Tasmanian teacher Anthony Allan LeClerc's sex victims in line for payments

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Victims of a child-molesting former Tasmanian teacher might soon receive payments from the state government.

Six victims of Anthony Allan LeClerc are taking part in civil action against the state government.

Settlement conferences are coming up, although there is potential for the matters to go to trial if agreements are not reached.

LeClerc was one of the paedophile teachers who were transferred from school to school by the Education Department as complaints surfaced about their treatment of children.

Media revelations about the department's handling of such cases in the past were crucial to the state government last year agreeing to establish an inquiry which would include investigation of the Education Department's past practices relating to paedophile teachers.

"The purpose of this inquiry is to examine past systems and whether the legislation, policies, practices and procedures utilised by the Department of Education now operate in a way that minimises the risk of child sexual abuse within Tasmanian government schools," Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff said when he confirmed the inquiry last August.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of young people in our care."

He said it would complement, not replicate, the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

LeClerc was jailed for sexually abusing children in Tasmania's North-West in the 1970s and 1980s.

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