National Redress Scheme Claims
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For people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse
We are helping people now with the preparation of Redress Scheme claims.
The Redress Scheme is a new government program. It will provide support to people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of an institution.
The Scheme is intended to start on 1 July 2018, and will run for 10 years.
Payments will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, reflecting the severity and impact of the abuse experienced with a maximum of $150,000.
The Redress Scheme is an alternative to getting compensation through the courts – you can do one or the other, but not both. When we take on matters we will advise you on both options.
Who can apply?
The Redress Scheme depends on:
- the type of abuse a person experienced
- where and when it happened
- a person’s life now.
The type of abuse
- It must include sexual abuse.
- An institution must be responsible for the abuse. The Scheme doesn’t cover non-institutional abuse, such as by a family member.
Where and when it happened
- The abuse must have happened when the person was aged under 18.
- It must have happened before 1 July 2018, when the Scheme starts.
- The institution or organisation responsible for the abuse must have joined the Redress Scheme. So far, only the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victorian governments have agreed to join the scheme.
A person’s life now
- The person applying must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Contact us to see how we can help.
We generally are able to give you preliminary advice within 48 hours and we assist with claims in any State or Territory in Australia.
We have represented for over 2,500 survivors of sexual abuse over the past 15 years, many of whom were at or under the care of an institution.