Sport Australia is strongly committed to Australian sport environments that are safe and supportive. We have zero tolerance for any behavior that puts the wellbeing of people in the Australian sporting community at risk including bullying, sexual harassment or assault, and are working to ensure that athletes, staff and others in our care have appropriate protection and support.
Sport Australia, including the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), 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).
National Redress Scheme
The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
It 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.
Responding to Sexual Misconduct
Sport Australia has established a dedicated support and response framework to assist anyone impacted by sexual misconduct, while under the care of the Australian Sports Commission [including Sport Australia and the AIS] and to provide appropriate support to those involved. This support is available to anyone who has experienced or is at risk of, any form of sexual misconduct, whether it is a recent event or something that happened in the past.