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Our Commitment to the National Redress Scheme

Meli is a participating institution in the Commonwealth Government’s National Redress Scheme.

The scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced sexual abuse as children while in the care of institutions. It was established 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.

We are committed to addressing the wrongs of the past and providing survivors of child sexual abuse with the support they deserve. We encourage survivors to learn about their options in seeking redress through the scheme.

How to access the National Redress Scheme

People who successfully apply can gain access to:

  • counselling
  • a Redress payment
  • a direct personal response from the institution (for example, an apology).

Applications to the national redress scheme

Applications to the scheme are open until 30 June 2027.

You can access free, confidential services to help you understand the scheme and receive support before, during and after the application process. Call the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377 or visit www.nationalredress.gov.au

If you wish to speak to someone about your time in care with Meli please contact our Privacy Officer on 03 5278 8122 or email redress@meli.org.au

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