Child Protection

Statement on Child Protection

St John Ambulance Australia (Tasmania) Inc. is a participating institution in the National Redress Scheme and has committed to providing support and care for anyone impacted by sexual misconduct while under the organisation’s care (now or in the past). St John Tasmania initially registered to participate in the Scheme on 21 March 2019 and was declared by the Minister as a participating institution with effect 16 June 2020.

St John Ambulance Tasmania supports the National Redress Scheme and is  strongly committed to social and training environments that are safe and supportive. We have zero tolerance for any behaviour that puts the wellbeing of people in the Australian community at risk including bullying, sexual harassment or assault, and are working to ensure that adult and cadet  volunteers, staff and others in our care have appropriate protection and support.

National Redress Scheme

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

The Scheme was created 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.

Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.

The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:

  • access to counselling;
  • a payment; and
  • a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want it.

The scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.

People can apply now using an online or paper form.

Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process. They can help explain the Scheme and who can apply.

For more information, visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.