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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 providing 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
    • Phone: 1800 737 732
  • For short-term support if you are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe, contact Lifeline:
    • Phone: 13 11 14
  • For free professional phone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide living in Australia, contact Suicide Call Back Service:
    • Phone: 1300 659 467
  • For information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia, contact Beyond Blue:
    • Phone: 1300 224 636
  • For information and support for anyone who is affected by complex trauma, contact
    Blue Knot Foundation:
    • Phone: 1300 657 380
  • For counselling and support for Australian men, contact MensLine Australia:
    • Phone: 1300 789 978
  • For advice for men about family violence, contact Men's Referral Service:
    • Phone: 1300 766 491
    For free 24/7, confidential and private counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years, contact Kids Helpline:
    • Phone: 1800 55 1800


Updated: 11th October 2022