​National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse


    The NSW Government has opted into the National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.  

    The Scheme can provide people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse with a monetary payment, counselling and direct personal responses from institutions. 

    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. 

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

    For more information about the National Redress Scheme, visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme Information Line on 1800 737 377

    If your application relates to a crime that has previously been reported to police in NSW and you would like to find out your event number, this can be sought from the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

    Redress Support Services Funding Round

    The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Families and Communities Program – Families and Children Activity – Redress Scheme – Redress Support Services across Australia from 1 March 2019 to 30 June 2021.

    Redress Support Services provide timely and seamless access to trauma-informed and culturally appropriate community-based support services to support people’s engagement with the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse (the Scheme).

    For more information visit the Community Grants Hub or call 1800 020 283. Applications close 5 October 2018.   

    National Apology for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

    Update: State and territory governments, and some survivor support organisations, will be hosting local Apology viewing events around Australia, which are for survivors not located in Canberra on the day. This will enable survivors and their supporters to share in the Apology in their local communities. For survivors in NSW, a live screening of this Apology will be conducted at the NSW viewing ceremony at the Opera House, Sydney, following an address by NSW Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP.

    For more information about the event and how to attend: https://www.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/events/national-apology-to-victims-and-survivors-of-institutional-child-sexual-abuse/

    Support services that operate 24/7 are available and include Lifeline (13 11 14) and 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).


    On 22 October 2018, Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, will issue a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse at Parliament House in Canberra. The Apology will also be televised live throughout Australia.

    The Apology was developed on the advice of an independent, survivor-focused Reference Group and from consultations with communities throughout Australia from May to July 2018.
    For more information visit the National Apology website or call the National Apology Information line on 1800 604 604 (open 9am-5pm AEST).  

    Where do I get support? 

    Free and confidential support services are available to help people understand the Scheme and complete their application. A list of support services is available on the website.

    Those who need immediate assistance can contact: