The National Redress Scheme
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.
Since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in April 2013, we have been consulting with the Commonwealth Government to ensure the National Redress Scheme established by the Australian Government is available equally to all survivors.
The NSW Government announced its commitment to join the National Redress Scheme in March 2018.
We are confident that the Government is putting in place an appropriate framework for survivors to report experiences of abuse in a safe and supportive environment.
Commencement of the scheme
The National Redress scheme will commence on 1 July 2018. In an effort to support survivors, the Uniting Church Interim Redress Scheme in NSW and ACT will continue to be offered 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.
Our commitment to care, service and support
Our commitment to survivors is that we will seek to make amends and are committed to ensuring that others don’t suffer in the same way that they have.
The Uniting Church will continue to implement the lessons of the Royal Commission. We are committed to building a robust culture of child safety in all parts of our Church, and ensure that they reflect the best practice for care, service and support of children.
A culture of safety underpins everything we do. We require all Uniting Church members within the Synod NSW and ACT to play their part to make our Church, agencies and schools the safest they can be for children in our care.
We make our church, agencies and schools as safe as they can be for children in our care. We 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.
National Redress FAQs
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 email@example.com
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.