The Redemptorist Congregation, Province of Oceania offers to those who have been sexually abused as a child the opportunity for redress for the pain, suffering and devastation caused while in the care of the Redemptorists.
The Redemptorists have already begun the process that brings us into the National Redress Scheme (NRS). We are committed to the Scheme and are already participating in the process for Federal Government approval to become a member of the Scheme.
The National Redress Scheme is a Federal Government initiative to acknowledge and support 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. The scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. It is administered by the Federal Government which has the power to determine and follow through with what and how much should be redressed by the Redemptorists to those who have suffered child sexual abuse.
Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.
The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:
- access to counselling;
- a payment;
- a direct personal response from the Redemptorists (e.g. an apology) for those who desire a personal response.
The Redemptorists are committed to redressing any harm we have caused and we encourage those who desire redress to apply now using an online or paper form.
Please note that free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process. They can help explain the Scheme and who can apply. This advice is totally independent of the Redemptorists.
For more information on how the Scheme works and how it is administered by the Federal Government, and what is required of Redemptorists to be involved in redress, please visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.