The Australian National Redress Scheme (NRS) published an update yesterday (28/10/2019).
In that update it advised that as of the 4 October 2019 the NRS had:
- Received over 5,040 applications
- Made around 750 decisions
- Of those 750 decisions the NRS has made 638 payments, totalling over AUS$51.3 million
- The NRS had also made over 100 offers of redress, and applicants have six months to consider their offer of redress
- The NRS is currently processing over 3,300 applications, with 618 applications on hold because one or more institution named in the application had not yet joined and about 300 applications requiring additional information from the applicant.
As of 4 October, the average payment under the NRS was AUS$80,019.
From 1 July 2019 to 4 October 2019, 405 applications were finalised, resulting in 399 payments.
This shows that the NRS have improved the rate at which it is making decisions as they have finished more applications since July this year than they did for the first twelve months of its existence.
As of 4 October, there were 61 non-government institutions participating in the NRS, covering over 41,300 individual sites, such as churches, schools and clubs.
In September, a number of new institutions, organisations and religious orders completed the necessary steps to join the Scheme.
The following institutions have completed the steps to join the Scheme:
- Ballarat and Queen’s Anglican Grammar School
- The Carmelite Fathers Incorporated (Vic)
- Legacy Australia Incorporated (this does not include all the Legacy Clubs in Australia, the primary purpose of Legacy Australia Incorporated is the care of dependants of those who served their country; namely, veterans who gave their lives or health on operational service or subsequently, and Australian Defence Force members who die in service or as a result of their service)
- Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc
- The Trustees of the Passionist Fathers
The additions to the Anglican Church of Australia participating group are:
- All Saints’ College Inc
- Arden Anglican School
- Barker Barang
- Blue Mountains Grammar School Limited
- Campbelltown Anglican Schools Council
- The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Armidale
- The Corporate Trustees of the Diocese of Grafton
- Governors of Hale School
- Launceston Church Grammar School
- The Society of the Sacred Advent Schools Pty Ltd as trustee for The Society of the Sacred Advent – St Aidan’s Trust (St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School)
- The Society of the Sacred Advent Schools Pty Ltd as trustee for The Society of the Sacred Advent – St Margaret’s Trust (St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School)
- The Synod of the Diocese of The Murray of the Anglican Church of Australia Incorporated
- Trinity College Gawler Inc
The addition to the Baptist Churches of Victoria participating group is:
- Warracknabeal Baptist Church.
The addition to the Salesian Society (Vic) participating group is:
- Boys’ Town Engadine.
The additions to the Uniting Church in Australia participating group are:
- Aitken College Limited (Vic)
- Billanook College Limited (Vic)
- Blackheath Home, Oxley (Qld)
- Fahan School (Tas)
- The Geelong College (Vic)
- Haileybury (Vic)
- Kingswood College Limited (Vic)
- Methodist Ladies’ College (Vic)
- Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (Vic)
- Pilgrim School Inc (SA)
- Prince Alfred College (SA)
- Scotch College (Vic)
- The Scots School Albury (Vic)
- UnitingCare Wesley Bowden (SA)
- Uniting Communities Incorporated (SA)
- Uniting Country SA Ltd.
Written by Sharon Moohan, partner at BLM