Minister for Human Services
Final Abuse in State Care Report Released
06 November 2014


The final report for the Tasmanian Claims of Abuse in State Care Program has been released, highlighting the courage of individuals who shared their stories to ensure the type of abuse documented is never again repeated.

The Program was established in 2003 to acknowledge the past failures of the Out of Home Care system and to help those who had been abused in State Government care.

The Review of Claims of Abuse of Children in State Care Final Report – Round 4 summarises and marks the closure of the fourth and final round.

Through tri-partisan support, the program has helped more than 1800 people with ex-gratia payments totalling over $54 million in four separate rounds.

The final Program report acknowledges the impact on the survivors who took the brave step to talk about a tragic and painful part of their lives.

The courage people have shown has shone a light on the past failures of the Out of Home Care system. We have learnt from their stories and these lessons will influence how we run Out of Home Care systems in the future.

The Liberal Government is committed to improving Tasmania’s child protection system, so it can deliver improved outcomes for children and their families and not let children fall through the gaps as has happened too often in the past.

We are working to reform the Out of Home Care System as part of our election commitment to reform the child protection system.

The report is available at http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/children/adoption/abuse_in_care_claims