The National Redress Scheme

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The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity has committed to join the National Redress Scheme, which provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional 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; and
  • A direct personal response from the institution (eg: an apology) for people who want it.

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

The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity has applied to join the scheme as a participating non-government institution.  This means that people who were abused in the care of the Sisters of Charity can apply to the Scheme for redress.

People can apply now using an online or paper form.

Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process. They can help explain the scheme and who can apply.

For more information, visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1 800 737 377.

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