National Redress Scheme Claims
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Beware of the National Redress Scheme as it may not be your best option.
We are helping people with National Redress Scheme claims and also with civil claims.
The National Redress Scheme is a new government program that became operative on 1 July 2018. It provides modest support to people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of an institution.
However, the National Redress Scheme is a place of last resort for survivors of sexual abuse. This is particularly the case as some critical details within the scheme seriously disadvantage some survivors.
DO NOT MAKE A CLAIM WITHOUT FIRST SEEKING LEGAL ADVICE ON YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS.
If you accept a National Redress Scheme payment it WILL effect your civil rights (your rights under the general law).. In some instances, existing civil rights mean some survivors can claim much higher amounts outside of the National Redress Scheme without the need to go to court. Make sure you know your rights under BOTH before you decide what is best for you.
We have recently settled civil claims at values over 5 times more that what we estimate the National Redress Scheme would have paid those clients.
We advise all our client on their rights under both options.
Ask us for a free no obligation assessment.
Who can apply?
The National Redress Scheme depends on:
- the institution who was caring for you at the time
- the type of abuse you experienced
- where and when it happened
- a your 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.
- 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.