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National Redress Scheme

National Redress Scheme to start on 1 July

On 19 June the Australian Parliament passed legislation to establish the National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, ensuring the scheme can begin on 1 July 2018.

The scheme will run for 10 years, offering access to psychological counselling, a direct personal response from the responsible institution, and a monetary payment.

Media Release from the Minister of Social Services

Australian Government establish a national redress scheme

On 4 November 2016 the Australian Government announced that it would be establishing a Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse.  Funding for the scheme and legal and community support services for survivors that are currently provided through the Royal Commission, was confirmed in the 2017 Budget (Media Release – The Hon Christian Porter)

This follows the Royal Commission’s 2015 recommendation that the establishment of a single, national redress scheme was the most effective structure for ensuring justice for survivors.

On 26 October the Turnbull Government introduced to Parliament the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017.   (Media Release October 2017 – The Hon. Christian Porter)

The scheme will commence in 2018. A website and phone line will open beforehand to provide more information.  You can read more about the scheme at the Department of Social Services.

If you have questions about how the proposed scheme might impact you, including any current or future legal claims – please call knowmore or the lawyer who is handling your claim.

Information about the Redress Scheme June 2018

The  Commonwealth, state governments, and  some institutions to participate in the National Redress Scheme

On 9 March 2018 it was announced that the NSW and Victorian governments would join the National Redress Scheme.  This means that subject to the passage of legislation, around 15,000 people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of the New South Wales, Victorian and Commonwealth government institutions can apply for the Redress Scheme when it starts.

Media Release from the Prime Minister

On 19 March 2018 the ACT government announced it would join the National Redress Scheme allowing survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions working under the ACT government to apply to the scheme.

Media Release from ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, MLA and Attorney General Gordon Ramsay, MLA

On 30 April 2018 the Queensland and Northern Territory governments announced they would  join the scheme taking Australia one step closer to a truly national scheme.

Joint Media Statement from the Premier, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Deputy Premier, the Hon Jackie Trad and the Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women, the Hon Di Farmer

On 22 May 2018 the Tasmanian government announced its commitment to the National Redress Scheme.

Ministerial Statement from Elise Archer, Attorney-General of Tasmania

On 28 May 2018 the South Australian government announced it will join the National Redress Scheme.

Joint Media Release from the Premier, the Hon Steven Marshall MP and the Attorney- General The Hon Vickie Chapman MP

On 30 May 2018 the Catholic Church confirmed it will enter the National Redress Scheme.

Joint Media Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia

On 31 May 2018 in a joint media conference with the Minister for Social Services the Hon. Dan Tehan, the Salvation Army, Scouts, YMCA and the Anglican Church announced they would join the National Redress Scheme.

Media Release from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Social Services

On 4 June 2018 the Uniting Church announced they will join the National Redress Scheme.

Media Release from the the Minister of Social Services

On 13 June 2018 the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull indicated the Western  Australian Premier has given a firm commitment to join the national scheme in the next few weeks.

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