Redress and Royal Commission

knowmore is funded by the Australian Government to provide survivors of child sexual abuse with free and confidential legal support relating to the National Redress Scheme. This includes providing survivors with information about all of the justice options open to them.

Should you apply for redress?

For many people, making an application for redress will be the right thing to do. However, it is important to remember that at the end of the process you will be asked to sign a Statutory Release. By signing this release, you will not be able to continue or to commence any civil or common law proceedings against the responsible institution. This is an important right that is being given up.

knowmore lawyers can give you advice about the release and about any other legal options that you might have.

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Help with your application

If you decide to make a claim under the National Redress Scheme, our lawyers can help you complete the application form to ensure that all of the necessary and important information has been included.

Read more about the National Redress Scheme, including who’s eligible to apply.

Important information

  • Not all survivors will be eligible to make a claim. In some cases the Operator of the Redress Scheme can exercise a discretion about someone’s eligibility.
  • Survivors who have received redress under other schemes or through past actions or claims can still apply to this scheme; however, prior relevant payments will be taken into account.
  • Even if a survivor was sexually abused as a child in multiple institutions, the survivor will only be able to make one application for redress. There are limited options to review any decision that is made about a person’s redress.
  • When a monetary payment is accepted, the survivor will also be asked to sign a Statutory Release. This means that a survivor will not be able to bring or continue any civil proceedings against the institution or its officials in relation to that abuse.

For all of these reasons, it is very important that survivors seek legal advice about their options and whether a redress claim is the most appropriate option for them.