The Australian Government is investing $378.6 million over five years for a financial and wellbeing package for Stolen Generations survivors who were removed as children from their families in the Northern Territory or the Australian Capital Territory prior to their respective self-government, or the Jervis Bay Territory (collectively known as the territories).
The package, known as the Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme, will be administered by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA).
The Scheme will:
- Make payments in recognition of the harm caused by forced removal from family for Stolen Generations survivors.
- Assist with the healing of this trauma for the Stolen Generations survivors who were forcibly removed in the territories.
- Help survivors gain access to counselling and support services and a face-to-face or written direct personal response.
The Scheme was announced on 5 August 2021 and will operate from 1 March 2022 to 30 June 2026. It will open for applications on 1 March 2022.
The NIAA will establish internal and external advisory boards to guide and monitor the Scheme’s establishment. These boards will ensure the Scheme is established and delivered in a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive manner.
To be eligible for the Scheme, potential applicants must be:
- an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
- under the age of 18 years at the time they were removed from their family by government bodies (including the police), churches/missions and/or welfare bodies, and in circumstances where their indigeneity was a factor in their removal, and
- removed whilst living in the Northern Territory or the Australian Capital Territory prior to their respective self‑government, or the Jervis Bay Territory.
If an eligible Stolen Generations member passes away between 5 August 2021 and 1 March 2022, their family will be able to submit an application on their behalf.
Potential applicants may also be eligible for the National Redress Scheme. Please note, payments made under the Scheme will not impact payments from the National Redress Scheme as the schemes are for two different purposes.
Redress provided through the Scheme
The Scheme will enable eligible applicants to access:
- A one-off payment of $75,000 in recognition of the harm caused by the forced removal.
- A one-off healing assistance payment of $7,000 in recognition that the action to facilitate healing is specific to each individual.
- The opportunity for each survivor to confidentially tell their story about the impact of their removal to a senior official within government, have their story acknowledged and receive a face-to-face or written direct personal response.
Applying to the Scheme
Applications can be made from 1 March 2022.
- Online applications will be encouraged.
- Paper applications will be made available for those who don’t have the means or ability to submit online.
Applicants are encouraged to access Scheme-funded support services before, during and after their application process.
Scheme support services
Scheme funded support services will provide free and confidential, practical and emotional support, free legal advice, and free financial counselling.
Further details will be announced closer to applications opening next year.
At this time, the Scheme is in development. As further details become available, they will be posted on this page.
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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.