• Kayelene Kerr

The National Redress Scheme

This article was written by Kayelene Kerr from eSafeKids.


The National Redress Scheme was created in response to the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


In June 2018 the Western Australia Government announced it would join the National Redress Scheme.


The National Redress Scheme provides support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.


The Scheme:

  • acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions

  • holds institutions accountable for this abuse, and

  • helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling, a direct personal response, and a Redress payment.


Who can apply:

  • experienced institutional child sexual abuse before 1 July 2018, and

  • are aged over 18 or will turn 18 before 30 June 2028, and

  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and

  • are applying about an institution that has joined the National Redress Scheme, and


Applicants can apply for:

  • A monetary payment

  • Access to counselling and psychological care

  • A direct personal response from the institution (eg. an apology)

An Independent Decision Makers will consider the applications for redress, using guidelines to determine when an applicant is eligible and to ensure outcomes are as consistent as possible.


Applications can be made any time before 30 June 2027.


For more information visit the National Redress website.




About The Author

Kayelene Kerr is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Protective Behaviours, Body Safety, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops. Kayelene is passionate about the prevention of child abuse and sexual exploitation, drawing on over 24 years’ experience of study and law enforcement, investigating sexual crimes, including technology facilitated crimes. Kayelene delivers engaging and sought after prevention education workshops to educate, equip and empower children and young people, and to help support parents, carers, educators and other professionals. Kayelene believes protecting children from harm is a shared responsibility and everyone can play a role in the care, safety and protection of children. Kayelene aims to inspire the trusted adults in children’s lives to tackle sometimes challenging topics.


About eSafeKids

eSafeKids strives to reduce and prevent harm through proactive prevention education and training, supporting and inspiring parents, carers, educators and other professionals to talk with children, young people and vulnerable adults about protective behaviours, body safety, cyber safety, digital wellness and pornography. eSafeKids is based in Perth, Western Australia.


eSafeKids provides books and resources to teach children about social and emotional intelligence, resilience, empathy, gender equality, consent, body safety, protective behaviours, cyber safety, digital wellness, media literacy, puberty and pornography.


eSafeKids books can support educators teaching protective behaviours and child abuse prevention education that aligns with the Western Australian Curriculum, Australian Curriculum, Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Framework: National Quality Standards (NQS).



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