About the Royal Commission and the National Redress Scheme

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About the Royal Commission and the National Redress Scheme

  • The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse listened to thousands of people about the abuse they experienced as children;
  • The National Redress Scheme was set up after the Royal Commission to helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling, a direct personal response, and a redress (compensation) payment;
  • Our counsellors can help navigate the process of applying to the National Redress Scheme. You can call for free 24/7 on 1800 211 028.

What is the Royal Commission?

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse listened to thousands of people about the abuse they experienced as children.

The abuse happened in orphanages, children’s homes, schools, churches and other religious organisations, sports clubs, hospitals, foster care and other institutions.

What is the National Redress Scheme?

The National Redress Scheme:

  • Acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions;
  • Recognises the suffering they endured because of this abuse;
  • Holds institutions accountable for this abuse;
  • Helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling, a direct personal response, and a redress (compensation) payment.
  • The National Redress Scheme has its own website:

The National Redress Scheme involves:

  • People who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse who can apply for redress;
  • The National Redress Scheme team — Commonwealth Government staff who help promote the scheme and process applications;
  • Redress Support Services — free, confidential emotional support and legal and financial help for people thinking about or applying to the scheme;
  • Participating institutions that have agreed to provide redress to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse;
  • Independent decision makers who consider applications and make recommendations and conduct reviews.

Getting compensation for childhood sexual assault

You can choose to apply for compensation through the National Redress Scheme if you:

  • Experienced institutional child sexual abuse before 1 July 2018;
  • Are aged over 18 or will turn 18 before 30 June 2028;
  • Are an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Are applying about an institution that has joined the National Redress Scheme;
  • Apply between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2027.

Help applying for the National Redress Scheme

There are many support services for people who want to apply to the National Redress Scheme.

You can call our counsellors for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 211 028.

We also provide face to face counselling services in far west NSW, New England, North West NSW and Albury.

To make an appointment to discuss face to face counselling options call: 1800 211 028.

To find other support services in your area, including legal and financial support, go to: