2.3 When is a person eligible?


For an application for redress to be approved, the Operator must consider there is a reasonable likelihood a person is eligible. A person will meet the Scheme's eligibility criteria where:

  • the person was sexually abused
  • the sexual abuse is within the scope of the Scheme
  • the sexual abuse is of a kind for which the maximum amount of redress payment that could be payable to the person would be more than nil
  • one or more participating institutions are responsible for the abuse, and
  • the person is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident.

Abuse is within scope of the Scheme if it occurred:

  • when the person was a child
  • inside a participating State or Territory, or outside of Australia, and
  • it occurred before the Scheme start day (1 July 2018).

Despite what is described above, sexual abuse of a person by another child is not within the scope of the Scheme if the abuse did not involve physical contact with or penetration of the person.

Act reference: NRSAct Part 2.2 Division 2 Entitlement to redress under the scheme

NRS Rules

Policy reference: Redress Guide 2.5.2 Persons with serious criminal convictions

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Last reviewed: 13 August 2018