This newsletter includes an update on institutions as they finalise arrangements to be able to participate in the National Redress Scheme.
State and Territory update
The Western Australia government has completed the final steps to join the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) and formally commenced on 1 January 2019. This means that applications relating to institutions that are the responsibility of the Western Australia government may progress.
All State and Territory governments have joined the Scheme with the exception of the South Australia government, which is expected to join in February.
More institutions have undertaken the steps to formally join the National Redress Scheme. They are listed below. Some institutions are joining the Scheme in stages, for example by Order, Diocese, States and Groups. The Scheme is working closely with institutions, supporting and encouraging them to join as soon as possible.
Six more Catholic Dioceses have joined, represented by Australian Catholic Redress Limited. They are:
· Archdiocese of Perth
· Chaldean Eparchy of St Thomas
· Diocese of Bunbury
· Diocese of Broome
· Diocese of Geraldton
· Melkite Catholic Eparchy
Three more Catholic Religious Orders have also joined the Scheme. They are:
· Marist Fathers Australian Province
· Sisters of Mercy Brisbane
· Sylvesterine Benedictine Monks
For more information about which sites are covered by these institutions, visit the Scheme’s website. There is also a full list of institutions that have joined the Scheme at: www.nationalredress.gov.au/institutions/joined-scheme.
Where do I get support?
Redress Support Services are available to help people understand the Scheme, provide emotional support and guide people through the application process. A list of support services is available on the website.
Those who need immediate emotional support can contact:
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- 1800 Respect 1800 737 732
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Mensline 1300 78 99 78
- In an emergency call Triple Zero (000)