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.
Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.
The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:
- access to counselling;
- a payment; and
- a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want it.
The scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.
The Australian Province of the Society of Jesus was declared as a participating non-government institution by the Minister for Families and Social Services on 12 December 2018. The declaration can be viewed here. This means people who were abused in the care our ministries can apply to the Scheme for redress.
People can apply now using an online or paper form.
Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process.
They can help explain the Scheme and who can apply.
Find out all you need to know about applying for the National Redress Scheme here: https://www.nationalredress.gov.au/about/resources
For more information, visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.