The national redress scheme for survivors of child sex abuse is encountering delays in dealing with applications, prompting a frustrated state government to call on its federal colleagues to "immediately" fix the problem.
The redress scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
It offers support to survivors of abuse by providing them with redress payments capped at $150,000.
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Tasmania joined the national redress scheme in May last year.
State Attorney-General Elise Archer said she was aware of delays in processing applications for redress.
"I ... have expressed to the Australian government [our] dissatisfaction with delays and requested that steps are taken to immediately rectify them," she said.
"For its part, the Tasmanian government is attending to all requests from the Commonwealth for information regarding redress applications within the time-frames required of us."
Ms Archer said she understood the delays were "equally impacting survivors Australia-wide".
Federal Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said the sheer scale of the national redress scheme had presented "a number of complexities".
"That is why I have asked my department to investigate how we can improve the process and I have instructed the department responsible for processing applications to fast-track their work," she said.
Beyond Abuse spokesman Steve Fisher said the national redress scheme wasn't sufficiently resourced to deal with the volume of applications coming its way.
"The time it takes is blowing out because I don't believe that they're putting enough resources into it," he said.
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"I was talking to a guy last week who'd waited eight months for an institution to sign up and then waited another six months just for a letter back from [the national redress scheme].
"So that's 14 months this guy's waited before [the process has] even started."
Mr Fisher said delays in the scheme's handling of applications added insult to injury for many abuse survivors.
"Our main issue with [the scheme] is that it just further traumatises people who have suffered enough," he said.