National Redress Scheme

Support for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

How the scheme can help

The scheme seeks to acknowledge harm done to people who experienced child sexual abuse.

People can access the following redress through the scheme:

  • access to counselling services
  • a direct personal response from the responsible institution
  • a redress payment

How will redress affect other government payments

Redress payments are exempt from:

  • Commonwealth debt recovery, and
  • income tests for government payments

There is no income tax on redress payments. Payments are protected from creditors where a person is bankrupt.

A redress payment doesn’t count as income. However the money in a bank account can be part of the assets test for government payments.

People who get money from redress can use the MoneySmart website for tools to help them manage their money.

Where to find more information

The National Redress Scheme website has more information about:

You can also call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377, Monday to Friday 8 am – 5 pm local time (excluding public holidays).

Page last updated: 4 July 2018