Monday, 9 June 2008

Thousands apply for Redress Scheme

More than 5,000 applications have been lodged for a scheme offering compensation to people who experienced abuse or neglect in Queensland institutions as children.

The Redress Scheme was established as a result of the Forde Inquiry that examined more than 150 orphanages and detention and reformatory centres which operated in Queensland from 1911 to 1999.

Queensland Communities Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr says the Department has responded to thousands of enquires since applications for compensation opened last October.

More than 14,000 application packs have been distributed.

Ms Nelson-Carr says a panel of experts will be established next month to start assessing claims in August.

She says the closing date for applications has been extended until September 30.

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