Stolen wages scheme (QLD)
Reparation payments made to
individuals whose wages and savings were controlled by the authorities under
government ‘Protection Acts’.
Ex gratia payments of $2,000 or $4,000 depending on date of birth.
Decisions on eligibility are based on records confirming that claimants
were subject to wage controls under protection legislation.
Individuals must provide indemnity against further legal action.
Total funds: $55.4 million.
At the end of the process in 2004, 5,559 claims had been approved. $35.87
million was unspent.
Government has conducted consultations about the disbursement of the
balance of funds, but has not announced its decision as yet. Two options have
been put to consultations:
Option 1: Disbursing balance among successful claimants (increasing
the lump sums from $2,000 to $5,673; and from $4,000 to $11,346).
Option 2: Increase repayments by $3,000 (to $5,000 or $7,000)
accompanied by other projects.
Redress for harm suffered
by children in State care.
Ex gratia payments:
First level payments: $7,000. Based on
‘eligibility’ established through available records.
Second level payments: up to $33,000 (total not to exceed $40,000)
for more serious neglect or abuse, and assessed by panel of experts.
Total funds: $100 million.
Applications for payment must be lodged between 1 October 2007 and 30 June
Requires a deed of release to be signed to prevent further legal
The scheme is available to Indigenous and non-Indigenous applicants.
Redress Scheme (WA)
Redress for harm suffered by children
in State care (whether in institutions or other care arrangements).
Claims may only be brought by direct claimants, rather than their
2 levels of payment:
i) $10,000 ex gratia payment – must demonstrate a ‘reasonable
likelihood’ of abuse and/or neglect in State care;
ii) Up to $80,000:
provide medical and/or psychological evidence of abused and/or neglect in State
Total funds: $114 million.
Scheme is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous claimants. It specifically
addresses the needs of the Stolen Generations.
The Scheme provides opportunity for claimants to formally record their
stories on their written files (similar to protocol with NSW Archives through
the ATFRS); formal apology and commemoration through memorials.
Payments to be determined by independent assessor.
Stolen Generations Compensation Scheme (Tas)
Compensate for effect of forcible removal policies.
- Descendent claims: One off ex gratia payment of $5,000 per
person, with cap of $20,000 per family (distributed equally among all living
biological children of deceased)
- Direct claims: Balance of
fund (after descendent claims finalised) divided evenly among direct claimants.
Media reports estimate direct payments at $58,000 each.
Total funds: $5 million.
Claims were assessed by an Independent Assessor who was supported by a Unit
that conducted record/archive searches.