In response to the recommendations contained in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National Redress Scheme was created.
Since 1 July 2018 survivors of child sexual abuse which occurred in Australian institutional settings, such as schools, Children's Homes, churches, sports clubs, hospitals and others, have had the ability to lodge applications to the Commonwealth National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
This scheme provides eligible applicants with up to $150 000, the opportunity to access counselling and other services, and the opportunity for a direct response from the relevant institution on request.
Participating institutions have agreed to provide redress to eligible applicants. Institutions have until 2020 to join the Scheme, and institutions must agree to join the scheme in order for redress to be provided to those who experienced abuse in that particular institution. The National Redress Scheme Website provides a search function allowing for participating institutions to be searched.
Specific provisions may apply where an institution no longer exists, or in cases where both a state government and non-government institution were responsible for the abuse. Further information on how the scheme applies in these circumstances can be located on the South Australian Attorney General's Department Website.
The scheme has been set up to run for 10 years and applications for redress can be made until 2027.
For information on the National Redress Scheme, contact 1800 737 377.
Further information about the scheme, including who can apply, how to apply, and information on support services available, can be found on the National Redress Scheme Website.
Additional information about the scheme can also be viewed on the Department of Social Services Website.
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