1.1.P.10 Participating group
For the purposes of the National Redress Scheme, the Minister for Families and Social Services may declare that 2 or more participating institutions form a participating group. Those institutions are then known as 'associates' of one another. A group can be formed by any type of institution.
Each participating group of non-government institutions must assign a person (which can be an institution) to act as a representative on behalf of the participating group. The Minister must also make a declaration that the person is a representative of that group. For Commonwealth, State or Territory institutions, the representative will automatically be the relevant jurisdiction.
By accepting an offer of redress from an institution, a person will release all of that institution's associates from civil liability (for any abuse within the scope of the Scheme).