The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held a public hearing in Adelaide from Tuesday 6 October 2015 to Wednesday 14 October 2015 in relation to institutions operated by The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) (TSAS) between 1940 and 1990. During that hearing Commissioner Tidd, the head of TSAS, announced an independent review of all claims settled between TSAS and survivors since 1996. Commissioner Tidd said:
The purpose of the review is to identify whether compensation payments made in respect of settled claims were assessed fairly and consistently.
If, as a result of the review, any claims are identified that were not assessed fairly and consistently relative to the bulk of other settled claims, The Salvation Army Southern Territory will reopen those claims, including making top-up payments, in the interim period between now and when a national redress scheme commences operation.
The review of claims has now been completed. A total of 422 of claims were reviewed.
73 claims have been identified as warranting a top-up payment because they may not have been treated fairly and consistently relative to the bulk of other settled claims.
The review concluded that all other claims were assessed fairly and consistently.
Commissioner Tidd said:
I hope that, pending the introduction of a national redress scheme, the interim, top-up payments announced today will provide much needed relief, and a measure of closure, to survivors who were let down by us in the past.
Any survivors who settled a claim with TSAS at any time after 1996, and who wish to know whether they have been identified as entitled to a top-up payment, may register their interest by telephoning 0438 214 988 or emailing email@example.com.