Kelso’s Propose a New Federal Agency for Redress Applications


High profile lawyer Peter Kelso has recommended to the Royal Commission that a special federal agency be set up by law to award compensation to victims of institutional abuse.  The new federal agency will have power to:

  • Award lump sum compensation in line with damages awarded by the courts in civil proceedings;
  • Require a low standard of proof allowing victims to avoid intrusive questioning and cross-examination;
  • Fund full legal representation for victims;
  • Allow an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia.

The Royal Commission’s first report is due on 30 June 2014.  There is speculation that the recommendations will include the setting up of a national redress scheme.

Click here to read Kelso’s Submissions in Response to Issues Paper 6 – Redress Schemes


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About Peter Kelso

I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.

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