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National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme was established by the Australian Government in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Redress Scheme is an alternative to seeking compensation or damages through the courts. The Redress Scheme is for any person who was sexually abused as a child by a person employed by an institution, before July 2018. Institutions include schools, scouts and guides, sporting clubs, orphanages, foster care, child care services, out of home care and religious organisations.

The scheme commenced in July 2018 and will end on 30 June 2028.

People need to be 18 years and over in order to accept an offer of redress. Children under 18 are eligible to apply for redress if the child turns 18 before the end of the scheme in June 2028.

The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:

  • Access to counselling and psychological care;
  • A payment of up to $150,000. The average is estimated to be around $76,000;
  • A direct personal response from the institution responsible for the abuse (for people who want this. For example an apology.

It is a person’s choice about whether they want to receive all or some of the components.

All states and territories and key non-government organisations such as the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting churches, the Salvation Army, YMCA and Scouts have agreed to join the scheme.

CYDA’s work regarding the National Redress Scheme includes providing information, assistance and referral and working closely with the operators of the scheme and other services to ensure that the needs of children and young people with disability are met.

CYDA provides free and confidential information and assistance regarding application to the National Redress Scheme for children and young people with disability and their families and carers.

CYDA provides information and assistance to other support services to ensure that children and young people with disability are able to fully engage with the Redress Scheme.

CYDA can provide:

  • Further information about the Redress Scheme
  • Information about the application process
  • Connections and referrals to other services including counselling, free legal services and financial support services
  • Information and advice to other services to make sure that the needs of children and young people with disability are met in the application process

Contact CYDA for more information

  • Phone 9417 1025 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Phone 1800 222660 if regional or interstate (other than Victoria)
  • Email [email protected]

For more information on the National Redress Scheme visit or phone 1800 737 377

For more information about free legal advice about the National Redress Scheme visit knowmore at or phone 1800 605 762