Institutions joining the National Redress Scheme

Institutions must agree to join the National Redress Scheme so that they can provide redress to people who experienced child sexual abuse in relation to their institution.

Many institutions have already agreed to join the Scheme. This includes the Commonwealth, and all state and territory governments and many of the major churches and charities, including the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Uniting Church, the Salvation Army, the YMCA and Scouts Australia.

There are a number of steps institutions must take to join the Scheme, and these are different, depending on the type of institution that is joining. For instance,

  • state governments need to pass laws through their state parliament in order to participate in the scheme. These laws, when they are passed, also allow non-government institutions in that state to join the Scheme.
  • for non-government institutions, as well as having relevant laws in place in their state to allow them to join the Scheme, they must take a number of other administrative steps to formally join the Scheme.

This means that there may be a delay between the time that an institution announces it will join the Scheme, and the time that applications relating to those institutions can be processed.

You can make an application for redress at any time, but applications cannot be assessed until the responsible institution, or institutions, have fully joined the Scheme – they need to have completed all the necessary steps.

Once you have made an application, the National Redress Scheme will contact you to acknowledge receipt of the application and provide initial guidance on the process. This guidance will include information about whether the institution, or institutions, have fully joined the Scheme.

How will I know which institutions have completed all the steps to join the Scheme?

When an institution has completed all the necessary steps to join the Scheme, the list of these institutions is updated on the Search for a Participating Institution page on this website.

If you cannot find the name of the institution you are looking for on that list, it may mean the institution is still working through final steps to join, or it may not have yet agreed to join the Scheme. For help to understand which institutions have joined, or are in the process of joining, or have not yet joined, you can call the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377.

Another way to stay informed about institutions that have joined the Scheme is by subscribing to receive email updates. When new information about the Scheme is available, including when new institutions join, an email will be sent to alert subscribers.

What about institutions that have not committed to join?

Institutions that have not yet committed to joining the Scheme are strongly encouraged to do so.

Institutions can join the Scheme up until 30 June 2020.

The Australian Government is continuing its work to encourage every non-government institution to make amends for past wrongs and to join the National Redress Scheme.

You can make an application for redress at any time, including if the relevant institution has not yet joined, but it cannot be processed until the institution joins the Scheme. The Scheme will hold your application until the relevant institution has joined.

Words used on this page

The application is available online or by paper. You can make an application at any time between now and 30 June 2027.
An institution means an organisation, such as a school, a church, parish, mission, a club, an orphanage or Children’s Home; or government department.
Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
When the child sexual abuse occurred, for example, on the premises of an institution, or where activities of an institution took place (such as a camp), or by an official of an institution.
National Redress Scheme
The Australian Government set up the National Redress Scheme to provide redress to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. The offer of redress can include: access to counselling, a redress payment and a direct personal response.
Non-government institution
An institution or organisation that is not run by a government. May include, churches, charities, schools, and sporting clubs.
Redress means acknowledging harm done. The National Redress Scheme will provide redress by providing access to counselling, a direct personal response and a redress payment.
The National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. See National Redress Scheme.