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Fed govt says WA to join national redress

Western Australia has committed to joining the $3.8 billion national redress scheme that will cover more than 90 per cent of eligible child sexual abuse survivors, the federal government says.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says WA Premier Mark McGowan has given him a firm commitment that the state will join the scheme, adding it will sign up in the next few weeks.

“This means, come 1 July, we will have a truly national redress scheme with more than 90 per cent of survivors estimated to be covered,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said the scheme is estimated to cover 93 per cent of survivors, although more non-government institutions are expected to join it.

An estimated 60,000 institutional child sexual abuse survivors will be eligible for the scheme.

Western Australia is the final state to commit to the scheme.

The Catholic, Anglican and Uniting churches, Salvation Army, Scouts and YMCA have all committed to joining the national scheme, which will begin on July 1 if the legislation passes the Senate.

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