STATES JOIN REDRESS SCHEME

The country's two largest states have signed on to a federal redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. New South Wales and Victoria will reportedly join the program today, which caps compensation payouts at $150,000. It's expected other states will follow, with the exception of South Australia, which has its own scheme. 

Those states that do sign on will agree to cover the cost of compensation for abuse in state-based institutions like public schools. Church groups are also being pushed to join the scheme.