National Redress Scheme

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National Redress Scheme

The information below is about the National Redress Scheme.

Reading this information or revisiting events of the past may be distressing. If at any time you would like to talk to a professional with experience in trauma please contact one of the support services below. They are free and confidential.

Support Services

  • Canberra Rape Crisis Centre - phone: 6247 2525
  • Victim Support ACT - phone: 1800 822 272
  • Knowmore – legal advice - phone: 1800 605 762
  • Blueknot Foundation - phone: 1300 657 380
  • Lifeline - phone: 131 141

What is the Redress Scheme?

The National Redress Scheme is the Australian Governments response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Redress Scheme:

  • knows that many children were sexually abused in Australian  organisations
  • know that people suffered because of the abuse they experienced know that the organisations that looked after children and young people did not do a good job, and
  • helps people who experienced  child sexual abuse when living in orphanages, children’s homes, or going to schools, churches and other organisations, gain access to counselling, an apology , and a Redress payment of up to $150,000.

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

You can find out more on the Redress Scheme Website

What ADACAS does

ADACAS can help you with your application to the redress scheme.

This can be by:

  • Talking about what you can do
  • Helping with your application to the redress scheme.
  • Write about what happened to you and how it makes you feel now
  • If you wish, we can act on your behalf as a contact with the Scheme.
  • We will keep your information private. Our privacy policy is available on our corporate information page.

If you would like to have ADACAS help you or a client with an application to the Redress Scheme, please call (02) 6242 5060 or email We can also visit you at a place of your choosing.

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