 have been made.
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