National Redress Scheme
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, also known as The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, are a participating institution in 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 Redress payment
- A direct personal response from the institution (for example, an apology) for people who want it
The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.
People who were abused in the care of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd can apply to the Scheme for redress.
People can apply now using an online or paper form.
Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process. They can support people before, during and after they apply for redress. Services can provide practical and emotional support, legal advice and financial counselling.
More information is available:
- Online: nationalredress.gov.au
- Phone: 1800 737 377
If you are thinking about applying:
- Read more: nationalredress.gov.au/applying/thinking-about-applying
- Or check out the resources: nationalredress.gov.au/about/resources
The resources include content for:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
- and Easy Read information for people applying