1.1.A.50 Adoption Act


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

Following the commencement of the NRSAct, a state can participate by passing an adoption Act. This comprises 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

Last reviewed: 1 July 2019