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1.1.A.50 Adoption Act


In order for a state to participate in the National Redress Scheme, the state must refer power to the Commonwealth for the purposes of section 51(xxxvii) of the Australian Constitution. The State's Parliament must pass either a referral Act, or an adoption Act for the NRSAct to apply to abuse which occurred in that state.

An adoption Act passed by the state must comprise the following:

  • adopting the relevant version of the NRSAct, and
  • referring to the Commonwealth Parliament the power to make amendments to the NRSAct in relation to the Scheme (subject to any exclusions).

Act reference: NRSAct section 144 What is a participating State?

Policy reference: Redress Guide 8.1 Participating institutions' funding contribution to the Commonwealth, 1.1.P.30 Participating jurisdiction

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