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National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme recognises and provides support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

Support can include:

  • access to counselling and psychological services
  • a direct personal response
  • a monetary payment.

Laws have now passed state Parliament allowing South Australian government and non-government institutions to participate in the scheme.

How to apply

You can apply at any time and the scheme will accept applications until June 2027.

However, applications relating to South Australian institutions can only be processed once the relevant institution has been declared a participating institution.

Compensation can only be awarded against institutions that have opted into the scheme.

Help with your application

Contact any of the following support services if you need help with your application:

         Phone: 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846)

         Email: RCIRCSAresponseSA [at] sa.gov.au

Legal services

Knowmore can provide legal services related to making an application.

Phone: 1800 605 762

Institutions that no longer exist

Institutions that no longer exist may have been linked to a larger organisation, such as a church or national body.

If that larger organisation has joined the scheme, it can assume responsibility for the institution –­ eg an existing religious institution can provide redress for an institution that was part of their religious order.

In cases where a state government and a non-government institution that has been identified as no longer existing and declared for the purposes of the scheme were both responsible for the abuse, the state government has committed to providing redress on behalf of that non-government institution. 

The government cannot provide redress on behalf of an institution that no longer exists if the government did not share responsibility, or if the institution has not been declared.  

Children in State Care Ex-gratia Scheme

The National Redress Scheme will replace the current Children in State Care ex gratia Scheme.

However, applications to the CISC ex gratia scheme will continue to be accepted until the Government of South Australia declares it will participate in the scheme.

Contact the National Redress Scheme




1800 737 377