The NSW Stolen Generation Reparations Scheme has opened!Shaoquett Moselmane
Photo Credit: ABC News – Lucy McNally
The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme started on 1 July 2017 and will run for five years. Stolen Generation survivors who went into the care of the Aborigines Protection Board or the Aborigines Welfare Board up until the repeal of the Aborigines Protection Act in 1969 are eligible for two payments under the scheme.
Stolen Generation survivors can apply for a payment of $75,000 by submitting an APPLICATION FORM and copies of two forms of identification (an additional Application Form is also available from the NSW Government). People who are eligible for the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme are also automatically eligible for a Funeral Assistance Fund payment of $7,000.
For more information on the Stolen Generations, a useful guide is offered by Australians Together.
Stolen Generation Wills Initiative
Legal Aid NSW and the NSW Law Society have established the Stolen Generation Wills Initiative. This will help Stolen Generation survivors who make a claim for reparations obtain a will for free, or for a substantially reduced fee. Call the Law Society on 02 9926 0333 to talk with a lawyer about getting a will made under this initiative.
Where can I get more information?
- Aboriginal Affairs NSW has published guidelines and factsheets about the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme.
- Legal Aid NSW will be publishing a presentation for members of the Stolen Generation about how to claim compensation and a tip sheet for lawyers who will be running these presentations.