Implementation of the National Redress Scheme

Participating in the inquiry

The committee is accepting submissions to inform the second interim report.

To assist the preparation of submissions, the Committee has identified five priority focus areas that the second interim report will consider in detail. They are listed below:

1) Survivor Experience
            a) Ongoing examination and review of survivors’ experience with the National Redress Scheme
            b) Effectiveness of Redress Support Services
            c) Impact of COVID-19 upon survivors
            d) Privacy & Confidentiality

2) Operation of the National Redress Scheme
            a) Assessment Framework Matrix
            b) Independent Decision Makers
            c) Payments & Indexation

3) Legal advice and private law firms
            a) Legal Advice
            b) Private Law Firms

4) Participation in the Scheme
            a) Institutions & Applicants
            b) Funder of last resort provisions

5) First Interim Report Review
            a) Review implementation of First Interim Report Recommendations
            b) Early payment scheme

Please note that while the committee welcomes written submissions and other evidence, the committee is not able to investigate or make findings in relation to individual cases of sexual abuse.

Content of submissions


It is essential that committees are able to conduct their inquiries on behalf of the Parliament without interference. Committees call for submissions to provide an opportunity for organisations and individuals to participate in policy making and to have their views placed on the public record and considered as part of the decision-making process.


Those who are interested in providing a submission to the Committee should note that the submission should be prepared solely for the inquiry and should not have been previously published. Once a Committee receives a submission it will decide whether to accept it as a submission and authorise publication of all or some of the content.


Submissions that may cause harm or attempt to influence the conduct of the inquiry may have content redacted or not published. The action of the Committee reflects the general principle of affording protection to witnesses.

If you are concerned about your submission being public you can ask the committee to keep your submission confidential or for your name to be withheld.

  • Confidential submissions are only read by members of the committee and the secretariat and are not published online.
  • Name withheld submissions are published online, but without your name, and therefore can be read by the public.

If you would like either of these options please clearly indicate this in your submission.

If you are interested in contributing to the committee's inquiry, please refer to the terms of reference. You may find it helpful to look at the guide for preparing a submission. It includes suggestions on what to include in a submission, a check list, and information about what happens to your submission once it has been received by the committee.

If you need advice about the Redress Scheme please contact the Department of Social Services on 1800 737 377. Further information about the Redress Scheme can also be found here.

First Interim Report

Read the First Interim Report of the Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme April 2020.

Committee Secretariat contact:

PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4549
Fax: + 61 2 6277 4844

About this inquiry

The Joint Select Committee on Implementation of the National Redress Scheme was appointed pursuant to a resolution of the Senate on 9 September 2019, as amended and agreed by the House of Representatives on 10 September 2019 and agreed as amended by the Senate on 11 September 2019.
Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

11 Mar 2021: Canberra
22 Jan 2021: via Videoconference /Teleconference, Canberra
08 Dec 2020: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)


If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.

Further information regarding accessibility can be found at