Using the National Redress Guide

Welcome to the National Redress Guide. The Guide has been designed as a web publication (HTML). It is not available in a single electronic file or in paper format.

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme was established on 1 July 2018 in response to recommendations made by the Royal Commission in their report into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Scheme has 3 components a redress payment, counselling and psychological services and a direct personal response. This Guide to the National Redress Scheme provides an overview of the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018, further information including how to apply is available on the National Redress Scheme website.

What does the Guide cover?

The Guide is divided into 9 parts as explained in the following table:

Part name What is covered
1 Key terms This part contains definitions of key terms used in this Guide.
2 Who can apply for redress This part contains details about when a person is eligible for redress under the Scheme, including nominee arrangements.
3 How to apply for redress This part is about how to make an application to the Scheme.
4 Elements of redress This part is about redress monetary payments, counselling and psychological care payments, and the direct personal response.
5 Use & disclosure of information about the Scheme This part is about gathering information for the purposes of the NRSAct and the confidentiality of personal and protected information.
6 Offer & acceptance of redress This part is about what must be included in an offer of redress, what happens when a person accepts or declines an offer of redress, and what happens when a person requests an internal review of a decision.
7 Institutions This part is about participating institutions, participating groups, determining responsibility for abuse, and dealing with multiple institutions.
8 Financial matters This part is about financial arrangements including debt recovery and penalties for the Scheme.
9 Other matters This part is about delegations under the Redress Act, the requirements for an annual report and reviews of the Scheme.

Use of abbreviations

For ease of reference the following abbreviations are used in the Guide:

  • Redress Guide - National Redress Guide
  • NRSAct - National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018
  • NRS Rules - National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Rules 2018
  • NRS Assessment Framework - National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Assessment Framework 2018
  • NRS DPR Framework - National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Direct Personal Response Framework 2018

Finding information

The following features are provided to assist in finding relevant information:

  • Search - type your search term (words or phrases) in the search box at the top of the page. The Advanced search on the results page allows a search to be limited to a specific Guide or Guides.
  • Site map - gives an overall picture of the structure of the Redress Guide.
  • Keyword Index - this provides an extensive list of words which can be used to search for specific topics.

Links

The Guide has a number of links incorporated at various levels, including the following:

  • Act references - links to relevant law on the Federal Register of Legislation website (see tip sheet for assistance navigating to a referenced section).
  • Policy references - links to related information in other parts of this Guide, and sometimes to other policy documents.
Last reviewed: 13 August 2018