WA to join child sex abuse redress scheme

Rebecca Le May

Western Australia has finally agreed to sign up to the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, with the state's attorney-general saying the federal government had "satisfied" all of his concerns.

John Quigley told AAP he was holding out for the right reasons so his concerns, especially relating to child migrants brought out from the UK, could be addressed.

He also negotiated discretionary power to consider eligibility of victims who had criminal convictions, paving the way for his counterparts in other jurisdictions.

Survivor John Ryall said that was important and the WA government had been forerunners.

"They should be recompensed because they were told they were going to be criminals, they were told they were ratbags, like I was," Mr Ryall told reporters on Wednesday.

"It took a long time to actually get that thought out of my head - many people have never been able to get that recovery - because of the cruel, malicious indoctrination."

The WA government was the first in the nation to formally apologise to survivors in parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Ryall said that was a turning point because it meant survivors were believed.

"The recognition is wonderful," he said.

Mr Quigley also announced that a legislative amendment that removes the limitation period for civil actions by victims will be proclaimed on Sunday.

Survivors will have the option of pursuing civil litigation or seeking compensation through the redress scheme.

Mr Ryall said cash would help as he had never been able to earn big money because of his lack of education due to the abuse.

It also left him a recovering alcoholic.

Of the 409 recommendations by the child sex abuse royal commission, 289 have been accepted by the WA government or accepted in principle, 21 are subject to further consideration, and 99 are considered not applicable.

Mr Quigley has previously estimated the scheme would cost the state $650 million, but Premier Mark McGowan said it could be more.

Mr Ryall said he was still a practising Catholic "because I believe that God didn't do this but a lot of sick people in God's name did this".

"There will always be pedophiles in institutions - it's what management do with them, whether they're archbishops, in government institutions or whatever."