We are currently awaiting the processing of our submitted documentation to the Department of Social Services (DSS), in order for the Minister to make the declaration of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta as both a Participating Institution and a Group Representative.
Having commenced the process of entering the Redress Scheme in October 2018, the lodgement of all documentation and data for the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, and all our past and present ministries, was completed in February 2019. We are hopeful the DSS processing timeframe to enable the Minister to make the declaration is brief.
Mindful of the significant and enduring effects of child sexual abuse, we re-affirm our commitment to respond with compassion to those who have experienced these abhorrent crimes, and to ensuring all of our ministries and institutions are child-safe organisations.
At this time of great pain throughout our nation, we call on Leaders at all levels within the Church, and other institutions, to learn from the lessons of past failures and change those cultures and attitudes which created an environment in which such abuse was able to occur.
The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta now await the processing work of the Department of Social Services in order to finalise our entry into the National Redress Scheme.