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.