Redress Schemes

The benefit to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants of financial redress schemes was a recurring theme in the Lost Innocents, Forgotten Australians, and Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians Revisited Reports to the Australian Senate. (link to Inquiries page)

While it’s widely acknowledged that these schemes in themselves aren’t going to make the trauma associated with past injustices disappear, they do provide the chance for people to have their voice heard, and for the pain of their experiences to be acknowledged.

Not all Australian States have yet introduced Financial Redress Schemes. However the Queensland, Tasmanian and Western Australian governments have all directly addressed the issue to date.



The Queensland Government created a Redress Scheme in response to the 1998-99 Forde Inquiry into institutional care of children. Eligible applicants received an ex gratia payment, ranging from $7,000 up to $40,000. The Scheme closed in 2009.


In 2003, the Tasmanian Ombudsman conducted a review into claims of abuse in care. A Redress Scheme was opened as a result, in 2005. The fourth round of the Scheme closed on 15 February 2013.

Western Australia

In December 2007, the Western Australian Government announced a $114 million Redress Scheme for those who were abused and/or neglected in State care in Western Australia. The Scheme closed in 2009.

South Australia

In 2004, the South Australian Government commissioned an inquiry into sexual abuse and deaths in State care. The Mullighan Report was subsequently handed down in 2008. Former residents in State care who experienced sexual abuse as children are able to apply for an ex-gratia payment, under the Victims of Crime Act. The Attorney-General decides who may be offered an ex-gratia payment, the amount of money offered, and whether there are conditions attached to receiving the money. Payments range from $30,000 to $50,000. There is currently no closing date for applications.

New South Wales

To date the New South Wales Government has not conducted any inquiries into the past abuse of children in state care, nor established a Redress Scheme.


To date the Victorian Government's deals with offers of redress to survivors of state care, on a case by case basis. All those seeking redress must progress their case through the legal system.

For more information please contact Lotus Place.

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