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Groups fail to join Redress Scheme

Child abuse

Six organisations refusing to join the National Child Abuse Redress Scheme will cop financial penalties after being named.

The Australian Air League, Boys' Brigade NSW, Fairbridge Restored Limited, Lakes Entrance Pony Club, Jehovah's Witnesses and Kenja Communications have not signed up, according to the Federal Government.

The groups will be banned from receiving federal funding and could lose tax concessions, including charitable status.

Social Services Minister Anne Ruston is also investigating further sanctions with her state and territory counterparts.

Across the six institutions, abuse survivors have made 55 applications that cannot be processed.

"This must be a very dark day for those 55 applicants. They must be feeling very let down," Senator Ruston said.

CEO of Beyond Abuse Steve Fisher says it is very disappointing, but there is support out there.

"I would say to anybody don't be too sad, you have choices now, with the laws being changed, especially in Tasmania, have a good long look and they're welcome to call us and we'll give them the lowdown on what's going on."

He says the Federal Government should have done more to help survivors.

"Once the government got hold of the Redress Scheme, and changed it, it became a bit of a farce and the fact that the government have let institutions slide and not even join it, makes it even more ridiculous and people I've spoken say they've just had enough," he said.

Tasmania's Presbyterian Church is among organisations which have undertaken to join the scheme by the end of the year.

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