If you are feeling unwell and think you may have COVID-19 symptoms, contact Health Direct on 1800 022 222 (Freecall). Official information about COVID-19 from the NSW Government. Resources and information on support for Aboriginal people can be found at the COVID-19 and Aboriginal Communities – Essential Information page.

NSW Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme and Funeral Assistance Fund

The NSW 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 NSW 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 of the Scheme can also request a personal apology from a representative of the NSW Government.

Applications close 30 June 2022

The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme commenced on 1 July 2017. Applications to the scheme close on 30 June 2022.

Eligibility

The NSW Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme 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New South Wales Aborigines Protection or Welfare Boards under the Aborigines Protection Act 1909, up until the Act was repealed on 2 June 1969.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.

The NSW Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme commenced on 1 July 2017. Applications must be submitted before 30 June 2022. No further applications will be accepted after that date.  

Eligibility dates

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 It is now known the Act was not formally repealed until 2 June 1969.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 2022.

Further information and guidance material can be found at:

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.

In August 2021, the Commonwealth Government announced the Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme. It provides eligible survivors who were taken from their families in the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay Territory with personalised apologies and monetary payments of $75,000, and an additional healing payment. Applications open March 2022. For more information or to register your interest in applying, visit the National Indigenous Australia Agency website.




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