National Redress Scheme

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Redress payment for survivors of child sexual abuse

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse can now apply for redress under the National Redress Scheme. All the states and territories and major non-government institutions such as the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting churches, Salvation Army, YMCA and Scouts have joined the scheme. The full list of participating institutions is available at www.nationalredress.gov.au or you can call the National Redress Line on 1800 737 377.

The scheme offers:

i.     a payment of up to $150,000,

ii.    access to counselling and psychological services or a payment up to $5000 for such services; and

iii.   a direct personal response or apology if wanted, from the institution responsible for the abuse.

The government has funded legal service knowmore to provide information and advice to survivors about their options, including making claims under the scheme, access to redress through other schemes, and their common law rights and claims. If a survivor decides to make a claim under the redress scheme, knowmore will represent clients. The legal advice is free. Knowmore also offer financial counselling to survivors, funded by a grant from the Financial Counselling Foundation. To contact knowmore: Telephone 1800 605 762; visit the website www.knowmore.org.au; or email [email protected]

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