Premier Daniel Andrews announced the government would also deliver a formal apology to people who were placed in orphanages, children’s homes and missions and experienced physical, psychological and emotional abuse or neglect.
The government said it would invest $2.9 million to co-design the scheme alongside people with lived experience. It would run for five years, with urgent hardship payments of up to $10,000 for care leavers in exceptional circumstances available from early next year. The final cost of the scheme is unclear.
It will build on the national redress scheme available to abuse survivors, which was created after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.