Catholic church joins redress scheme

WA Attorney-General John Quigley says the state is close to signing up to the abuse redress scheme

The Catholic Church will join in a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) confirmed on Wednesday the church will enter the scheme, when it becomes possible under national legislation.

"We support the Royal Commission's recommendation for a national redress scheme, administered by the Commonwealth, and we are keen to participate in it," ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.

"Survivors deserve justice and healing and many have bravely come forward to tell their stories."

Archbishop Coleridge said the Catholic church had called for the national redress scheme since 2013.

CRA president Sister Ruth Durick said it is recognised redress will not eliminate a survivor's pain but hopes it can offer practical assistance in the journey towards recovery from abuse.

"We are committed to providing redress to survivors who were abused within the Catholic Church," she said.

Archbishop Coleridge said it will establish an agency to allow its dioceses and congregations to work with the Scheme Operator.

Western Australia remains the final state to sign up to the scheme and could be on board within weeks.

Legislation to enable the $3.8 billion opt-in scheme passed federal parliament's lower house on Tuesday night.

Negotiations with Western Australia could be finalised within six to eight weeks, the state's Attorney-General John Quigley said.