Have your say on the NRS through a new parliamentary committee

Survivors and their supporters are encouraged to have their say on the National Redress Scheme (NRS) by making a submission to the new Joint Standing Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme (the Committee).

The purpose of the Committee is to examine how the Australian Government has responded to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s recommendations about redress. This includes hearing about people’s experiences with the NRS and finding out how the Scheme is working — what’s working well and what needs fixing.

The Committee is inviting everyone to have their say by making a written submission by Monday 27 February 2023. The Committee has published some useful information on its website to help survivors and their supporters to make a submission:

  • Easy English Guide — explains what the Committee is doing and how people can make a submission
  • Terms of Reference page — outlines the topics the Committee is most interested in. This includes the experiences of First Nations survivors and survivors with a disability.
  • Discussion Paper — gives some more information about these topics and lists some specific questions that people might want to consider.

The Joint Standing Committee was set up by the Australian Parliament in July 2022. It follows on from two previous parliamentary committees — the Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the NRS, which ran from September 2019 to April 2022, and the Joint Select Committee on Oversight of the Implementation of Redress Related Recommendations of the Royal Commission, which ran from June 2017 to April 2019.

You can read about knowmore’s advocacy to these committees at Improving the NRS for survivors.

If you would like more information about the Joint Standing Committee, you can visit the Committee’s website or email us at advocacy@knowmore.org.au.