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New South Wales Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme and Funeral Assistance Fund
The New South Wales Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme provides ex-gratia payments of $75,000 to living Stolen Generations survivors who were removed from their families and committed to the care of the New South Wales Aborigines Protection or Welfare Boards. This payment is made in recognition of the harm that these removals caused.
The Funeral Assistance Fund provides one-off payments of $7,000 to Stolen Generations survivors to assist with the cost of funerals.
Recipients can also request a personal apology from a representative of the NSW Government.
Applications close 30 June 2023
The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme commenced on 1 July 2017. Applications to the scheme close on 30 June 2023.
Want to know more? Call the Scheme on 1800 019 998
The New South Wales Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme commenced on 1 July 2017 and provides ex-gratia payments to living Stolen Generations survivors who were removed by, committed to, or otherwise came into the care of the New South Wales Aborigines Protection or Welfare Boards under the Aborigines Protection Act 1909, up until the Act was repealed on 2 June 1969.
The Funeral Assistance Fund provides one-off payments to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements above and who were living on 2 December 2016 (the date that the NSW Government announced the establishment of the Funeral Assistance Fund). Eligible Stolen Generations Survivors can choose to receive the Funeral Assistance payment at the same time as their reparations payment or to defer the payment and nominate a person to receive the payment at the point it is required.
Applications must be submitted before 30 June 2023. No further applications will be accepted after that date.
The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme accepts applications from claimants who were removed before 2 June 1969. Previously, the Scheme only accepted applications from claimants who were removed before 20 March 1969, the date Parliament voted to repeal the Aborigines Protection Act 1909. It is now known the Act was not formally repealed until 2 June 1969. Claimants whose applications were declined because their removal occurred after 20 March 1969 and before 2 June 1969, have been reassessed.
How to apply
To apply for the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme, complete an Application Form and submit it before 30 June 2023.
Further information and guidance material can be found at:
- FACT SHEET 1: Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme and Funeral Assistance Fund - Overview
- FACT SHEET 2: Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme & Funeral Assistance Fund - Application Guide
- FACT SHEET 3: Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme & Funeral Assistance Fund - Glossary of Terms
- FACT SHEET 4: Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme - Assessment Process
- FACT SHEET 5: NSW Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme & Funeral Assistance Fund - Centrelink and Tax Information
- FACT SHEET 6: Fines Information
Stolen Generations survivors who are found to be eligible for the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme are automatically deemed eligible for the Funeral Assistance Payment and they will not be required to complete any additional paperwork.
Guidelines for the administration of the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme and Funeral Assistance Fund can be accessed below.
- Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme Guidelines
- Stolen Generations Funeral Assistance Fund Guidelines
Other Reparations Schemes
The Commonwealth Government’s Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme provides eligible survivors who were taken from their families in the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay Territory with personalised apologies, a monetary payment of $75,000, and an additional healing payment. Applications opened 1 March 2022. For more information or to apply, visit the Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme
On 31 March 2022, the Victorian Government began accepting Stolen Generations Reparations Package applications. The Victorian scheme
provides eligible survivors who were taken as children from their families by a government or non-government agency before 31
with personalised apologies, monetary payments of $100,000 and access to healing programs. For more information
or to apply visit the Stolen Generations Reparations