National Redress Scheme

Following from the 2017 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Commonwealth Government has set up the National Redress Scheme.

The Scheme will provide support to Australian citizens and permanent residents who were sexually abused as children (aged under 18) while in the care of participating governments and institutions before 1 July 2018. Each state and territory is participating and non-government bodies have the option to participate in the Scheme.

The Scheme will end on 30 June 2027.

The National Redress Scheme is an alternative to applying for compensation through the courts.  You will not be able to apply to both the courts and the Scheme for the same events.

Find out:

  • which institutions are covered by the Scheme
  • what compensation the Scheme covers.

Which institutions are included in the Scheme?

The National Redress Scheme is to assist people who were sexually abused as children whilst in care of participating institutions. The Commonwealth Government pushed for all state governments, churches, charities and other non-government organisations to join up.

The Scheme will cover all institutions run by the Commonwealth Government. All State and territory governments have also chosen to participate, which opens the Scheme to people sexually abused as children whilst in the care of government institutions in those jurisdictions. For Western Australia it means that applications relating to institutions that are the responsibility of the Western Australia government can be processed.  

Non-government institutions (such as churches and charities) in these states and territories could also choose to join the Scheme. For a full list of institutions that have joined the Scheme click here.

The scheme does not cover non-institutional sexual abuse. It may be possible to apply for compensation for events that are not covered by the Scheme.

What will the Scheme cover?

The National Redress Scheme can cover:

  • access to psychological counselling
  • the option to get a direct personal response, such as an apology, from the responsible institution, and
  • a monetary payment of up to $150,000.

Payments will be worked out on a case-by-case basis, depending on the severity and impact of the abuse experienced.

People who experienced institutional child sexual abuse can get support from the Scheme's Support Services.

Get help

  • Legal Aid WA does not provide legal advice or help on this scheme.

  • knowmore is an independent service giving free legal advice to help survivors of institutional child sexual abuse by providing them with information and advice about the justice or redress options that may be available to them. This includes possible claims under institutional redress schemes and access to assistance or compensation through victims of crime schemes or common law and civil law rights and claims. Call the free advice line 1800 605 762 on Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (AEST/AEDT).

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Reviewed: 5 October 2020


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