Legislation passed for the National Redress Scheme

We are pleased to announce that the Australian Parliament has passed legislation for the National Redress Scheme. This has paved the way for the Scheme to commence as planned on 1 July 2018.

The National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2018 was passed on 19 June 2018 and received Royal Assent on 22 June 2018.

This significant milestone is the product of the extensive work of support groups, advocates and people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

Applications can be submitted from 1 July 2018 and people can apply online or by paper form.

Where do I get support?

Support services made available as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are available to assist people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Contact details for these support services can be found on the Department of Social Services’ website.

For more information about the National Redress Scheme, see www.dss.gov.au/redress, or contact the National Redress Scheme Information Line on 1800 146 713.

Those who need immediate assistance can contact:

• Lifeline on 13 11 14

• 1800Respect on 1800 737 732

• MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

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