National Redress Scheme

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

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

Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.

The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:

  • access to counselling
  • a payment
  • a direct personal response (e.g. an apology) from the institution for people who want it.

The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.

The Northern Territory Government is part of the Scheme. This means that people who were abused in the care of a Northern Territory Government Institution can apply to the Scheme for redress.

People can apply now using an online or paper form.

Free confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process.

Redress Support Services can help explain the scheme and who can apply.

For more information visit National Redress Scheme website or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Redress Coordination Team supports the National Redress Scheme. The Team assist in coordinating psychological counselling and facilitating a direct personal response for recipients of redress.

As always, the freedom of information process is available for those wanting to access their personal records from Northern Territory Government institutions.

Details about how to access your personal records can be found on the Freedom of Information website or for access to historical records contact Northern Territory Archives Service.

Last updated: 05 March 2019