RLC in the Media: Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme closes soon – help to apply

Maureen Randall from Redfern Legal Centre encourages First Nations Elders who may be eligible for ex-gratia payments under the Stolen Generations Reparation Scheme to talk to her soon because time is running out.

Marjorie Lewis-Jones interviews Maureen for the South Sydney Herald.

Why should people who could be eligible for the scheme but have not yet applied come forward now to seek help from Redfern Legal Centre?

The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme is open to all survivors of the Stolen Generations who were removed by, committed to, or otherwise came into the care of the New South Wales Aborigines Protection or Welfare Boards before June 2, 1969.

You have until June 30, 2022 to apply.

We strongly encourage any First Nations people who are members of the Stolen Generations who have not previously applied for the scheme to do so. Once the scheme closes there will not be another opportunity to apply.

Redfern Legal Centre delivers a friendly and accessible service to First Nations People. We work hard to address barriers that may prevent First Nations people from accessing legal assistance or applying to the Stolen Generation Reparations Scheme. First Nations People can speak with us directly by phone or email about the Scheme or about other legal concerns they may have.

Accessing our service is free. Your enquiry will be kept confidential, and if you are eligible for the Scheme we will help you to lodge your application. If you have any additional support needs, do not hesitate to let us know.

Given that this payment is made in recognition of the harm that the removals caused, how can you reassure people that RLC staff will offer their professional help with sensitivity and compassion?

Redfern Legal Centre prides itself on providing a culturally safe environment for our First Nations clients, and has the experience and expertise of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Access Worker and other First Nations staff on our team. The Chair of the RLC Board is also a proud Koori man. Last year, more than a third of RLC’s casework supported First Nations people.

Providing legal advice in a way that is sensitive and culturally appropriate is our top priority. We do everything we can to ensure all our clients are treated with compassion and respect – and this includes First Nations people.

Read the full Q and A here. (South Sydney Herald, 5 April 2022)