The National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) was established by the Australian Government in response to one of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Applications can be made any time before 30 June 2027.

The Scheme acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions and seeks to hold institutions to account for this abuse. It helps people who have experienced abuse gain access to counselling & psychological care, a direct personal response in apology, and a redress payment.

Eligibility Checklist

  • experienced institutional child sexual abuse before 1 July 2018
  • aged over 18 or will turn 18 before 30 June 2028
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident

Institutions joining the Scheme

Over 66,000 sites across Australia have joined the Scheme since July 2018.

  • All commonwealth government institutions
  • All state and territory government institutions
  • 491 non-government institutions

Redress Scheme Support Services

In Queensland, Link-Up (Qld) is one of two free Indigenous support services that guide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through the Redress application process.

Did you know, payment outcomes are 11% higher for applications submitted with specialist support?

Our Redress Counsellors are available from Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm. Contact us to start your application today.

Link-Up (Qld) Redress Outcomes in 2021

  • In total, $3,337,617.54 was paid out in redress to survivors.
  • 38 applications were finalised, including 32 redress payments ranging from $41,000 to $150,000.
  • 17 people accepted the offer of counselling and psychological care services and the offer of a direct personal response from an institution as part of their redress outcome.

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