Comprehensive redress for Stolen Generations survivors is one of the important calls of the Bringing Them Home Report (1997). The Report recognised that redress would be an important step towards healing for Stolen Generations survivors. While sadly many survivors are still waiting for adequate redress schemes, there are currently schemes in operation that we need to make sure our families and communities know about.
Done well, redress schemes can provide an opportunity for survivors to tell their story, and receive compensation, an apology, and practical support to be in charge of their own healing.
The Territories Stolen Generations Redress scheme is one of the redress programs that is currently operating that may be relevant to Survivors. It is for survivors removed as children from the Northern Territory prior to 1978, or ACT or Jervis Bay before 1989. It provides a payment, healing support, practical services and the opportunity to have the impact of your removal formally acknowledged.
If you have recently lost a family member who was a Stolen Generations survivor, you may be able to apply on their behalf if they passed away after the scheme was announced in August 2021.
The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) administers the scheme, which began in March 2022 and will conclude on 30 June 2026. Stolen Generations survivors can submit their applications until the end of February 2026.
The Healing Foundation, through their Territories Redress Scheme program can support eligible survivors in accessing information.
With a presence in Katherine, NT, and offices in Canberra and Brisbane, the Healing Foundation is committed to building connections and relationships with communities and stakeholders.
In 2024 we are looking forward to extending our work beyond the NT to include the ACT and Jervis Bay Territories. Listening and learning from survivor experiences and developing resources and tools to assist eligible survivors and the services and organisations working alongside them.
To apply or for further information visit Territories Redress Scheme Website
For more information about free and independent legal advice and financial counselling services visit Knowmore.
Information about other redress options available to survivors.