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Queensland to remove time limits on child sexual abuse claims

Queensland has followed the lead of New South Wales by introducing a Bill to Parliament that will remove time limits for actions for child sexual abuse happening in an institutional context.  Read about the situation in New South Wales.

Under the Bill, an ‘institution’ includes a school. Sexual abuse happens in an ‘institutional context’ if it happens:

  1. On the premises, or in connection with the activities, of the school; or
  2. is engaged in by a staff member of the school in a variety of circumstances, including those which may not be directly controlled by the school; or
  3. happens in any other circumstances in which the school is, or should be, responsible for the staff member having contact with children.
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"Queensland has introduced a Bill to Parliament that will remove time limits for actions for child sexual abuse happening in an institutional context"

 The Bill also allows survivors to bring an action regardless of whether they have already received a payment from an earlier redress scheme. In some cases, these payments have been less than what they otherwise would have received in court because of the time limit problems. These provisions are similar in content and effect to those enacted in NSW earlier this year.

If you have any queries regarding time limitations or other issues relating to this please contact or .

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