The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
It was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.
The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.
The National Indigenous Australians Agency is part of the Scheme, so people can access redress where they were abused at institutions that were run by the Commonwealth.
Redress Support Services
Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available to help Scheme applicants. They can support you before, during and after you apply for redress. Services can provide practical and emotional support, legal advice, and financial counselling.
The knowmore legal service is a free independent legal service for anyone who is considering applying for redress under the National Redress Scheme. knowmore can assist you:
- with information on the options available to you, including access to compensation through other schemes and common law rights and claims
- prior to the application, to ensure you understand the requirements and the application process
- after you receive an offer of redress and you elect to seek an internal review of the decision
- with advice on the effect of accepting an offer and what that means for future claims.
For more information on the National Redress Scheme, visit the National Redress Scheme website or call the National Redress Information Line on 1800 737 377.