The National Redress Scheme provides support and acknowledgement to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse across Australia.

The scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.

About the scheme

The National Redress Scheme was established in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The abuse happened in children's homes, foster care, schools, churches and other religious organisations, sports clubs and other institutions.

The National Redress Scheme acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions.

You might be entitled to:

  • counselling
  • a redress payment
  • a direct personal response from the institution (eg an apology) either face to face or in writing.

Check your eligibility on the National Redress Scheme website.

You can either seek redress through the National Redress Scheme or you can seek compensation through the courts.

How to apply

All applications for redress must be made to the National Redress Scheme - the Commissioner for Victims' Rights cannot take any applications.

You can apply by filling in an online or paper form on the National Redress Scheme website.

Support services

There are lots of services who can help you make an application.

See the National Redress Scheme website for a comprehensive list of support services in South Australia.

Contact the National Redress Scheme