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About the National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. It was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.

Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.

The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:

  • access to counselling;
  • a payment; and
  • a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want one.

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

Applying for the national redress scheme

Bravehearts is a Redress Support Service provider. We offer free and confidential support to anyone considering applying to the National Redress Scheme.

Bravehearts can provide more information about the Scheme and who can apply. We can also help fill out the form and support you throughout the process. You can contact Bravehearts toll-free on 1800 272 831 Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm AEST, or complete our ONLINE REFERRAL FORM.

For more information about the National Redress Scheme, visit nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Information Line on 1800 737 377.