The National Redress Scheme

Find all the information you need before applying for the NRS. You only get one chance to get it right.

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Useful Information About The National Redress Scheme

The Australian Government launched the National Redress Scheme on 1 July 2018 for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. 

The Scheme is meant to be a last resort for survivors claiming compensation.

The Scheme will last for ten years, closing on 30 June 2028. So there is still plenty of time.

But it’s only one option.

Key things to note about the National Redress Scheme

  1. Once you’ve applied to the Redress Scheme and they’ve offered you a compensation amount, you cannot look at other avenues of compensation
  2. The Redress Scheme is only for victims of sexual abuse
  3. You may have other compensation options before exploring redress


We strongly recommend talking to an expert lawyer before applying for redress – a specialist will evaluate your evidence and advise you on making a civil claim, applying for redress and top-ups.

You know, once you accept a payment from the Redress Scheme, the door will shut. You cannot make a civil claim once you’ve accepted redress. And you cannot make a second redress claim.

As of January 2020, the National Redress Scheme had received 5,829 applications. 975 actual payments were made. The Scheme is getting quicker at processing applications. And nearly all of the big institutions have joined. The wheels are moving. It’s time to do something.

You can always make a civil claim, then go to the Redress Scheme for a ‘top-up’. An expert lawyer will advise what is the best solution for you.

In some instances, the National Redress Scheme will be the only option for claiming compensation. Particularly where you aren’t sure of names, your memory has faded over time or the institution responsible is defunct.

Kelso Lawyer’s experience with the National Redress Scheme

Kelso Lawyers has worked with hundreds of institutional abuse survivors to help them achieve maximum compensation for their situation. We would like to talk to you and hear your story.

Get in touch with Kelso Lawyers and talk to our expert lawyers (obligation free). We want to make sure all survivors have the best chance to get the justice they deserve.

Fill in the online form and we will be in touch.

Yes. Everyone should complete our online form first.

You don’t want to do the wrong thing and find yourself sold short or missing out on a civil claim against the institution.

Fill in our online form first so we can assess what is the best strategy for you.

We will complete your redress form for you if redress is the better way to go. Everyone’s case is different.

See our National Redress Scheme Application Form listed below. Or hit the button ‘Apply for Compensation.

Currently all the State governments, the Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Uniting Church, The Salvation Army, PCYC and Scouts Australia have signed up to the scheme. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have not.

Participating Institutions Are Found here.

We will assess all previous settlements to see if you are eligible for a top-up from redress. Please get in touch for more information.

Public servants assess the claims. They are called Independent Decision Makers (IDM’s). Nobody outside the NRS knows who the IDM’s are. An IDM assesses your application using a set matrix to calculate an offer of payment. The IDM has no discretion.

As most institutions have now joined it is likely that the claims process will be under 12 months. Applications involving more than one institution might take longer.

What you need to know about the

National Redress Scheme

The Redress Scheme will give financial and other support to survivors of child sex abuse.


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You should talk to a specialist solicitor before you contact the Scheme. You only get one chance to get it right.


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Seek compensation first! Only apply to the Scheme if you have already received a payment from the institution. Once you accept money from the NRS the door will shut on receiving any more payments. There are other ways to achieve compensation first.


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The Scheme will be open for ten years.


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The free lawyers are not experts in child sexual abuse. They may miss something a specialist would pick up.


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The Scheme will not help you unless you were sexually abused.


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The Scheme may not help you if you were abused by a foster parent while you were a ward of the State.



You cannot appeal a decision from the National Redress Scheme.

If you are thinking about applying for redress, contact Kelso Lawyers today. Our team will expertly assess your case and provide you with the best advice for redress or compensation. There is no upfront cost to you and no obligation when talking to a legal specialist – we are here to help.

Call 02 4907 4200 to speak with our team today.

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The National Redress Scheme is only available for victims of sexual abuse

Important Information about This Website


This is not the official website of the Commonwealth government’s National Redress Scheme.

Neither Peter Kelso, AustraLaw Pty Ltd or Kelso Lawyers are or have been affiliated with the Commonwealth government, the Department of Social Services or the DSS’s National Redress Scheme.

AustraLaw Pty Ltd has been the continuous owner of the domain name, since 2016.

Peter Kelso is the sole Director of AustraLaw Pty Ltd. Peter is the undisputed creator of the name and phrase, ‘National Redress Scheme’. Peter supports all the recommendations of the Child Abuse Royal Commission, including the right of all survivors to fair and easy to access redress, funded by the institutions.

AustraLaw Pty Ltd owns and operates Kelso Lawyers, an Incorporated Legal Practice which specialises in institutional child abuse compensation.

Liability is limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation. Legal practitioners employed by Kelso Lawyers are members of the Scheme.

Please visit this page for accurate legal advice and guidance. You can always make specific inquiries with Peter at or

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The National Redress Scheme is only available for victims of sexual abuse