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National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.

What is the National Redress Scheme?

The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The scheme is run by the Australian Government. It started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.

More information about the National Redress Scheme is available via:

What does the National Redress Scheme provide?

The National Redress Scheme can provide:

  • a monetary payment;
  • access to counselling and psychological care; and
  • a direct personal response which provides a meaningful apology and acknowledgment from the responsible institution.

People who apply to the National Redress Scheme may request one, two, or all three things.

More information

Find out more about accessing a monetary payment under the National Redress Scheme

Find out more about accessing counselling and psychological care under the National Redress Scheme in Tasmania.

Find out more about direct personal responses under the National Redress Scheme in Tasmania.

Seeking help?

We encourage anyone affected by, or with concerns about, child sexual abuse or other types of child abuse to access advice and support.


  • For domestic, family, and sexual violence counselling and support, contact 1800RESPECT:
  • For short-term support if you are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe, contact Lifeline:
  • For free professional phone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide living in Australia, contact Suicide Call Back Service:
  • For information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia, contact Beyond Blue:
  • For information and support for anyone who is affected by complex trauma, contact Blue Knot Foundation:
  • For counselling and support for Australian men, contact MensLine Australia:
  • For advice for men about family violence, contact Men's Referral Service:


  • For information about child wellbeing and safety, contact Strong Families, Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line:
  • For free and confidential support for people who have been affected by sexual violence, contact the Sexual Assault Support Service:
  • For sexual assault support in Northern Tasmania and North West Tasmania, contact Laurel House:
    • Phone for Northern Tasmania: (03) 6334 2740
    • Phone for North West Tasmania: (03) 6431 9711
  • For information and support for children, young people and adults affected by family violence, contact Family Violence Counselling and Support Service:
  • For free and confidential support for people impacted by crime, contact Victims of Crime Service:
  • For support for relationships and to live positive lives, contact Relationships Australia Tasmania:
Updated: 12th September 2022