National Redress Scheme

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme 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 (The Scheme) can provide three things:
• access to counselling;
• a payment; and
• a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want it.

The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. OzChild has committed to join The Scheme. This means any person who experienced institutional child sexual abuse during their time at any of the following institutions are provided the support they need: 

  • Melbourne Family Care Organisation (MFCO) 
  • Victorian Children’s Aid Society (VCAS) 
  • Child and Family Welfare Council of Australia 
  • Children’s Bureau of Australia 
  • Family Action 
  • Family Focus 
  • Melbourne Orphan Asylum 
  • Melbourne Orphanage 
  • National Children’s Bureau of Australia 
  • Presbyterian Society for Neglected and Destitute Children 
  • St James’ Dorcas Society 
  • St James Orphan Asylum And Visiting Society 
  • Victorian Neglected Children’s Aid Society 
  • Foster Care Westernport 

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 or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.

For any individual questions, please email

For further information, please see our FAQs.

Below are links to a number of fact sheets designed to provide information regarding the Scheme.

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