National Redress Scheme
Which institutions are included in the Scheme?
The National Redress Scheme is to assist people who were sexually abused as children whilst in care of participating institutions. The Commonwealth Government is pushing for all state governments, churches, charities and other non-government organisations to join up.
The Scheme will cover all institutions run by the Commonwealth Government. Under the Scheme, state and territory governments can also choose to participate in the Scheme, which opens the Scheme to people sexually abused as children whilst in the care of government institutions in those jurisdictions.
The Scheme now covers government institutions from:
- the Commonwealth
- the Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- the Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Victoria, and
- Western Australia.
The Western Australia government has completed the final steps to join the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) and formally commenced on 1 January 2019. This means that applications relating to institutions that are the responsibility of the Western Australia government may progress.
Non-government institutions (such as churches and charities) in these states and territories can also choose to join the Scheme. For a full list of institutions that have joined the Scheme click here.
The scheme does not cover non-institutional sexual abuse. It may be possible to apply for compensation for events that are not covered by the Scheme.
What will the Scheme cover?
The National Redress Scheme can cover:
- access to psychological counselling
- the option to get a direct personal response, such as an apology, from the responsible institution, and
- a monetary payment of up to $150,000.
Payments will be worked out on a case-by-case basis, depending on the severity and impact of the abuse experienced.
People who experienced institutional child sexual abuse can get support from the Scheme's Support Services.
Legal Aid WA does not provide legal advice or help on this scheme.
knowmore is an independent service giving free legal advice to help survivors of institutional child sexual abuse by providing them with information and advice about the justice or redress options that may be available to them.This includes possible claims under institutional redress schemes and access to assistance or compensation through victims of crime schemes or common law and civil law rights and claims. Call the free advice line 1800 605 762 on Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (AEST/AEDT).
Reviewed: 10 August 2018