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Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme

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The Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme is a financial and wellbeing package for Stolen Generations survivors who were removed as children from their family or community in the Northern Territory or the Australian Capital Territory prior to self-government, or the Jervis Bay Territory (collectively known as the territories).

The Scheme seeks to recognise the harm and trauma experienced by Stolen Generations survivors.

The National Indigenous Australians Agency is administering the Scheme.

The Scheme will be open for applications from 1 March 2022 to 28 February 2026 and will offer eligible applicants

  • a one-off payment of up to $75,000
  • a one-off healing assistance payment of $7,000
  • a Direct Personal Response which involves telling your story to a senior government person about the impact the removal from your family or community had on you. Your story can be acknowledged face-to-face, or you could ask for a personal letter, or both, and
  • access to free practical and emotional support, legal advice, and financial counselling.

Who is eligible for redress under the Scheme?

To be eligible for redress under the Scheme, the decision-maker must be satisfied that it is plausible that both of the following criteria are met.

  1. The applicant is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, or both, who is a member of the Stolen Generation.

    In assessing this, the Scheme will consider:

    • whether you were removed from your family or community by:
      1. a government agency or non-government body, or
      2. an officer of such an agency or body, and
    • whether you were under the age of 18 at the time you were removed, and
    • whether your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent was a factor in your removal, and
    • any other factors that are relevant to determining whether you meet this criterion.
  2.  Your removal took place in the:
    1.  Northern Territory, prior to 1 July 1978, or
    2.  Australian Capital Territory, prior to 11 May 1989, or
    3.  Jervis Bay Territory.

Applying to the Scheme

People can apply to the Scheme if they think they might meet the above criteria, so long as:

  • the application form is received by the Scheme on or before 28 February 2026, and
  • an applicant has not already applied to the Scheme, unless their application was withdrawn before a decision was made.

You can apply to the Scheme from 1 March 2022. It will be your choice how you apply. You will be able to apply online or by paper.

You can access free application support before, during and after the application process.

Family members can apply on behalf of Stolen Generations members who pass away during the operation of the Scheme, if they:

  • passed away after the Scheme’s announcement on 5 August 2021.
  • meet the Scheme eligibility criteria outlined above.

Free application support

Link Up services

Link-Up services are community based services that can provide free and confidential assistance to help you throughout the application process.

Free legal and financial support

The Scheme will offer access to free independent legal and financial support throughout the application process. If you would like further information about the free services available, call us on 1800 566 111.

Help with contacting us

If you would like to speak to someone in your language call us on 1800 566 111.

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us through the National Relay Service:

  • TTY users—phone 133 677 then ask for 1300 362 072.
  • Speak and Listen users—phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1300 362 072.
  • Internet Relay users—connect to the National Relay Service then ask for 1300 362 072.

If you need help finding any application support services, call us on 1800 566 111.

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New South Wales Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme

For information on the New South Wales Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme and Funeral Assistance Fund, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW Government website.

Services for Victoria's Stolen Generations

For information, on services for Victoria’s Stolen Generations visit Services for Victoria's Stolen Generations website.