The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart MacMillan announced on 4 June 2018, that the Uniting Church in Australia will opt in to the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The Church has expressed its support for a truly independent national redress scheme, which provides justice, certainty, equity, transparency and consistency in redress for all survivors.

Commencement of the scheme

The National Redress scheme commenced on 1 July 2018. In an effort to support survivors, the Uniting Church Interim Redress Scheme in NSW and ACT was available to survivors by The Uniting Church until 30 June 2018. This interim scheme is in accordance with the Church’s guiding Principles for Responding to Civil Claims for Institutional Child Sexual Assault.

The Uniting Church Synod of NSW and the ACT acknowledges the impact of child sexual abuse in the lives of those who have been abused in our institutions or those of our predecessor Churches. To each survivor and all of their families, we are truly sorry.

We encourage survivors to make an application for redress under the Government’s National Redress Scheme. Cristina Santolin our part-time case manager can provide assistance with National Redress scheme applications and can be contacted on 1800 713 993 (Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm) or unitingredress@nswact.uca.org.au

Our commitment to care, service and support

A culture of safety underpins everything we do. We require all Uniting Church members within the Synod to play their part to make our Church, agencies and schools the safest they can be for children in our care. In particular:

  • We continue to provide training in accordance with the Safe Church Training Agreement to ministers, staff and volunteers. This includes education on how and when to report any suspected or actual incident of child sexual abuse, in accordance with all legislative requirements and Safe Church guidelines.
  • We encourage everyone to speak out in confidence about any matter relating to child safety.

By signing a Deed of Release, the Applicant will not waive the right to subsequently apply for redress under the National Scheme. Should an applicant succeed in being awarded a further monetary payment under the National Redress Scheme, any monetary payment received under this Interim Redress Policy will be taken into account, and offset against any determination made under the Government-run Redress Scheme if required by that Scheme.

You can contact the redress team by email at unitingredress@nswact.uca.org.au

You can also contact the Redress Case Worker, Cristina Santolin, on 1800 713 993 (Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm)

We are committed to completing all redress applications made prior to 30 June 2018, even if the process continues after the National Redress Scheme is in place.