National Redress Scheme

The Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc. (CASV) is a Redress Support Service provider. We offer free and confidential support to anyone considering applying to the National Redress Scheme.

The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

It was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.

Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.

The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:

  • access to counselling;
  • a payment; and
  • a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want one.

The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.

The CASV can provide more information about the Scheme and who can apply. We can also support you throughout the process.

We can connect you with free legal and financial support services to so you know your options.

For more information, visit or call the National Redress Information Line on 1800 737 377.






National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

The Prime Minister will deliver the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday, 22 October 2018:

The Apology will be delivered by the Prime Minister in the House of Representatives on 22 October 2018. A viewing ceremony of the Apology will be held in the Great Hall in Parliament House. After the Apology, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition will address guests in the Great Hall.

The Attorney-General’s Department has opened a national ballot process to allocate seats in the Great Hall of Parliament House and provide travel assistance, where required.

Approximately 400 places will be available through the ballot and another 400 will be made available directly to select organisations that support survivors and others affected by institutional child sexual abuse.

Survivors and those people personally affected by institutional child sexual abuse, including victims’ families, are invited to register their interest in attending the National Apology in Canberra through the ballot process.

To enter the ballot, please complete and submit the following form by midnight on Tuesday, 25 September 2018:

If you require assistance completing this form or wish to complete it over the phone, please call the National Apology Information Line on 1800 604 604 (open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm AEST, during the ballot process).

People who are selected in the ballot will be notified by Friday, 28 September 2018.