7 Institutions


This part outlines information about institutions that are able to participate in the National Redress Scheme. It also describes the requirements to allow an institution to participate, and when an institution/s can be determined as responsible for a person coming into contact as a child with the person/s who abused them.

There are 4 types of institutions identified in the Scheme:

  • Commonwealth institutions (such as Commonwealth departments and bodies established under Commonwealth law, for example, the Department of Defence, Qantas Airlines before privatisation)
  • State institutions (such as state departments and certain bodies established under individual state laws)
  • Territory institutions (such as territory departments and certain bodies established under individual territory laws)
  • non-government institutions (such as churches, sporting groups and charities).

While ALL Commonwealth institutions are participating institutions, State, Territory and non-government institutions are only participating in the Scheme if they agree to join the Scheme and the Minister for Social Services has declared that they are a participating institution.

Institutions that participate in the Scheme may also join as part of a group and appoint a representative institution to interact with the Scheme on its behalf. For groups of participating non-government institutions, the Minister must be satisfied of the connections between each institution in the group before declaring the group and then the representative institution (which may or may not be an institution participating in the Scheme).

Institutions that no longer exist (defunct) are also included under the Scheme where a person has declared they will be the representative for the former institution.

Act reference: NRSAct Part 5-1 Participating institutions, section 107 Simplified outline of this Part

Policy reference: Redress Guide 7.1 Participating Institutions, 7.1.1 Ministerial declarations, 1.1.I.30 Institution

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Last reviewed: 13 August 2018