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Changes by the NSW Government to the Limitations Act 1969 mean there is no time limit for civil claims for damages relating to death or personal injury resulting from child abuse.
Completely removing the significant and time limitation barriers means more victims are now eligible to claim compensation.
The changes to NSW law treat all 'child abuse' claims equally, regardless of who perpetrated the abuse and when it occurred. The amendments to the Act cover sexual abuse, serious physical abuse or other abuse perpetrated in connection with sexual or serious physical abuse against a person under 18.
This 'infographic' describes the changes to the Limitations Act 1969 that mean there is no longer a time limit for civil claims relating to child abuse.
You can select the infographic link to see a larger version.
We have produced a fact sheet with information about the changes.
Limitation Act Amendment - No time limit for child abuse compensation claims [PDF, 103kb]
Fact sheet: Limitation Act Amendment - No time limit for child abuse compensation claims [PDF, 103kb]
Media release issued 16 February 2016: Justice for survivors of child sexual abuse
Limitation Amendment (Child Abuse) Act 2016
Support services in NSW for victims of child sexual abuse - visit the Royal Commission website
Preventing child abuse and neglect - visit the Family and Community Services website
Find legal information and help on the Law Access NSW website
NSW Department of Justice Discussion Paper: Limitation periods in civil claims for child sexual abuse, January 2015 [PDF, 857kb]