Tasmanian survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are being advised to take the opportunity to use free legal help when submitting applications under the national redress scheme.
Angela Sdrinis Legal solicitor Sebastian Buscemi said the service, knowmore, was set up after the Royal Commission to offer victims advice.
He said victims who filled out redress applications by themselves could be at risk of not receiving all they were entitled to.
Mr Busemi said after Parliament approved the removal of the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse matters, victims now had another avenue through the courts to seek additional compensation.
He said through this, many people were unaware they could pursue a negligence claim and be awarded substantially more money.
“The redress scheme doesn’t take into account negligence or serious physical injury or abuse,” Mr Buscemi said.
“A lot of cases end up settled before they go to court but people need to know they have those rights.”
For more information of free legal advice, visit www.knowmore.org.au.