Redress Scheme Update – September 2020

Redress Scheme Update – September 2020

National

Nationally applications to the National Redress Scheme remain steady.
As of 4 September 2020, the Scheme has:

  • received 7,935 applications
  • made 3535 decisions
  • made 3,498 payments totalling approximately $286.6 million with an average payment of $81,924
  • 561 offers of Redress currently awaiting an applicant’s decision
  • has a total of 4115 applications on hand including 3,187 applications in progress and 928 applications on hold due to one or more institution named have not yet joined the Scheme or have not been properly identified.

As required by legislation, the Scheme is currently undergoing a 2-year review. Ms Robyn Kruk AO has been appointed to conduct the independent review and will consider such matters as the implementation, operation and administration of the Scheme, and people’s experiences. The review will also consider the financial arrangements that support the Scheme and the support that is provided to people who apply or are thinking about applying. To provide feedback to the 2-year review, click here.

Northern Territory

With regard to the Northern Territory as of 4 September, the Scheme:

  • has received 96 applications from people currently residing in the Northern Territory
  • of those 96 applications, 56% of applicants indicated they submitted the application with support.

These figures demonstrate an increase in applications coming from the NT, as well as an increase in
applicants seeking support to engage with the Scheme.

Relationships Australia NT

Redress Scheme Support Service staff are based in Darwin and Alice Springs, with regular in-person outreach being delivered to Katherine and Tennant Creek. We provide application support, trauma-informed counselling, advocacy and records searching. Phone-based and video conferencing support is available to clients in remote areas.
For more information or to refer a client please call 1300 364 277 or email ASSSIntake@ra-nt.org.au.

Upcoming Visits

Tennant Creek: 19-23 October
Nhulunbuy: 27-29 October
Katherine: October – Dates TBA

Other News

Queensland State Parliament has passed legislation that compels members of the clergy to report known or suspected child abuse disclosed in confession or risk up to three years gaol. These laws enact recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and are the first in Australia to directly challenge 805-year-old canon law. For more details click here.