ABOUT THE NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME
The National Redress Scheme has been created in response to recommendations by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse listened to thousands of people about the abuse they experienced as children. The abuse happened in Orphanages, Children’s Homes, Schools, Churches and other Religious Organisations, Sports Clubs, Hospitals, Foster Care and other Institutions.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME?
The National Redress Scheme:
- acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions
- recognises the suffering they endured because of this abuse
- holds institutions accountable for this abuse, and
- helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling and psychological services, a direct personal response, and a redress-payment.
The National Redress Scheme involves:
- People who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse who can apply for redress.
- The National Redress Scheme team — Commonwealth Government staff who help promote the Scheme and process applications.
- Participating Institutions that have agreed to provide redress to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
- Independent Decision Makers who will consider applications and make recommendations and conduct reviews.
National Redress Update
As of 4 October 2019, the National Redress Scheme:
- had received over 5,040 applications
- made around 750 decisions — including 638 payments, totalling over $51.3 million
- made over 100 offers of redress, and applicants have six months to consider their offer of redress.
- was processing over 3,300 applications, with 618 applications on hold because one or more institution named in the application had not yet joined and about 300 applications requiring additional information from the applicant.
As of 4 October, the average payment was $80,019.
In July, August and September of this year more people received redress than in the first year of the Scheme. From 1 July 2019 to 4 October 2019, 405 applications were finalised, resulting in 399 payments.
Participating institutions update
All institutions where child sexual abuse has occurred are encouraged to sign up to the Scheme as soon as possible.
As of 4 October, there were 61 non-government institutions participating in the National Redress Scheme, covering over 41,300 individual sites, such as churches, schools and clubs.
In September, a number of new institutions, organisations and religious orders completed the necessary steps to join the Scheme.
The following institutions have completed the steps to join the Scheme:
- Ballarat and Queen’s Anglican Grammar School
- The Carmelite Fathers Incorporated (Vic)
- Legacy Australia Incorporated*
- Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc
- The Trustees of the Passionist Fathers
The additions to the Anglican Church of Australia participating group are:
- All Saints’ College Inc
- Arden Anglican School
- Barker Barang
- Blue Mountains Grammar School Limited
- Campbelltown Anglican Schools Council
- The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Armidale
- The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Grafton
- Governors of Hale School
- Launceston Church Grammar School
- The Society of the Sacred Advent Schools Pty Ltd as trustee for The Society of the Sacred Advent – St Aidan’s Trust (St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School)
- The Society of the Sacred Advent Schools Pty Ltd as trustee for The Society of the Sacred Advent – St Margaret’s Trust (St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School)
- The Synod of the Diocese of The Murray of the Anglican Church of Australia Incorporated
- Trinity College Gawler Inc
The addition to the Baptist Churches of Victoria participating group is
Warracknabeal Baptist Church.
The addition to the Salesian Society (Vic) participating group is
Boys’ Town Engadine.
The additions to the Uniting Church in Australia participating group are:
- Aitken College Limited (Vic)
- Billanook College Limited (Vic)
- Blackheath Home, Oxley (Qld)
- Fahan School (Tas)
- The Geelong College (Vic)
- Haileybury (Vic)
- Kingswood College Limited (Vic)
- Methodist Ladies’ College (Vic)
- Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (Vic)
- Pilgrim School Inc (SA)
- Prince Alfred College (SA)
- Scotch College (Vic)
- The Scots School Albury (Vic)
- UnitingCare Wesley Bowden (SA)
- Uniting Communities Incorporated (SA)
- Uniting Country SA Ltd
- UnitingSA Ltd
*Legacy Australia Incorporated has joined the National Redress Scheme. Legacy Australia Inc. does not include all Legacy clubs. Legacy Australia Inc. is actively working with Legacy clubs to encourage and support them to join the National Redress Scheme.
For more information about the sites covered by these institutions and a full list of institutions that have joined, go to the Scheme’s website.
The website also includes a map where you can find institutions that have joined in your state or territory.
Where do I get support?
Redress Support Services are available to help people understand the Scheme, provide emotional support and guide people through the application process.
A list of support services is available on the website.
If you need immediate assistance from a counsellor, please contact:
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- Mensline 1300 78 99 78
- 1800 Respect 1800 737 732
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- In an emergency call Triple Zero (000)
Find out more
To find out more about the National Redress Scheme call 1800 737 377 Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (local time), excluding public holidays.
You can also go to the website: www.nationalredress.gov.au