The National Redress Scheme provides support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
The scheme acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian Institutions, holds institutions accountable for this abuse and helps people gain access to counselling and psychological services, a direct personal response and a monetary payment.
Who can apply?
Eligible survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will be able to apply for redress where the responsible institution has joined the scheme.
What can the National Redress Scheme provide?
The National Redress Scheme will offer –
- A monetary payment up to $150,000 – noting the average payment will be around $76,000.00 and past payments for the abuse will be taken into account.
- Counselling and psychological support – if there are no scheme services where you live, you will receive a payment up to $5,000.00.
- A direct personal response from the responsible institution, if you want that.
Should I apply under the National Redress Scheme or should I bring a civil claim?
It is important to remember that a payment under the National Redress Scheme is not ‘common law’ damages. The redress payment will not include any amount for loss of income or pain and suffering. Its purpose is to recognise and acknowledge the impact of institutional child sexual abuse and related abuse on you.
If you are a victim of institutional child sexual abuse, you should obtain legal advice as to whether you should apply under the National Redress Scheme or bring a civil action.
Call Bernard McAuley or Peter Moore, Compensation Lawyers at Brazel Moore Compensation Lawyers on 4324 7699 to find out where you stand.