National Redress Scheme

Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania Inc (CCVT) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

On 1 November 2018, the CCVT Inc Board formally resolved to act as Representative for any Affiliates who wish to join as part of the CCVT Participating Group. CCVT Inc will also represent any defunct churches or agencies as part of this group. This means people who were abused in the care of these Affiliates can apply to the Scheme for redress.

Following a rigorous administration process, the first tranche of the fifty-five CCVT institutions have been declared by the Minister and are now participating institutions in the Scheme. The declaration was registered on the Federal Register of Legislation and came into effect on the 4th of February 2020.  

For a full list of CCVT Affiliates in Victoria and Tasmania who have joined the Scheme, please go to: https://www.nationalredress.gov.au/institutions/joined-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 payment; and
  • a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want it.

The scheme started on the 1st of July 2018 and will run for 10 years.

Free and confidential Redress Support Services for applicants are available throughout the process. They can help explain the Scheme and who can apply.  For more information, visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.

For Affiliate advice on the Scheme, the opting in process, and other issues affecting CCVT Affiliates please contact Kylie Kendall, CCVT Safe Places Coordinator at safeplaces@churchesofchrist.org.au or on 0411 255 494.