The Redress Scheme; what you need to know


The Redress Scheme was established in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to support survivors. Applications by survivors can be made any time before the 30th June 2027.

The Redress Scheme provides support to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, including by providing them with:

  • a redress payment of up to $150,000;
  • counselling  and psychological care; and
  • an optional direct personal response from the responsible participating institution.

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse cannot obtain redress under the Redress Scheme if none of the institutions responsible for their abuse have joined the Redress Scheme.

Joining the Redress Scheme, which started on 1 July 2018,has so far been voluntary. However, the proposed Governance Standard 6 is meant to incentivise charities involved in abuse to participate in the Redress Scheme as failure to do so may lead to their charity registration being revoked and loss of their associated Commonwealth charity tax concessions.