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.

The below table shows institutions and groups participating by state and territory. A full searchable list of all participating institutions is available.

States and Territories Status of jurisdiction Application can be processed for the following institutions
NSW

Legislation passed
NSW government participating

  • Commonwealth government institutions
  • NSW state government institutions
  • Global Interaction
  • Korowal Independent School (NSW)
  • The Salvation Army
  • Scouts Australia
  • Scouts NSW
  • United Protestant Association NSW
  • YMCA
VIC

Legislation passed
VIC government participating

  • Commonwealth government institutions
  • VIC state government institutions
  • Global Interaction
  • The Salvation Army
  • Scouts Australia
  • Scouts VIC
  • YMCA
QLD

Legislation passed
Queensland government will be participating shortly

  • Commonwealth government institutions
  • Global Interaction
  • Scouts Australia
  • The Salvation Army
  • YMCA
SA

Legislation passed, but not yet commenced.
South Australian government will be participating in the coming months

  • Commonwealth government institutions
  • Applications for abuse which occurred in South Australia (state government or non-government institutions) cannot be processed until South Australian legislation commences (early 2019) and the relevant institution joins
  • Once legislation has commence Scouts SA applications can be processed.
TAS

Legislation passed
Tasmanian government participating.

  • Commonwealth government institutions
  • Tasmanian state government institution
  • Global Interaction
  • The Salvation Army
  • Scouts Australia
  • YMCA
WA

Awaiting passage of legislation
Western Australian government will be participating in coming months.

  • Commonwealth government institutions
  • Application for abuse which occurred in Western Australia (state government or non-government institutions) cannot be processed until Western Australia legislation passes and commences, and the relevant institution joins
  • Once legislation has commence Scouts WA applications can be processed.
NT

No legislation required for NGI to participate
NT government will be participating shortly.

  • Commonwealth government institutions
  • Global Interaction
  • Scouts Australia
  • The Salvation Army
  • YMCA
ACT

No legislation required for NGI to participate
ACT government participating

  • Commonwealth government institutions
  • ACT government institutions
  • Global Interaction
  • Scouts Australia
  • The Salvation Army
  • YMCA

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 steps are involved for non-government institutions to join the Scheme?

For non-government institutions, the process of joining the Scheme includes several, formal legislative and operational steps. Institutions must provide a list of their current and historic physical locations and for some large and longstanding institutions, this can be extensive. Institutions must also establish that they are operationally ready. This involves confirming how they will structure themselves and to have resolved to participate, completing training provided by the Department of Social Services, and demonstrating their capacity to pay for redress and to deliver direct personal responses. The process of joining can take on average three to six months.

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

Application
The application is available online or by paper. You can make an application at any time between now and 30 June 2027.
Institution
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
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.
Scheme
The National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. See National Redress Scheme.