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The details behind the record $1 million school abuse decision The details behind the record $1 million school abuse decision

Published on 17 September 2015: A victim of sexual abuse at Adass Israel School in Melbourne was awarded $1,024,000 in compensatory damages for pain and suffering, loss of future and past earnings, and future and past medical expenses.

Child Abuse Royal Commission calls for info about abuse in sporting clubs Child Abuse Royal Commission calls for info about abuse in sporting clubs

Published on 16 September 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse would like to hear from anyone who has information about child sexual abuse in sporting clubs or associations.

Comcare – must I see my work’s doctor Comcare – must I see my work’s doctor

Published on 15 September 2015: Employers licensed under the Comcare scheme often require injured workers to attend their preferred company doctor for treatment however injured workers must remember that they have a right to seek medical treatment from a doctor of their own choosing.

Redress scheme should retain right to sue for damages - Commission Redress scheme should retain right to sue for damages - Commission

Published on 15 September 2015: As part of a redress model, the Royal Commission's final report advocates an ex gratia payments be made to survivors which would serve as ‘tangible recognition of the seriousness of the hurt and injury’ endured.

Royal Commission recommends maximum $200,000 redress payment for abuse survivors Royal Commission recommends maximum $200,000 redress payment for abuse survivors

Published on 14 September 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended a cap of $200,000 in redress payments to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse as part of a national redress scheme.

Call to strengthen the Equal Opportunity Act Call to strengthen the Equal Opportunity Act

Published on 11 September 2015: A joint letter and report sent to the Victorian Attorney-General, the Minister for Women and the Minister for Equality has urged the Victorian Government to fortify and improve Victoria’s anti-discrimination laws.

Geelong Grammar housemaster jailed as Royal Commission hearing continues Geelong Grammar housemaster jailed as Royal Commission hearing continues

Published on 11 September 2015: Another former staff member of Geelong Grammar has been jailed for child sex offences. John Hamilton Buckley was the housemaster of the Glamorgan boarding house at the school’s Toorak campus when he assaulted six boys between 1980 and 1983.

Making a claim for compensation through RCT Making a claim for compensation through RCT

Published on 11 September 2015: The first in a series of blogs for people considering making a claim for compensation for sexual or physical abuse explains the first steps involved in initiating the claim process.

Highly awaited legal reforms on abuse and redress to be tabled in Parliament Highly awaited legal reforms on abuse and redress to be tabled in Parliament

Published on 10 September 2015: The highly awaited recommendations of the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed to the Federal Government are expected to be made public by way of being tabled in Federal Parliament late this week or early next week.

Child abuse Royal Commission to examine Ballarat Christian Brothers response in 2016 Child abuse Royal Commission to examine Ballarat Christian Brothers response in 2016

Published on 04 September 2015: The response of the Christian Brothers to cases of child sexual abuse will be explored during public hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Ballarat in early 2016.

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